Achill Island native Margo McNulty has been named a recipient of this year’s Decade of Centenaries Markievicz Award for artists.
The Markievicz Award, which honours Constance Markievicz - the first woman to hold a cabinet post in Ireland, supports artists who want to develop their craft and produce art commemorating the role of women during the Irish Revolutionary period.
Margo McNulty, a lecturer in design at the Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone Campus, and a visual artist specialising in printmaking, photography and painting, is one of 10 recipients of this year’s award.
"I am delighted to be a 2022 recipient of the prestigious Markievicz Award. I am honoured to receive this national recognition and I look forward to engaging with the research and the making of the work during the coming months to realise the full potential of this exciting project," she said.
Each Markievicz Award recipient will receive €25,000 to develop a new body of work. Ms McNulty’s work is due to be exhibited in Kilmainham Gaol Museum next year.
By uncovering objects relating to the lives of women during the Decade of Centenaries, she will create new work and transform the narrative about this historical period by creating new stories.
Influenced by traditions inherent in Irish culture, Ms McNulty’s work to date has focussed on the intersection of personal and public histories and how these histories and meanings can be embedded in material objects.
She has exhibited widely in Ireland, Sweden, Poland and the UK and has taken part in a number of Irish and international residencies, with works residing in major collections nationally.