The Digital Hub welcomes Artist-in-Residence to Dublin 8 campus
The Digital Hub, Ireland’s largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses, has today announced the appointment of photographer Kate Nolan to its Artist-in-Residence programme at the Dublin 8 campus.
Experienced photographer Kate Nolan has taken up residency in the enterprise cluster for an eight-month period as part of the initiative run by The Digital Hub.
The 2019/20 residency programme commenced in July and will continue until March 2020 when it will conclude with an exhibition of Kate’s work. Kate is being provided with desk space in The Digital Hub for the duration of her residency.
Speaking about the Artist-in-Residence initiative, Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO of The Digital Hub said:
“As a part of our mission of creating a diverse and creative technology quarter in Dublin 8, it is important to us that we include artists amongst our community. Our residency programme for visual artists allows us to engage in a more sustained and creative way with this mission. We are delighted to welcome Kate to The Digital Hub. Kate will bring her unique perspective as an artist to life at The Digital Hub and we look forward to supporting her work with us.”
Commenting on her appointment, Kate Nolan said:
“I am thrilled to have been chosen as The Digital Hub’s Artist-in-Residence, and to be working in an area with such a rich and diverse history. In my work I collaborate with communities in spaces of transition or “in-between” places, to visualise and inquire into the construction of identity. This residency will give me the scope to push and test new ideas within my practice. My work has brought me to border spaces across Europe and the Americas, and I am now fortunate to get to work with the vibrant community in the Liberties that has been my home for the past eight years.”
Kate Nolan’s appointment as Artist-in-Residence follows on from award winning artist and photographer, Mandy O’Neill’s residency at The Digital Hub in 2018. It also follows the recent announcement of the creation of a Technologist-in-Residence programme at The Digital Hub. Rodhán Hickey, a respected digital innovator, took up residency in the enterprise cluster earlier this summer. He plans to share his passion for new and emerging technologies with The Digital Hub client companies and local residents of Dublin 8 through community learning programmes.
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Notes to Editors
About Kate Nolan
Kate Nolan is a photographic and video artist based in Dublin, Ireland, focused on extended photographic stories that examine the nature of identity. Continuously drawn to ‘in-between’ spaces her practice is centred on sustained engagement and dialogues with communities in locations where identity and territory are contested. Combining still and moving images with stories from individuals she highlights the relationships between political borders and cultural identity. In 2019 she received the Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary and was selected for the artist residency at Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally and her work is held in public and private collections in Japan, USA, France, Portugal, Mexico, UK and Ireland.
About The Digital Hub
Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies. Almost seventy-five established businesses operate in The Digital Hub. Together these businesses employ just over 700 people. The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises such as Bizimply, Good Travel Software, Silicon Republic, Sonru and Square1 to scale and grow. Major global companies like Black Shamrock, Eventbrite and Lonely Planet are also based in The Digital Hub along with industry organisations such as NDRC, Tyndall National Institute and the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.
Since the project’s inception, over 200 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Athena Media, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (Daft.ie), eMaint, Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Kavaleer, Lincor, MTT, Slack, Software AG, Stripe, TIBCO and VSware.
The Digital Hub is a supportive partner of the local community, by running several learning initiatives for people of all ages. Community learning programmes are run with local partners. For example, the Future Creators programme and the Future Creators Cadets programme are run with the National College of Art and Design and H2 Learning, to give children and young people the 21st Century Digital Skills that are so necessary in today’s world. The Liber8 Music Project is run with BIMM Institute Dublin to give young people who may have limited exposure to music and digital media, an opportunity to immerse themselves in a creative programme, whilst also developing skills to support their future careers.
The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and plays a key part in supporting the implementation of the National Digital Strategy.