About the Event


Strule Arts Centre is delighted to support local crafts people in conjunction with Craft NI’s August Craft Month, a Regional Celebration of contemporary craft in Northern Ireland.  This year we are delighted to bring together two ceramicists from Omagh.

Rachel Leary was born in Omagh in 1992.  After finding a great passion for art at school, Rachel went on to study at Belfast School of Art graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design and a Contemporary Applied Arts degree specialising in Ceramics.  In 2015 Rachel completed her Masters at Cardiff School of Art and Design and two months later she participated in a 6 week artist’s residency at Guldagergaard’s esteemed Ceramics Research Centre in Denmark.

Rachel’s ceramic practice is of an experimental nature, driven by a fascination with the microscopic natural world and the alchemy of our earth given material; clay.  Rachel says “the process of making is especially important to the overall concept.  The kiln can create an ambiguous space where results are unpredictable as form and glaze work together to create a transition during the firing.”

John Rainey is a sculptor based in Northern Ireland, working mainly with 3D print technologies and ceramics.  He completed his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2012.

John is an associated artist of Marsden Woo Gallery, London, where his first solo exhibition was held in 2013.  In the same year, he completed a four-month residency at Konstfact University for the Creative Arts as the Anglo-Swedish Society’s Visual Arts Scholar and was selected to produce a large-scale installation for “COLLECT 2013 Project Space” at the Saatchi Gallery, London.  Recent exhibitions include “Less + More” at Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin and his solo presentation “On Visibility” at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

“Through a series of classical references and both manual and digital (3D Print) processes, my sculptures consider how digital cultures, advancing technologies and photographic practices can suggest new pathways for representing the body.  With the aid of emerging 3D print technologies as a source for rethinking approaches to sculptural practice, my work explores recent (increasingly digitised) changes to our cultural, personal and social ways of living and communicating.

August Craft Month runs from Saturday 30 July – Saturday 27 August 2016.

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday  10am – 5.30pm.

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