Images and deliberations from Rita Duffy, a visual artist, on climate crisis and the urgent need for local and global change.
Rita Duffy is one of Ireland's groundbreaking visual artists. A member of Arts Council Ireland’s Aosdána, (Irish Artists), she was made an Honorary Member of Royal Society of Architects for developmental work in the built environment and continues to initiate major collaborative art projects from her Ballyconnell Courthouse Studio in Ireland.
In 2004, Thaw, a contemporary art project with environmental concerns aimed to bring an iceberg to Belfast, that narrative continues to pulse through her work. In 2013 The Shirt Factory Project, Derry, was an extensive examination of women's labour, through the reinvention of a former factory. Dublin 2016, Souvenir Shop, was an exploration of the Irish shared lived experience of rebellion: historical, political and social events, reworked and presented to the viewer as everyday commodities.
In 2019, ‘Soften the Border’ an installation project was developed with a small cross community, cross-border knitting group, resulting in a collection of cushions being installed at the center of the Belcoo-Blacklion bridge on the North/South Irish border. It attracted global media coverage, giving voice to the immediate local experience. Rita is currently, a Visiting Artist Fellowship at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
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