Good Bye Irene, thank you for your dedicated work!
We are sad to see the departure of Irene Loughlin as Programming Director at Hamilton Artists Inc. Irene has been with the Inc since 2007 and in that time has enriched the gallery’s programming profile by bringing National and Internationally celebrated artists to our space. An increased workload teaching at Brock University and Sheridan College and a desire to further focus on her art practice has lead to this decision. She would like to express gratitude to all the artists and gallery supporters who have enriched her life over the past 6 years. Future plans include a residency at Trinity Square Video, focusing on a new work for the series ONE-D, which culminates in an interdisciplinary work integrating performance art and video in October 2013, and a residency in Chile in April 2014.
“An established performance and interdisciplinary artist, curator, and cultural worker, Loughlin spent her formative years in Hamilton and returned to the city to pursue a Masters Degree at the University of Toronto’s prestigious Visual Studies program, as well as to take on the role of Programming Director at Hamilton Artists Inc. Prior, Loughlin gained recognition and developed a focus on the incorporation of disability theory into her practice as the Administrator and regular contributor to Gallery Gachet, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She also served on the Board of PAARC (The Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres) and the LIVE Bienniale Vancouver. Loughlin holds a diploma in General Studies with an emphasis on drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art, and a BFA from Simon Fraser University with a focus on interdisciplinary practices. She is the recipient of numerous awards including several Arts Council exhibition assistance grants, Canada Council creation and travel grants, a SSHRC Scholarship, the Ruth & Wes Vandusen Residency Scholarship from the Banff Centre, and the Lynch Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts in recognition of her contributions as an interdisciplinary mid-career artist. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, with particularly close connections to the South and Central American art communities” Caitlin Sutherland, Hamilton Arts and Letters 2013.