Joanne Hopkins & Siobheán McGibbon, 2014-2015
The 2015 the Chimera Art and Science Programme was founded by Andrea Fitzpatrick, who acted as its Director and curator. Chimera hosted two artists in residence, Siobhan McGibbon and Joanna Hopkins, and a student project comprising of eleven students from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. The Barcelona based artist Andy Gracie was invited to give a talk about his work during Science Week in the Taibhdhearc Theatre. The focus of the Chimera Art and Science Programme was to develop a visual arts research project within the CÚRAM laboratories, exploring experimental practice and investigating the resulting composite space of enquiry. Artists were given full access to the CÚRAM laboratories and its staff with artist studio spaces situated near the beautiful Aula Maxima. An exhibit of their work was shown at the Galway City Museum from October 30th to December 23rd 2015. The student project comprised of eleven students from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology; Blaithin Hughes, Connor Robertson, Elizabeth Lartey, Ewa Zdybel, Helena Grady, Katie Higgins, Lisa Conroy, Mark White, Nicole Roan, Therese Murphy and Tom McLean. The students participated in workshops at CÚRAM while researching their projects. An exhibition of the resulting work was displayed in the National University of Ireland, Galway Gallery.