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Clare Lyons (b.1993) is a visual artist and photographer working between Dublin and Belfast. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Belfast School of Art in Ulster University where she studied under the tutelage of Ken Grant, Donovan Wylie, Clare Gallagher and Ailbhe Greaney. Clare’s practice finds its concern in the tactile nature of the photographic image. Emphasising the materiality of the photograph, she often explores themes of memory, trauma and her personal struggles with mental illness. Her research includes topics such as emotional trauma and the resulting repression and suppression of memory, and more recently the significance in revisiting the family archive in establishing one’s sense of self in the face of such experiences. Visually, she typically takes the photographic image away from its original form in an attempt to tease out these difficult topics. Clare is a 2019-2020 recipient of the Universities Ireland North/South Postgraduate Scholarship, and in 2021 was selected by PhotoIreland to represent Ireland for the Futures Photography Platform. Clare is a studio artist at the Emerging Artist Hub in Flax Art Studios, Belfast.

Education
2021 - MFA Photography, Ulster University
2016 - BA Hons Photography, Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT)

Solo Exhibitions
2019 - Back Into Your Mind, Arts, Letters and Numbers, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 - A Lightness of Touch, curated by Deirdre Robb, Belfast Exposed, Belfast
2020 - 100 Views of Contemporary Ireland, The Library Project, Dublin
2020 - Life in Still Life, OPW Touring Exhibition, Tyrone, Down, Dublin & Galway
2019 - In The Making: Ormond Art Studios 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Dublin
2019 - Tsundoku, The Library Project, Dublin
2019 - The Invention Of Memory, curated by Julia Gelezova, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
2019 - #tootiredwarsaw, curated by Tara Wray, Leica 6x7 Gallery, Warsaw
2019 - Third-Thursday, curated by Jennifer Park, Arts, Letters and Numbers, New York
2019 - #tootiredcanton, curated by Tara Wray, St. Lawrence University, New York
2018 - Halftone Print Fair, The Library Project, Dublin
2018 - Pairs, curated by Taproot Art, Rare Gallery, Dublin
2018 - Living Proof, curated by Caoimhe Donnelly, The Tara Building, Dublin
2017 - Winter Open Exhibition, RUA RED, Dublin
2017 - Junior Magazine Takeover, The Library Project, Dublin
2016 - Nothing in Stone, Steambox Gallery and Studios, Dublin

Awards and Residencies
2021 - Selected Irish Talent, Futures Photography Platform
2019 - Universities Ireland North/South Postgraduate Scholarship
2019 - Winner, #FotoRoomOPEN, Espace Jörg Brockmann Edition
2019 - Residency at Arts, Letters and Numbers, New York
2019 - Travel and Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland

Collections
PhotoIreland Collection
Office of Public Works Ireland

Books
fieldnotes, published by Damn Fine Press, November 2019

Publications, Reviews & Features
Réponses Photo
Futures Photography
Regular Visual Art
Ireland Creates Podcast
Booooooom
Ormond Art Studios: Meet The Artist
Der Greif Guest Room
FotoRoom
The Irish Times
District Magazine's Guide to Dublin City
Junior Magazine
Guts Magazine
Headstuff.org
BLOW Magazine