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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 explores themes of memory, trauma and her personal struggles with mental illness. Considering the photograph as an object is integral to Clare's practice, and she has strived to develop methodologies which seek to draw attention to this through crafting, experimental print making, and working with sculptural processes. Often, for Clare, the photograph is not "enough" and additional interventions must be made with and upon the surface of the image to tease out the difficult topics explored in her work. Clare's practice is motivated by the hope to achieve catharsis through creating and making, and also to encourage a more healthy conversation surrounding the deeply personal themes which arise in her work.

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.

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 - FUTURES Irish Talent Showcase, The Library Project, Dublin
2021 - A Lightness of Touch, Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery, 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 - The Invention Of Memory, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
2019 - #tootiredwarsaw, Leica 6x7 Gallery, Warsaw
2019 - Third-Thursday, Arts, Letters and Numbers, New York
2019 - #tootiredcanton, St. Lawrence University, New York
2018 - Living Proof, The Tara Building, Dublin
2016 - Nothing in Stone, Steambox Gallery and Studios, Dublin

Awards and Residencies
2021 - Highly Commended, Photograd Graduate Selection
2021 - Selected Artist, The Pupil Sphere Graduate Showcase
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

Belfast Exposed Archive
PhotoIreland Collection
Office of Public Works Ireland

fieldnotes, published by Damn Fine Press, November 2019

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