2023 RECIPIENT Maïa Nunes announced on 1 March 2023.
In accepting the award they said "In honour of Emma O’Kane and her artistic legacy of intuition and embodied wisdom, playfulness and curiosity, expansion and creativity. This bursary will support me as I endeavour to release my latent fears, internal restrictions and constrictions. Commit to a period of focused embodiment practice and movement research that will transform me and my practice so that I emerge with a firmly rooted and authentic movement vocabulary. Thus, empowering and emboldening me to move with more surety and fluency, ease and freedom in my future work.”
Maïa is an Irish-Trinidadian performance artist whose inter-disciplinary practice explores legacies of colonialism, the transformative and world-conjuring potential of performance, & song as a liberation and healing practice. Maïa has a background in visual arts with a BFA in textiles at NCAD. This training still informs their practice which weaves together various media and evolving themes into multi-textural and immersive performance environments. In 2021, Maïa’s video performance work Arima was purchased by the Irish Museum of Modern Art for their permanent collection. Last year 2022, they performed their work Fire in Our Bellies at Migros Museum Zurich as part of Evan Ifekoya’s Resonant Frequencies exhibition; their work Solas was shown at Project Arts Centre as part of Live Collision Festival and their audio-installation work Crossings was shown in Speech Sounds exhibition at Visual Carlow. Maïa is also a 2021-22 Next Generation Artist, and a 2022 Platform 31 artist.