Artist Pauline Bewick presented with award at Áras an Uachtaráin
Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award designed to recognise excellence in the arts
Sabina Higgins and artist Pauline Bewick with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin where Ms Bewick was presented with the 2019 Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award. Photograph: Julien Behal
President Michael D Higgins said the award, a bespoke piece of Dingle Crystal, was “an important acknowledgement” of all Ms Bewick has given to the cultural and artistic dimension of Irish society throughout her career.
“There can be no doubt that Pauline’s work provides an intriguing and profound insight into her life’s journey – into the emotions, joys, sorrows, contemplations and revelations which have driven that journey,” he said.
“Hers is the journey of an artist who has always followed her own path, who reflects on the world in her own unique way, eluding categorisation, refusing to fit into any one genre.
“For Pauline art is about freedom, the freedom to imagine all that is possible, to create worlds without boundaries, unconditional landscapes where anything is conceivable.
“Her work is, as a result, expression in its truest form, unburdened by purpose or expectation, pulling us away from the everyday and towards alternate existences.”
Mrs Higgins also paid tribute to her long-time friend, referring to her “immense” influence on Irish arts and society.
The award was introduced to recognise excellence in the arts by an artist who was either born in Kerry or has spent a significant part of their life there. This is its third year in existence. The previous winners were writers Brendan Kennelly and Anthony Gaughan.