Artist sells her entire collection in desperate bid to buy her own home

An artist and lecturer has created the heartbreaking choice to promote her total selection of perform in a determined bid to invest in her have little household.

ileen Healy (54), whose do the job characteristics in the art collections of UCC, the Crawford Art Gallery and the Place of work of Public Functions (OPW) is now to market her extensive assortment of paintings and sketch books soon after currently being pressured out of the rented dwelling she experienced for two many years.

She is also a part time lecturer at the Crawford Artwork College or university of Art and Structure in Cork the place she teaches portray and life drawing. Eileen also performs in bands.

On the other hand, a bank a short while ago deemed her dwelling also precarious to qualify for a home finance loan.

The native of Youghal, Co Cork experienced to go away her rented house of 20 years in Cork town previous 12 months. 

Though she has found other lodging, she is now worried for her long run.

Eileen stated she is eager to transfer out of the rental market place as she is having progressively concerned about safety in outdated age.

“The lender was awesome to me (when I utilized) but at the conclusion of the day the Central Financial institution helps make the choice. It is not even about not obtaining a home loan. It is that the rents are so unaffordable.

“I know close friends my age who have ended up in homeless shelters and I imagine ‘is that me further more down the line?’ It is scary.

“It is in the back of my mind each individual day. The fear of it. I concern the place I will be in 3 years’ time when the lease of wherever I now hire is gone.”

She reported the rental market place is so competitive that men and women in her predicament continuously truly feel panic about the chance of a landlord selecting to offer a home or upping the rent.

Eileen finds the rental industry in Cork town to be significantly challenging at the second.

“When you search at the sector it is virtually a offered that you are sharing with strangers. The deficiency of selection is heartbreaking. It is a squander of time heading on the net. You will be queuing up with 100 people for the 1 put. And then you have the rates.”

Eileen stresses that absent are the times when you received a a person-bedroom flat by way of word of mouth, from someone who knew another person who was shifting
out of a moderately priced rental.

“Now it is a situation of if the lease is doubled and I get evicted, can I share at my age? Will I have to share with 5 people just to satisfy the hire? It is like heading back again to the 80s all in excess of once more, apart from now it’s a hundred periods a lot more high-priced.”

Eileen demands secure housing and studio place. She at the moment operates out of the Backwater Studios in Cork but as it is partly funded by the Arts Council it is moved close to to diverse artists and her tenancy is up at the stop of the calendar year.

Her focus on is to sell adequate of her life span of do the job to obtain her possess modest dwelling in which she is no extended at the mercy of “raising and crazy rents”.

“This is a city that I contact home and into which I’ve poured and invested so substantially creativity more than a span of 40 years. I could have my own studio at dwelling. I have a mountain of perform.”

Eileen is predominantly a figurative artist who is effective predominantly in pastel and oil.

“I truly get pleasure from functioning from everyday living. I am captivated to the immediacy and freshness of recreating in my personal language what is in entrance of me. I do the job with styles who present me with the probability to specific my inventive language via them. Drawing from existence is for me a way of lifetime and the spine of my get the job done. It keeps my get the job done alive.”

She has taken element in quite a few residencies in Eire which include Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Burren Artwork College or university, Cillriallig and Sirius Artwork Centre. She also accomplished a residency at the hugely acclaimed Artwork Students League, New York where she made a new body of get the job done which showcased in an exhibition at Vytlacil Campus in upstate New York.

She graduated from the Crawford College or university of Artwork and Structure in 1988. She has exhibited her work in exhibitions in Dublin, Berlin and New York
and has done in bands these types of as The Polskadots, The Ladybugs and The Critters.

Kenneth Proto

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