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Marilyn Lennon is a visual artist and lecturer. Over the last decade she has worked predominantly through social art practice while also developing and co-directing a masters in social art practice (MA SPACE) at Limerick School of Art and Design.


She has a MA in Ceramics from the National College of Art and Design. Her doctoral research at the Interaction Design Centre with Prof Liam L. Bannon, examined the contribution artists and designers make in interdisciplinary co-design projects with a focus on 'Reflective Prototyping'. More recently in 2021 she completed a continuing professional development course, Commissioning and Curating Contemporary Public Art by Valand Academy at University of Gothenburg, in partnership with Public Art Agency Sweden and the University of Arts Helsinki.


Marilyn's art practice has been situated in both urban and rural places where creative outcomes are co-created artefacts, actions, situations and sites of exchange. Her work is particularly focussed on the social reimagining of space and the creative co-development of new critical forms of collective spatial practices.


Since 2018 she is in a working partnership with artists Colette Lewis and Elinor Rivers. They are currently working on a social art project in Cork city; PLoT: Peoples Land Trust,

which reimagines future sustainability and urban land use. The project brings together a radical school and the Community Land Trust model in a co-creative social art project

which has received the Art in Context Research and Development Award, Cork City Council (2020) and Artist in the Community Research and Development Award, Arts Council of Ireland (2020) and recently the Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Participation Project Award funding (2021).


Previous long term projects include - WayMarkers, Mapping Beyond Borders a long term project she began in the years just before the UK Brexit vote, which engaged in the collaborative mapping of hikers routes that criss-crossed the IRL/UK border on the island of Ireland. This evolved from working with the Knockatallon Ramblers hiking club who have a particular perspective of the border between rural Co. Monaghan and the adjoining counties across the border. Together they worked through artistic, participatory and collaborative methods, first developing a deeper understanding of hikers wider motivations and concerns, and later revealing through creative processes, a desire to create a counter map or counter narrative of place. This artistic enquiry led to the co-development of a self-contained prototype online community map.


The social art project, The SpiritStore Art Cafe, self-commissioned and curated by Marilyn, brought together Limerick city based collaborators to negotiate, renovate, occupy and community manage an empty iconic public house, the Sarsfield Bar, Limerick. It was opened as a city centre social space during the Irish economic crash hosting over seventy programmed events giving access to the site as a stage for co-production, discussion, performativity, social gathering and exchange.


She is a member of the Cork Artists Collective since 2017. Most recently along with six others she founded CONJUNCTION – a new globally dispersed collective of 25 mid-career and established curators, artists, designers, educators, and public arts practitioners who first met in January 2020 while attending the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.