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We're delighted to announce Rachel Doolin and Gerry Blake have been selected for solo exhibitions at the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire. They were selected through a national open call. 

Rachel Doolin is a visual artist based in the South of Ireland. Since gaining a first class honours degree from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in 2015, she has continued to pursue her practice with great energy and ambition, receiving multiple awards and accolades. Doolin marries art, experimentation and ecology to create work that is inextricably linked to visual research, driven by a desire to test the parameters of materiality, media and the criticality of issue-based practice.

Born in Dublin, Gerry Blake took up the study and practice of photography in 2009. After obtaining a post-graduate certificate in photography from NCAD, Dublin, he completed his Master's degree (MFA Photography) at Ulster University, Belfast in 2015. Focusing mainly on the situation of the individual in their surroundings, his practice explores how we are shaped through the environmental situations in which we find ourselves. Gerry was the winner of the Curtin O'Donoghue Emerging Photographic Artist award at the of the RHA annual exhibition in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland in the same year.