Artist Biography

Vanessa Daws

On September 6th 2016 Vanessa Daws became the first person to swim around Lambay Island in Dublin Bay. This 8K circumnavigation took her 3.17 hours. This was the third and final swim in “The Lambay Swim Trilogy” 2014 -2017, a series of swims to, about and around Lambay Island.

Vanessa is a visual artist and avid open water swimmer based in Dublin. Vanessa’s art practice explores place through swimming. Swimming as research, process and live event.

Vanessa has recently been awarded the Docklands Art Fund where she will make new work on swimming in the Docklands area. Vanessa has just finished a two month Digital Art Residency at the Fire Station Studios, and is currently on a Fingal Arts Office studio residency in Loughshinny Boathouse. Vanessa has been selected for a TBGS Project Studio for 2017.

In 2015 Vanessa was selected for the UCD Art in Science Residency and was given the Neville Johnson Award as part of this residency. Vanessa was awarded the Artist in the Community Award from the Arts Council of Ireland & Create in 2013 to collaborate with the sea swimming community from Malahide, Co Dublin.

Other residencies and awards include Fingal County Council Artists’ Support Scheme; “Resort” Co Fingal Arts Office; “Channel Surf” a 202K floating residency on the Rideau Canal in Canada; the RHA studio residency; Studio 468 Common Ground, Rialto; Artist in Residence in Kilkenny Arts Office and upcoming the Sirius Arts Centre in Cork in August 2017. Vanessa’s swim projects have taken place in watery spaces as diverse as the frozen Pirita River, Estonia; The President’s Fountain, Bulgaria; the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara; Trafalgar Square, London; The UCD Lake, Dublin; the M50 Aqueduct, Dublin and the Bogs of Ballycroy, Co Mayo.

Sourced from the artist on November 23rd 2016