Nathalie El Baba is a visual artist based in Scariff, East Clare, originally from Beirut, Lebanon.
She is a graduate of GMIT, with a BA in Art and Design – Fine Art Painting, (2012), holds a Certificate in Youth Arts from NUI Maynooth (2013), a Post Grad Diploma in Fine Art from Cyprus College of Art (2019), and is a certified Story Exchange Facilitator trained by Narrative 4 (2020).
The primary focus of her work are the themes of migration and belonging, exploring movement and connection, to place and to each other’s stories. Using drawing, paint, and found objects, her art is a response to both the personal and social landscape. Her practice includes engagement with communities of people.
Nathalie has exhibited work regularly in both group and solo shows including:
2020, Winter Exhibition, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
2017 Halcyon Days, Glór, Ennis
2014, What’s Left Behind, Clare Museum, Ennis
2019, Fractured Light, Cyprus College of Art, Cyprus
2015, Open Skies, Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, Co. Offaly
2013 Collective Belonging, Gallery, Scariff Library
The various projects and programmes she has worked on include:
2009 – present day, Artist in Schools Residencies, Clare Arts Office
2018 – present day, Teacher Artist Partnership, Clare Ed Centre
2019 – present day, Creative Youth Partnership, LCETB
2019 – Creative Engagement
2021 – Creative Schools
Nathalie is a member of VAI, The Angelica Network, and Art in Studios.
She has been the recipient of awards and grants including:
2021 Clare Artists’ Mentoring Scheme, Glór,
2013, ‘20, ’21, Arts Council Artist and Youth Work Residency –
2012 – present day, Clare CoCo Assistance Under the Arts Act Grant/Community Support Grant, towards youth arts events, arts training, and artist equipment
She has undertaken both public and private commissions including: portraits, murals, mosaic and glass art, including for: Mountshannon Arts Festival, Limerick Regional Hospital, Ballina Tidy Towns, Scariff Community Council, Mountshannon National School, and private collectors.
Link to recent project delivered through the Clare Arts Office Artist in Schools Residency Programme