Dr. Tracy Fahey is Head of Department in Fine Art and Head of Centre of Postgraduate Studies in Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT. She has previously worked as Head of Department of Humanities, IT Carlow and Head of Faculty of Design, Griffith College Dublin. She currently sits on the Boards of the Limerick Printmakers, the Centre for Research in Popular Culture, AUT, Auckland and the Centre for Studies in Otherness, Denmark. She is a former Past President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and a former Board member of Design Ireland, and the Institute of Design and Disability. In 2013 she established the LSAD research centre ACADEMY where she acts as Director.
Her research passion is the Gothic, and her favourite designers are Alexander McQueen and Gareth Pugh. She is currently working on a book on Irish Folk Gothic for University of Wales Press. She has published on Gothic art, medical Gothic, art and design education, contemporary design practice.
In 2010 she founded the collaborative fine art practice, Gothicise, who work on site-specific projects related to ideas of site, traces and narrative. Her short fiction is published in fifteen UK and US anthologies. Her collection, The Unheimlich Manoeuvre, was nominated for a British Fantasy Award in 2017 and her second collection, New Music For Old Rituals will be published in 2018.
This is Tracy’s 7th year involved in the competition and will again offer the LSAD bursary to one of the 2018 entrants. “I’m very excited to start a brand new year of the competition, every year I’m blown away by the talent of the young teenagers, and I am sure this year will be no exception. The standards are always climbing higher and I’m eagerly anticipating what the 2018 entrants will bring.“