During her residency in studio 468 Maguire researched the local histories of immigration, brick fields and market gardening within the locality and how she could repurpose and possibly align that research.  This research produced the FESTA project including the artworks ‘US AGAIN’ and the EXCHANGE both filmed sailing down the Grand Canal.

Maguire also curated the FESTA Dialogues, these were chaired by Alan Mee Director of Urban Design UCD School of Architecture and generously hosted on the IWAI barge the 107b at Suir Road bridge.  Speakers included Eric Dempsey, Ireland’s leading professional bird guide, broadcaster, writer and photographer on Ireland’s birds in Europe, North America and Australia. Cormac Mc Carthy, Environment Officer of Waterways Ireland.  Mary Gunning, a local Rialto environmentalist, volunteer and founder of Dolphin’s Barn Clean-Up Group.  Susan Roundtree a former senior architect with Dublin City Council and an RIAI accredited Grade 1 conservation architect on the history of clay brick including Dolphin’s Barn brick as a building material in Ireland. Dr Ellen Rowley on the history of social housing as a part of Dublin’s twentieth-century architecture. Presentations were also made by the Men’s Fishing Group from, Bluebell Community Development Project and the Men’s Shed Group.

FESTA closed with musicians Nick Roth, Keith Lindsay and Olesya Zdorovetska of ‘The Water Project’ performed at the Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre while a fleet of over 150 multi-coloured shiny-paper origami boats, were released onto the water around the artwork US AGAIN.  

She holds a Masters in Sculpture from Royal College of Art. A BA in Fine Art Sculpture from CCAD and MA in Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD.