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  • Meeting Casement, Grand Hotel Oslo and Litteraturhuset Bergen, Norway, 3-4 November, 2016

    curated by John Fitzgerald
    Where: Litteraturhuset Bergen, Auditoriet
    When: Friday 04.11.2016 at 19.00 (doors open at 18.30)

    Prices: Adults 200,-/Students 150,- + booking fee


    Ambassador of Ireland, Karl Gardner

    Presented by historian and author Bjørn Godøy

    A short film by Alan Phelan followed by a Q&A session


    A one man play performed by actor Bartholomew Ryan read more

  • The Possibility of an Archive, Culture Night commission for GDA Public Art Project “…the lives we live” curated by Jenny Haughton at the new DIT Campus, Grangegorman, 18 Sept, 2015

    Temporary Outdoor Video Projection

    Temporary Location at Grangegorman: Energy Centre, Grangegorman west

    Date: 18th September 2016

    Commission Type: Special Commission for Culture Night 2015

    Commissioner: Grangegorman Public Art Working Group, Grangegorman Development Agency

    Per Cent for Art: Yes


    Phelan’s site specific projection is a special commission for Culture Night 2015 and coincides with the launch of a new phase of public art commissions arising from per cent for art as part of the redevelopment of this new urban quarter in Grangegorman. The piece is a video projection onto an exterior stairwell of animated text that references the rich historical context of the site. read more

  • Still (the) Barbarians, curated by Koyo Kouoh, EVA International, Limerick, until 17 July 2016

    In 2016 Ireland commemorates the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising with nationwide events. Taking its title from Constantine Cavafy’s 1898 poem, ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ the 2016 edition of EVA International, Still (the) Barbarians, offers a compelling reflection on the history and legacy of our colonial past and responded to the 1916 rising.

    Curated by Koyo Kouoh, Still (the) Barbarians seeks to investigate “the postcolonial condition of Ireland as a way to articulate artistic reflections, critical redefinitions, and political transformations”  [taken from the introduction to the accompanying catalogue]. read more

  • 2nd NSK State Folk Biennale, Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, 30 June-5 Aug 2016

    Burren College of Art is pleased to announce The 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale: Folk Art Rising 1916 – 2016 as this year’s Burren Annual exhibition. The 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale will bring together over 30 international artists and collectives including special guests and NSK founding members, IRWIN.

    The Burren Annual
    The 2nd NSK State Folk Art Biennale: Folk Art Rising 1916-2016
    June 30 – August 5
    Burren College of Art
    Newtown Castle
    Co. Clare

    Opening Reception & Performances, Thursday, June 30, 6.00 – 9.00 PM
    Symposium Friday, July 1, 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM
    Terrain (En) Actions Saturday, July 2, 10.00 AM read more

  • ART WORKS, Carlow Arts Festival, VISUAL, Carlow, 10-19 June, 2016

    10 to 19 June 2016

    selected by Annie Fletcher, Senior Curator, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven & Claire Feeley, Producer Barbican, London,

    ART WORKS Prize Awards Party: 16 June, 8pm

    Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow present ART WORKS, the 37th annual open submission exhibition and art prize. Running for 10 days at VISUAL and St Patrick’s College, in a quick burst, this exhibition celebrates the energy, creative power and diversity of visual arts practices in Ireland. It features work by artists selected from open submission: read more

  • Two Birds/One Stone, curated by Janet Mullarney, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin 11 June-Aug 2016

    10th June – 7th August 2016

    two birds / one stone is an exhibition primarily of sculptural work selected by artist Janet Mullarney, focusing on how the choice of specific materials makes certain sculptures work. The title refers to how the unity of both concept and the visual tangibility of the chosen material is imperative to the reading of the work, a quality that may often be overlooked. Rendered in any other material would deny significantly this poetic mystery.

    The artists are many and varied, the work mostly sculpture, or certainly sculptural. Some of the work of older artists has been made in the nineties and juxtaposes well with work being made by younger artists now. read more

  • Winner of The Hotron Éigse Prize 2016 for an outstanding piece of work

    Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL present Annual Open Exhibition and Hotron Art Prizes

    10 June – 19 June

    VISUAL and St Patrick’s College Carlow

    Hotron ART WORKS Prize Awards Party: 16 June, 8pm – All welcome

    Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow present ART WORKS, the 37th annual open submission exhibition and art prize. Running for 10 days at VISUAL and St Patrick’s College, in a quick burst, this exhibition celebrates the energy, creative power and diversity of visual arts practices in Ireland. It features work by artists selected from open submission as well as 5 invited artists; Stephen McKenna, Denis McNulty, Aideen Barry, Jaki Irvine and Brian Duggan. read more

  • Our Kind, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, 10 March – 2 October 2016

    10 March – 2 October 2016

    Our Kind is a short film by Alan Phelan which imagines a future for Roger Casement had he not been executed in 1916. This film is set 25 years later in 1941, where Casement is in exile in Norway with his former manservant and now partner Adler Christensen. They are visited by Alice Stopford Green, a close friend and former supporter of Casement. The story unfolds as Adler and Alice both betray their relationships with him, paralleling Casement’s isolation from his homeland, beliefs and the ideals of the Rising. read more

  • Fragments, collections exhibition, IMMA, Dublin, 1 May – 26 July 2015

    This exhibition borrows its title from Philosopher Walter Benjamin’s comparison of the work of translation to re-assembling fragments of a broken vase – the individual fragments must come together, but need not be like each other. This could also be taken as an allegory for exhibition making, or collecting.

    The exhibition includes the first-showing since their acquisition of a number of recent works by Irish artists, including The sky looks down on almost as many things as the ceiling, (2013) a wall based sculpture by Aleana Egan and commissioned works by Ronan McCrea and Alan Phelan. The latter two are lens-based works titled Medium (Corporate Entities) and Include me out of the Partisan Manifesto, which resulted from IMMA’s programme of temporary exhibitions. McCrea’s photographic enquiry into spaces where corporate art collections are hung, took place before the economic collapse. read more

  • Videonale.15, Bonn Kunstmuseum, Germany, 27 Feb – 19 April 2015

    For the first time ever, the call for entries to the Videonale competition had a specific theme: THE CALL OF THE WILD. The thematic orientation of VIDEONALE.15 had its origin in the wish to give the festival a stronger focus on content, both in the presentation of the entries to the competition and in the festival programme itself, with the intention of more clearly positioning Videonale as a platform for the discussion of the moving image in all its aspects. This was also Videonale’s reaction to its change of format after it moved into the Kunstmuseum Bonn: The video festival of the early days, where over 200 videos were presented within a few days, has evolved into an exhibition of max. 40 positions with a festival programme. The theme gives this focus an additional guideline. read more

  • if you aren’t all mine, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, 2015, 20 Feb – 20 March, 2015

    19 Feb  – 20 Mar 2015

    Oonagh Young Gallery presents “if you aren’t all mine”, the second solo exhibition in the gallery by Alan Phelan. The show will be the first Dublin presentation of his 2014 film “Edwart & Arlette”, after exhibitions of the work in Belfast, Stockholm and Treignac, France; as well as the prestigious Bonn Kunstmuseum “Videonale.15” which opens later this month.

    The film “Edwart & Arlette” was developed from Phelan’s first gallery project “Handjob” which acted like an open notebook ideas from which the script for the film was developed. That installation has been revised for the exhibition “Selective Memory” at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork and on view there until 15th March 2015. read more

  • The Construct, OPW Collection touring exhibition, Newtownards, Omagh, Athlone and Bray, 2015.

    Construct is the 2015 joint annual touring exhibition drawn from the public art collections of the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) of Northern Ireland. It features an eclectic mixture of print, painting, drawing and three-dimensional works by Irish and Northern Irish based artists. The exhibition, which includes 29 artworks drawn from the public art collections north and south of the border, was selected by eleven young curators from the Ulster University in Belfast, Co Antrim. read more

  • Selective Memory, artists in the archive, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Nov 2014 – 15 March 2015

    Artists: Zbyněk Baladrán, Paulien Barbas, David Raymond Conroy, Dani Gal, Ruth Maclennan, Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, Lucy McKenzie, Marge Monko, Gavin Murphy, Alan Phelan, Anne Ramsden, Jasper Rigole, Valerie Snobeck, Sean Snyder, Miek Zwamborn

    Curated by Chris Clarke and Orla Murphy
    In association with Digital Arts & Humanities, University College Cork

    Until 15 March 2015

    The archive preserves the past, its remnants and records, within a repository of human knowledge. However, it also offers a space for critical engagement and creative invention, for challenging the archive’s supposed objectivity with unorthodox histories, subversive interpretations and speculative ideas. Drawing on photographs, documents, film footage and texts, artists have used the archive to create new works from existing materials, to unsettle established readings of the past and to imagine alternative narratives. Selective Memory: Artists in the archive explores the ways in which Irish and international artists continually return to the archive, in order to imbue it with a new sense of subjectivity and individuality. read more

  • If you aren’t all mine, solo show at Detroit , Stockholm, opening 6 November, 2014

    “What is the meaning of it, Watson?” said Holmes solemnly as he laid down the paper. “What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable.”

    The final paragraph from “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box”, a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle, published in 1892.

    Detroit Stockholm is pleased to present “if you aren’t all mine”, the first solo exhibition in Sweden by Irish artist Alan Phelan which includes his new 2014 film “Edwart & Arlette”, alongside graphic and text works. read more

  • How to see clearly from a distance , Jenny Guy project for Tulca 2014, Galway

    For Neutral, (TULCA Festival of Visual Art 2014), Jennie Guy invited a selection of people to record sounds, stories and texts that they wrote themselves or to record work by other writers or artists that they liked. Taking the idea of the mix-tape as a starting point these audio fragments can be listened to individually or as a mysteriously (in)coherent assemblage. Available online via Soundcloud for the duration of the Galway-based arts festival Tulca 7th-23rd November, these voices offer a series of narratives that stray between the mundane and the imaginary, simultaneously distant and intimately present. read more

  • Downstairs Dublin , curated by Gemma Tipton, Merrion Square, Culture Night 2014

  • Art for Gaza , Oonagh Young Gallery, 26 August – 5 September, 2014

    David Beattie, Mark Clare, Mark Cullen, Mark Garry, Una Gildea, Martin Healy, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Gillian Lawler, Nevan Lahart, Isabel Nolan, Liam O’Callaghan, Niamh McCann, Dennis McNulty, Ciarán Murphy, Gavin Murphy, Alan Phelan, Sonia Shiel.

    Art for Gaza, A benefit exhibition in response to the situation in Gaza

    1 James Joyce Street,
    Dublin 1

    Preview: Tuesday, August 26th, 6-8pm

    Exhibition runs until September 5th

    All proceeds of sales go to Unicef: Gaza Appeal

    The exhibition will be opened by Raymond Deane read more

  • Homeland, Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, June, 2014

    Video Art by National and International Artists from Ireland and Barcelona, in collaboration with Loop-Festival Barcelona

    opened by Margaret Corkery, Writer, Producer and Film Maker.

    Damer House Gallery is a new artist-run space in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Co- Directors: Therry Rudin and Patricia Hurl. Damer House Gallery is supported by OPW. Mission statement: A collaborative artistic research project, opening a new critical space within which to create/produce a platform for public awareness for art and criticism, through the presentation of contemporary art practice / dialogue, public discussions, and publications with unorthodox interventions, in order to explore what a great critical art forum could be for art and for the public in the Midlands.
  • This is not a flower, World Flower Show, RDS 19-22 June, 2014

    Aoife Collins, Niall De Buitléar, Vanessa Donoso López, Hannah Fitz, Wendy Judge, Maria McKinney, Oisín O’Brien, Paul Hallahan, Alan Phelan.

    Irish Artist Alan Phelan has worked with local flower arranging groups participatory projects in the past as was approached to organise a display of contemporary art for The World Flower Show. The parallels between creative activities are easy to see however worlds apart the practices are. Responses from artist have been enthusiastic and curious as this is an unusual meeting of very different creative activities. The restriction on the visual artists is that they cannot overlap with the materials used by the floral artists, namely flowers. With this in mind 9 artists will be showing a wide range of contemporary sculpture that reference plant material in specific and oblique ways. The artists are: Aoife Collins, Niall De Buitléar, Vanessa Donoso López, Hannah Fitz, Wendy Judge, Maria McKinney, Oisín O’Brien, Paul Hallahan, Alan Phelan. read more

  • Mammoth, curated by Matt Packer, Treignac Projet, France, 24 May-28 September, 2014

    Artists: André Breton (an anecdote), Matt Bryans, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jess Flood-Paddock, Katja Novitskova, Nanna Nordström, Alan Phelan, Falke Pisano, Pádraig Spillane.

    Mammouth is an exhibition that relates to Andre Breton and his visit to the Paleolithic cave paintings in Pech Merle, France. In 1952, Breton visited the caves and proclaimed the paintings to be forgeries, before then scratching at the surface of a particular painting (a mammoth) to prove that the paint was still wet. Contrary to Breton’s suspicions it was established that the painting was approximately 20,000 years old. Breton was sued for damage and defacement to historical property. In the court case against him, it was reported that Breton was drunk and ‘not of a normal state of mind’. read more

  • but what end?, solo show at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, opening 8 May, runs until 14 June, 2014

    Thu 8th May – Sat 14th June
    All Day


    8 May – 14 June 2014

    “What is the meaning of it, Watson?” said Holmes solemnly as he laid down the paper. “What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable. But what end? There is the great standing perennial problem to which human reason is as far from an answer as ever.”

    The final paragraph from The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
    a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle, published in 1892 read more

  • SUPERMARKET 2014 – Stockholm Independent Art Fair 14-16 February 2014 with Oonagh Young Gallery and Ormston House.

    Oonagh Young Gallery

    Dublin, Ireland

    1 James Joyce Street 1 Dublin 1 Dublin, Irelandinfo@oonaghyoung.com

    Oonagh Young gallery is contemporary art gallery based in Dublin City Centre since 2008. The gallery exhibits Irish and international artists and is led by Oonagh, a graphic artist specialising in the design and production of artist’s books. Exhibitions have also included many cross-disciplinary practices such as architecture, theatre, poetry readings and performance art.

    On Kissing,Tickling and Being Bored (after Adam Phillips) with David Beattie, Alan Phelan, Amy Stephens &  Una Gildea. read more

  • Periodical Review #3 Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin. until 25 Jan 2014

    Terence Birch, Martina Galvin, Gemma Gore, Ramon Kassam, Paraic Leahy, Maggie Madden, Eoin McHugh, Paul McKinley, Bea McMahon, Dennis McNulty, Yvette Monahan, Laura Ni Fhlaibhin, Alan Phelan, Alex Rose, Padraig Spillane, Jason Thompson, Helena Tobin, Kathy Tynan, Maria Vedder, Freek Wambacq

    Selected by Michele Horrigan, Matt Packer, Mark Cullen & Gavin Murphy

    Preview: 6–8pm, Friday 6 December 2013


    An artwork, like a book is not made up of individual words on a page (or images on a screen), each of which with a meaning, but is instead ‘caught up in a system of references to other books, other texts, other sentences’.* read more

  • Cairo Video Festival, 29 September, 2013

    Launching on Wednesday 25 September and running until 7 October, the 5th Cairo Video Festival will present a diverse collection of experimental film and video art from around the globe, at Medrar for Contemporary Art.

    The festival will consist of two major segments: screenings of experimental movies (25 September – 6 October) along with three exhibitions looping collections of video art (26 September – 7 October).

    Films and videos included in the screenings last from a few minutes to over quarter of an hour each. read more

  • False Memory Syndrome, curated by Rayne Booth, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, until 26 Sept, 2013

    Four artists respond to Temple Bar Gallery + Studios history archive and place

    Michael Boran, Sabina Mac Mahon, Alan Phelan, Sarah Pierce

    In 2013, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios celebrates its 30th Anniversary. The organisation was founded in 1983 by Jenny Haughton, who invited a group of artists to claim space within a semi derelict factory building in Temple Bar. Through the vision and determination of a number of individuals, over the intervening years the building was transformed into a purpose built complex of artists work spaces and a gallery. TBG+S has been a site where countless new projects, practices, friendships and careers have been created over the last 30 years , and at the same time much has been lost. Memories remain in the minds of the artists who worked and continue to work at TBG+S. Paper files have been discarded, or archived at the National Irish Visual Arts Library. Computer files have been left on old hard drives, never to be recovered. read more

  • 183rd RHA Annual Exhibition, invited, RHA, Dublin, May-Sept, 2013

    The longest running open submission exhibition in the country, the RHA 183rd Annual Exhibition opens this May and runs through to the 17August.

    Over half the works in the exhibition are selected through an open submission process. As a result, this exhibition offers an unparalleled chance to view work by emerging artists hanging side by side with established artists and RHA members. With the majority of exhibited work for sale, it will provide a great opportunity for discerning collectors. This year the Annual will include work by, Donald Teskey RHA, Martin Gale RHA, Amelia Stein RHA, Una Sealy ARHA, Carey Clarke PPRHA, Mick O’Dea RHA, Michael Cullen RHA, Abigail O’Brien RHA, Kathy Prendergast, Alan Phelan, Janet Mullarney, Mary A Kelly and Alison Pilkington, among many others. read more

  • The Founding Phant, curated by Paul Quast & Joan Stack, Ormston House, Limerick, 4-18 May, 2013

    Alan Magee, Alan Phelan, Anitra Hamilton, Bryan J. Moore, Caroline Doolin, Darya von Berner, Deirdre Power, Kristian Smith, Levin Haegele, Oisín O’Brien, Padraig Robinson, Róisín McArdle, Sarah Lundy, Tara Woods- Moran, and Vanessa Donoso López.

    The Founding Phant is co-curated by Paul Quast & Joan Stack as part of the Prequel Programme.

    4-18 May 2013

    Society today is comprised of a series of spectacles which aim to inspire, astound and encourage reverence to anything which appears striking, out of the ordinary or impressive in nature. Whether the spectacle exists through some exploitation of physics, technology, discovery, détournement or even the intrusion of the extraordinary into the mundane, the ever evolving nature of the term ‘spectacle’ remains deeply associated with and reflective of the culture in which it appears; “The spectacle is not a collection of images; rather it is a social relationship between people, that is mediated by images.” 1 read more

  • Handjob, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, March-April, 2013

    Oonagh Young Gallery  is pleased to present Alan Phelan’s new project HANDJOB. The show, in keeping with much of Phelan’s practice, provides a structure for a myriad of random connections – in this instance “hands”. The concept has been further opened out to several other artists whose recent work has involved this prestidigitatorial subject.

    The springboard for the project is an online archive of hand imagery which Phelan has accumulated over the past year. This eclectic mix of over 1,300 photos has been analysed, processed and purloined to develop several trains of thought. From this connections were made to generate over 30 new works which are clustered in groupings to blur authorship, source and intent. read more