Visions for Venice – Ireland’s shortlist for 2017 Arts Biennale

Visions for Venice – Ireland’s shortlist for 2017 Arts Biennale

Visions for Venice – Ireland’s shortlist for 2017 Arts Biennale

Six unique proposals have been shortlisted to represent Ireland at the 2017 Venice Arts Biennale. The shortlist (below) has been released following Stage I submissions by these teams to Culture Ireland. All teams will now proceed to Stage II interviews to be held shortly. The successful proposal will be announced in March 2016.

Artist Commissioner Curator
1. Brian Duggan Firestation Artists Studios Helen Carey
2. Eva Rothschild Mary Cremin Mary Cremin
3. Jesse Jones Tessa Giblin Tessa Giblin
4. John Gerrard Gavin Delahunty Gavin Delahunty
5. Niamh O'Malley Barbara Dawson Sheena Barrett
6. Sam Keogh Woodrow Kernohan Vaari Claffey



Brian Duggan lives and works in Dublin, and his work has been presented widely nationally and internationally, including Visual Carlow, Dublin CIty Gallery the Hugh Lane and Crawford Cork, IMMA Process Room, CCI Paris, ISCP New York among others. His work is held in national and international collections. Duggan's work is represented by Balzer Projects, Basel, Switzerland, and he is currently on residency in UCD School of Science. Helen Carey is Director of Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin, one of Ireland’s most prominent resource organisations for Visual Artists. She has worked in galleries nationally and internationally. Sustaining an curatorial independent practice, including currently with the Arts Council’s Art 2016 Open Call, Carey has worked widely in the public domain. 

Eva Rothschild, born 1971, is an Irish artist now living and working in London. She makes sculpture primarily for the eye, working in a range of materials. She is interested in the transformative power of looking. Recent exhibitions have included the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, 2014, large-scale sculpture Why Don't You? at The Nasher Sculpture centre, Dallas, Texas in 2012, and the film Boys and Sculpture, made for The Whitechapel Gallery Children’s Commission in 2012. Her work is included in public and private collections including Tate Britain, MoMA, New York and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Mary Cremin is a curator, writer and art historian based in Dublin. She holds a degree in Art History and Geography from University College Cork and graduated with a Masters in Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin. In 2016, she curated Duality of Form: Caoimhe Kilfeather, Barbara Knezevic, Eleanor Duffin, Solstice Arts Centre (2016). She has produced major exhibitions on Eileen Gray, Lynda Benglis, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Garaicoa, Romuald Hazoumè, Gerard Byrne, and Alice Maher.

Artist Jesse Jones and curator Tessa Giblin have a long collaborative relationship, established at Project Arts Centre in 2008 when Giblin commissioned Jones' first film work ‘The Spectre and the Sphere’. Jones has since exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at REDCAT (Los Angeles 2011), Spike Island (Bristol 2011) and Artsonje (Seoul 2013). Jesse Jones is currently exhibiting ‘NO MORE FUN AND GAMES’ at the Hugh Lane, Dublin, and is working towards a collaborative commission for Artangel with artist Sarah Browne, which will launch later in 2016. Tessa Giblin is curator of visual arts at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, and was recently Guest Curator of the steirischer herbst festival (Graz 2015), and the forthcoming ‘Riddle of the Burial Grounds’ at Extra City Kunsthal (Antwerp 2016).

John Gerrard (b. 1974) creates large scale works that take the form of real-time computer simulations, frequently referring to structures of power and networks of energy that have made possible the expansion of human endeavor in the past century. Solo presentations of Gerrard's work have occurred at the Lincoln Centre, NYC, USA (2014), Modern Art Oxford, UK (2012), Manchester International Festival, UK (2011) & RHA, Dublin (2006). He has been included in group exhibitions in Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Witte de With, Rotterdam; Tate Britain, London & The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC. His work is in numerous collections around the world. In 2016 a first solo show in China will open at Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing. Gavin Delahunty is the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, joining the DMA from Tate Liverpool. His current exhibition Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots is the largest survey of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings ever assembled. In spring 2016 Delahunty will site a unique sculpture by British artist Rebecca Warren at the North Entrance of the DMA, her inaugural commission for a US Museum. Delahunty is published widely, with recent essays on Giorgio Griffa, Padraig Timoney and Ellsworth Kelly. He is currently working on a monograph that examines the work of Walter de Maria.

Barbara Dawson is Director of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. In 1998, she secured the gift of Francis Bacon’s Studio and Archive and relocated it from London to Dublin where it opened to the public in 2001. Dr. Dawson has curated several exhibitions including more recently Sean Scully Doric (2013), Eva Rothschild (2014), and Stephen McKenna (2015). In 2014 she was appointed Adjunct Professor of The School of Art History and Critical Policy at University College Dublin. Curator, Sheena Barrett, joined Dublin City Council ten years ago to lead the development of the LAB Gallery which has become a critical platform for Irish practice through commissions, exhibitions, public programming, academic partnerships and commissioned writing. Curatorial projects have included solo presentations by Barbara Knezevic Vera Klute, Lee Welch, Tsui Kuang Yu and Bea McMahon www.thelab.ieNiamh O’Malley uses video, drawing, painting and sculpture, to examine ways in which we try to access the world through images. Her works often act as filters and invite us to enter the spaces between objects and our ideas of them. O’Malley has made numerous solo exhibitions in recent years including Bluecoat Liverpool, 2015/16, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, December 2014 –February 2015, a five venue solo show called ‘The Mayo Collaborative’ Ireland (2013)and Garden’, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2013 among many

Artist Sam Keogh and Curator Vaari Claffey have worked together successively since 2009, they first worked with Woodrow Kernohan during Gracelands, Limerick (2012). Sam Keogh works with sculpture, installation and performance to create collisions between popular culture and high art, fusing iconoclasm with science and fantasy. Recent solo exhibitions include: Four Fold, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2015); Mop, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2013); Terrestris, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2012).  Vaari Claffey is an Independent Curator, her most recent projects include: Magnetism, Hazelwood Estate, Sligo (2015); Gracelands, IMMA | Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014), Limerick (2012), Sligo (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011); A MacGuffin and Some Other Things, Project Arts Centre and IFI, Dublin (2012). Claffey’s forthcoming exhibition co-curated with Séamus Kealy, Peoples’ Cinema opens at Saltzberger Kunstverein, Austria in June 2016. Woodrow Kernohan is Director/CEO of EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial and was curator of Ireland at Venice 2015, Sean Lynch, Adventure: Capital. The forthcoming edition of EVA International is curated by Koyo Kouoh and opens from 16 April to 17 July 2016:


Posted: 18.02.16