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Photo credit: Juna Photography

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Crawford College of Art, Cork Sculpture 2003 - 2004
University of Northumbria, Newcastle Sculpture 1994 - 1995
Leeds College of Art & Design Foundation 1993 - 1994
Dumfries Technical College Pre-Foundation 1992 - 1993
St. Joseph's College, Dumfries Highers 1985 - 1990

Exhibitions

Solo

'Solo Show' Ard Bia, Galway March - April 2006
'Solo Show' Private Collectors' Gallery, Inishannon, Cork April 2006
'Buy Don't Buy' Watergate Gallery, Kilkenny Sept. - Nov. 2005
'Political Work' Head of the River, Cork March 2005
'Personal Show' Passo Blu Gallery, Genova, Italy November 2004
'Personal Show' Shandon Gallery, Cork October 2004
'Solo Show' Tigh Fili, Cork May 2002
'Solo Shows' Library & Watergate Theatre June & Nov. 2001
'Solo Shows' Bar en Bias, Bar de Port, Antibes, France April & Sept. 1998
'Solo Shows' Garden of Delights Gallery / Café, Dublin January 1997

Group

'It's not all Hunky Dory' Tigh Fili, Cork July - Aug 2006
'Dog Show' Triskel Arts Centre, Cork June 2006
'Horsey in the Market' English Market Gallery, Cork May 2006
'Christmas Show' Cross Gallery, Dublin December 2005
'Art is a doing word' Form Gallery, Cork September 2005
'Iontas' Small Art Works, Sligo May 2005
'Tom & Mark' Berkley Gallery, Thomastown, Kilkenny May 2005
'CZ' Crawford Gallery, Cork January 2005
'Amnesty Show' Tigh Fili, Cork October 2003
'Peinture Fraiche' Peinture Fraiche Gallery / Studio, Cannes, France 1999-2001
'Group Show' Orchardton Arts Festival, Auchencairn, Scotland July 1996
'The Way We Are Now' Gardener Arts Centre, Brighton September 1996
'Group Show' Kilkenny Arts Week, Abbey Business Centre,Kilkenny August 1996

Other gallery representation includes:

Green Lane Gallery, Dingle (2001 - 2006)
Art Select Gallery, Dublin (2001 - 2003);
Form Gallery, Cork (2004 - 2005)
Laundrette Gallery, Cork (2005)
Passo Blu Gallery, Geneva (2004 - 2005)
Private Collectors' Gallery, Inishannon (2005 - 2006)
Ken's Gallery, Florence (2002)
Arte Studio Di Campanella, Genova (2004)
Galleria D'Arte Il Basilisco, Genova (2004)
Yaniyannos Gallery, Athens (2004)

Selected Arts Projects

The Dog Project, April 2006

This was an open collaboration that I initiated, involving around 50 participants. 73 papier maché dogs were made in the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork. These dogs were on display in the Lord Mayor's 'Picnic in the Park' and will be used in various installation exhibitions. They are currently at St. Finbarr's hospital as part of Triskel's artist residency programme. We hope to tour these dogs to festivals and arts centres. The project is ongoing.

Horsey, January - March 2006

This was a collaboration with Rob Ireson, in which we built a life-size papier maché horse in the National Sculpture Factory.

Puppet Show, February 2006

As a member of Tangle Theatre, I presented a puppet show for the St. Patrick's Festival, Cork, in collaboration with Rob Ireson and Aron Towers. The show was of elephant 'rockers' who rode around on 'mean bikes' with a sound machine, and then stopped and performed a puppet show with rat puppets.

Rubbish Performance, Summer 2005

This was a group urban performance in which participants were invited to make impromptu costumes using rubbish and sellotape, and then play in the street. This performance took place 5 times and was documented by video.

Paper Sculpture, January 2004

This was a residency in Yaniyannos Gallery in Athens. I was invited to use a space in the gallery to make a newspaper sculpture. The result was a fullsize marionette sculpture of a pregnant woman.

Peinture Fraiche, 1999 - 2000

Peinture Fraiche was a shared studio space and gallery. I worked for over a year in collaboration with three other artists, holding regular exhibitions.

Orchardton House, 1996

This was an 'Art Community' in which I lived for eighteen months. I was involved in the organization and implementation of the Arts Festival here, and initiated a writers' and drawing group.

'Community Arts' Experience:

Parades:

I have assisted in and facilitated various parades involving community groups: Kilkenny Arts Festival, 2001; St. Patrick's Parade, Cork, 2005 & 2006.

Youth Projects

I have worked as a facilitator for children and teenagers in various arts disciplines:

  • Recycled Sculpture Project, Knocknaheeny, Cork, March - May 2006
  • Teenage Travellers Group Recycled Sculpture Project, 2004 - 2005:
    National Winners of Competition for Travellers' Art, 2005
  • Mural with the May Project, Mahon, Cork, 2004
  • Mask Making and Mural Project with Newpark Close Community Centre, Kilkenny, 2005
  • Mural Project with Ossary Youth, 2001
  • Pavement Drawing Workshop with secondary school, Kilkenny, 2001.

Special Needs / Disadvantage:

I have experience working with the following groups:

  • Cope Foundation project with Newbury House, Cork, March 2005
  • Volunteer Art Workshops with Cork Simon Community, February - May 2005

Other Experience / Skills & Hobbies

A Friend of Cork Community Circus, I attend regular training sessions in circus skills and clowning. I can unicycle, juggle and walk on my hands. I performed in the 'Inferno' Fire Show, Cork 2005.
Language Skills: I have a very good level of French and basic Italian.
I enjoy music, play the guitar and harmonica and sing. I enjoy traveling by bike (I traveled around France and Italy) and gardening and am interested in environmental issues.