Curriculum Vitae - Aoife Desmond
Education Masters in Visual Arts Practices IADT, Art Making (distinction) 2005 Degree in Fine Art CCAD, Printmaking/Mixed Media (honours) 1996 Diploma in Fine Art CCAD, Printmaking/Mixed Media (merit) 1995
Exhibitions & Events
17 Something Momentous Germinating, solo exhibition at Galway Arts Centre, Galway. 17 RetroReflection, film screening & panel discussion, Nuns Island Theatre, Galway. 17 RetroReflection screened in Irish Artist & Experimental Film screening and talk by Alice Butler, IMMA, Dublin. 17 RetroReflection, film launch & panel discussion, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.
15 Paris Dreaming Paris Burning film screened at Wildscreen an artists film event in Connemara curated by Una Quigley and Louise Manifold. 14 Terrain Skin, Collaborative durational performance with dancer Mairead Vaughan and visual artist Carolyn Collier, Firkin Crane, Cork. 14 Spontaneous Togetherness, solo exhibition & performance at The Guesthouse, Cork. 13 Meva's Garden film screened at Fennelly's, Callan curated by Etaoin Holahan. 13 Passage Migrants film installation shown as part of Landing Place curated by Commonage at Pigeon House Precinct, Poolbeg, Dublin. 13 Insertion solo exhibition at Fragil Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
13 Meva's Garden film screened at Broadcast Gallery as part of The Five Lamps Festival. 12 Orchard Revisited as part of Positions, Wandesford Quay Gallery and National Sculpture Factory, Cork. 12 Flowers For The Altar garden project for The Five Lamps Festival, Dublin. 12 Matter and Return new filmworks with Esperanzo Collado at The Guesthouse for Culture Night, Cork. 11 Paris Dreaming and Graving Dock Revisted screened at Gallerie Fin Avril curated by Claire Renier as part of Les Yeux Fermés, Paris. 11 Buddleja Forest and Displaced Ballast Mound work exhibited as part of Conquested curated by Aoife Tunney at Temple Bar Galleries and The Paper Store, Dublin. 11 The Greenhouses of Cushendall photographic series exhibited at The Curfew Tower, Co Antrim and Catalyst Arts Centre, Belfast. 11 The Secret History of Sleeping Rough collaborative photographic work with ex-homeless men commissioned by De-Paul Ireland, exhibited as part of Life’s No Picnic On The Streets at Electric Picnic and The Department of Justice and Equality.
11 Love Songs solo exhibition at Broadstone Project Space, Dublin. 10 Paris Dreaming screened at Look Now one day film screening event curated by Cleo Fagan at Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin. 10 Trespass collaborative project with Seoidín O’ Sullivan exhibited in Tulca, Galway. 10 Making Journeys Without Maps exhibited at Tulca Festival, Galway
10 Submerged Garden exhibited in Holding Together, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.
10 Orchard Revisited exhibited in Collective Dreaming, The Exchange, Dublin.
10 Dwelling In site specific c work in Right Place, Right Space? the plastic house, Dublin. 10 Atlas Avenue site specific work in EV+A, City Hall, Limerick. 09 Paris Dreaming film and slide projection with live sound by Stefano Schiavocampo and Massimiliano Galli as part of We are an Exhibition at 58 Sitric Road, Dublin. 09 Swansong joint performance with Margie Lewis as part of Swansongs; 5 throats and 7 tongues an evening of voice and movement works at The Joinery, Dublin. 09 The Blue Lagoon Dérive Desmond & Maguire book exhibited as part of Now What Dérive, Smithfield, Dublin 09 Trespass collaborative project exhibited at The Lab, Dublin.
09 Making Journeys Without Maps solo exhibition at Space Delawab, Belfast. 08 Trespass work as part of From The Land to Siam Square, Whitespace, Bangkok 08 Trespass work exhibited as part of Tools of the Trade at Minimal Gallery, Chiang 08 Walled Garden site specific work for The Garden Show in Catalyst Arts Center, Belfast. 08 Wetland – Simultaneous Presence of Land and Sea super 8 and slide projection work (sound Karl Burke) for Concourse Offsite in Blackrock park, Dublin. 07 Timelines drawing show curated by Eilis Lavelle at The Mermaid Arts Center, Bray, Co.Wicklow 07 Follow the Light curated by Beth O’Halloran at The Stone Gallery, Dublin.
07 Tea and Love joint performance with Karl Him (sound), Ballymun Hotel, Dublin.
07 Temporary Refuge solo exhibition at Four Gallery, Dublin. 06 Tea before Love performance with Aran MacMahon (voice) as part of Diverse means Live curated by Pallas Studios, Chq, basement vaults, IFSC,Dublin. 06 Drawing is a Verb, Drawing is a Noun curated by Cleo Fagan at The Stone Gallery, Dublin. 06 COE Claremorris Open Exhibition selected by Jeremy Millar, Co.Mayo.
06 Interior/Exterior: Study/Greenhouse site specific work for Platform 1 curated by Niamh Smyth in a former rectory Knockbride, Co. Cavan. 05 Tea Ceremony opening performance to Worstword Ho, Beckett text recital presented by Gare St Lazarre in The Cork Public Museum, Cork. 05 Tea Ceremony opening performance to Worstword Ho, Beckett text recital presented by Gare St.Lazarre in The Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
05 Winter Garden solo exhibition at Studio 3, Independent Artists Studios, Dublin. 04 Improvised performance with Soundin in Convergence Festival at The S.S Michael & John Church, Dublin.
04 Improvised performance with Soundin in the Project Arts Center,Dublin.
04 Improvised performance with Soundin, Volume in Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin. 04 Memory Garden solo exhibition at Studio 6, Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin. 04 Memory Garden installation in Sculpture in Kells, Kells Priory, Co. Kilkenny. 04 Butoh performance with Torifune Butoh Company,Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin. 03 Memory of Water performance as part of Haunted in The City Arts Center, ESB Dublin Fringe Festival Dublin. 03 Suspended between States performance as part of uSlive at Guinness Storehouse, Dublin.
03 Permacultures Project Arts Center, Dublin. 02 The Bridge: Parachute fall to zero in muTual at The 5th Gallery, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin.
01 Photography based banner piece for Markers Project Venice Biennale, Italy.
01 Without End solo exhibition at The Lavitt Gallery, Cork. 01 Group performance as part of the Body Weather Laboratory Winter Workshop with Min Tinaka at the Body Weather Farm, Yamanashi District, Japan. 00 Sea Standing video piece in Pepiniere Artists Contre Exclusion, l’Aeronef, Lille, France. 00 The Bridge: Parachute fall to zero performance at the Collectif 12, Mantes la Jolie, France.
00 The Bridge solo exhibition at Collectif 12, Mantes la Jolie, France. 99 The Lead Table solo performance and installation (sound Juno Cheatle) in Infusion live art festival in Limerick.
99 Pages of Silence solo exhibition at The Lavitt Gallery, Cork. 98 Body-Site-Costume performance/installation with dancer Ema Nik Thomas (sound by Juno Cheatle) as part of Intermedia organised by Triskel Arts Center, Cork.
Awards & Residencies 16 Visual Arts Bursary Award from the Arts Council. 15 Visual Arts Project Award from the Arts Council. 15 2 week residency at Islington Mill, Salford, Manchester. 14 Cork City Council Individual Artist Bursary Award. 14 2 month residency at The Guesthouse, Cork. 10 2 week residency at The Curfew Tower, Cushendall Co.Antrim curated by Catalyst Arts. 09 1 month residency at Space Delawab, Belfast. 08 2 month residency at ‘The Land’ Thailand. 08 Travel Award from the Arts Council. 07 3 month residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. 07 Travel Award from the Arts Council.
07 Visual Arts Project Once Off Award from the Arts Council. 07 Visual Arts Project New Work Award from the Arts Council. 00 Travel Award from the Arts Council. 99 6 month residency at Collectif 12, Paris through ‘Artists Contre Exclusion’ run by Pepiniere Europeenes.
98 1 month residency at The Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill, Co.Mayo.
97 1st prize in the Photography/Print category in Iontas’97.
96 Travel Award from the Arts Council.
Commissions & Collections 08 Wetland – Simultaneous Presence of Land and Sea commissioned by Dun Laoighaire Rathdown County Council for Concourse Offsite, Blackrock Park, Dublin.
96 The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery purchased The Book of Journeys.
Selected Work Experience 18 Hosted Q&A with filmmaker Angie Chen for her film I’ve got the Blues as part ADIFF 2018. 17 Speaker in the seminar Transit Gateway 7; A Deep Mapping of Dublin Port by Silvia Loeffler. 17 Published a booklet to accompany the solo exhibition Something Momentous Germinating at Galway Arts Centre, wrote the text The Fig Tree and Something and transcribed a conversation with James Greenway. 15 Invited panellist for the Absences and Impossibilities screening as part of Irish Film Festival London. 15 Curator of the Cork presentation of Plastik Festival of Artists Moving Image in association with LUX Critical Forum Dublin. 15 Wrote the article Marx, Engels and The Mill for Enclave Review Issue 13. 14/15 Guest lecturer at Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork City. 14 Presented RetroReflection research project at Ireland and Ecocriticism, Interdisciplinary Conference, UCC. 14 Guest film programmer of Our Souls Are Palestinian for Cork Film Festival.
14 Guest film programmer of Our Souls Are Palestinian for Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, Bristol.
14 Invited panelist for Artists Moving Image Archives and Distribution panel discussion at Irish Film Institute chaired by Maeve Connolly, IADT. 08/14 Co-founding director and film curator with the Experimental Film Club, presented at Irish Film Institute and other venues. Curated programmes include Ruins & Entropy Part 1 & 2, Street Films, Landscape on Film, City Symphonies 1& 2, Dance, Play, Ritual and Experiments in Diary Film. 13 Presented Edgelands an approach to landscape and filmmaking at Art & Geography Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway 10/13 Co-curated Absences and (Im)possibilities –traces of an experimental cinema in Ireland a touring programme for Film International. 12 Presented Trespass collaborative project at ‘Reclaiming the Modern City’ conversation session for Dublin Biennale at the Point. 12 Wrote the article Of Other Spaces - Manifesta 9 for Visual Artists Newsletter, September/October 2012. An expanded version of the article was also published online by Allotrope Press. 12 Co-curated Of Ruins and Light with Esperanza Collado for Culture Night Cork. 11 Presented Return to Nature as part of Conquested seminar curated by Aoife Tunney in association with Temple bar Galleries. 10 Taught an art workshop with children at Southside Travellers Action Group, Sandyford, Co Dublin.
10 Artist facilitator for a children’s workshop at Draoicht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown. 09 Co-published and edited Trespass the book and wrote the essay Fugitive Landscapes. 08 Co-published and edited Trespass (Thailand) the book and co-wrote the essay Trespass ChiangMai. 08 Published and edited Wetland: Simultaneous Presence of Land and Sea.
06/08 Lecturer in Visual Culture studies, course Of Cities and Places to 2nd year animation students at IADT.
06/07 Taught a Portfolio preparation course over 20 weeks, IADT Evening Course. 06/08 Taught an intensive two week Portfolio Preparation Course as part of IADT summer programme. 06 Published and edited Interior/Exterior: Study/Greenhouse
05/06 Facilitated an art project The Plant Archive with transition year students from Rathdrum Secondary School researching the flora of Devil's Glen Forest Wicklow in association with Coillte and Sculpture in Woodland.
05 Taught Art Appreciation, Work Experience, Drawing, Photography and Mixed Media Fetac Modules on the Portfolio Preparation Course for Fine Art, Design and Fashion students in Colaiste Ide College, Finglas.
05 Taught a workshop with a group of Travelers in Colaiste Ide using craft, photography and storytelling.
04/05 Taught an Improvers Photography Class, Ringsend institutional Technical Institute.
03 Co-selector with Irene Murphy of the performance section of uSlive a one night contemporary Irish art event consisting of performance, slide, video and sound in 5th Gallery, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin.
01 Assistant arts curator with Graham Parker on We are elsewhere exhibition in Project Arts Center, Dublin. 1998/99 Wrote a series of articles for Art Bulletin while working as assistant arts adminstrator at Artists Association of Ireland.