Ailbhe Ní Bhriain

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain

*1978 Ireland
lives/works in Cork (photo by Helio Leon, 2016)

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain uses composite and constructed imagery and sound to create scenes in which the dimensions of time and place are out–of–joint. Her work seeks to represent a state of things come undone by imagining the hallucinatory in the mundane and vice versa. The work operates on two levels. On the one hand it employs deliberately simple collage techniques to declare its constructed–ness and point to the illusory nature of image–place. On the other hand, it asks the viewer to inhabit a fluid illogic – an unfolding of form, sound and narrative that lends an unlikely coherence to the contradictions of the imagery.

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain: biography pdf
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain: video works list pdf (10 pages, updated December'15)
Education
2005 – 2008
: PhD by Practice in Fine Art, Kingston University.
2004
: MA (distinction) Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London.
2000
: BA (1:1) Fine Art, Crawford College of Art, Cork, Ireland.
1999
: Diploma (distinction) Fine Art, Crawford College of Art, Cork, Ireland.
Academic Appointments
2010 – ongoing
: Lecturer in Fine Art, Crawford College of Art, Cork, Ireland.
2008 – 2010
: Lecturer in Fine Art, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland.
2007 – ongoing
: Lecturer in Fine Art, Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland.
2004 – 2006
: Lecturer in Fine Art, Kingston University, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, UK.
Solo Exhibitions
2017
: Reports to an Academy, domobaal, 16.06.17 – 22.07.17
: The Dock, Carrick–on–Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland, curated by Sarah Searson, 08.04.17 – 27.05.17
: Illuminations Gallery, Maynooth Unversity, Kildare, curated by Aoife Tunney, opens 20th February.
: The Passenger, New Irish Works (two–person presentation with Aisling McCoy) at The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.
2015
: Reports to an Academy, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, monograph publication with essay by Caoimhin Mac Giolla Léith and a live performance by Irene & Linda Buckley on Wednesday 25 November.
Monograph publication with essay by Caoimhin Mac Giolla Léith.
: Drogheda Arts Festival in partnership with NeXus Arts.
2011
: Great Good Places, domobaal (publication).
2010
: Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland.
2008
: Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.
2007
: Aftermath, domobaal, London.
Group Exhibitions, Screenings and Festivals (selection, since 2004)
2016/7
: 2116 – Forecast of the next century, Broad Art Museum, Michigan, USA, curated by Fiona Kearney, Director of the Glucksman; Chris Clarke, Senior Curator at the Glucksman Gallery; Caitlin Doherty, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at Broad Art Museum; from an idea developed by Emma–Lucy O'Brien, Curator at VISUAL, Carlow, at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, USA.
: Glissements (Landslides), Isabelle Hayeur (QB), Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, (IR), Anne–Charlotte Finel (FR), Yasmina Benabderrahmane (FR), curated by Chloé Dragna of La Vidéoteque (France) at the invitation of Virginia Lopez, director of PACA (Proyectos Artisticos de la Casa Antonio) at Museo del Ferrocarril de Asturias, Plaza Estaci´n del Norte s/n, 33212 Gijón, Spain.
: New Irish Works, PhotoIreland Festival 2016, Paris Photo, Espace Lhomond, Paris.
: 'Window' screening with newly commissioned music by Morgan Daguenet, Arno Bruil and Robin Poligné at La Chapelle du Conservatoire, Rennes, 1st of April 2016 and Le GriGri, Nantes, 8th of May 2016.
: 2116 – Forecast of the next century, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University of Cork, Ireland, curated by Fiona Kearney, Director of the Glucksman Gallery; Chris Clarke, Senior Curator at the Glucksman Gallery; Caitlin Doherty, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at Broad Art Museum; from an idea developed by Emma–Lucy O'Brien, Curator at VISUAL, Carlow, Ireland.
2015
: 'Great Good Places I' Festival de Cine de Villa de Leyva, Columbia.
: Solas Prize Shortlist, Gallery of Photography, Ireland.
: Experimenta 2015, screening of 'Window' Goethe Institut, Bangalore, India.
: Tulca Festival 2015, Galway, Ireland.
: Engage Arts Festival, Bandon, West Cork, Ireland.
: Sounds from a Safe Harbour, a festival of music, art and conversation, curated by Bryce Dessner (The National) Cork, Ireland.
: Plymouth Contemporary Open, Plymouth, UK.
: L'Œil d'Oodaaq festival, 'Window' screened at three venues: 23 May (Musée des Beaux Arts, Rennes, 31 May in La Ville en Bois (Musée des Beaux Arts, Nantes) 4 to 7 June, La Grande Passerelle in Saint–Malo.
: Thin Place, Jonathan Anderson, Adam Buick, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Christine Mackey, Flora Parrott, curated by Ciara Healy, at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales.
2014
: 'Great Good Places' screening as part of Downstairs Dublin, The Irish Times at Culture Night, Arts Council Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland.
: Art in the Home #2 York, by invitation from the Contemporary Art Society North.
2013
: Bonaj Lokoj, with Tereza Busková, András Cséfalvay, Jonás Gruska, Csilla Nagy, Laura Pawela, Ivan Svoboda curated by Katarína Slaninová and Vanda Sepová Prádelna Bohnice, Prague, Czech Republic.
: Coexist, with Gerard Byrne, Amanda Coogan, John Gerrard, Nevan Lahart, Sean Lynch, curated by Eamonn Maxwell at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
: Flood/Ní Bhriain/Vari domobaal.
: The Poetry Project curated by Gemma Tipton and Patrick T. Murphy (RHA), an online project of poetry and video art commissioned for Ireland's presidency of the EU 2013; also screened at Kinsale Arts Week & RHA Dublin.
2012: Motion Capture: Drawing and the Moving Image, with Pierre Bismuth, Tacita Dean, Brian Fay, Tom Hackney, William Kentridge, Alice Maher, Henri Matisse, Henri Michaux, Susan Morris, and Denis Oppenheim, curated by Ed Krcma and Matt Packer, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, touring to Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
2012
: Crawford 100, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery Cork.
: eva International 2012 – After the Future, curated by Annie Fletcher, Limerick, Ireland.
: Imprint, Kingston University, UK.
2011
: Irish Wave 2, Siemens Art Space, Beijing, China.
2010
: Royal Hibernian Academy Futures 10, Dublin, Ireland.
: Postcards from the Celtic Tiger, Xuhui Arts Museum, Hengshan Road, Shanghai China.
: Kilruddery Film Festival with Grace Weir, John Latham and J. Tobias Anderson, Mermaid Arts Centre, Ireland.
: Bittersweet, with Franko B, Doug Dubois, Breda Lynch, John Kelly and others, Doswell Gallery, Cork (travelling).
: Sophisticated Boom Boom (in b&w), with Peter Linde Busk, Stephen Dunne, Lothar Götz, Heide Hinrichs, Steve Johnson, Sharon Kivland, Ansel Krut, Jeffrey TY Lee, Siân Pile, Felicity Powell, Mark Prince, Lizi Sanchez, Shaan Syed and Mhairi Vari, domobaal.
2009
: Time is a Sausage (A Show of Shows) domobaal.
: Skibbereen Arts Festival, County Cork, Ireland; screening of 'Immergence' and 'Residuum'.
: In Search of Utopia, with Michelle Browne, Dorothy Cross, Dennis Del Favero, Cao Fei, Louise Manifold, curated by Maeve Mulrennan, Nuns Island Theatre, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland.
: Margenes, Experimental Film Festival, curated by Esperanza Collada, La Enana Marron, Madrid, Spain.
: Darkness Visible, curated by Ann Mulrooney and Breda Lynch, with George Bolster, Andy Harper, Angela Huntbach, Breda Lynch, Alice Maher, Eoin Mc Hugh, Ann Mulrooney and Kate Street, Cavan Arts Office, touring to Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Ireland. (catalogue)
: Art Rotterdam, STAND projects, De Expeditie/Amsterdam, domobaal/London, Tatjana Pieters/OneTwenty/Gent.
: Cork Art Trail, Cork Film Centre screenings, various venues, Cork, Ireland.
: No End in Sight, with Max Hymes, Adam Thompson, Annabel Elgar, Richard Wathen and Simon Willems, Vegas Gallery, London.
2008
: Refuge, Annabel Elgar, Elina Brotherus, Hanna Brotherus, Lauri Astala at The Wapping Project, London.
: STAND, De Expeditie/Amsterdam, domobaal/London, Tatjana Pieters/OneTwenty/Gent at Villa La Tourelle, Oostende, Belgium.
: No Borders (Just N.E.W.S.*) 29 young artists from Europe, selected by the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art, University of Cuenca, Spain.
: No Borders (Just N.E.W.S.*) CACT, Thessaloniki, Greece (catalogue).
: Darkness Visible curated by Ann Mulrooney, with Alice Maher, Breda Lynch, Eoin McHugh, Ann Mulrooney and others, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland (catalogue).
: No End In Sight, with Ruth Claxton, Max Hymes, Adam Thompson, Richard Wathen, Simon Willems, Galerie Polaris, Paris.
: 13+ Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, with Marcel Dinahet, Jaspar Joseph–Lester, Haris Epaminonda, Ron Haselden and others.
: The Garden of Eden has Vanished They Say, with Elizabeth Magill, Janet Mullarney, Kathy Prendergast, Walker & Walker and others, curated by Clíodhna Shaffrey, Cavan County Museum, Ireland.
: The Canvas is the Screen, with Jacco Olivier, Malcolm Le Grice, Jean–Luc Godard & Anne–Marie Miéville, curated by Berta Sichel and Céline Brouwe, touring to Sala Parpalló, Valencia, Unión Fenosa, La Coruña, Caixa Forum, Tarragona and Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain.
2007
: The Canvas is the Screen, with Jacco Olivier, Malcolm Le Grice, Jean–Luc Godard & Anne–Marie Miéville, curated by Berta Sichel and Céline Brouwe, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, touring to CACT, Centre of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece.
: Preview Berlin, with Haris Epaminonda, Ansel Krut, Miho Sato, domobaal.
: Aftermath, Art Trail 2007, Cork, Ireland.
: Oyster Grit, with Daniel Gustav Cramer, Haris Epaminonda, Ansel Krut, Jeffrey TY Lee, Lucy Pawlak, Miho Sato, Mhairi Vari, essay by Rebecca Geldard, domobaal.
: Art Rotterdam, with Haris Epaminonda, Ansel Krut, Ron Haselden, domobaal.
: Drawing Breath, Jerwood Drawing Prize, 10 year anniversary prizewinners exhibition, touring to Gallery 1 National Art School, Sydney; NAFA Galleries, Singapore; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Robert Gordon Unviversity, Aberdeen.
2006
: Art Rotterdam, domobaal.
: Drawing Breath, Jerwood Drawing Prize, 10 year anniversary prizewinners exhibition, London, touring to Australia, Singapore, UK.
: Still in Motion, with Vishal Shah and Renata Kudlacek Leonard St. Gallery, London.
: Tekenlust, Kunsthalle Lophem, Bruges, Belguim.
2005: Concourse Projection Series, curated by Clíodhna Shaffrey, Dunlaoighre, Dublin, Ireland.
2005: Peripheral Visions, curated by Nigel Rolfe and Cliodhna Shaffrey, European Capital of Culture International Video Selection, Cork, Ireland.
2005
: FEM 5 Madrid, Spain.
: To be continued…/Jatkuu… curated by Brett Rogers & British Council, Taidehall, Kunsthalle Helsinki and MUU Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.
: Passing Through, curated by Patrick T. Murphy, with Linda Quinlan, Alice Maher, Maud Cotter, Yvonne McGuinness, Martin Healy and others, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland (catalogue).
: International Video Festival, Bochum, Germany.
: 13+ (video exhibition) domobaal.
: Jerwood Drawing Prize, touring to: Birmingham, Hull, The Lowry Gallery, Manchester, winner: student prize award, for 'Immergence' (catalogue).
: Syncopations, I6 UK Artists, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.
2004
: New Media Art Festival Seoul, Korea.
: Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (catalogue).
: Tindell Effect Hackney, London (catalogue).
: Davis Langdon, selected show, Holborn, London.
: World Wide Video Festival, 2004 Amsterdam, Holland.
Essays, Press and Publications
2016
: Abridged 0–14: Floodland, feature in poetry and art publication, February.
2015
: Reports to an Academy, review by Aidan Dunne, published in The Irish Times on 1st December 2015.
: Reports to an Academy, monograph publication with essay by Caoimhin Mac Giolla Léith, published by the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland.
: This is Tomorrow, Review of Thin Place by Rowan Lear, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, Wales, February.
: Thin Place (Catalogue), Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, Wales, February.
2013
: The visible and the invisible in photographic works by Patrick Hogan, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain and David Creedon, A paper by Valérie Morisson delivered at The Spatial Imaginary symposium, University of Nantes, October.
2012
: A People's sense of belonging: Dislocation in Post Celtic Tiger art, A paper by Valérie Morisson, delivered at Art & Crises symposium, University of Caen, March 2012, published in Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Winter.
: Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media, Motion Capture at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork reviewed by Jill Murphy, (issue 4) Winter.
: 'this is tomorrow' Motion Capture at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, reviewed by Ciara Healy, 15 November.
: The Works review of EVA International – After the Future by Cristin Leach Hughes, RTE 1, 7 June.
: Enclave, a review of Crawford 100 at the Wandesford Quay Gallery by Fergal Gaynor, Issue 6.
: Motion Capture: Drawing and the Moving Image (catalogue) Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland.
: Paper Visual Art Journal (Limerick Edition), Great Good Places at EVA International reviewed by Sean O'Sullivan.
: Irish Times:' EVA's brawn feels familiar in Limerick' by Aidan Dunne, Monday 11 June.
: +Billion #38, After The Future reviewed by James Merrigan, Friday 15 June.
: Artforum, Gemma Tipton in Scene and Heard.
: RTE Radio 1, Arts Tonight, Vincent Woods, Aidan Dunne, Gemma Tipton on EVA Limerick.
2011
: Visual Artists News Sheet, Great Good Places at domobaal reviewed by Jacqui McIntosh, Nov/Dec Issue.
: Great Good Places, a set of four chapbooks, with 34 stills from video, domobaal editions.
: Circa Magazine, Ireland, review of 'Futures 10' by Dr Paul O'Brien, NCAD Dublin (issue no 131).
: Abridged 'Nostalgia is a loaded gun', art and poetry magazine, Derry, Ireland, January/February issue.
2010
: 'Future forecast' a review written by Aidan Dunne of Futures 10 at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Irish Times, Dublin, 4 September.
: 'Future forecast' Ruth Carroll on Futures 10 at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Irish Arts Review magazine, Autumn 2010 issue.
2008
: Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, review by Aidan Dunne of solo show at the Butler gallery, Kilkenny, Irish Times.
: Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, review by Eimear McKeith of solo exhibition at The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland, Circa, Autumn Issue.
: Darkness Visible, a review by Fergal Gaynor of Darkness Visible at the Galway Arts Centre, Circa, Winter issue.
: Aftermath, review of Ailbhe Ní Bhriain's solo show, 2007, by Maximilian Le Cain, Experimental Conversations an online journal of cinema and video.
: Faqmag, online publication (www.faqmagazine.net)
: Palimpsest, by Clíodhna Shaffrey, essay for Butler Gallery solo exhibition.
: Review by Brendan Maher, of Ailbhe Ní Bhriain's solo exhibition at the Butler Gallery Kilkenny, Ireland, Start, Arts and Culture of the South East, Summer issue.
: No Borders (Just News*) exhibition catalogue, AICA, Paris.
2007
: TankTV, intraveloving (www.tank.tv)
: Cork Art trail catalogue.
: The Trembling Image, by Jonathan Miles, essay for Ailbhe Ní Bhriain's solo exhibition 'Aftermath'
2005
: Bochum Film Festival, catalogue.
: Artists Newsletter (UK) November.
: To be continued…/Jatkuu… exhibition catalogue, British Council.
: Peripheral Visions, exhibition catalogue.
: Passing Through, exhibition catalogue, Glucksman gallery, Cork, Ireland.
: Syncopations, exhibition catalogue, Wetterling gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.
2004
: Jerwood Drawing Prize, catalogue.
: World Wide Video Festival catalogue.
2001
: Louis Le Brocquy and the Tain, New Hibernian Review, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, USA (quarterly journal).
Awards, Bursaries and Residencies
2017
: Visual Arts Project Award 2017, awarded by The Arts Council of Ireland.
2015
: Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Artists Bursary Award.
: Solas Photography Award (shortlisted for 'The Passenger' series).
: Cork City Council Individual Artist Bursary.
2014
: Arts Council Ireland Project Award.
2013
: Cork City Council Individual Artist Bursary.
: Culture Ireland Funding Award, as part of International Culture Programme.
2010
: Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Artists Bursary Award.
2009
: Artist in Residence, Cork Film Centre 2007–9.
2007
: Cork City Council Artist's Development Bursary.
2005
: Bochum Film Institute Award.
2004
: Jerwood Student Prize for Drawing.
: Cork Film Centre Video Art Award.
: Alf Dunne Award, MA Show, Royal College of Art.
: Tim Mara Award, MA Show, Royal College of Art.
: Augustus Martin Award, MA Show, Royal College of Art.
2003
: Linklaters Award, Interim Show, Royal College of Art.
2002
: Cultural Exchange Award, Newfoundland travel grant.
2000
: Crawford Student of the Year Award, Cork Institute of Technology.
: Mercier Thesis Award, Cork Institute of Technology.
: Moving Image Award, Cork Film Centre.
: Cork Printmakers Bursary.
: Arts Council Travel Award.
1999
: Mercier Seminar Paper Award, Cork Institute of Technology.
Public Collections
Arts Council Ireland: Great Good Places I,II,III,IV (2011)
Commissions
2013
: 'Mirrors of Earth' a seven–part large format, cinema–quality, HD video work commissioned by Dublin Sound Lab for Kaija Saariaho's composition 'Maa' premiered by Finnish National Ballet in 1991, performed as a full concert production at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland (Arts Council of Ireland Music Project Award)
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