EXHIBITIONS

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ENTWINED: rural land lives art

1st December-14th December 2021

Assembly House, Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK

Group exhibition and book launch, curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell (artcircuit)

The second exhibition of the artists who took part in the ENTWINED programme over a three-year period in Norhumberland UK.

Two interactive artworks included in this leg of the exhibition programme: Macalla and The Power of Inconspicuous Things.

From the exhibition press release:

This exhibition is the culmination of the ENTWINED programme which sought to take a closer look at the interconnection between all things. Through the artists’ eyes and imagination, informed by research gathered from readings, personal observation, embodied experience and shared knowledge, the works unveil what lies within, beneath and beyond the tangible or intangible realms of what makes a ‘place’.


Supported by:

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A photograph of an interactive art installation. Two people interacting with an artwork made from standing fence posts connected to a computer monitor on a wall

Reboot Me Softly

18th November-21st November 2021

Palmera, Bergen, Norway

19th annual Piksel Festival for Electronic Art and Free Technologies, curated by Maite Cajaraville and Gisle Frøysland

Two interactive artworks have been selected to be part of the 2021 exhibition programme for Piksel, an international network and annual event for electronic art and technological freedom.

The works are part of the broader programme of workshops, exhibitions and events. Two artworks exhibiting are Macalla (2021) from the The Wood Wide Web and It seemed like we were moving closer together from the 2021 solo exhibition Detached Touch.

From the exhibition press release

This year ́s edition of Piksel festival is held between 18th-21st November, celebrating free/libre technologies and technological freedom. The slogan for this year’s edition of Piksel is the highly relevant phrase ́Reboot me softly'...showing art pieces that deal with the post-pandemic state of mind we are in, in conflux with the altered state of planet earth.


A photograph of a cosy, busy exhibition space in a museum showing drawings, photographs and other work

FIELDS

31st October 2021-31st January 2022

Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, UK

3-person exhibition and other academic project presentations

Work exhibiting at the Museum of English Rural Life from artist residency with Project FIELD.

From the exhibition text:

Shane Finan is a visual artist from the North West of Ireland. For six months he has been interviewing farmers and observing the behaviours of sheep across the North of England and Ireland. Creating artwork for people to reflect on both online and in-person he has combined traditional observational drawing with digital technologies to create a series of online stories using a mix of documentary, photography and data visualisation.


A photograph of an interactive light based art installation with tubes of light being moved by visitors in a room

ENTWINED: rural land lives art

4th September-12th September 2021

Visual Arts in Rural Communities, Highgreen, Northumberland, UK

Group exhibition, curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell (artcircuit)

A group exhibition of the artists who took part in the ENTWINED programme over a three-year period in Norhumberland UK.

Two interactive artworks were included in this leg of the exhibition programme, including the debut of the work Macalla and the first open audience view of The Power of Inconspicuous Things.

From the exhibition text:

Shane’s interactive piece ‘The Power of Inconspicuous Things’ located in the Potting Shed, invites you into a darkened room to activate and experience a mycorrhizal system of light below ground, bringing together entangled and entwined networks.

‘Macalla’ -the Irish Gaeilge word for an ‘echo’, translated as ‘the child of a shout’ - is an interactive piece focussing on the tubes used in tree planting. It can be found in the Coal Shed. ‘This Wildwood is not a forest for future timber, it is being planted to remain for future generations of trees, humans and wildlife. What will the tress tell their future children and grandchildren? How will they explain what it was like to spend their first ten years inside a tube, never feeling the air, reaching up toward the sky?’


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Tāctus - 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival

20th September-30th October 2021

Areos & Kladou street, 105 55 Athens, Greece

Official selection for the 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival with the film Because The Exchange is Complete

Film is a result of the 6-month artist-in-residence programme FIELD.

Screening took place both online and as part of the outdoor screening event, Athens.

From the exhibition text for artwork:

Who is really being farmed? Sheep and cows have spread to every continent, attached to humans, and humans benefit from their company in many ways. An exchange has taken place. Drawing from posthuman philosophy and speculative ethics, artist Shane Finan explores this idea of exchange and relationship between animal and human.

A panoramic photograph showing a triangle made from timber on a wall in a gallery to the left, and a large hexagonal multi-screen video installation on the right

detached touch

13th August-4th September 2021

Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Ireland

Solo exhibition following two-month exhibition residency, curated by Sean O'Reilly

From the exhibition text:

Working across technology and environmental contexts, Shane Finan considers how nonhuman entities such as animals, plants and geologies might contribute to a technological artistic process.

Finan has constructed three installations each using technology in a different way to explore the complex relationships between place, networks, technologies, critters and human activity, and how all these things are linked together.

Supported by Leitrim Sculpture Centre and Wicklow Arts Office 2021

a photograph of three people at a market stall with giant cutouts of cows and sheep, and some flyers and photographic material on a table

FIELDS

8th August-13th October 2021

varoius markets and cinema screenings, England

Film, drawing, text, online, interactive work as part of interdisciplinary project

part of the project ]EXPOSURE[[ENCLOSURE], these stories are drawn from artist-in-residence visits to ten farms in late 2020 and early 2021 as part of artistic research into endemic livestock disease and more-than-human relationships.

how do we describe our relationships with those more-than-human critters we surround ourselves with? how do we learn to see what is always in front of us?

Full programme of events at FIELDS, the main event website.

Includes the short film Because the Exchange is Complete, screened at three cinema screenings in Hexham, Newcastle and Lincoln, four online interactive artworks a detached touch, and various texts, drawings and responses that form part of a touring market exhibition and an on-site show at The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) in 2021.

Sunday 8 August: Nuns Moor Park Bike Garden mini-market
Nuns Moor Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5NU
10am - 2pm

Saturday 28 August: Louth Market
Cornmarket, Louth, LN11 9PD
9am - 4pm

Saturday 11 September: Beverley Market
Market Pl, Beverley, HU17 8EA
8am - 4pm

Saturday 25 September: Hexham Farmers Market
Market Pl, Hexham, NE46 1XQ
9am - 1pm

Saturday 16 October: Grainger Market
Grainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QQ
9am - 4pm

Film screenings: Hexham Forum Cinema, Hexham (28 Sept), the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle (21 Oct) and the Kinema in the Woods, Lincoln (18 Nov)

this project was supported by the FIELD project, funded by the Wellcome Trust. University partners: University of Lincoln, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Leeds Trinity University, University of Hull, Newcastle University

The banner image for the art exhibition As Tree, Tubbercurry, Sligo, 2020

as tree

9th-17th October 2020

St. George's Hall, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo

Three-person exhibition organised and curated by Shane Finan

An exhibition of artworks by three contemporary artists using place, contemporary media and nature, exhibited in the old schoolhouse, St. George's Hall, Tubbercurry, during Harvest Festival 2020. The exhibition is organised and curated by Finan and features artworks by UK-based artist Catriona Gallagher and Irish artist Tadhg Ó Cuirrín. Full details on the exhibition, including the booking platform and documentation, can be found here.

Supported by the Creative Ireland Sligo Programme (2018-2022).

The three transient paintings for the exhibition in áit, exhibited on a long gate in the Irish countryside

In Áit

27th-29th June 2020

Farringdon's Gate, Lockstown, Co. Wicklow

Solo outdoor exhibition responding to COVID-19

A solo exhibition of paintings that were made within the 2km restricted travel limit near the artist's home in west Wicklow. The exhibition took place for the community in the area only, with a short opening event and locally sourced food served by Amy Bunce.

A photograph of an arpillera doll, a type of doll used in protest art for remembering the disappeared

Arpillera Doll Exhibition

21st April 2020 - 31st July 2020

Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady, Derry, UK

1 piece in group exhibition

Created an arpillera doll in response to a call for these textile figures remembering the disappeared, as part of an exhibition created by Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre.

Image of artists at the launch of Over Nature 2019

Over Nature

2019-2020

6 venues, Ireland & UK

Curated 6-person touring exhibition about perspectives on the Anthropocene

A group exhibition of artists curated by Valeria Ceregini. News and updates to be posted on this website (see below individual exhibitions).

wikimedia image of the Luan Gallery, Athlone

Over Nature VI

26th September-21st November 2020

Luan Gallery, Athlone

Curated 6-person touring exhibition about perspectives on the Anthropocene

One artwork is featured in the sixth and final leg of Over Nature, a group exhibition of artists curated by Valeria Ceregini. This is a new artwork, debuting at this exhibiion. It is a combination of the paintings exhibited during COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, titled 'In Áit', and a documentary video of this event.

The interactive art installation the repeated refrains of nature, photographed here outdoors by a hedgerow

Over Nature V

8th August-5th September 2020

The Courthouse Gallery and Studios, Ennistymon, Co. Clare

Curated 6-person touring exhibition about perspectives on the Anthropocene

One artwork is featured in the fifth leg of Over Nature, a group exhibition of artists curated by Valeria Ceregini: the 2019 artwork 'The Repeated Refrains of Nature', from the series Solastalgia.

Shane Finan at the opening of the Over Nature exhibition in Cork

Over Nature IV

7th February-8th March 2020

Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

Curated 6-person touring exhibition about perspectives on the Anthropocene

Two artworks were featured in the fourth leg of Over Nature, a group exhibition of artists curated by Valeria Ceregini. Artworks exhibited include a new artwork, reappropriation (2019-20), the fourth from the series Antikythera Etc. and the 2019 artwork 'The Repeated Refrains of Nature', from the series Solastalgia.

Shane Finan at the opening of the Over Nature exhibition in Cork

Over Nature III

14th November-21st December 2019

Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin

Curated 6-person touring exhibition about perspectives on the Anthropocene

One artwork was featured in the third leg of Over Nature, a group exhibition of artists curated by Valeria Ceregini. Artwork exhibited is faigh ar ais as an fharraige, made for exhibition in Rye Creative Centre in 2018, and part of the series Anitkythera, etc..

Shane Finan at the opening of the Over Nature exhibition in Cork

Over Nature II

17th-28th October 2019

TACTIC Visual Art Programme, St. Luke's Crypt, Cork

Curated 6-person touring exhibition about perspectives on the Anthropocene

Four artworks were exhibited at the second leg of Over Nature, a group exhibition of artists curated by Valeria Ceregini. Artworks exhibited included works from the 2011 series Floating Islands and the 2019 artwork 'The Repeated Refrains of Nature', from the series Solastalgia.

Installation view of artworks at Roe Valley Arts Centre

Over Nature I

8th-28th September 2019

Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady, Derry, UK

Curated 6-person touring exhibition about perspectives on the Anthropocene

Four artworks were exhibited at the first leg of Over Nature, a group exhibition of artists curated by Valeria Ceregini. Artworks exhibited included works from the 2011 series Floating Islands and 2012 series Hubbert's Peak.

installation shot of multimedia artwork the repeated refrains of nature in situ at zoological muscum, trinity college dublin

The Repeated Refrains of Nature

June-August 2019

Zoological Museum, Trinity College Dublin

Solo installation of artwork about bird depopulation and technology

This artwork deals with bird depopulation and the idea of things that can be lost.

Artwork #2 from the series solastalgia.

Supported by Trinity College Dublin Visual and Performing Arts Fund

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installation detail of artwork faigh ar ais as an fharraige by irish visual artist shane finan

faigh ar ais ar an fharraige

March 2018

Rye Creative Centre, Rye, England

Solo exhibition of painting and digital media in Rye, England

This exhibition used local landscape history, and terminology from east Sussex relating to nature that has become seldom used.

Artwork #3 from the series antikythera etc.

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain

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Final painting image from the exhibition beyond the black stump

beyond the black stump

September 2017

Charlestown Arts Centre, Charlestown, Co. Mayo

Solo 3-day painting performance

Large, interactive painting performance over three days, inviting audience to participate in creating, and eventually destroying, a narrative of 'the west' in a part of Ireland negatively affected by emigration.

Curated by Louise Spokes, the project was based on an open call responding to the 1968 book No One Shouted Stop by journalist John Healy, which documents the loss of community in the rural Irish town of Charlestown in County Mayo in the 1960s.

Artwork #1 from the series solastalgia.

Supported by Culture Night Mayo 2017

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Installation image apo artwork

A sudden and wonderful brightening

January-February 2017

Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Belfast

Resident artists exhibition (5 artists), 1 installation

Large-scale interactive and mixed media installation built for resident's final exhibition following 4-month residency at Digital Arts Studios, Belfast.

Artwork #2 from the series antikythera etc.

Winner of 2016 VAI @ DAS Studio Award

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Installation image ada artwork

trinity college arts annual exhibition

April 2017

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin

Group exhibition, 1 painting

Exhibition installation of the remaining pieces from the online artwork ADA.

Digital collage from the series divisions

Divisions

October-December 2016

Twitter Exhibition

Solo online exhibition of digital collage

New works were posted to Twitter every other day, leaving a day for contemplation. The idea of digital media as creating and removing barriers, and in particular the notion of barriers as arbitrary, were influence for this exhibition.

Installation image for Mugwart, Wormwood artwork

Mugwort, Wormwood, and how little we know about the end of the world

April 26th, 2016

Wormwood Gate, Dublin

Solo Interactive Light Installation

In commemoration of the Chernobyl disaster, this piece was designed to consider location and containment as abstract concepts. It was created as an outdoor installation with sculptural and interactive digital elements.

Artwork #1 from the series antikythera etc.

Interactive web-based artwork nothing lasts forever

Nothing Lasts Forever

December 2015-date

Online interactive artwork

Solo Interactive Web Artwork

Nothing Lasts Forever - this work challenges the idea of longevity and supposes that even in digital media all things are ephemeral.

View online

ADA full painting

ADA

November 2015

Wandelbar Art International, Gstaad/Bern, Switzerland

Solo Online Exhibition and project

ADA consists of a painting split into 96 pieces and sold through an online platform as part of a project on distributed technology and communication.

Lucky installation at The Dock Arts Centre

Phase One Festival

April 2015

The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Invited artwork (5 artists), 1 installation

The interactive digital artwork My Friend Lucky was included as one of the art installations for the Phase One Music and Art Festival at The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

The artwork showed a screen that imitated Artificial Intelligence, "speaking" to visitors and asking them to share data with it, in a criticism of big data scraping platforms.

Nowhen installation at The Dock Arts Centre

Phase One Festival

April 2014

The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Selected artwork in curated exhibition, 1 installation

The interactive digital projection Nowhen was selected as one of the art installations for the Phase One Music and Art Festival at The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

The piece was built to function like sonar, creating an outline image of people in the room, reflecting when sound was heard by the system.

installation at Granby Park

Granby Park Arts programme

August-September 2013

Granby Park, Dublin

Selected artwork in curated exhibition, 1 installation

Two works were staged at the pop-up outdoor event by Upstart, Granby Park in Dublin, August-September 2013. These included a text-based installation using video tape as a medium, Future Proof II, and a digital installation, Dian-an-Odyssey that recorded and played back user stories.

Installation in Trinity College

Tetralogy

August 2013

Front Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2

4 collaborative pieces, MSc final project

Tetralogy was a series of digital art installations created in Trinity College Dublin's Front Square as part of a final group progect for the MSc in Interactive Digital Media in the university. The project included pieces that took audio, sensor and visual input and responded to people's interactions, creating a narrative in the space that contrasted with the historical nature of it.

Collaborative works with Louise Noone and Gary McDermott.

Two digital works on show in Beijing

Irish Wave III

May-August 2012

Hidden Meanings, Yan Chao Collection Gallery, Beijing & Instruments of Pleasure, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

3 artworks selected for group exhibition

Included three digital works and a painting installation. The exhibitions were part of Irish Wave III, an exhibition of Irish work in China, which also included venues in Shanghai.

Installation shot from Make The Eighties The Decade of Endeavour

Make The Eighties The Decade Of Endeavour

July 2012

KT Contemporary, Donnybrook, Dublin

5 pieces, three-person exhibition

Invited to participate in a three-person painting exhibition exploring the effects of political change in Ireland in the last 30 years.

Installation shot from Vermont Studio Center

Painted Word

April 2012

Vermont Studio Center Exhibition Space, Johnson, Vermont, USA

2 pieces, three-person exhibition

Exhibited paintings as part of a three-person show at the end of a residency at Vermont Studio Center, Vermont USA.

Installation shot from This Offset Space

This OFFSET Space

March 2012

Little Green Street Gallery, Little Green Street, Dublin

2 pieces, group exhibition

Part of the 2012 OFFSET festival, two digital print collages were exhibited at the exhibition.

An installation at The Big Picture, Tallaght

Where We're At

September 2011

Creative Campus, The Big Picture, Tallaght, Dublin

2 collaborative pieces, group exhibition

Invited to participate in 8-week Creative Campus art residency, where artists were asked to use and reinterpret an abandoned digital hub in Tallaght town centre. Two collaborative digital works were created with Sara Amido, Thom Conaty and David Collier that used touch-screen technology, projection, audio and varied digital media to reinterpret the exhibition space and introduce elements of Tallaght into this space.

Somewhat self portrait

Half and Half: Opposites

July 2011

Half and Half, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork

1 painting, group exhibition

Invited to participate in a group exhibition looking at the idea of halves. The exhibited piece was a collaborative work with artist Candice Chu, looking at the idea of a self-portrait reinterpreted, and at the idea of individual or unique painting styles.

Installation shot from Akureyri exhibition

Never Ending Skaga I and II

May-June 2011

Mjólkurbúðin, Akureyri, Iceland | Nes, Skagaströnd, Iceland

8 pieces, group exhibitions

Exhibited paintings and painting installations in two self-curated and organised exhibitions in Akureyri, Iceland and Skagaströnd, Iceland. The exhibitions were responding to an art residency at Nes, Skagaströnd, where the artists were invited to consider the idea of working on a peninsula.

Utilitarian, a painting

Artmartists

September 2010

The ArtMart, The Mall, Sligo

2 pieces, group exhibition

Invited to exhibit as one of the founding members of The ArtMart Studios and Gallery in an exhibition looking back at the beginnings of the artist-led space.

Caramel, a painting

ArtCrawl 09

September 2009

Various venues, Sligo

6 pieces, group exhibition

Co-organised a large-scale group exhibition in numerous spaces, two of which later became semi-permanent art spaces in Sligo.

Claremorris Open 2008 installation shot

Claremorris Open Exhibition

September 2008

Claremorris, Co. Mayo

2 pieces, group exhibition

Accepted into the Claremorris Open Exhibition, Claremorris, with two paintings, one of which sold locally. The exhibition was curated by Lizzie Carey Thomas of TATE Britain.