Dr. Declan Long


Course Director: MA Art in the Contemporary World (www.acw.ie), School of Visual Culture

Dr Declan Long is Head of Doctoral Studies and Co-Director (with Dr Francis Halsall) of the MA/MFA Art in the Contemporary World. He writes regularly on contemporary art and related subjects for a range of publications including Artforum International and Source Photographic Review. He is the author of Ghost-Haunted Land: Contemporary Art and Post-Troubles Northern Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2017; updated with new preface, 2020): an in-depth analysis of art made in response to changing conditions in the north of Ireland during the two decades following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. (“A foundational work of art criticism … a first point of reference for anyone interested in the Troubles and their cultural legacies” — Prof. Nicholas Allen, The Irish Times). While art from Northern Ireland has been a key area of research interest over recent years — with the work of Derry-born photography and film artist Willie Doherty a particular focus — he has also written extensively on art from Ireland more generally, and from other parts of the world. Recent work includes texts on the history of Ireland’s exhibitions at the Venice Biennale (Journal of Curatorial Studies, 2021) and essays for publications on the work of Dorothy Cross, Eva Rothschild, Emily Jacir and Merlin James.

Books / chapters

·       Ghost Haunted Land: Contemporary Art & Post-Troubles Northern Ireland. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017; updated 2020).

·       ‘Contact Zones’ in Dorothy Cross: Crossing (Dublin: Dürer Editions, 2022); texts by Declan Long, Philip Hoare, Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Edna O’Brien.

·       ‘Where Are We Now?’ in Willie Doherty: Where / Dove, (Modena: Fondazione Modena Arti Visive; & Belfast: Ulster Museum; 2021).

·       ‘Phoebe Unwin: Field’ in Declan Long & Simone Menegoi (authors) Phoebe Unwin: Field (Milan: Silvana Editoriale, 2019).

·       ‘Do Something on a Normal Day’, in Emily Jacir: Where We Come From (Hanover, New Hampshire: Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College, 2019).

·       ‘Things Being Various’ in Declan Long & Max Delaney (authors) Eva Rothschild: Kosmos (Melbourne: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2018).

·       ‘Solid Air’ in Merlin JamesLong Game (Shunde, China: OCT Boxes Art Museum, 2018).

·       ‘Sean Scully: Home’, in Rudi Fuchs, Kelly Grovier & Declan Long (authors), Sean Scully: Landlines (Tilburg: de Pont Museum, 2018).

·       ‘The Other North’ in Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh eds., Jesse Jones: The Other North (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2017).


Articlesjournals, magazines, news media

·       ‘Necessarily Provisional: Ireland at the Venice Biennale’ in Journal of Curatorial Studies: Volume 10, Number 1, 1 April 2021, pp. 26-49 (24).

·       ‘Viewfinder: on Whatever You Say, Say Nothing by Gilles Peress,’ Aperture, Winter 2021.

·       ‘Martin Parr’s Ireland’, Source Photographic Review, Winter 2021.

·       ‘Interview: Ori Gersht’, Source Photographic Review, Summer 2021.

·       ‘Dusk in Venice: on Cathy Wilkes and Anna Burns’, The Irish Times, February 10th, 2020.

·        ‘Naked Eye: on the Paintings of Derek Jarman’, Artforum International, November, 2019.

·       ‘Notes on Awkwardness’, Paper Visual Art, Volume 9, Autumn 2018.

·       ‘Interview: Stan Douglas’, Source Photographic Review, Winter 2017.

·       ‘Influences: Eva Rothschild, Feature, Frieze Magazine, August 2017.