Gareth Kennedy

B.A in Fine Art.

Assistant Lecturer

Kennedy's work explores the social agency of the handcrafted in the 21st century and generates 'communities of interest' around the production and performance of new material cultures. Deploying an anthropological approach as an operational aesthetic these works draw on the particular social, cultural and economic histories of location. Outcomes typically include architectural or designed structures, films, hand crafted objects, as well as live performative events which bring these physical entities to life within specific public contexts. Kennedy has produced and shown work both nationally and internationally. His practice to date includes public art work, educational projects, exhibitions, residencies and collaborations. In 2009, he co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale along with artist Sarah Browne. Kennedy also works on another distinct artistic practice called Kennedy Browne in collaboration with artist Sarah Browne.

Select Exhibitions & Screenings 2008-2016

2018 The Special Relationship at Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois, U.S.A.

General Rehearsal, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russian Federation

I Slept Like A Stone, The Lab, Dublin.

In-Sites / Ón Cheapach, Arts Council touring exhibition

2017 Enter Stage Left: the craft of theatre in art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork

2016 Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft (The Uncomfortable Science), Act II, solo exhibition at Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum, Innsbruck, Austria.

Radical Actions, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia in the group show (September 2016).

Silence. Darkness, Tallinn Kunsthoone, Estonia (August 2016).

Post Colony, solo exhibition at VISUAL, Carlow.

2015 Post Colony, at Kerry Film Festival, Muckross House, Killarney National Park.

Les Mondes Inversés (Inverted Worlds), group exhibition at BPS22 Space, Charleroi, Belgium as part of the Mons European City of Culture celebrations.

Exoten-AdOption_AdAption, Group exhibition at WARP, Sint Niklaas, Belgium.

The Myth of the Many and the One, screening with the Socialist Sunshine Cinema at Signal, Malmö, Sweden.

The Pattern Exchange, group exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery & Artists Studios, Dublin. Curated by Hollie Kearns and Rosie Lynch.

Invented Tradition, solo exhibition at Galway Arts Centre.

2014 Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft (The Uncomfortable Science), solo exhibition at ar/ge Kunst Museum Gallery, Bolzano, Italy. Curated by Emanuele Guidi.

Post Colony, solo exhibition at Siamsa Tire – The National Folk Theatre, Co. Kerry.

Kennedy Browne at Wyspa Art Centre, group show, Gdansk, Poland.

The Workers, group exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre curated by Linda Shevlin.

The Myth of the Many and the One, Kennedy Browne solo exhibition, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

Kennedy Browne & Katarzyna Kosmala, screening event and book launch at CCA Glasgow.

2013 Kennedy Browne solo exhibition at Wilfried Lentz Gallery, Rotterdam.

Solving Ourselves as part of Golden Mountain, TULCA, Galway.

Steirische Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria. Curated by Luigi Fassi and Katerina Gregos.

Upending; Limerick City Gallery, Limerick, Ireland.

United States of Europe; touring to Paris, Cork, Brussels.

Folk Fiction: Encounters in Material Cultures, solo touring exhibition to the National Museum of Ireland – Countrylife; Kerry County Museum; the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; and Galway City Museum.

2012 The Myth of the Many in the One, screening and discussion event at Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, in association with the San Jose Zero1 Biennial
Bern Biennial, Switzerland.

United States of Europe; touring to Vilnius, Guimares, Nicosia, Dresden, Sofia.

2011 United States of Europe, touring group show of 10 European cities 2011-13, Lodz, Helsinki.

Troubling Ireland, inner city Dublin poster campaign in association with Firestation, Dublin and Kuratorisk Aktion, Denmark.

Tulca, After the Fall, Galway, curated by Megs Morley.

How Capital Moves, Kennedy Browne solo show with Limerick City Gallery.

Solo exhibition of work at Áras Éanna Arts Centre, Aran Islands.

Translocal, screenings at Ennistymon arts Festival, Co. Clare.

2010 12th Cairo Biennial, Cairo, Egypt (December).

L’ Exposition Lunatique, group show at the Kadist Foundation, ParisLodz Biennial, Between independence & Freedom, new work commission, Lodz, Poland.We are Never At Home, as part of Dorm, in association with Pallas Contemporary Projects, reopening of The Model, Sligo, Ireland.

IrelandVenice, at Farmleigh Gallery & NCAD Gallery, Dublin; Golden Thread, Belfast.

Kennedy Browne solo exhibition at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.

2009 Irish Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, curated by Caoimhin Corrigan.

Blue Collar Blue, Kunstihoone Tallinn, Estonia.

A Silent Year, the LAB, Dublin.

2008 Sacrifice Zone, online commission for Arcade Project, UK.

No Place, The Power House, Memphis, Tennesee, U.S.A.

New Sites, New Fields, Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland.

Unacto, Dresden, Germany.

Public Commissions 2010 -2019

2019 Infrastructure, Fingal Public Art, Co. Dublin

AerialSparks, Kennedy Browne commission for Galway 2020, European City of Culture

2018 A Playful Wait, National Children's Hospital, Dublin

2017 Tir Saile Public Art Residency, Erris, Co. Mayo

2015 The Origins and Uses of Roundtowers, Fingal Arts Office public art commission. Portrane.

2014 Post Colony, new work in association with Killarney National Park, Kerry Film Festival and Siamsa Tire, Co. Kerry.

Fan Nóiméad, Galway County Council per cent for Public Art Commission with Headford Men's Shed.

2013 Workhouse Assembly, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

Critical Mass, public art project, St. Petersberg, Russia.

The Great Wheel of Mayo, workshop and film making process in association with Mayo Art Squad, Castlebar Men's Shed and the National Museum of Ireland, Countrylife.

2012 Research trip for 2013 Public Art Project as part of Critical Mass, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Research & development of new work for festivals in Co. Meath, Ireland. In association with Meath Partnership.

Shortlisted for Dublin Public Art Programme – Interaction with the City.

2011 Public Art Residency Commission with Kerry County Council.

Super8 Shots Árann, co-organiser of Super8 film festival for the Aran Islands, Galway.

2009 Commission to co-represent Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

2008 Tears For Fears Bunker, Promenade, Clontarf, Dublin City Council’s Open Space programme.

The Future of Ice, New Sites, New Fields, Landscape research project with Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

Inflatable Bandstand (ten year crescendo) as part of After, Leitrim/Roscommon.


Kennedy Browne, Gareth Kennedy & Sarah Browne (2018) The Myth of the Many in the One, Visual Resources, International Journal of Images and Their Uses, DOI: 10.1080/01973762.2018.1455359

Chapter in A Land on the Threshold South Tyrolean Transformations, 1915–2015, Georg Grote and Hannes Obermair (Ed). Peter Lang, ISBN-13: 9783034322409

Gareth Kennedy, ‘Post Colony', artist publication, CottageLab, 2016,ISBN 978-0-9554976-8-1.

Gareth Kennedy, ‘IKEA Butter Churn for Gneeveguilla’, artist publication, CottageLab, 2012, ISBN 978-0-9554976-7-4.

Alice Lyons (Ed.) ‘Gareth Kennedy, IrelandVenice’, monograph, The Dock, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9553950-2-4.

Alice Lyons (Ed.) ‘Kennedy Browne, IrelandVenice’, monograph, The Dock, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9553950-3-1.

Kennedy Browne, 'The Myth of the Many in the One', Artist publication, cottagelab, 2013, ISBN 978-0-9554976-7-4.

Kennedy Browne, IrelandVenice’, monograph produced as part of the 53rd Venice Biennale, The Dock, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9553950-3-1.

Gareth Kennedy, 'Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft (The Uncomfortable Science)' in 'Arthur Scheler, Sudtirol Archiv, 1936-1938', Franz J. Haller (Ed.), Arbeitkreis Visuelle Dokumentation Sudtiroler Volkskultur e.V, Gargazon, Sudtirol, 2014, ISBN 978-88-940258-0-4.

Joanne Laws, 'Invented Tradition', commissioned text for printed project as part of Gareth Kennedy solo show at Galway Arts Centre, January/February 2015.

Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits, 'Dispatch From St Petersburg', commissioned text for printed project as part of Gareth Kennedy solo show at Galway Arts Centre, January/February 2015.

Kennedy Browne, 'How Capital Moves' Artist publication, cottagelab, 2011.

Luigi Fassi, Katerina Gregos, Steirischer Herbst (Ed.) 'Liquid Assets: In the Aftermath of the Transformation of Capital', Mousse Publishing, Milan, 2013.

Katarzyna Kosmala, 'Imagining Masculinities: Spatial and Temporal Representation and Visual Culture' (Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality) Routledge, 2013, ISBN-13: 978-0415807043.

Glenn Harper & Twylene Moyer (Ed.) 'Artists Reclaim the Commons: New Works / New Territories / New Publics' (Perspectives on Contemporary Sculpture), ISC Press, 2013, ISBN-13: 978-0295993393.

Select Symposia/Presentations 2008-2016

2018 8th Inter-Format Symposium on Rites and Terrabytes, Nida Art Colony, Lithuania

Visiting lecturer at Global Ecologies Studio, Burren College of Art,  Co. Clare

2017 Visiting lecturer at Global Ecologies Studio, Burren College of Art,  Co. Clare

Visiting Erasmus lecturer and researcher to INSITU at Artesis Plantijn University College, Antwerp, Belgium

Gaining Ground - Public Art and Public Engagement Seminar, Glor, Ennis, Co. Clare

Visiting lecturer to MA in Social Practice and the Creative Environment (SPACE) at

Limerick School of and Design, Ireland

2016 Jour Fixe presentation at Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Presentation at Conflict, Migration and Identity in Modern Ireland: Global and transnational perspectives, VISUAL, Carlow.

Visiting lecturer to The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium.

2015 Of Speculative Histories, Origin Myths and Invented Traditions, Schloss Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria.

Innovation in Tradition, speaker at University of Innsbruck Conference, Innsbruck, Austria.

Südtirolismen III: A land on the threshold - Ein Land auf der Schwelle – Un territorio sulla soglia. Interdisciplinary conference, Prösels Castle, South Tyrol, Italy.

Visiting lecturer to Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway.

Visiting lecturer to Wexford School of Art and Design.

Presentation and critique for 'Design with Communities', Oranmore in association with Galway City Council Architecture Office and School of Architecture University of Limerick.

Bog Burial, event, discussion and presentation with UCD Experimental Archaeology and NCAD Sculpture at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios as part of The Pattern Exchange, Dublin.

Casting Territory: A Contemporary River Keepers’ Index of Lesser Known Patterns, artist led discussion, Rua Red, Tallaght, Dublin.

2014 The Uncomfortable Science, lecture at School of Languages and Literatures, University Collge Dublin.Lunchbytes – Life, Memory. Kennedy Browne panelists at public event in association with Goethe institut and IMMA, Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Visiting lecturer on ARC (Art, Research, Collaboration) MA programme at Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire.

Presentation at Irish Collaborations in Liverpool at Tate Liverpool in association with Create, Dublin City Arts Office, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, IADT and Liverpool Ireland Cultural Corridor.

Stuben-Forum, organised interdisciplinary panel around the exhibition Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft (The Uncomfortable Science), ar/ge Kunst, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy.

The Workers Symposium, panelist, Roscommon Arts Centre.

Research and presentation at The Israeli Centre for Digital Art, Jessy Cohen, Holon, Israel.

Artist presentation at the Palestine International Academy of Art, Ramahlah, Palestine.

2013 Folk Fiction, artist led museum tour, Galway City Museum.

Art and Responsibility, presentation and panel discussion at Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Art as a Tool for Social Change: Art Practices in Public Spaces, presentation at public art symposium, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Design Intelligence, IDEATE Festival, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.

Visiting lecturer to MA in Social Practice and the Creative Environment (SPACE) at Limerick School of and Design, Ireland.

Year Lecturer in Sculpture and Combined Media (year 3), Limerick School of and Design, Ireland.

Public Moment, inaugeral living artist presentation at The Hunt Museum, Limerick.

2012 The Future State of Ireland, screening and symposium at Goldsmiths College, London.

Encounters in Material Cultures, artists presentation, Etagi Space, St. Petersburg, Russia, in association with the Creative Association of Curators, TOK.

Research & development of new work for festivals in Co. Meath. In association with Meath Partnership.

Build it, They Will Come, public presentations to culture and community groups in Co. Meath and Co. Kerry, Ireland. In association with Meath and Kerry Partnerships.

2011 Professional Artist’s talk given at The Power of the Local Festival, Courthouse Gallery & Studios, Ennistymon, Co. Clare. In association with VAI.

Troubling Ireland, public hearing at Liberty Hall, Dublin.

To Have/To Own, presentation at symposium, hosted by PLATFORM artists collective, Vaasa, Finland.

Think Tank, research presentation with Dell Redundant Worker’s Association, Daghdha, Limerick.

2010 Troubling Ireland, All Ireland think tank facilitated by Kuratorisk Aktion.

Kennedy Browne Keynote Lecture, NCAD Gallery, Dublin.

Visiting lecturer, artist's presentation at NCAD, Dublin.

Forms of collective organisation in isolated settlements; Research trip to Brezoi, Romania as part of Rhyzom.

2009 A Silent Year, public discussion with Gareth Kennedy and Gerry Cahill Architects, The LAB, Dublin.

Visiting lecturer, artist’s presentation with Cluain Mhuire , Galway College of Art and Design.

Ireland, Venice, preview presentations at TBG&S, Dublin, and The Lewis Glucksman, Cork.

2008 Visiting lecturer at Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin.


Woodward, Paddy, 'What has art to do with climate change?', Irish Times, Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Fiona Gannon, 'Enter Stage Left – The Craft of Theatre in Art', Art Monthly, June 2017

Aidan Dunne, 'Visual art round-up', Irish Times, February 23rd 2016

Joanne Laws, 'The Pattern Exchange', Art Monthly, March 2015

Federica Bueti, 'Gareth Kennedy, 'Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft' (The Uncomfortable Science) at Ar/ge Kunst, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy', FRIEZE, Issue 168, January/February 2015

Aidan Dunne, 'Visual Arts Round up', February 23rd, 2016

Aidan Dunne, 'The Pattern Exchange', Irish Times, February 17th, 2015

Aidan Dunne, 'The Age Old Traditions of Gareth Kennedy's Invented Worlds', Irish Times, January 26th, 2015

Lorna Siggins, 'Boatbuilder in Uncharted Artistic Waters', Irish Times, January 17th, 2015

Elena Goukassian, IKEA Butter Churn for Gneeveguilla' Sculpture Magazine, January/February 2013 issue

Joanne Laws,  'Generation Bailout - Art, Psycho-Geography and the 'Irish Mind' Debate', Variant Issue 43, Spring 2012

‘Build It Yourself: The Art World Shops at IKEA’, Modern Painters Magazine, March 2012

Gemma Tipton, ‘Representing the Past’, Irish Times, November 22nd, 2011