Kevin Gaffney




Far from the reach of the sun

A Numbness in the Mouth

The mirror is dark and inky

Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands

Everything Disappears

Seeing Colours in an Oil Slick

The Moonless Ocean

Being In the Twofold World


An Oral Fixation

The Unnameable



Bio & CV










Kevin Gaffney is an artist filmmaker. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA Photography and Moving Image, and was awarded the first Sky Academy Arts Scholarship for an Irish artist in 2015. He was an UNESCO-Aschberg laureate artist in residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Changdong Residency in South Korea (2014) and received the Kooshk Artist Residency Award to create a new film in Iran (2015). A monograph of his work, Unseen By My Open Eyes, was published in 2017. He is currently a PhD researcher at Ulster University.

His work is part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s collection and has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally, including: Cork Film Festival (2016); European Media Art Festival (Germany, 2016); Futures at the RHA (2017); and the 10th Imagine Science Film Festival (New York, 2017). Solo exhibitions include: CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute (Japan, 2014 & 2018); Millennium Court Arts Centre (Northern Ireland, 2017); Block 336 curated by Kathleen Soriano (London, 2017); and Ormston House (as part of EVA's Public Programme, 2018).



PhD with practice, Cinematic Arts, Ulster University, 2018- 2021.

MA Photography & Moving Image, Royal College of Art, London. 2009- 2011.

BA Fine Art (First Class Hons.), Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin. 2004 - 2008.


Solo Exhibitions

2018 Ormston House, EVA Public Programme, Ireland.

CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute, Sapporo, Japan.

2017 Block 336, curated by Kathleen Soriano, London.

Millenium Court Arts Centre, curated by Jackie Barker, Northern Ireland.

2016 The Linenhall Arts Centre, Ireland.

2014 CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute, Sapporo International Art Festival, Japan.

2013 Galway Arts Centre, Ireland.

2011 RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Ireland.

2008 126 Gallery, Galway, Ireland.


Solo Screenings

2018 FACT, Liverpool.

2015 The Numbers Station, Belfast School of Art, Ulster University.

2011 The LAB, Dublin.



2015 Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.

2014 UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate Artist. Korea.

2012 Little White Lies Award from 9th London Short Film Festival. UK.

2011 Grand Prix from the Sapporo Biennale International Competition. Japan.

Honorary Mention from Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists. Czech Republic.



2017/8 Marino Institute of Education, Artist in Residence. September 2017- June 2018. Dublin.

Fire Station Artist Studios. June 2017- June 2018. Dublin.

2017 Cow House Studios, Bealtaine Festival. May. Wexford.

2016 Royal Hibernian Academy Artist Studios. RHA, Dublin, January-August 2016.

2015 Kooshk Artist Residency Award. Tehran, Iran. July.

2014 MMCA Residency Changdong, National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art. Sept-Dec 2014. Seoul.

Taipei Artist in Residence, Taipei Artist Village. January- March 2014, Taiwan.

Digital Media Award, Firestation Artists Studios. May- August 2014, Ireland.

2012 Started Residency, Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists, Arbor Vitae Foundation. Prague.

VISIO, European Workshop on Artists Cinema at Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival. Florence.


Artist Talks & Workshops

2018 Artist Talk, RHA, Dublin.

In Conversation with Kathleen Soriano, Ormston House, Limerick.

Talk and seminar, BA Photography & Video, University of Ulster.

2017 Panel discussion with Vivienne Dick & Kathy Pendergast, chaired by Linda Shevlin, Wexford Arts Centre.

The Hugh Lane, Dublin.

In Conversation with curator Kathleen Soriano, Block 336, London.

Art in Schools – Models of Engagement seminar, Wexford Arts Centre.

Public Art II: From Ambition to Realisation, VAI & Fingal Arts Office, Malahide Castle.

BA Fine Art, Dublin Institute of Technology.

Arte Visione at Sky Academy, Milan.

Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland.

2016 Art School, Co. Roscommon.

2015 Rybon Art Centre, Tehran, Iran.

Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

2014 Department of Fine Art, Kyung Hee University, Seoul.

Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan.

2013 Department of Fine Art, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.


Selected Film Festivals

2018 Korean Queer Film Festival, Seoul.

Cork Film Festival, Ireland.

Movies in Mind, Nerve Centre, Derry, Northern Ireland.

2017 10th Imagine Science Film Festival, New York.

AMINI 17: Festival of Artists’ Moving Image, The MAC, Belfast.

Loop Barcelona: City Screen, Damer House at La Place Art Space, Spain.

Urban Nomad Film Festival, Taiwan.

Dingle International Film Festival, Ireland.

2016 EMAF, European Media Arts Festival, Germany.

Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris.

Cork Film Festival, Ireland.

Edinburgh Artist Moving Image Festival (EAMIF), Scotland.

2015 Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Scotland.

2012 Abandon Normal Devices, Cornerhouse, Manchester.

Tenderflix Film Screening, Tenderpixel, London.

The London Short Film Festival. Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London.

Big Screen, Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK. In association with Lux, Cine-city and Supernormal Festival.

WNDX, Festival of Moving Image, Canada.

2011 The Brighton Film Festival, Cinecity, the Nightingale, Brighton.

FEST, Portugal.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 How to Do Things with Words, ArtLacuna, London.

2017 FUTURES, RHA, Ireland.

Art Works, curated by Eoin Dara & Emma-Lucy O’Brien, VISUAL, Ireland.

2016 Art Street, public exhibition in Sapporo-Odori subway stations, Sapporo, Japan.

2015 Out There Thataway, CCA Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Kooshk Artist Residency Award, Open Studio Exhibition, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

AIB Eigse, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland.

Homeland, Damer House Gallery in association with Loop Barcelona, Ireland.

2014 Other Forms of Relations, MMCA Residency, National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Korea.

Fake Hikers, MMCA Residency Changdong, National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Korea.

Sorachi Coal Mine exhibition, Sapporo International Art Festival, Japan.

With My, Trade Your, Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan.

2013 The Poetry Project, Culture Night, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

The Earth Rings in Your Ears, Eight Gallery, Dublin.

For Beauty is Nothing but the Beginning of Terror, Martin Luther Straße 1, Dresden.

2012 WE, Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

Periodical Review # 2, Pallas Projects, Dublin.

Started 2012: Residents of Startpoint, Galerie NTK, National Technical Library, Prague.

The Last to Say, Museum Gavu Cheb, Czech Republic.

Athens Video Art Festival, Historic Centre of Athens (Stoa Kourtaki).

Startpoint: Selected, Museum Gavu Cheb, Czech Republic

2011 Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists, Wannieck Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic.

SHOW 2011, Royal College of Art Graduate Show, London.

Approaching Art by Leaving Art Behind– 9 Days the Museum Disappears, Sapporo Pre-Biennale, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan.

MA Photography & Moving Image, Interim Show, Lower Galleries, Royal College of Art, London.

2010 Album, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool Biennale Independents.

2008 Artist Performance Series, Project Arts Centre, Dublin.


Publications & Broadcasts

2017 Unseen by my Open Eyes, monograph by Black Dog Publishing. UK, Europe, Asia & North America.

Interview feature with Labocine, Imagine Science Films, Issue 17, USA.

2016 Sky Arts UK & Ireland broadcast: 10min documentary and interview with Melvyn Bragg.

2015 National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art Changdong Residency publication, South Korea.

2014 Artists in the Art Studio of National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art. South Korea.

Fluid Identities, Visual Artists Ireland Newsheet, July/August Issue, Ireland.

2012 The Unnameable, solo publication, limited edition of 200. Supported by RUA RED & Arts Council of Ireland.

Forms of Imagining #2, Project Arts Centre. ISBN: 978-1-872493-28-2.

The Arte Laguna Prize Catalogue.

2011 Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists. ISBN: 978-80-87164-80-8

Hard Cover; Image Perspectives, Royal College of Art & Black Dog Press. ISBN: 978-1907-317-415

SHOW RCA 2011. ISBN: 978-1-9073420-31-8.

2010 Wandsworth Art Newspaper, commissioned feature, September issue.

2009 SuperMassiveBlackHole, Issue 2. ISSN: 2009-2288.

The LAB Gallery: 40 Exhibitions 06-08, edited by Gemma Tipton. ISBN: 978-0-955-4281-1-1

2008 Review of The Black Plum, CIRCA Art Journal, Issue 205, 2008


Bursaries & Project Grants

2017 Film Project Award, Arts Council of Ireland.

Film Bursary Award, Arts Council of Ireland.

2015 Film Project Award, Arts Council of Ireland.

Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.

Film Bursary Award, Arts Council of Ireland.

2014 Film Project Award, Arts Council of Ireland.

2012 Film Project Award, Arts Council of Ireland.

Artist Bursary Award, South Dublin County Council.

Artist’s International Development Fund, Arts Council of England & British Council.

2011 Artist Bursary Award, Arts Council of Ireland.

2008 E’3 Film Award, European League of Institute of the Arts.

Artist Bursary Award, South Dublin County Council.



Irish Museum of Modern Art, donated by Frank X. Buckley & Dr. Michael P. Burns through the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland.