Kevin Gaffney

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Work

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

Dusting

An Oral Fixation

The Unnameable

The Black Plum

 

About

Bio & CV

Publications

Statement

Contact

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

Kevin Gaffney is a visual artist working in film. 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); received a Film Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland for the creation of a new film while artist in residence at the Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan (2014); and received the Kooshk Artist Residency Award to create a new film in Iran (2015).

His work is part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s collection and has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally, including: European Media Art Festival (Germany, 2016); Out There, Thataway at CCA Derry~Londonderry (2015); the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (Scotland, 2015); and We at Catalyst Arts (Belfast, 2012). Solo exhibitions include: CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute (Japan, 2014); the Linenhall Arts Centre (Ireland, 2016); and Millennium Court Arts Centre (Northern Ireland, 2016).

Kevin's work is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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Education

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

2016 Millennium Court Arts Centre, Northern Ireland.

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 The Black Plum, 126 Gallery, Galway, Ireland.

 

Awards

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.

 

Residencies & Travel Grants

2017 Fire Station Artist Studios, Dublin.

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.

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

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

Supported by Arts Council of Ireland’s Travel & Training Award & the Opinion Ciatti Scholarship.

Culture Ireland travel grant for Arte Laguna Prize exhibition. Venice.

2011 Cill Rialig Artists Residency, Cill Rialig Arts Centre. Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Culture Ireland travel grant for Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists exhibition. Brno.

2010 Travel & Training Award from Arts Council of Ireland for Royal College of Art. London.

 

Bursaries & Project Grants

2017 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.

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.

 

Artist Talks & Workshops

2016 Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland.

Art School, filmmaking workshops for primary school groups, curated by Jennie Guy, 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.

 

Group Exhibitions & Film Screenings

2016 European Media Art Festival, Germany.

Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris.

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

Cork Film Festival, Ireland.

Edinburgh Artist Moving Image Festival (EAMIF), Scotland.

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

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

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Scotland.

The Numbers Station, Ulster University Gallery, Belfast School of Art, Northern Ireland.

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.

Attic Gallery, Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taiwan.

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

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

The Library Project, PhotoIreland, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin.

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

The Poetry Project, the Kinsale Arts Festival in partnership with Poetry Ireland and the Royal Hibernian Academy. Selected by Gemma Tipton and Patrick T. Murphy. www.thepoetryproject.ie

Tokyo Art Book Fair, CMBMC Booth, Kyoto University of Art & Tohoku University of Art and Design.

Book Awards 2013, Les Rencontres d’Arles, France.

C7C Gallery, CMBMC, Nagoya, Japan.

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.

AND 2012 Shorts: Programme 2, Abandon Normal Devices, Cornerhouse, Manchester.

Tokyo Art Book Fair, CMBMC Booth, Gaien Campus, Kyoto University of Art & Tohoku University of Art and Design, Kita-Aoyama, Tokyo.

Tenderflix Film Screening, Tenderpixel, London.

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

Night Accident, CMBMC, Osaka, Japan.

Dublin Art Book Fair, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin.

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

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

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

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

WNDX, Festival of Moving Image, Canada.

Drop Everything, Inis Oírr, Co. Galway, Ireland.

The Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale, Venice, Italy.

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.

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

Showtime, Central Saint Martins, The Cochrane Theatre, London.

Islington Exhibits, Rowan Arts Trust, Old Fire Station, London.

Cinematique, British Film Institute, IMAX Theatre, London.

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

FEST; International Film Festival, Portugal.

I’m Not a Poet, Total Kunst Gallery, Edinburgh.

2010 Battle of Ideas, Royal College of Art, London.

Album, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool Biennale Independents.

Mainland, 126 @ E:vent Gallery, London.

MA Photography & Moving Image, Interim Show, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.

2008 Best in Show, The Digital Hub, Dublin.

E’3 Film @ Prix Europa, Berlin.

Artist Performance Series, Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

DIT Graduate Show, Dublin Institute of Technology.

2007 The Rose Project, The Lab, Dublin.

RDS Student Art Awards, Royal Dublin Society.

The Forest of the Fallen Moon, Broadstone XL, Dublin.

2006 International Digital Art Exhibition, the Liverpool Biennale Independents, Walker Art Gallery.

RDS Travelling Exhibition, Main Guard Arts Centre, Tipperary.

RDS Travelling Exhibition, Island Arts Centre, Antrim.

RDS Student Art Awards, Royal Dublin Society.

All Shook Up. TULCA, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway.

 

Publications

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.

Artist in Residence Programme of MMCA, interview on KTV, South Korea.

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

2013 Galway Arts Centre, solo publication, edition of 100.

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 Language Through Lenses, E3 Film, DVD published by ELIA. ISBN: 978-92-79-09980-9

 

Collections

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

APT Global One, Artist Pension Trust.

National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

The Irish Film Archive, Irish Film Institute.