2015-16: Andrew Kearney
Andrew Kearney is a mixed media installation artist from Limerick, Ireland. He has created installations for the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Camden Arts Centre, the Ottawa Art Gallery in Ontario, Canada and at Man Size in New York. Visit Andrew's website.
Andrew Kearney was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1961. He studied fine art at Limerick College of Art and Design, before going on to obtain an MA in sculpture at Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 1992, he was awarded the Barclays Young Artist Award at the Serpentine Gallery in London as well as a fellowship from the Irish Arts Council to work in the MoMA PS1 Studios in New York. Kearney returned to London in 1993 to develop an installation for The Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin, later followed by installations for the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the Camden Arts Centre in London, the Lighthouse-Glasgow, the Ottawa Art Gallery in Ontario and the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, Canada.
Site-specific work led to collaborative architectural projects, including a commission in 1996 for Heathrow Terminal One with architect Nicholas Grimshaw and the Public Art Development Trust. In 2001 Kearney worked on Glen Howell's Millennium Project for Westminster Council and on the Courtyard Interface for South Thames College in London and the Public Arts Commission Agency. In 2001-02 he completed two large installation projects in Ireland: With Intent in Limerick and Illumination at the Boiler House in Ballymun Estate Dublin. In 2004, he was commissioned to develop Art Wall in Limerick County's new chambers. In 2004, he completed his second residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
In 2008, Kearney completed a three-year AHRC funded research project at Middlesex University, London producing two books comprising theoretical and practical research: Phase 2 (2007), and Spaces Buildings Make (2008) which culminated in an installation on the South Bank, part of the London Architecture Biennale. He has worked on interactive lighting projects for several places, including Liquid Mountain (2009) at Wexford Opera House in Ireland; Art in Empty Spaces (2010) in Hull, and Embrace the Place (2011) at Tate Britain. In 2012 he was invited to be the artist and mentor for the Plug-In ICA Summer Programme in Winnipeg, Canada. The same year he showed at Nuit Blanche in Toronto and Man Size in New York. As part of Ireland's presidency for the EU Council, Kearney won the commission to install SKYLUM (2013) in the Justus Lipsius Council Building in Brussels. In 2014-15 he was commissioned to create Tell Me Something for Limerick City of Culture, his largest work to date. He also completed a five-room installation at the Limerick City Gallery of Art entitled The Meaning of Nothing. In 2015 he was awarded a three-month residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, which he undertook before starting at Watts Gallery – Artists' Village in September.