About

Lucy McKenna's work is concerned with information systems that attempt to explain the universe and our place in it. Through her projects she traces different forms of data extraction, collection and communication developed by humans. This can include methods of scientific experiment, invention of technology, intuitive belief, or myth. The documented interpretation of anomalies, mysteries or unexplained phenomena in the world is very present in her work, along with semblances of the tools and equipment developed to perceive these events. Her works seek to unfold the information hidden in those spaces where the analytic and the intuitive concur. Her practice is a multidisciplinary one consisting of drawing, photography, film, installation, sculptural works and sourced object. 

Lucy currently holds a studio in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. 

 

    Artist CV

    Education:

    • Joint BA degree- NCAD, Thomas St, Dublin, 2000-2005 

    Selected Exhibitions + Projects:

    2018

    • Residency at Cill Rialaig, Kerry, Ireland. Sept
    • Residency/ offsite project at Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon, Ireland. June - Aug

    2017

    • Residency at ISCP New York, Brooklyn, NY USA. Sept - Dec
    • The Otherworld Hall, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland.
    • Galway International Arts Festival: The Golden Record, invited artist, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland, July
    • In Perpetuity, Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin 2, Ireland, April
    • Astronomical Mashup, Cube Space, The Lab Gallery, Dublin 1, Ireland, Feb (solo)

    2016

    • Winter OpenRUA RED, Dublin, 7th Nov
    • RISOdency, Facebook AIR Program, Dublin, 20th June
    • The Artist Observatory, Catalyst Arts + Armagh Space Observatory, Northern Ireland, Feb - April
    • Imago Mundi Project, international publication/ exhibition. Jan 

    2015

    • Periodical ReviewPallas Projects/ NCAD Gallery, 11th Dec
    • Artist in residence, Facebook AIR Program, Dublin, June - Oct 
    • Recent Works, Process Space, VISUAL Carlow, 7th March (solo)

    2014

    • Action at a Distance: the life and legacy of John Stewart Bell, Naughton Gallery, Queens University, Belfast, 5th Nov
    • The Lacuna In Parallax, Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, 12 th Sept 2014 (solo)
    • Legacy, City Hall, Cork, 28th Jan

    2013

    • DETONATE (SUPERSONIC EXOTHERMIC FRONT)Limerick Arts Encounter, 69 O'Connell St, Limerick, 16th Oct
    • Abhainn Rí Festival, Fennelly's, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, 28th July
    • The Darker Wood, Gallery West, Queen St, Toronto, Canada, 3rd July (solo)
    • Film Dinner 3/6, screening, curated by Etaoin Holohan at Fennellys, Callan, Co. Kilkenny 6th April
    • Under The Rug, curated by Erica Harney, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, USA, 3rd March
    • Bury Me Under The Juniper Tree, screening, King St. Alternative Film Festival, Toronto, 8th Feb
    • Quantum EntanglementAxis: Ballymun, Dublin, 16th Jan (solo)

    2012

    • Signes De Nuit film festival, Paris, France, 10th Oct
    • Freezer Film RetrospectiveNES, Skagaströnd, Iceland, 17th Aug
    • Electron Cloud, installation, St. Marys Lane, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny, 10th Aug
    • Birr Arts Festival Birr, Co. Offaly, 3rd Aug
    • Convergence 3With Space Gallery, 798 district, Beijing, China, 24th March
    • Hidden Meanings Yan Chao Collection Gallery, Guomao, Beijing, China, 9th March
    • The Darker WoodLinenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 3rd Feb (solo)
    • Selected WorksMountmellick Library & Gallery, Mountmellick, Co. Laois. 3rd Jan (solo)

    2011

    • The Darker Wood installation, Electric Picnic Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois, 4th Sept
    • The Darker Wood installation, Kilkenny Castle park, Kilkenny Arts Festival, 5th Aug
    • The Darker Wood, Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, 1st June (solo)
    • Upstart Campaign election posters, various locations in Dublin, 15th Feb

    2010

    • Sanctioned Array, White Box Gallery, NYC, USA, 2nd Nov
    • Gathering Mill Street Art Studios, Dublin 8, 15th July
    • New Living Art, Irish Museum Of Contemporary Art, Dublin 2, 2nd July
    • Movement Comma Movement, Toronto, Canada, 26th June
    • Éigse Arts Festival, Carlow, 11th June 
    • Vårstad Cultural Festival, Växjö, Sweden, 29th May 
    • Joint show with Fidelma Sheridan,Your Eyes They Turn MeInspire Galerie, Dublin 1, 22nd April 

    2009

    • Affordable Art show, Leinster Gallery, Dublin, 1st December
    • Stargaze, D-Light Studios, Dublin, 27th September 
    • Estate Yard '09, Castle Yard gallery space, Kilkenny, 20th August 
    • Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny, 7th August
    • Intersection Correlation, Turn-Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 19th June 
    • Joint show with Ross Stewart and Rachel Burke, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary, 7th May 
    • Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr, Co. Offaly, 6th April (solo)

    2008

    • Muddy Cup Studios, Kingston NY, USA, October
    • Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada, 2nd October 
    • The Big Bang, Carlinn Gallery, Carlingford, Co. Louth, 1st September (solo)
    • Glow, Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 4th July (solo)
    • Mermaid Greenstar show, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, 19th June
    • Curate This, BECA Gallery, New Orleans, USA, 19th June
    • Rythmic Cosmos, Ennistymon Courthouse Arts Centre , Ennistymon, Co. Clare, 4th April
    • Luminosity, Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, 13th January (solo)

    Awards

    • 2014- 1 year membership, The Good Hatchery
    • 2013- Culture Ireland grant
    • 2013- Joint 1st place, Intertoto Competition, King St. Alternative Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
    • 2012- Irish Arts Council Project Award
    • 2011- Artlinks Bursary Award
    • 2010- Irish Arts Council Travel Bursary
    • 2008- Irish Arts Council Travel Bursary

    Residencies

    2017

    • ISCP, New York, USA. Sept - Dec. 

    2016

    • The Artist ObservatoryCatalyst Arts + Armagh Space Observatory, Northern Ireland. Feb - April 

    2015

    • Facebook Artist In Residence Program, Dublin HQ, Ireland. June - Oct.

    2013

    • Fennelly's, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. July.

    2011

    • Kilkenny Arts Office, John St., Kilkenny, Ireland. October. 

    2010

    • Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Toronto, Canada. October & November. 

    2009

    • NES, Skagaströnd, Iceland. February & March.

    2008

    • Castlecomer Estate Yard, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. Permanent artist in residence until Jan 2011.
    • Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA. February.

    Collections

    • OPW, Ireland
    • Accenture, London
    • President McAleese, Áras an Úachtarain, Dublin
    • Irish Defence Forces, Dublin
    • St Lukes Hospital, Dublin 
    • ASTI Headquarters, Dublin 
    • The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin
    • Kilkenny Arts Office, Kilkenny
    • Kilkenny Education Centre, Kilkenny