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Sean Lynch (b.1978) is a visual artist living in Askeaton, Ireland.

He studied fine art at the Stadelschule, Frankfurt am Main. In 2015 he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale. In addition, he has recently held solo exhibitions at The Rose Art Museum, Boston, Modern Art Oxford and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. His artworks have been furthered exhibited at the Camden Arts Centre, London, CAPC Bordeaux, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, neugerriemschneider, Berlin and Frankfurter Kunstverein,Frankfurt am Main.


In 2016 he is the Audain Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver and is preparing for upcoming exhibitions at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.

Along with Michele Horrigan, he works at Askeaton Contemporary Arts,

This website features documentation of artworks and exhibitions,

downloads of publications and regular updates on upcoming projects.




born 1978, County Kerry, Ireland


Study of Fine Art, HfBK Stadelschule, Frankfurt am Main, 2005-2007
MA History of Art and Design, University of Limerick, 2002-2004
BA Sculpture, Limerick School of Art and Design, 1997-2001

Solo exhibitions and projects (selection)

2017  Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin


2016  Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver

           Rose Art Museum, Boston

           Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

           Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

           Limerick City Gallery of Art

           The Model, Sligo

           Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

           Spacex / Exeter Phoenix / Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

           Flat Time House, London (curated show)


2015  Ireland at Venice, Venice Biennale

           Lismore Castle Arts (curated show)

           Ronchini, London

2014  Modern Art Oxford

           VISUAL, Carlow

2013  Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, Dublin

2012  Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin

           Catalyst Arts, Belfast

           The Model, Sligo

           Transformer, Washington DC

2011  The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim

            Me Jewel and Darlin', Dublin

            A Rocky Road, Crawford Gallery, Cork (curator)

2010   Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

            Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

            Project Space, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt

2008   Context Gallery, Derry

            Gallery of Photography, Dublin

            Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

            Heaven's Full, London

            National Sculpture Factory, Cork

            Galerie Von Doering, Schwabisch Hall

2007   Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick

            Galway Arts Centre, Galway

2006   Ritter & Staiff, Frankfurt am Main


Group exhibitions and projects (selection)

2015   Ce qui ne sert pas s’oublie, CAPC musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux

2014   The Bandits Live Comfortably in the Ruins, Flat Time House, London

            How Green is My Valley, Vevring, Norway

            Lo Informe, Halfhouse, Barcelona

2013   The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea, Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver

            The Granite Festival, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire

            Undercover: A Dialect, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow

            Labour and Lockout, Limerick City Gallery of Art

            From Weather to Weather, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp

2012  The Hellfire Club, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick

            Sleepwalkers: Possibilities > Contingencies, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, Dublin

            Zona Maco, Mexico, w/Mor Charpentier, Paris

            Contours of the Common, CCA Derry~Londonderry

            BookMare, Camberwell Space, London

            Turn to Red, Flood, Dublin

            The Reading Room, Grand Union, Birmingham

            Periodical Review, Pallas Projects, Dublin

2011   Twenty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

            When Flanders Failed, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

            Wake Amusements, Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles

            Volta 7, Basel, w/Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

            The Second Act, de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam

            Microstoria, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

            Convergences: Literary Art Exhibitions, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

            Room Outside, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

            Human / Nature, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin


2010   Never The Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts), Camden Arts Centre, London

            Lost and Found, neugerriemschneider, Berlin

            It Happened That, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland

            Invisible, Original Print Gallery, Dublin

            Sinopale 3, Third Sinop Biennial, Sinop, Turkey

            The Swimming Naked Prophecy, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, and touring

            Surplus Value, Occupy Space, Limerick

            Irish Pavilion, Expo 2010 Shanghai

            Shop If You Can, Look If You Want, Temple Bar, Dublin

            e-flux video rental, Fondazione Giuliani per l'arte contemporanea, Rome

2009   Autre Measures, Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Paris
            ev+a, Limerick City Gallery of Art
            House Warming, Rua, South Dublin Arts Centre, Dublin

            Above the Fold, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

            It's not for reading. It's for making, FormContent, London

            Point Ligne Plan (screening), La Femis, Paris
            Noughties but Nice: 21st Century Irish Art, Touring exhibition: Limerick City Gallery of Art /

            Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre / Solstice Arts Centre, Navan / VISUAL, Carlow

2008   10,000 to 50, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
            Ein Platz, Platz Der Vereinten Nationen, Berlin
            30 Contemporary Collection, Gallery of Photography, Dublin
            Gedanken zur Revolution, Universal Cube, Leipzig

            Collection Rausch (screening), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

            The State of Play (screening), Project Arts Centre, Dublin

2007   Dangling Man, Office Baroque, Antwerp
            Dumbo Arts Festival, New York
            Lucas Cronach Preis, Kronach, Germany
            Overtake: Reinterpretation of Modern Art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork
            Pilot, Venice Biennale / Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
            Hillig / Horrigan / Lynch, Q Kunstakademiets Udstilingssted, Copenhagen
            Art from a Rucksack, CAP, Kobe, Japan
            Ok. Quoi?! Faucet Media Arts Centre, Brunswick, Canada
            The Opening Show, Oeen Group, Copenhagen

2006   ev+a, Limerick
            Festival Junge Talente, Messen Offenbach

            Welcome to the Neighbourhood, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick
            Premio Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan

2005   Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny
            Damaged Collateral, Context Galleries, Derry
            The Happiest Country in the World, Oireachtas Show, Dublin
            Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Brittany

2004   Open Studios, Triangle Workshops, New York

            Recent Works, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway
            The Suicide of Objects, Catalyst Arts / Ulster Museum, Belfast
            On the First Clear Word, Basement Gallery, Dundalk

            You Should Really Go There, Limerick City Gallery of Art

2003   Crawford Open, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork
            Revealing Objects, Naughton Gallery, Queens University, Belfast

2002   Perspective, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
            Intermedia, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
            Tracce di un seminario, Viafarini Gallery, Milan

2001   City Fabric, Firestation Artists Studios, Dublin
            Quadrant Young Contemporaries, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick


Awards and Grants

Audain Distingushed Artist in Residence, Vancouver, 2016

Henry Moore Institute Exhibition Grant, 2016

Cove Park International Artist Residency 2012

Gasworks Residency, London, 2012
Arts Council Project Award 2012, 2015

Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris Residency Award 2010

Arts Council Banff Residency 2009
IMMA  Artist Work Programme 2008
Lucas Cronach Preis, 2007
Lohr and Schach Preis, 2007
Arts Council Bursary 2012, 2007-10
Arts Council New Work Award, 2008, 2007, 2006
Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank Art Award, 2006
Shortlisted Artist, AIB Art Prize, 2007, 2006
Culture Ireland Award, 2010, 2007, 2006
Tyrone Guthrie International Residency Award 2006
Fellowship, Triangle Artist Association, New York, 2004
Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award, 2001


Teaching / Lecturing

Lecturer in Fine Art, LSAD, Limerick, 2010-13

Lecturer in MA in Visual Arts Practices, MAVIS, IADT, Dublin, 2010-13

Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

Wide Open School, Hayward Gallery, London

Open School East, London

Emily Carr University, Vancouver

Stadelschule, Frankfurt

Trinity College, Dublin

Gradcam, Dublin

Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh
University College Dublin

Crawford College of Art, Cork

National College of Art and Design, Dublin
University of Limerick

AUT, Auckland

Brandes University, Waltham

Massey University, Wellington
IMMA, Dublin
Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin
Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen
Burren College of Art, Clare
Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts