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Fiona Woods


My practice is primarily, though not exclusively, oriented towards the public realm, and considers questions about what constitutes ‘public’. I am interested in the idea of an emergent or coming politics, one that will give rise to a new economy of relations between humans, and between human and non-human life. I employ critical, curatorial and making modes as appropriate and locate my practice at an intersection between the lifeworld and the institutional site of art.


I am currently carrying out a project collection of minds #1 at the invitation of PS2, Belfast, for the Rhyzom project (www.rhyzom.net) which is an exploration of the idea and practice of commons.


CV (selection)



2009   M.A. 1st class Hons. Art in the Contemporary World (theory and practice), N.C.A.D., Dublin


Current projects (2010 - 2011)


o      collection of minds (#1) produced in association with  PS2/Paragon Studios, Belfast

o      Silvermines; Becoming Utopia self-initiated public art work (in the form of a publication)

o      Walking Silvermines A public art project in association with North Tipperary Arts Office www.walkingsilvermines.net


Art in the Public Realm


2009   Boundary, 3 works on billboard, Dublin 7

o         periphery, Great Yarmouth, UK, curated by Aaron Juneau and Harriet Mitchell

2007   Imagining Silvermines; a psychogeography Context specific, community engaged public art work commissioned by North Tipperary Co. Council


Curatorial projects


2009   Strange, the rooms we have all lived in, new work by Fiona O’ Dwyer, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, September ’09 (curated for Clare Arts Office).

2008  library from the ground up Mangrove Mountain, Australia. Curated by invitation for Brown’s Cows Arts Project, NSW.

o        Ground Up; reconsidering contemporary art practice in the context of the rural, Ennis, 2008. Editor and project curator

2007   Not What You’d Expect; Irish painting 1919 – 2007 The Courthouse Gallery and Studios,  Ennistymon, Co. Clare.

2006     Rural Vernacular various venues and contexts, Co. Clare.


Critical writing/ disseminated work


2009  The non-metropolitan as a site of resistance, www.publicart.ie

o         Ilya Kabakov and the shadows of modernism, Artefact (Journal of Irish Association of    Art Historians), February 2009

o         Rethinking the Animal, Visual Artists Newsheet, March 2009

o         Strange, if the world was in a different colour catalogue essay for Strange, the rooms we have all lived in, Fiona O’ Dwyer, 2009.

o         Review, Sceal Eile, www.recirca.com , February 2009

o         Of every place, a centre Catalogue essay for Switch, commissioned by North Tipperary County Council.

2007  End of Nature? Critical art practice and the ‘new rural’ essay in Ground Up; reconsidering art practice in the context of the rural, ed. Fiona Woods, Ennis, 2008.

2007   In conversation Interview with artist Tim Collins, www.cityarts.ie

2006   Introductory essay [with Dr. Mark Haywood] Functioning Forms Ireland (Vladimir Arkhipov exhibition publication).


Arts in Context Work /Artist Residencies/ Visiting Artist programmes


2008   Invited artist/curator residency, Brown’s Cows Arts Projects, New South Wales, AUS

2007   Visual Artist in Residence, North Tipperary Commissioned by North Tipperary co. co.

2002   Banff Centre for the Arts, CA Residency

2001  Knocaklisheen Accommodation Centre for Asylum Seekers, Co. Clare Artist-in-residence.




Performative photographic works

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