Mary A. Kelly


EDUCATION: 2001-03 M.A. Fine Art, National College of Art &.Design, Thomas St. Dublin 1997-98 Film Degree, Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art & Design, 1st class honours 1992-97 Diploma Fine Art, Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art & Design, Distinction 1974-77 University College Dublin, B.A. Psychology & Philosophy SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2020 "Chair", Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf, 2019 "Chair", Touring Exhibition supported by the Arts Council. Highlanes Art Gallery, Droughda, Co. Louth 9thCustomhouse Gallery, Westport Co. Westcork Art Centre, Skibereen, Co. 2016 Sacred Secrets, Custom House Gallery, Westport, Co. Kathleen Lynn, Insider on the Outside, Mayo Collaborative Exhibition, curated by Catherine Marshall 2013 Docks Art Fair, solo show, Lyon (F) Dusseldorf Photo Weekend, Galerie Voss, 2012 Father & Child, Galerie Voss, Muhlengasse 3, D-40213, Dusseldorf, Germany 2010 Burial, as part of unbuilding project, Mermaid Art Centre Bray, County Wicklow 28th September – 3 October. Curated group exhibition. asylum, video installation, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Conference, Republic of Ireland, May 2010 2009 Father and Child, New Work, Royal Hibernian Acadamy, Dublin July 29th – December ‘09 2008 Clay, Claremorris Gallery, Mount St., Claremorris, Co. Mayo, March 2007 Under Construction, Hoarding Installation at site of new County Arts Centre, commissioned by South County Council as part of Fused ’07 June – duration of hoarding. Pillars I, Mermaid Art Center, Bray, Co. Wicklow 26th April asylum, John Mooney Foundation, Chigago, U.S.A. Oct/Nov ’05 2005 asylum, Linen Hall Gallery, Castlebar, Co. Mayo June ’05 Brussels Art Fair, The Landing,Solo booth, April ‘05 2004 The Landing, The Blue Room, Galerie Bugdhn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf, Germany, Dec 04/ Jan 05 The Landing, The Blue Room One-Person Show mit Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer bei Art Brussels, Brüssel The Landing One-Person Show mit Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer bei Paris Photo, Paris 2003 The Landing, The Blue Room, Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2. July/ August ‘03 2002 Food for Thought, Microsoft Atrium Building, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin, Commission. Architects, MurrayOlaoire. Alice’s Teaparty,Through the ~Looking Glass, Office of Public Works, St. Stephens Green Dublin, Commission as % for Art Scheme. 2001 How to Buttrerfly a Leg of Lamb, collaboration with Abigail O Brien, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Muhlengasse 3, Dusseldorf, July ’01 Wide Shut, Sligo Art Gallery,March '01 2000 Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Aug. '00 1999 How to Butterfly a Leg of Lamb by Mary Kelly and Abigail O Brien Concourse Installation Programme, County Hall, Dunlaoghaire Installation sited in Circa magazine issue 87 How to Butterfly a Leg of Lamb Spring '99 1998 Pure Blue, Intermedia '98, Triskel Art Centre, Cork SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2012 7.42, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Co. Louth, solo shows with artists Thomas Brezling, Sean Cotter and Abigail O Brien, July 2012 7.42, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland with artists Thomas Brezling, Sean Cotter and Abigail O Brien, March 2012 2011 7.42, Lapua Art Museum, Lapua, Finland with artists Thomas Brezing, Sean Cotter and Abigail O Brien, Dec. 2011 to Feb 2012. RHA Annual May/June ’11, Dublin, Ireland, invited. The Colour Red, SOMA, Waterford City, April 2011 The Colour Blue, SOMA, Waterford City, March 2011 2010 LET THEM LUV’ CAKE, Cake Contemporary Arts, Old Band Hall, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, 27th March – 16th April. Mirror Mirror, a selection of work from the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, R.H.A. Dublin, Jan 15th to March ’10. Intimacy. Das Bad in der Kunst, Kunstmuseum, Ahlen Museumsplatz 1, 59227 Ahlen, Germany, 31 January - 24 April 2010 2009 (Summer Interval ‘09l) & Choice: something else, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf 19th July – 19th Septemer Selected, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer GMBH, Heirich- Heine- Allee 19, Dusseldorf, Germany, March – May ‘09 Another Island, Contemporary Irish Art, American Irish Historical Society, New York City, U.S.A. 6th March – 10th April 2008 Summer Group Show, Claremorris Gallery, Co.Mayo Sept 6th Slice, Fairgreen House,Fairgreen, Galway 5th June Is Mise Ireland, 411 Galleries, Xin TianDi area (Shangai) and Central Academy of Fine Art (Beijing), Spring ‘08 2007 Journeys, Castletown, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Louvain Institute for Ireland in Europe, Leuven, Belgium July – September ‘07 2005 Irish American Arts Award, New York, September ’06. Award winner Greenstar Open Exihibition 2006. Winner. Mermaid Art Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow Ten Years in the Making, Farmleigh Gallery, Castleknock, Dublin July. Additions 2006, National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland, Limerick University June ‘06 Royal Hibernian Academy annual May ’06. Invited 2005 Artforum, Berlin, Paris Photo, Cologne Art Fair ’05 Eurojet FuturesAn Anthology, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin July Test Tube, Commission for Teagasc, Biotechnology Building, Oak Park, Co. Carlow ‘04 Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris Nov 04 Cologne Art Fair, Cologne Oct 04 Artforum, Berlin Sept ‘04 2003 Arrival, Waterford Hospital, Dec. ‘03 Basil Art Fair, Switzerland, June ‘03 Hugh Lane, M.A. National College of Art & Design group show Loosing it, Fenton Gallery, Cork, March ‘03 2001 The Leabhar Mor exhibition, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Oct Crawford Open 2, Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Dec.- Jan.’02 Vacationland, Westbourne Studios,Portabello, London. Dec.'01–March ‘02 From past to present, Art of the State, 1815 – 2001,Draiocht, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15, Sept.Dungarvan Art Centre, Wexford Colllege, Enniskillen Castle Museum, Northern Ireland. Co.Londonderry, Atrium, O.P.W. St.Stephens Green,Dublin Vacationland, Arthouse, Templebar, Dublin June '02 Eurojet futures 01, Royal Hibernian Accadamy, Ely Place, Dublin 2, June ‘01 Zwischenraum 4, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer,Muhlengasse 3, Dusseldorf, 2000 Series, Elkedsoscher Galleries, Hamburg, Dec'00 Cologne Art, Cologne Oct'00 Zwischen Raum, Galerie Seitz & Partner,Wieldstr.34, Berlin Feb''00 1999 How to Butterfly a Leg of Lamb with Abigail O Brien, Cologne Art,Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, November '99 How to Butterfly a Leg of Lamb with Abigail O Brien Artforum, Berlin c/o Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf September Black Sole Bonne Femme, Perspective '99, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast How to Butterfly a Leg of Lamb with Abigail O Brien, EV+A reduced, City Art Gallery, Limerick1999 1998 Baby Blue, Perspective '98, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast Pure Blue, Festival Revue, Edinburgh Festival FILM SCREENING: 2000 Festival Internazionaie del Cinema Giovane, Chile, Oct'00 Tai Wan Film Festival, Taiwan May '00 1999 Foyle Film Festival, Derry, Nov. '99 Raindance Film Festival, London Oct.' 99 NYU Tish School of the Arts,Cantor Film Centre, New York, Oct '99 B.B.C. Short Film Festival, UCI Empire, Leicester Sq. London, September '99 Odense Film Festival, Denmark, August '99 Soho Film Festival, London, July Galway Film Festival July '99 Dublin Film Festival, Virgin Cinema, May '99 Kino Festival, Manchester April '99 AWARDS: 2007 Artlinks Bursary Award 2007 2006 Irish American Arts Awards, New York, Oct.06 Award winner Mermaid Greenstar Open Submission Competition. Winner of award 2005 Arts Council travel & Mobility award Cultural Relations committee award 2003 Arts Council Bursary Award 2002 Artisits-in-prison-scheme, Arts Council award, Portlaoise Prison, Summer ’02, Autumn ‘02 2001 Solo Exhibition Award, Sligo Art Gallery, March '01 2000 Arts Council Bursary Award, May '00 Wicklow County Council Arts Funding Awards May '00 1999 EV+A award '99 Arts Council - Aer Lingus Travel Award 1998 NCEA Student of the Year Award 1998 Random Access Video Training Symposium '98 Sculptor Society of Ireland Markievicz Gold Medal 97/98 for Best Emerging Sculpture, United Arts Club, Dublin REVIEWS: 2011 Creativity Overcomes Commerce by Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 25th May’11. P.12 2010 Critics Pick, Artnews by David Galloway November issue. 2009 Mary Kelly by Kate Butler, The Sunday Times Culture , 11th Oct.’09 Contemporary Irish Art at American Irish Historical Society, Irish Literary Supplement, by Alison Armstrong, Fall 2009. 2008 Regional profile, My studio is my home, The Visual Artists Newssheet issue 2 2008 p 12. 2007 R,T,E Radio 1, The Eleventh Hour. Interview with Elizabeth O Neill Friday 18th May Building Site Battles in all their crude, aggressive glory by Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 16th May ‚07 2005 asylum, by Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, June ‚05 Kurz, grune Gefangnis-Welt, p4 by Gertrud Peters 14th Jan ‚05 Land of art NRW, p. 54 by Annette Urban The Line between staging, abstraction and fiction. 2004 Paris Photo, p32,33 Why Paint? A vox pop, Circa art magazine, Sept ‘04 2003 The Landing, by Belinda McKeon, p34 – 47, Contexts café publications, volume 2 issue 3 The Landing, by Orla Fitzpatrick, p55, 56, Source magazine, autumn 2003 Dublin: Mary Kelly at Royal Hibernian Academy, by Catherine Lyons, p.84,85. Circa art magazine, issue 105 Asserting personal identity in prison spaces, by Aidan Dunne, Irish Times Mary Kelly, The Landing,by Billy Leahy,In Dublin magazine,p.57 August Capturing the artistic moment, by Catherine Foley, Irish Times, 19th July Exhibition, Sunday Business Post, 20th July ‘03 Mary Kelly. The Landing, by Catherine Leen, Sunday Times, Culture Section,20th July ‘03 Exhibiting a degree of ability – and then some,by Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, June Cork: Loosing it, by Alannah Hopkin, Circa 104; Summer ‘03 Losing it, by Mark Ewart, The Irish Times, 19th March ‘03 Vox Pop, Circa Magazine, edition 102, Jan ‘03 2001 Kunst im Kochstudio, by Georg Imdahl, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeiting,28th July Doing away with convention, by Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, May 24th Showcasing the future, Marianne Hartigan,The Sunday Tribune,3rd June Wide Shut, Cormac O Leary, Arts West,Spring 01 Cologne, by Alan Phelan,Circa Art Magazine, Issue 91, Spring '00 1999 It may surprise you - you may surprise yourself, by Elizabeth Baird, Belfast Telegraph, August 21st, '99. Playing in the ruins of western culture, by Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times,August 11th '99 EV+A has a little lamb..., by Gemma Tipton in conversation with JeanneGreenberg, Circa Art Magazine, issue 88 99 Reduced, by Sean Taylor, SSI newsletter,July '99 Limerick's mini-marathon, by Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, 27th May All about EV+A by Dorothy Walker, The Sunday Times,23rd May The Silence of the Lamb by Aidan Dunne ,Irish Times,10th March A Woman's Work, by Ciaran Owens, The Event Guide, 3rd March 1998 A Wider Perspective, by Gavin Weston,SundayTimes,11th Octct'Take a walk on the wild side, by Marianne Hartigan, Sunday Tribune, September '98 Old Baths keep it in Perspective, News Letter, 19th October '98 Intermedia, by Allanah Hopkin, The Sunday Times,3rd May '98 Intermedia, by Mark Ewart.The Irish Times,12th May '98 Markievicz Medal by Jason Oakley, Sculptor Society of Ireland Newsletter, May/June '98 PUBLICATIONS & CATALOGUES 2010 Intimacy! Baden in der Kunst, Burkhard Leissmere and Martina Padberg. Isbn 978-3-86832-020-6. Movers & Shapers 3, Conversations in the Irish Art World by Vera Ryan, p. 115-117, Galley Head Press. Mirror Mirror, A selection of work from the National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland. 2009 Another Island, Contemporary Irish Art. Seeing Ireland by Aidan Dunne 2008 The Visual Artists News Sheet Issue 2 March-April. Mary Kelly P12 2007 Journeys, Office of Public Works 2006 Ten Years in the Making, Art in State Buildings ’95 – ’05 OPW 2005 Paris Photo ’05 Eurojet Futures An Anthology of Emerging Art from Ireland, Royal Hibernian Academy. Artists at Work. Asylum. Contexts. The art work issue 2/2005 Asylum, St. Mary’s hospital, Castlebar 2004 Why Paint? A vox pop, Circa art magazine, Sept ’04 Paris Photo ‘04 2003 The Landing, by Mary Kelly, p 48, Contexts café publications,volume 2 Losing it, Article Press, U.K. Royal Irish Academy Summer/autumn 2003 Crawford Open 1/3, ‘02 2001 From past to present,Art of the State ‘01,1815–2001 Wide Shut,Sligo Art Gallery Eurojet futures 01 1999 Installation Programme '99,Dunlaoghaire Rathdown County Council, How to Butterfly a Leg of Lamb by Mary Kelly & Abigail O Brien. Perspective '99, Black Sole Bonne Femme, by Mary Kelly & Abigail O Brien. in many ways we were Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn,EV+A reduced catalogue, '99 1998 Reviewed Once Is Too Much I.M.M.A. Circa Art Magazine no.83 Crossing the Distance,by Louise Dompierre,Perspective '98 Catalogue Reviewed Banquet Show R.H.A with P. Fitzgerald & E. Hartigan. Circa Art Magazine no.82 COLLECTIONS Irish Museum of Modern Art National Self Portrait Collection, Limerick City University. Castlebar General Hospital. Microsoft, Dublin. Office of Public Works, Dublin. Teagasc, Carlow. Goldman Sacks, London. Wicklow County Council Private Collections Ireland, Europe and U.S.A.


Current exhibition


Father & Child This new body of work is an exploration of the image of father and child. The image of the mother and Child is one of the most iconic images in the western world. Imagery of father and child is not so enshrined. The corporeal attachment of the mother and her child takes place during gestation, giving birth and in some cases breastfeeding. Her child is marked on her body internally and hormonally and is an inherent part of the bonding process. By piercing his own body with the image of his child, is the father also attempting to internalize as well as externalize his relationship? Are the tattoos signifiers of a sense of loss or belonging? Is it the symbolic creation of some sort of altar within a human temple? The art form of tattooing uses the human body as its canvas. As a system of communication it provides a crucial databank of beliefs, values and history of individuals, groups and cultures.