PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission 2021 recipient Laurence Counihan

Pallas Projects and Paper Visual Art Journal are delighted to announce a new annual writing commission for early-career writers. The inaugural awardee for 2021 is Laurence Counihan. This award is the first in what will be an ongoing series, aiming to encourage, develop, and support new and ambitious critical writing in the context of contemporary visual art in Ireland, and to afford the recipient the opportunity to reflect on and publish work on their specific area of interest.

The commission is part of Pallas Projects' ongoing curatorial project Periodical Review (2011–ongoing) and together with the selected works is intended to further discourse on the contemporary moment in visual art in Ireland, while also building a record of art practice, projects, and concepts over time. These are commitments shared by Paper Visual Art Journal and this new critical initiative represents a welcome opportunity to collaborate across organisations. Awardees will receive a professional fee and editorial input and support from Pallas Projects and Paper Visual Art.. The the texts will form part of the printed exhibition publication, and will also be published online on the Paper Visual Art website.

About Laurence Counihan:

Laurence Counihan is an Irish-Filipino writer and critic based in Co. Kerry. Currently a teaching assistant and PhD student in the History of Art Department at University College Cork, his research is located at the intersection of art history, media archaeology, and continental aesthetics. His essays have been published in Circa Art Magazine, Paper Visual Art, Enclave Review, Visual Artist' News Sheet, Mirror Lamp Press, Hz Journal, and Yearbook of Moving Image Studies.

The PPS/PVA Visual Art Writing Commission is supported through Arts Grant Funding by The Arts Council



Job Opportunity – Gallery and Facility Technical & Maintenance Assistant (CE Scheme)

Pallas Projects/Studios are seeking a candidate to join their team as part of the Community Employment (CE) Scheme*.

Role description
The Community Employee will gain practical experience in how Pallas Projects/Studios, which is an Artist-Run Organisation in The Liberties, is run. This will involve first hand interactions with artists, and the curator/directors in preparing exhibitions as part of the newly funded Artist Initiated Programme.

The role will involve the Community Employee in all aspects of providing technical assistance to the exhibitions programme, meeting artists, helping artists realise their installations, managing the facility storerooms and providing technical assistance to the building and other general maintenance duties.

Programme Support Duties 19.5 hours

Please download our full Job Description/Guidelines below before applying.

How to Apply:
Please note this scheme is being provided by The Mercy Family Centre and as such applicants should send a LETTER OF INTEREST as a PDF attachment explaining why they are suitable for this position with a CV/biog emailed to: cescheme@mercyfamilycentre.com and cc-ed to info@pallasprojects.org with PALLAS CE SCHEME APPLICATION - Gallery and Facility Technical & Maintenance Assistant in the subject line. Please be informed about Pallas Projects/Studios and what artist-run spaces are before applying. www.pallasprojects.org

Deadline: 15th of December 2021

* Please contact your local DSP Employment Services/Intreo Office to check your eligibility and to apply for this vacancy. Vacancy Reference Number will be required.  Eligibility to participate on CE is generally linked to those who are 21 years or over and applicants must also be in receipt of a qualifying Irish social welfare payment for 1 year or more. This is a developmental opportunity, no experience necessary. Accredited training will be provided to support your career.


Open Call: Artist-Initiated Projects 2022

Pallas Projects/Studios announce the open call for applications for our 2022 Artist-Initiated Projects. We are inviting proposals for funded 3-week exhibitions from artists working across all contemporary visual art forms. Submission guidelines are now available here, and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday 15th December 2021.

Visual artists are invited to apply, especially emerging artists, recent graduates, and early/mid-career artists with solo or collaborative projects. The application procedure is free and simple to complete, projects will be self-directed, with an artists fee/production budget and other valuable supports from PP/S. Exhibitions will run from February – October 2022, and we welcome projects/bodies of work that are completed/near completion, or work in progress with clearly-expressed outcomes. Please note the ability to turn around in a short time may be required.

The Artist-Initiated Projects programme at PP/S is kindly funded by The Arts Council.


IADT/Pallas Projects Mentorship Award Announcement

IADT and Pallas Projects are delighted to announce recent IADT graduate Steffi Kelly as the winner of this year’s IADT/Pallas Projects Mentorship Award. The Mentorship Award recognises skills in exhibition administration, communications, organisation, project management and teamwork. It is awarded each year to the IADT BA (Hons) Art student who has made the most significant contribution to the coordination and organisation of IADT’s 'In the making' exhibition series at Pallas Projects.

Steffi will be the recipient of a stipend and three mentoring sessions with a curator from Pallas Projects, to be completed during the six months following her Graduation.


Steffi Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher from Waterford City. She has just completed her BA in Art at IADT and is a studio artist at Pallas Projects & Studios. In 2015, she co-founded The Rogue Gallery & Studios, an artist-led gallery and studio space in the heart of Waterford, before curating Selfhood, a large open-call group exhibition at the gallery in 2016. Recent exhibitions include Juncture: a place where things join at Pallas Projects and a group exhibition in the Herbert Wing of St. Vincent’s University Hospital, in collaboration with the Department of Psychology, IADT. Steffi is concerned with themes of relationality and perception, working primarily in experimental printmaking and mixed media.

@steffikellyart | steffikelly.com


Dubliners Reel

Anne Maree Barry, John Byrne, Michelle Doyle, Kevin Gaffney, Léann Herlihy, and Gavin Murphy. 

Accompanying the Dubliners selection for the HDLU Biennial of Painting, is a specially curated video reel moving through time, language and multiverse of Dublin. Featuring works by artists born, bred, educated or active in Dublin City: Anne Maree Barry, John Byrne, Michelle Doyle, Kevin Gaffney, Léann Herlihy, and Gavin Murphy.

Curated by Eve Woods, Assistant Curator at Pallas Projects.



Anne Maree Barry creates site specific film works, text and photography. Her work addresses connections between memory and loss. From subcultures to cities, from working with actors and non actors, her concern is to find a common thread that links the past and the present. Barry's film work has been selected and screened at international film festivals and cultural institutions, such as as the Irish Film Institute, The Dublin International Film Festival, Darklight Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Curtas Vila do Conde, Indie Cork, Les Rencontres Internationales, the LAB, Dublin, Tampere Art Museum, The Glucksman, Cork, The Women's Museum, Aarhus. Her film work Missing Green (2013) is part of F-Rated: Short Films by Irish Women, a varied series of stories told through the prism of the female gaze. The films are drawn from collections preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive.


John Byrne was born in Belfast, He went to the art college there before attending the Slade School in London (1984-86). Living and working in Dublin since 1996. He’s responsible for a number of high profile public art works including Dublin’s Last Supper (2004), Misneach (2010), a monumental equestrian sculpture in Ballymun. He has a background in performative work including The Border Interpretative Centre (2000) - recently hosted as part of Worlds Without End at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane . He is currently working on a new public artwork for Fingal Co Council. He was elected to Aosdána in 2015.


Michelle Doyle is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Ireland. Her work critiques technology, politics and innovation through new media. This has seen her work with pirate radio, coding, spatial sound and compositing. Doyle’s work can be found in both institutional and extra-institutional spaces, and is ultimately about questioning the power dynamics found within them.

In her film work, Michelle Doyle defines a new relationship between emerging technologies and the role of film communicating science to society. In particular, she is interested in the use of video in visitor centres and museums. Many of her recent works examine the accelerated nature of engagement technology.


Kevin Gaffney is an artist filmmaker based between Dublin and Belfast. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA Photography and Moving Image, and was awarded the first Sky Academy Arts Scholarship for an Irish artist in 2015. He was an UNESCO-Aschberg laureate artist in residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Changdong Residency in South Korea (2014) and received the Kooshk Artist Residency Award to create a new film in Iran (2015). A monograph of his work, Unseen By My Open Eyes, was published in 2017. He is currently a PhD researcher at Ulster University.

His work is part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Arts Council of Ireland’s collections and has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally, including: Cork Film Festival (2016 & 2018); European Media Art Festival (Germany, 2016); the 10th Imagine Science Film Festival (New York, 2017); and the Korean Queer Film Festival (2018). Solo exhibitions include: CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute (Japan, 2014 & 2018); Block 336 curated by Kathleen Soriano (London, 2017); Ormston House (as part of EVA’s Public Programme, 2018); and the Crawford Art Gallery (Cork, 2020).


Originally from Waterford, Léann Herlihy holds a MA in Gender Studies from University College Dublin and a BA in Sculpture, Performance and Spatial Awareness from the University of Arts Poznań, Poland. They were the artist-in-residence for Steak House Live Residency Programme, London (2020) and Assembly #2, Simiane-La-Rotonde, France (2019). Solo exhibitions include the middle of nowhere, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2021); STUNTMAN, ]performance s p a c e[, London (2020); Trojan Horse, STROBOSKOP Art Space, Warsaw (2019). Select group exhibitions and festivals include Slow Sunday, Artsadmin, Toynbee Studios, London [2020]; Foreign Bodies, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2019); Biennale Warszawa, Mokotowska, Warsaw (2019); ZABIH Performance Festival, Lviv, Ukraine (2019). Léann Herlihy is an artist-in-residence at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin (2021-2022). They are the recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Visual Arts Bursary (2021), Agility Award (2021) and Travel and Training Award (2017); Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Travel Award (2018; 2017) and SIAP General Arts Award (2017); South Dublin County Council’s Young Artist Development Award (2018).


Gavin Murphy is a Dublin-based artist and curator with an interest in cultural sites and histories. His research-based, intertextual practice involves the assemblage of unique fabricated elements, sourced and found objects, images and texts, with an interest in the sculptural possibilities of cinematic structures and mise en scène.

Solo exhibitions include Double Movement, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 2017; In Art We Are Poor Citizens, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, 2014; Something New Under the Sun, Royal Hibernian Academy, 2012; Colophon, Oonagh Young Gallery, 2012; Remember, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, 2010; and Moving Deaths, The Lab, 2008. Group exhibitions include Tulca 2018: Syntonic State, curated by Linda Shevlin; Selective Memory: Artists in the archive, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, 2015, Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio, BOZAR, Brussels, 2013, and After the Future, EVA International, Limerick, 2012. He was long-listed for the 2015 Aesthetica Art Prize, exhibiting in York, UK; and his work was included in Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris (2014) & Berlin (2015).

He is the recipient of various awards from the Arts Council and residencies at Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin, and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne. He has edited and written for a number of publications including C20 Magazine, the Visual Artists' New Sheet, and AIM (Artists' Initiatives’ Meetings) 2010–2016, Stockholm. His publication On Seeing Only Totally New Things, was published by the RHA in 2013. As co-director/curator of Pallas Projects/Studios, he has devised and realised numerous artist-led projects and programmes. He writes, advocates and conducts research on artist-run practice, and was co-editor of the publication Artist-Run Europe: Practice/Projects/Spaces (Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2016).


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