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).