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shane finan

visual artist from Sligo, Ireland.

BA in Fine Art from IT Sligo 2008

MSc in Interactive Digital Media from Trinity College Dublin 2013

Certificate in High Impact Leadership, Irish Management Institute 2018

Certificate in Irish language, bonnleibhéal, TEG, University of Maynooth

Work including painting, sculpture, mixed media installation and interactive digital media in indoor and outdoor spaces. Projects engage with community, place and technology.

Works influenced by the places where they are made, and by the social and cultural aspects of these places.

Practice includes project management and arts management

Proud to be a member of Visual Artists Ireland, the representative body for artists in Ireland, and a constant source of support and information.

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latest news


9th September 2019

The touring exhibition Over Nature, curated by Valeria Ceregini, opened at Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady (UK) on September 7th 2019.

Six artists exhibited in the opening exhibition. The Cultural Facilities Development Manager, Desima Connolly spoke at the opening, which was officially launched by Alderman Yvonne Boyle.

The exhibition will run until September 28th, 2019.


8th September 2019

I am currently working as European Manager for Gstaadfilm International Festival for short Art Films as the festival tours to Leipzig, Germany.

The selection of films has been completed and the jury and currently being brought together to make decisions on prize winners.

The 2019 festival took place in Kinobar Prager Frühling on Friday, 16th August 2019. Prize winners for the Golden Cow of Gstaad and the Golden Calf of Gstaad will be announced on the night of the launch.

A second screening of the festival screened in Warwick Bazaar, Carlisle, UK on September 12th 2019.


5th july 2019

new artwork: kratos 1

New artwork, a degrading painting, and the first in a series of such paintings, krastos is acrylic on canvas.

The name derives from the ancient greek for rule (kratos) by the powerful (oligarchy or plutocracy)

3rd january 2019

Interview in Painting in Text

I recently gave an interview to Painting in Text, which can be read here.


14th december 2018

the pierre auger observatory, argentina

In October 2017 I worked on a research trip, travelling to Pierre Auger Observatory, Malargue, Argentina. On this trip I was invited on tours of the centre and the surrounding area to explore the technical developments in the observation of cosmic rays in earth's atmosphere. The research has led to an artwork currently in development, relating to the history of the planning and implementation of the observatory and its obscure links to Dublin.

I have collaborated with Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies on follow-on research and am currently developing a plan for exhibition in 2020.

latest exhibitions


over nature touring exhibition

september 2019-june 2020 (upcoming); multiple venues

over nature lead image

In 2019/2020, I will be one of the exhibiting artists in an upcoming exhibition about contemporary thoughts on nature and landscape, Over Nature, curated by Valeria Ceregini. The works that will feature in the exhibition will include interactive digital works and paintings on landscape and place. The exhibition will tour to five venues in the Republic of Ireland.

The venues that will be exhibiting the works are as follows:


the repeated refrains of nature

june 25th-august 31st 2019; zoological museum, trinity college dublin

A new interactive video based artwork, the repeated refrains of nature, is currently on exhibition in the Zoological Museum, Trinity College Dublin (June 26th-August 31st 2019). Based on nature writing including that of Rachel Carson and Robert MacFarlane, the piece is a response to the decline in bird species populations currently being observed internationally. The artwork is exhibited in the Auk Room, beside an exhibiton of extinct birds and animals that once called Ireland home.

This artwork is part of the series solastalgia.

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faigh ar ais as an fharraige

march 2018; rye creative center, rye, england

This mixed media installation, exhibited at Rye Creative Centre from March 3-17 2018. It was created to respond to Rye, and to contemporary trends in technology and language.

Taking influence from writing on language, technology and society, this artwork was exhibited as a single exhibition.

faigh ar ais as an fharraige is a new project developed for Rye Creative Centre. The exhibition features an interactive digital artwork inspired by history, contemporary culture, place and technology. Using a transposed recreation of JMW Turner’s painting ‘Rye, Sussex’ (1794-7) with a digital touchscreen containing terminology from Sussex, faigh ar ais as an fharraige invites the audience to participate in altering, shifting or changing their visual landscape.

This is the third artwork in the series Antikythera, etc. that began in 2016. The series explores the relationship between technology and transience, telling stories about lost histories through contemporary media.

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.

See shows for more details.