Shane Finan

Cultural Producer

Visual Art

visual art projects

Design | Media

print | web | interactive

Events

event management and organisation

Research

place | identity | culture

Current Projects

working on as you read this!

Blog

moon under water

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Visual Art

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visual art projects (2008-date)

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Shane Finan is a practicing visual artist who creates paintings, installations and \ digital media artworks.

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All of Shane's artwork revolves around the idea of identity in place, focussing on how \ place and people interact. As an artist Shane has been awarded funding from the \ Arts Council of Ireland, \ Sligo Arts Office, and \ international funding from art residency bodies. Shane has attended residencies at \ Nes Artist Residency in northern Iceland \ and Vermont Studio Center, \ Vermont USA.

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Design | Media

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design projects (2008-date)

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Shane Finan works in a variety of media for visual design. With 3 years' experience \ working in print design followed by one year in social media and web management, \ Shane also holds an MSc in \ Interactive Digital \ Media from Trinity College Dublin.

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Shane has created design for print, web and mobile devices and has also created \ digital installations. The visual art and design work overlap regularly.

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Events

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events and management (2006-date)

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Shane Finan has been involved in events planning and management since 2006. He has \ organised visual art exhibitions, conferences, music shows, and has organised and run \ artist-led spaces in Ireland.

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Shane has worked with international figures in the music industry, and has staged \ visual art exhibitions in Ireland, Vermont and Iceland. He founded Push Remote Arts, \ an art group aimed at assisting young, emerging visual artists, in 2007, and became one \ of the founding directors of \ Rough Draft Design and New Media Conference in 2013.

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Research

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place | identity | culture (2008-date)

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Shane Finan has worked in research on the theme of art, place and identity since \ his undergraduate degree in Fine Art.

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Shane has been published in Visual Artists \ Ireland newssheet May-June 2012 for an article on artist led spaces in north-west Ireland, \ and in the Journal of Postgraduate Research, Trinity College Dublin. In 2013 he was asked to speak on national radio on \ The Last Word with \ Matt Cooper for his experience in artist-led spaces in Ireland.

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Shane was awarded first prize by the Dean of Graduate Research for his talk in the 3-minute format \ for his published article in the Journal of Postgraduate Research, Trinity \ College Dublin 2013.

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Contents

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Summary

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Shane's research is about place, culture, identity and art. His art and design work is \ all influenced by the idea that place and identity are linked. These ideas are brought together \ in the blog Moon Under Water.

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Undergraduate work

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In 2008 Shane wrote his undergraduate thesis for a BA in Fine Art at IT Sligo on the \ development of identity in gallery and museum spaces over the latter half of the 20th \ Century. This thesis, entitled \"Space and Time: The Development of the Notion of\ the Ephemeral in Late 20th Century Painting\" and explored the relationship between\ place, galleries and transience through a study of the medium of painting.

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Following his undergraduate degree Shane wrote several short pieces on visual art exhibitions and\ began writing the blog. In 2012 an article was commissioned by Visual Artists Ireland to write a piece on artist-led spaces in Sligo, \ due to his personal experience in artist-led spaces.

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Residencies and pre-MSc research

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In 2011 Shane undertook a 3-month residency at Nes International \ Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland. This residency featured a study \ on islands and how people live in island society. It consisted of a series of \ artworks (see Visual Art).\ A talk on how painting can be read and understood was given to a mixed audience \ of locals and arts professionals at this residency.

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Later in August-September 2011 Shane undertook a 6-week art residency at \"The \ Big Picture\", an abandoned technology centre in Tallaght, south Dublin. \ This residency saw a group project that analysed how the area of Tallaght had \ changed and adapted during recent years.

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In April 2012 Shane undertook a visual art residency at Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, \ studying the development of energy resources in Vermont and how this has affected \ the landscape of this place. He delivered a talk on this research at the studio centre \ in late April 2012.

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Postgraduate research and recent work

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In 2012 Shane undertook an MSc in Interactive Digital Media at Trinity College Dublin. \ During this Master's Shane wrote a research paper on place and digital media entitled \ \"This Must Be The Place: The importance of Place in Portable Digital Media\". This paper \ explores art and culture in digital media and analyses how identity of place can be \ important in determining how digital media art projects can be developed.

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For a final project in this Master's Shane worked in a group of three with Gary McDermott \ and Louise Noone. This project was developed to incorporate the idea of place in Trinity's \ Front Square. The project consisted of a series of interactive digital installations that \ invited users to rethink how they understand the Front Square. This project was documented in \ a research paper written by Shane.

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In 2013 Shane was an invited panelist on an episode of \"The Last Word With Matt Cooper\", \ a national radio show. The show's topic was the artist-led initiative Granby Park and Shane was invited to give a perspective on artist-led initiatives \ in Ireland outside of Dublin.

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Shane was published in Trinity College Dublin's Journal of Postgraduate Research 2013 with \ an article entitled \"Rebuilding The Public Sphere: Community and Communication in Trinity College \ in the 21st Century\". This paper explored the idea of the digital public sphere and how it has \ changed in modern universities, using Trinity College as a case study. Shane also delivered a talk \ on this paper to an academic audience alongside other published authors in the 3-minute format \ (condensing his research into a 3-minute presentation) and was awarded first prize by the \ Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College, for this talk.

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In 2013 he delivered a talk on artist-led spaces and the connection between these spaces \ at The Worker's Café exhibition at \ Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin. He currently has a paper under peer review for the \ Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy.

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Shane being awarded first prize for his talk on place, digital media and the Public Sphere, 2013.; nothing lasts, a web-based art piece by finan\

Current projects

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working on now

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Shane is always working on several projects simultaneously.

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Visual Art project - Nothing Lasts

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This project is analysing how data is taken and stored in online spaces. It is currently in the \ final stages. It consists of a website that takes user input and responds to user interactions with HTML5 and \ CSS3 animations.

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Visual Art project - Carrowkeel-Keashcorran

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This project is in the research stage. It is based on the neolithic sites of Carrowkeel-Keashcorran in Sligo,\ and their mystery and relationship to local people. The project is designed to replicate the sense of place \ that is presented by the stunning sites. It is due for completion by summer 2014.

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Research project - Ephemeral Spaces and Local Identity: How Transient Art Spaces Influence Local Places

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Shane has recently been selected to present a paper entitled \"Ephemeral Spaces and Local Identity: How \ Transient Art Spaces Influence Local Places\" at the

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Research project - Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy

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A journal article is currently undergoing peer review for the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural \ Policy.

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Design project - Web development

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In the final stages of putting together websites for Gus Fitness (Edinburgh-based fitness company) and \ MASS, a Sligo-based music group.

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Design project - Bespoke Everything

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Work has begun on a bespoke packaging project - more to follow in the coming months.

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Design/Events project - Rough Draft 2014

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The follow-up to the widely successful conference Events project - Wandelbar Art Exhibition | Gestaad Film Festival 2015\

Shane is the designated Irish organiser of the touring exhibition from \ Wandelbar Art International, \ a Swiss art gallery touring an exhibition in early 2015. This will include the first Irish hosting of the \ Gestaad Art Film Festival.

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Blog

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moon under water (2011-date)

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Established in 2011, Moon Under Water is a blog that analyses the overlap \ between art, design and technology. Each post leads on from the last, \ working like a conversation that constantly moves forward onto another \ topic.

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The blog was shortlisted for the Best Arts & Culture blog at the \ 2012 \ Blog Awards Ireland event, and was also awarded Wordpress' \ prodigious \"Freshly Pressed\" award for the 2012 blog post \ \"Once Upon A Click - Hypertext and New Ways of Reading\.

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