shane finan

visual artist from Sligo, Ireland.

BA in Fine Art from IT Sligo and an MSc in Interactive Digital Media from Trinity College Dublin.

My work includes painting, sculpture, mixed media installation and interactive digital media in indoor and outdoor spaces. I work on projects that attempt to engage with community and locality.

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

In 2016 I was awarded the Visual Artists Ireland @ Digital Arts Studios Residence Award. I completed this residency in January 2017 when an exhibition took place at the Duncairn Art Centre.


updated september 2017

communication and technology

I am currently investigating the idea of language and synesthaesia through a project using projection and programmed, painted computer keyboards. More to follow on this in 2017.

An initial prototype of this work can be seen in the video here.

Further projects on lost language and dichotomous systems have begun. Updates will follow soon.

a sense of home

I will return to the west of Ireland in September 2017 to stage a large performance/installation at the Charlestown Arts Centre, September 22nd, 2017. More info and documentation to follow. This event is open to the public so please come in if you are local.

south america 2017

I will visit Argentina in October 2017 to work on a project with the Pierre Auger Observatory, workingin collaboration with Mapuche people there on a research project exploring dichotomous belief systems and lost entities of culture.

Following this I will be again managing the Gstaadfilm: International Festival for Short Art Films as it tours to Montevideo, Uruguay, in 2017.

upcoming projects 2018

New shows will soon be announced for 2018, including an exhibition at an art and community centre in Rye, England, and a touring group exhibition in Athens; more details to follow.