You are grievable;
the loss of you is intolerable;
and I want you to live;
I want you to want to live,
so take my desire as your desire,
for yours is already mine

Judith Butler, The Force of Nonviolence 2020, London, New York: Verso, p203

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shane finan

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

Shane is an interactive digital media artist and project manager based in Ireland.

Project management experience include: European Manager, Gstaadfilm International Festival for Short Art Films (Switzerland, including tours to Ireland, UK, Uruguay, Brazil and Germany; 2014-date), Project Manager Projects: Slándáil (European Union FP7), FÍOSÍN (Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund) and Éadáil (Atlantic Bridge Proof of Principle Fund), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland, 2014-19).

Artworks explore contemporary theory on technology, place and transience. Recent exhibitions include: Over Nature, six venues (Ireland & UK) curated by Valeria Ceregini (2019-20); The Repeated Refrains of Nature, Trinity College Dublin (2019) and faigh ar ais as an fharraige, Rye Creative Centre, UK (2018).

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


22nd September 2020

Upcoming Exhibition: As Tree

A curated exhbition run by Shane Finan, and featuring his own work and the works of Catriona Gallagher (UK) and Tadhg Ó Cuirrín (IRL) taking place in Tubbercurry, Sligo.

The exhibition will feature a new interactive light installation by Shane Finan and the first time the works by Ó Cuirrín and Gallagher will be shown in northwest Ireland. More details and booking available at the project web page.

The banner image for the exhibition As Tree in Tubbercurry, Sligo, 2020

24th August 2020

Online Conference Presentation: Rediscovering Wildness

A presentation of recent research about networks and wildness, led by Northumberland Wildlife Trust. The conference, originally due to take place in Northumberland, is now being presented online.

The morning-long conference will feature talks from Steven Lipscombe (Project Officer, Kielderhead Wildwood Project), Professor Ysanne Holt (Northumbria University) and Andrew Stringer (Head of Environment and Forest Planning at Forestry England). More information and registration are at the Northumberland Wildlife Trust's web-page - click on the image below for the link.

The flyer for the conference

21st July 2020

Publication: Soil, Fungi and Chthonic Communication

The third of my publications for Newcastle University's Centre for Rural Economy is now available to read online. Edited by Adrienne Attorp and Beth Clark.

A photograph of a spoonful of soil

1st July 2020

Exhibition: in áit

An exhibition of three "restricted" paintings took place on the side of the road in Wicklow, celebrating the end of lockdown restrictions. The paintings and the process will be documented in the coming weeks.

Audience attending the launch of in ait in Wicklow, June 2020 Paintings installed for the in ait exhibition in Valleymount, Wicklow, 2020

14th June 2020

Publication: A Different Kind of Grief

A longform publication edited by Miriam Rasch for the Institute of Networks Cultures.

This article is linked to the Wood Wide Web project.

It expores the idea of solastalgia and disconnection from environment, and also introduces the importance of connectivity and networks. Grief is put forward as an emotional response to alteration of place.

A photograph of a lake surface with a green algae, the result of farm run-off, and a dead tree stump protruding like a finger from the surface

2nd June 2020

Publication: Planting and Stewardship

A new article publication on art and place that looks at the importance of planting, and how we view forests as stewards or as economic overseers.

This article is linked to the Wood Wide Web project.

A photograph of a tree alone on a hill, with leafless, thin winter branches tangled together in a close network. A cloudy sky and green field provide a backdrop

2nd June 2020

Award: Arts Council of Ireland COVID-19 Response Fund

An award to create new online work while in lockdown measures during COVID-19. The new artwork, titled 'as if you could kill time without injuring eternity' is currently being built. The work is an interactive web-based art installation taking influence from the Wood Wide Web project. The title is a quote from Henry David Thoreau's Walden

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26th May 2020

Online Course: Making Art with Computer Programming

A three-part workshop and presentation course in computer programming for artists, showing the basics of image, animation and interactivity.

The course will include critical theory on art and open source technology.

It is being run through CuratorSpace. Full details of the course are available on the course outline page.

a title image using computer generated graphics showing the words computer programming for artists

19th May 2020

Video Essay: Never Just a Tree #4 - Technology

The fourth video essay for the potponed residency, The Wood Wide Web is now available online.

Each post includes a long-form blog-post outlining the research toward this video:

Shane Finan: Monoculture Monoliths.

This is part of the residency programme ENTWINED: Rural Land Lives Art.


19th May 2020

Project page: Wood Wide Web

A project page is now available for the 'Wood Wide Web' project.

All research, video and thoughts from this project to date appear here.

project image for the project wood wide web by irish artist shane finan. the image is a tree cross-section, showing the rings

latest exhibitions

over nature vi

september 26th-november 21st 2020 Luan Gallery, Athlone, Co. Westmeath (IE)

Part of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini. Image of gallery courtesy of Wikimedia.

Wikimedia image of the Luan Gallery, Athlone

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august 7th-september 5th 2020 Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare (IE)

Part of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini.

Photograph below credit: Mary O'Connor, artist.

Photograph of the front door of the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, during the exhibition Over Nature

in áit

june 24th-26th 2020, Lockstown, Wicklow (IE)

An exhibition of restricted paintings presented to neighbours and friends living in a close locale to celebrate the end of the COVID-19 restrictions

Paintings installed for the in ait exhibition in Valleymount, Wicklow, 2020

COVID-19 update

Postponements/cancellations

Exhibitions and events up to August 2020 are currently postponed or cancelled in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Any update will be posted here. Please stay home, stay safe.


over nature iv

february 6th-march 7th 2020 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny (IE)

Part of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini.

Image below courtesy of Sammon chartered surveyors.

Photograph of the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

over nature iii

november 14th-December 21st 2019 Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin (IE)

Part of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini.

the dining room of rathfarnham castle, site of shane finan's artwork in the dublin leg of this exhibition

over nature ii

october 2019 Sample-Studios, Cork (IE)

Part of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini.

shane finan at the opening for over nature in cork, standing with one of his paintings

over nature i

september 2019 Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady (UK)

Part of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini.

shane finan at the opening for over nature in cork, standing with one of his paintings

over nature touring exhibition

september 2019-june 2020; 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, was exhibied 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.