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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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

4th May 2020

Paintings: Restricted Views

A series of three landscape paintings painted in portrait format, playing on the idea of 'natural' and 'man-made' objects. The paintings are all made at the outert edge of the 2km physical distancing area from my hoemplace in Wicklow, Ireland.

Photograph of a painting made on-site in Wicklow, Ireland, with the painted landscape view in the background Photograph of a painting made on-site in Wicklow, Ireland, with the painted landscape view in the background

21st April 2020

Arpillera: Conflict Textiles

As part of the lockdown activities for COVID-19, I made an arpillera doll for the Conflict Textiles exhibition at Roe Valley Arts Centre. Pictures here are my arpillera (left) and one by my partner Amy (right) in a bush at our home in April 2020.

The full exhibition of arpilleras from all over the world is online at the Roe Valley Arts Centre website.

Photograph of two handmade arpillera dolls sitting in a thorny bush

21st April 2020

Video Essay: Never Just a Tree #3 - Community

The third 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: Staying Together Apart.

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



6th April 2020

Video Channel: Never Just a Tree

The series of videos, Never Just a Tree are being created and made available during the COVID-19 pandemic. The final videos will be made on-site at Kielderhead Wildwood Forest once travel restrictions are reduced later in 2020.

To subscribe to Visual Arts in Rural Communities Vimeo channel, please click the image below:

logo image for the project Never Just a Tree by artist Shane Finan, showing a glitched tree on a white circle

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

Shane Finan: Pandemic and Communication.

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


6th April 2020

Video Essay: Never Just a Tree #2 - Forests

The second 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: Pandemic and Communication.

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


23rd March 2020

Video Essay: Never Just a Tree #1 - Introduction

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

This is accompanied by a long-form blog-post outlining the research to date on the project:

Shane Finan: The Wood Wide Web.

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


23rd March 2020

New Exhibition: As Tree

I have been selected to manage a new exhibition to be staged in Sligo, As Tree featuring three artists working with new media technologies and themes based on nature. The exhibition will take place in St. George's Hall, Tubbercurry, in October 2020. More details to follow.

Supported by Sligo Arts Office and funded by Creative Sligo as part of the Creative Ireland programme 2017-22. Creative Ireland logo


23rd March 2020

Postponements: COVID-19

Planned residency with Kielderhead Wildwood Project and Visual Arts in Rural Communities is postponed - new scheduled date to be posted here in the coming weeks.


16th March 2020

Postponements: COVID-19

This is a short notice - current planned exhibitions in Ireland as part of the Over Nature touring exhibition in Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Clare (March-May 2020) and Luan Gallery, Athlone (June 2020) are postponed or subject to postponement due to the public institution closures as a result of the international COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Updates will be posted here with new dates as news is updated.

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COVID-19 update

Postponements/cancellations

Exhibitions and events up to May 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)

as part of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini. Photograph of the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

over nature iii

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

as 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)

as 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)

as 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.