instinct both affirms and masks...the call of the thing to be made...

The captivation known to some artists.

That this must be made.


Vinciane Despret, What Would Animals Say If We Asked The Right Questions?, 2012, Editions La Découverte, p122



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 more-than-human relationships. 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

1st March 2021

Article: Callous Caring: The myth of dichotomy in farming

A new blog post about the complex decisions that farmers make, as part of the FIELD project.

The article looks at the idea of dichotomy and how nuanced the relationship between farmer and animal is.

A photograph of two cows behind a barbed wire fence on a sunny day. One cow's head is raised, looking at the viewer. It has a white head with reddish-brown coat. The other, a block cow, has its head lowered, eating grass.

19th February 2021

Article: The artist who stares at sheep

A new blog post documenting my first encounters with sheep suffering from lameness as part of the FIELD project.

The article documents how I began to underatand the vulnerability of sheep suffering from lameness, and what the sheep are now teaching me about being human.

A close-up photograph of the brown and white, furry snout of a sheep with the hand of the photographer reaching out to it from the camera. The sheep is smelling the hand as it touches gently the face of the sheep.

16th February 2021

Public talk: art-talks, University of Lincoln

A public talk organised by the MFA programme at the University of Lincoln, partners on the FIELD project

The talk will discuss my artistic practice and background, and the current ongoing projects about farms and fungi. Click the image for more information.

a poster with an art installation image on a garish pink and blue background, with some information about the artist shane finan

3rd February 2021

Online exhibition in progress

Working on new collaborative material with Michele Allen and Mark Jones for the FIELD project for an online exhibition, 2021-22.

Works are focussed on animal disease including lameness and BVD.

an animated gif of an animal shape walking unsteadily, its head bobbing with the limp an animated gif of an animal shape walking steadily with a straight spine

11th January 2021

Exhibition Residency: Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2021)

I have been awarded an exhibition residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, to work on an ongoing project about more-than-human entanglements and network theory. This will be broken across two months in 2021, and the exhibition will take place in September 2021.

30th November 2020

Book Chapter: We, the Mycorrhizae in Evolving the Forest (2020, art dot earth)

I have a chapter in the edited book Evolving the Forest that will be released on 14th of December is now in print. The book is published by art dot earth, and the chapter and book were edited by Richard Povall. The chapter deals with concepts of networks, and is an essay form article. The book is currently availble for order.

the book cover image for the publication evolving the forest by art dot earth

18th November 2020

Research: FIELD - Lameness and BVD

I have just completed two weeks of a research residency working with farmers in England, Scotland and Ireland, discussing lameness in sheep predomainantly, and also BVD in cattle, as part of my work with the FIELD Project, UK.

This research will form the basis for a new installation being built in early 2021.

a photograph of a charcoal sketch showing a sheep kneeling on its two front hooves

30th October 2020

Video Essay: Never Just a Tree #5 - Necessity: Forests

The fifth video essay for the The Wood Wide Web project is now available online.

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

Shane Finan: Independent Interdependence.

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

29th October 2020

Installation: chthonic

An interactive installation about trees and networks, built and to be installed at a future exhibition.

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

Shane Finan: Independent Interdependence.

This installation was built for the exhibition as tree, funded by Creative Ireland (Sligo). It was the final work in the 5-year long series Antikythera, Etc.

11th October 2020

Residency Award: FIELD

I have been awarded the visual artist in residence award at the FIELD project. This 4-year interdisciplinary project features immunologists, economists and social scientists investigating disease and sustainable agriculture.

I will be working as artist in residence in collaboration with farmers in England, Ireland and Scotland, with new work created by April 2021.

Two other artists in residence prizes have also been awarded: Michele Allen is photographer in residence, working on a new project based in north England. Mark Jones is filmmaker in residence. We are all collaborating on new work, and working on individual tangents that will form a complete final project.

The logo of the FIELD project

22nd September 2020

Updated 6th October 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

latest exhibitions

as tree

october 2020 online (due to take place in St. George's Hall, Tubbercurry, Sligo)

Curated online exhibition (postponed offline exhibition) as tree, due to take place in Tubbercurry in 2021

an image of interactive installation with strings of lights attached to wooden structures

over nature vi

september 26th-november 21st 2020 Luan Gallery, Athlone, Co. Westmeath (IE) - unfortunately closed early due to covid-19 lockdown restrictions

The sixth and final stage of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini. Image of gallery courtesy of Wikimedia.

Wikimedia image of the Luan Gallery, Athlone

over nature v

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


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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