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Sonia Shiel’s interdisciplinary practice combines key methodologies from art, law and theatre to imbue characteristics, autonomy and fictional narratives in the works she creates. Usurping the normal conditions of an artwork with a kind of self-conscious agency usually reserved for living things, her works are often free-standing; traversable; presented with their own volition, backstory or environment; and sometimes consolidated within installations that use audio-work, performance or video, in which sound, story and image slip between registers, to move the viewer through the space.
Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, IRL. How The Oyster Makes The Pearl, 2019; The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, IRL. 'Rectangle Squared,' 2017; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, IRL. 'Rectangle, a written thing,' 2017; Art Box, Dublin, IRL. 'Pet Boy and the Bird's Dream - Prologue,' 2016; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, IRL, 'Here, While the Bees are Sleeping,' 2015; ISCP, New York, US, 'Consent Volenti,' 2014; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Project Space, Dublin, IRL, 'Parse,' 2014; Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, IRL, 'Misadventure Seeks Rainy Afternoon,' 2013.
recent Solo Exhibitions
VOID, Derry, UK. 'Dead Her,' Curated by Mary Cremin, 2018; The Observatory UCD, Dublin; 'Sideways' 2017; NCAD Gallery, Dublin. 'Rectangle Squared,' Curated by Anne Kelly 2017; Treeline Pavilion, 'Selected Readings,' Curated by Mary Cremin and Oonagh Young, 2017; The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, IRL. 'Rectangle Squared,' 2017; Temple Bar Gallery and Studios ‘Rectangle, A WrittenThing,’ 2017; Art Box, Dublin, IRL. 'Pet Boy and the Bird's Dream - Prologue,' 2016.
Performances and Readings
Sea Change, DLR Lexicon Gallery, Dublin. Curated by Oonagh Young, 2018; Double Take: Collections and Context, The Glucksman Gallery, UCC, Cork. Curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney, 2018; Pallas Projects, Dublin. IRL. Periodical Review #7—PPS V RGKSKSR, Curated by Gavin Murphy, Mark Cullen, Rachael Gilbourne & Kate Strain, 2017; HIAP Helsinki FIN, 'Henrietta hyvä...' Curated by Nadja Quante, 2016; Rua Red, Dublin, IRL, 'Carnage Visors,' Curated by Paul McAree, 2016; The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, IRL, Motivational Deficit, Curated by Dawn Williams, 2014; The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, IRL, 'Fieldworks,' Curated by Chris Clarke, 2014; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IRL, 'Unseen Presence,' Curated by Janice Hough, 2014; ISCP, supported by the Art and Law Fellowship Program, New York, US, 'Consent Volenti' 2014; Rua Red, Dublin, IRL. 'Must Go On' Curated by Cliodhna Shaffrey, 2014; The Glue Factory, Glasgow, UK. 2013; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, IRL. 'Selective Perspective' 2013; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, IRL, "To Start With, Lets Remove The Colour' Curated by Paul McAree, 2013; The Model, Sligo, IRL, 'Up the Walls' Curated by Seamus Kealy, 2012.
recent Group Exhibitions
Dublin City Council, Visual Artist's Bursary Award, 2018; The Arts Council, Visual Artist's Bursary Award, 2018; NCAD Gallery Incubation Residency Award, 2017; The Arts Council, Visual Artist's Bursary Award, 2017; DLR Event / Project Support Grant, 2017; UCD Artist in Residency Award, Arts and Humanities 2016; The Arts Council, Visual Artists Bursary Award, 2015; The Arts Council Project Award, for projects in 2014; International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, 2013; Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA Artist in Residence Program, Dublin, 2013; The Arts Council, Visual Artists Bursary Award, 2013.
UCD Artist in Residence, Arts and Humanities (The Department of English, Drama and Film) 2016 - 2018; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2014; The Art & Law Fellowship Program, Fordham Law School, New York, 2014, concurrently with, the International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP, New York, 2014.
'Fieldworks,’ by the Lewis Glucksman Gallery; 'Creative Ireland: The Visual Arts [Contemporary Visual Art in Ireland]' by Noel Kelly & Seán Kissane; ‘Sonia Shiel’, published by RHA, Dublin, with ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ by Mark Hutchinson, Artist, Curator and Writer and ‘A Resolute Vulnerability’ by Chris Fite Wassilik, Writer, ‘Sheltering Daydreams’ by Catherine Bernard, Writer; ‘Handmade’ by Patrick Murphy, Director, RHA; ‘Babel’s Biting the Moon’ by Charlotte Bonham-Carter, Independent Curator; The Brief Tremendous by Anna O’Sullivan, Director, The Butler Gallery; and ‘A Carpenters Omelette’ by Dave Dyment, Artist and Curator.
MA Visual Art Practice / Art-Making IADT
BA Fine Art / Painting NCAD
Represented by The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin 2.
Works held in various Irish and International private and public collections, including:
DLR Municipal Collection
The Arts Council of Ireland
The Glucksman Gallery
The Office of Public Works.