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Gary Farrelly (IE) is an Irish visual artist and educator based in Brussels researching on infrastructure, bureaucracy and architectures of power. Manifestations of the practice include drawings, documents, performances, installations, walking tours and a radio show. In recent years, the main engine of his practice is a bilateral duo called Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence with German artist Chris Dreier. Farrelly studied at NCAD in Dublin and later LUCA School of Arts and A.PASS in Brussels.  Exhibitions and performances of his work, both solo and collaborative have been presented at Goldsmiths Center for Contemporary Art (London), Marres Centre for Contemporary culture (Maastricht), Contemporary Art Center (Cincinnati), Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles (Paris), MSURS (Banja Luka), Damien & The Love Guru (Brussels) and Salzburger Kunstverein. He has taught workshops based on his practice at HEAD (Geneva), Goldsmiths (London), Sint Lukas (Brussels) and Moldova’s Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Chisinau. He currently lectures in the print department at La Cambre ENSAV in Brussels. His practice is supported by a visual arts bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. 

 

Gary Farrelly b. Dublin, Republic of Ireland 1983
Lives and Works in Brussels, Belgium

EDUCATION
2022 | Post MA performance and scenography, a.pass, Brussels (BE)
2017 | MA Hon Vrije Kunsten, LUCA School of the Arts, Brussels (BE)
2006 | BA Hon Fine Art, National College of Art and Design, Dublin (IE)

SOLO AND DUO* EXHIBITIONS
2023 | You Mean Everything To Me, The Carillon, TCC, Fort Worth (US)
2022 | Proximity Papers, Nadine, Brussels (BE)
2021 | Fruit Anxiety: Desire and Method, SB34- Clovis, Brussels* (BE)
2019 | Know Your Place, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal* (DE)
2019 | GLUE, GCCA Goldsmiths Center for Contemporary Art, London* (UK)
2019 | GLUE, Lismore Castle Arts, Cork* (IE)
2017 | Fruit Solutions, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin* (DE)
2017 | Fruit Efficiency, RO2 Art, Dallas* (US)
2016 | Low Hanging Fruit, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal* (DE)
2015 | Policy Documents, Museum Quality NYC, New York (US)
2012 | Terminal Compositions, RO2 Art, Dallas (US)
2010 | Great Development, Guerilla Arts, Dallas (US)
2008 | Kunst Bureaucracy, Galerie W Eric Landau, Paris (FR)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND INSTITUTIONAL PERFORMANCES
2023 | Alternating Current, The Complex Arts Centre, Dublin (IE)
2023 | I’ll Be Your Mirror, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin (IE)
2023 | Trouble Fête – Nuit Blanche, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris (FR)
2023 | The Seduction of the Bureaucrat, De Garage, Mechelen (BE)
2023 | Radharc: Perspectives in Print , Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (IRE)
2022 | Why Be An Artist?, NCAD Gallery, Dublin (IE)
2022 | Heures Sauvages, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris (FR)
2022 | Artist-Run Spaces, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati (US)
2020 | Les choses d’ici bas, Galerie Duflon Racz, Brussels (BE)
2019 | Two of Hearts, SB34- The Pool, Brussels (BE)
2019 | Fallen empires and refound desires, Horst Festival, Vilvoorde (BE)
2019 | Festival van de Controle, CCHA Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt (BE)
2019 | HERE/THERE, Wexford Arts Center, Wexford (IE)
2018 | 20 Propositions, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (AT)
2018 | Letters of Last Resort, Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels (BE)
2018 | State of Statelessness, ISELP, Brussels (BE)
2018 | [bau036] by Baumusik, Gold + Beton, Cologne (DE)
2017 | I spy, I spy a little lie, Marres- Centre for Contemporary Art, Maastricht (NL)
2017 | A Hard Place, 500X Gallery, Dallas (US)
2016 | Sturm der Liebe, Establishment d’en face, Brussels (BE)
2016 | Ultramodern, Galerie Lisi Hammerle, Bregenz (AT)
2016 | ONE on ONE, Clovis XV, Brussels (BE)
2014 | EXCEPTIONALITIES, Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka (BE)
2013 | Going Postal, RE Gallery, Dallas (US)
2012 | Control Tower, Parking Gallery Projects, Tehran (IR)
2010 | The Non-Profit Margin, CentralTrak Gallery, Dallas (US)
2009 | Plans, Sections and Elevations, Royal Institute of Architects, Dublin (IE)
2007 | [C]artography: map-making as artform, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (IE)
2007 | Don’t Cry – Work! Objects and Occurrances, The Back Loft, Dublin (IE)

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2021-present | Lecturer, La Cambre ENSAV, Brussels (BE)
2023 | guest lecturer, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth (US)
2022 | Guest lecturer, LUCA School of the Arts, Brussels (BE)
2022 | Guest lecturer, HEAD, Geneva (CH)
2022 | Guest lecturer, Goldsmiths University, London (UK)
2021 | Guest lecturer, LUCA School of the Arts, Brussels (BE)
2020 | Guest lecturer, Moldovan Academy of Arts, Theatre and Dance, Chisinau (MD)
2017 | Guest lecturer, La Cambre ENSAV, Brussels (BE)

DIVERSIFIED PRACTICE/ OTHER PROJECTS
2023 | Co-curator, Flyktig/ Fugitive, off-grid performance festival, Vestre Slidre (NO)
2022 | Co-curator, Flyktig/ Fugitive, off-grid performance festival, Vestre Slidre (NO)
2021 | What is Work? (intervention with Philippine Hoegan), Kunsthal Ghent (BE)
2021 | Glitching The Home (intervention with Karolien Chromiak), Kunsthal Ghent (FR)
2021 | Déambulations (audio commission), Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (FR)
2020 | Conference, EDU-Art, ‘Contemporary art in the periphery’, Chisinau (MD)
2020 | Conference, Psychoanalysis “Post-truth”,, Freud Museum, London (UK)
2020-present | Resident radio presenter, DDR Dublin Digital Radio, Dublin (IRE)
2020-present | Resident radio presenter, Cashmere Radio, Berlin (DE)
2017-2020 | Radio contributor, KUZU 92.9FM, Denton (US)
2019 | Co-curator, European Conference of Institutional Ideators ECII, Wuppertal (DE)
2019 | Debates on Division (intervention with Gluklya), Bozar, Brussels (BE)
2018 | Performance lecture, I AM Dynamite, Fringe Festival, Dublin (IE)
2017 | GLUE, feature film directed by Oisin Byrne starring Gary Farrelly (IE/ UK)
2015 | Co-founder of Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence (BE/ DE)

PUBLISHED WORK
2021 | Auditing Intimacy, published by Fantôme Verlag, Berlin (DE)
2019 | Self-Institutionalisation Handook, published by Fantôme Verlag (DE)

INTERNATIONAL PRESS/ PUBLICATIONS
2022 | Bureaucracktic Bedtime Stories (BE) published by Constant, 2022 edition (BE)
2021 | Draff Magazine (IE) issue 56, August 2021 ‘This is really happening’ (IE)
2021 | Texte Zur Kunst (DE) issue 122, June 2021 ‘Figuration’ (DE)
2019 | Hyperallergic (USA) 1/2/2019, review by Rosa Abbott (US)
2017 | Metropolis M, review by Tamara Beheydt (BE/NL)

SELECTED CATALOGUES
2023 | ROT issue one 2023: IMMUNITY, published by Varamo Press (BE)
2021 | Future Forecasts BAE, published by The Project Arts Centre, Dublin (IE)
2018 | Foreign Art collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Republika Srpska (BA)
2015 | Recherches 15, TAMAT, Centre de la Tapisserie Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE)
2007 | [C]artography: map-making as artform, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork (IE)

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2023 | Three week residency, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth (US)
2023 | Visual Arts Bursary, Arts Council of Ireland (IE)
2023 | Two month residency, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (FR)
2022 | Visual Artist Award, Fingal County Council (IE)
2021 | Visual Arts Bursary, Arts Council of Ireland (IE)
2018 | Three-month residency, Morpho, Antwerp (BE)
2015 | One-year residency, TAMAT / Musee de la Tapisserie, Tournai (BE)
2010 | Six month residency, UTC Central Trak, Dallas (US)
2007 | One month residency, Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt, Berlin (DE)

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