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. 


Born .1983, Dublin
Lives and works in Brussels

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

2022 | Proximity Papers (solo exhibition), Nadine, Brussels
2021 | Fruit Anxiety: Desire and Method (with Chris Dreier), SB34- Clovis, Brussels
2019 | Know Your Place (with Chris Dreier) Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2019 | GLUE (with Oisin Byrne), GCCA Goldsmiths Center for Contemporary Art, London
2019 | GLUE (with Oisin Byrne), Lismore Castle Arts, Cork
2017 | Fruit Solutions (with Chris Dreier), Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin
2017 | Fruit Efficiency (with Chris Dreier), RO2 Art, Dallas
2016 | Low Hanging Fruit (with Chris Dreier), Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2015 | Policy Documents (solo exhibition), Museum Quality NYC, New York
2015 | Oisin Byrne and Gary Farrelly, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2012 | Terminal Compositions (solo exhibition), RO2 Art, Dallas
2008 | Kunstbureaucracy (solo exhibition), Galerie W Eric Landau, Paris
2008 | Obsessive Territories (solo exhibition), This is not a shop, Dublin

2023 | The Seduction of the Bureaucrat, De Garage, Mechelen
2023 | Radharc: Perspectives in Print , Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
2023 | The Architects, BcmA, Berlin
2022 | Why Be An Artist?, NCAD Gallery, Dublin
2022 | Heures Sauvages, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris
2022 | Artist-Run Spaces, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati
2020 | Les choses d’ici bas, Galerie Duflon Racz, Brussels
2019 | Two of Hearts, SB34- The Pool, Brussels
2019 | Fallen empires and refound desires, Horst Festival, Vilvoorde
2019 | Festival van de Controle, CCHA Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt
2019 | HERE/THERE, Wexford Arts Center, Wexford
2018 | 20 Propositions, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
2018 | Letters of Last Resort, Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels
2018 | State of Statelessness, ISELP, Brussels
2018 | [bau036]–a group show by Baumusik, Gold + Beton, Cologne
2017 | I spy, I spy a little lie, Marres- Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht
2017 | A Hard Place, 500X Gallery, Dallas
2016 | Sturm der Liebe, Establishment d’en face, Brussels
2016 | Ultramodern, Galerie Lisi Hammerle, Bregenz
2016 | ONE on ONE, Clovis XV, Brussels
2014 | EXCEPTIONALITIES, Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka
2013 | Going Postal, RE Gallery, Dallas
2010 | The Non-Profit Margin, CentralTrak Gallery, Dallas
2009 | Plans, Sections and Elevations, Royal Institute of Architects, Dublin
2007 | [C]artography: map-making as artform, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
2007 | Don’t Cry – Work! Objects and Occurrances, The Back Loft, Dublin
2005 | Quadrant, Bell Table Arts Centre, Limerick

2023 | Guest lecturer, Tarrant county College TCC, Fort Worth
2021-present | Lecturer PMK (MA print department), La Cambre ENSAV, Brussels
2022 | Guest lecturer, LUCA School of the Arts, Brussels
2022 | Guest lecturer, HEAD, Geneva
2022 | Guest lecturer, Goldsmiths University, London
2021 | Guest lecturer, LUCA School of the Arts, Brussels
2020 | Guest lecturer, Moldovan Academy of Arts, Theatre and Dance, Chisinau
2020 | Guest lecturer, La Cambre ENSAV, Brussels
2014 | Guest lecturer, Tarrant county College TCC, Fort Worth

2022 | Co-curator, Tunnel Affection, subterranean performance program, ICC Tunnel, Berlin
2022 | Co-curator, Flyktig/ Fugitive, off-grid performance festival, Vestre Slidre, Norway
2021 | What is Work? (performance with Philippine Hoegen and Julia Reist), Kunsthal Ghent
2021 | Glitching The Home (performance with Karolien Chromiak), Kunsthal Ghent
2021 | Keeping the ground of our being (audio commission), Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
2020 | EDU-Art conference , ‘Contemporary art in the periphery’, Oberlicht Association, Chisinau
2020 | Psychoanalysis “Post-truth”, interdisciplinary conference, Freud Museum, London
2020-present | Resident radio presenter, DDR Dublin Digital Radio (ongoing), Dublin
2020-present | Resident radio presenter, Cashmere Radio, Berlin (ongoing), Berlin
2019 | Co-curator/ initiator, European Conference of Institutional Ideators ECII, Wuppertal
2019 | Debates on Division (performance with Gluklya and Anna Bitkina), Bozar, Brussels
2018 | I AM Dynamite (lecture performance with Chris Dreier), Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin
2017 | GLUE, feature film directed by Oisin Byrne starring Gary Farrelly, 52 min
2015 | Co-founder of Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence, Berlin/Brussels

2021 | Auditing Intimacy (with Chris Dreier & Carl Haase), published by Fantôme Verlag, Berlin
2019 | Self-Institutionalisation Handook (with Chris Dreier & Carl Haase), published by Fantôme Verlag

2021 | Texte Zur Kunst (DE) issue 122, June 2021 ‘Figuration’
2019 | Hyperallergic (USA) 1/2/2019, review by Rosa Abbott
2017 | Metropolis M (BE/NL), ‘eindexamens’ 2017 profile by Tamara Beheydt

2021 | Future Forecasts BAE, published by The Project Arts Centre, Dublin
2018 | The Collection of Foreign Art of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska
2015 | Recherches 15, TAMAT, Centre de la Tapisserie Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
2007 | Catalog: [C]artography: map-making as artform, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork

2023 | Two month special commissions residency, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
2022 | Visual Artist Award, Fingal County Council, Ireland
2021 | Visual Arts Bursary, Arts Council of Ireland
2020 | Covid project award, Arts Council of Ireland
2018 | Three-month residency, AAIR, Antwerp, Belgium
2015 | One-year research residency, TAMAT, Tournai, Belgium
2014 | Visual Artist Award, Fingal County Council, Ireland
2010 | Six month residency, University of Texas, Dallas
2007 | One month residency, Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt, Berlin

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