Déanfaidh an dáimh seo
go gearr aon chorp

these kindred spirits will
shortly form themselves into one body

found in dictionary as an unreferenced literary use
in Fóclóir Gaeilge-Béarla 1977 Ó Dónaill

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shane finan

Collaborating with fungi, sheep, humans, semiconductors, birds.

Assembling things into art including electronics, light, painting, timber and more.

Proud member of Visual Artists Ireland, the representative body for artists in Ireland, and a constant source of support and information.

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10th September 2022

panel talk: stories of change, Artlink, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, Ireland

I have been invited to present as part of a panel at the 2022 Stories of Change event at Artlink, taking place on the 24th of September 2022 off-site in Buncrana.

This is one of four events happening around Ireland focussed on positive change through art, farming, and sustainable action.

The Stories of Change logo

10th September 2022

presentation: what will remain, Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland

As part of Culture Night 2022, a presentation and in-person work session about a new installation on collecting.

The work is being built on-site in an ongoing installation that is growing in the space as a collection of historical and contemporary moments.

A photograph of the Mayo Arts and library team with artist Shane Finan for Culture Night 2022

2nd September 2022

Blog post: togetherwork, Wicklow Connect artist panel blog

An article about collaborative practice, and different projects since 2007, with a view to understanding what works in different areas.

The logo of the Wicklow Connect artist blog

28th August 2022

Interview: Western People, Mayo

I was interviewed about my ongoing residency with the Jackie Clarke Collection for the Western People newspaper in August 2022, in advance of presenting new work.

A photograph of artist Shane Finan on his hunkers with a portable scanner and a painting in a studio

1st June 2022

Collaborative discussion: Debugging as Collaborative Practice, AMRO (Art Meets Radical Openness), Linz, Austria

In mid-June 2022, I will co-present a session at AMRO about experimental art practice with collaborative partners. This session will combine experiences from my group Kinship Group 26 with the recent project Swap Space.

Partners from both projects will lead a session challenging what collaboration is, and how it can be used as a process to debug the self.

AMRO is a biennial Festival dedicated to Art, Hacktivism and Open Culture. The 2022 edition is run under the theme 'debug'.

A screencapture of the AMRO 2022 logo from their website.

31st May 2022

Masterclass: Computer Programming for Artists, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

A 3-day masterclass in using technology as an artist, with a focus on open source technologies. Spaces limited to six.

Part of Leitrim Sculpture Centre's series of masterclasses for 2022.

An image of an artwork using lights and cables, with text overlaid advertising a masterclass in computer programming for artists at Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

23rd May 2022

Project Residency: Decade of Centenaries, Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina, Co. Mayo

I have been awarded a 6-month residency working with the community of Ballina and the historical objects that make up the Jackie Clarke Collection.

On this residency I am considering the importance of technology, place, human and nonhuman aspects in collecting and recording histories and futures.

The logo of the Jackie Clarke Collection The logo of Mayo County Council

1st April 2022

Collaborative Research Residency: Swap Space, Reagenz, Graz, Austria

I was invited to be artist in residence on an experimental collaboration with research and artistic partners in Graz and Hotelpupik, Scheifling, Austria for April 2022.

The project is researching and documenting how collaboration occurs when artists work both collectively and individually on a collective concept. This iteration includes research into posthuman philosophy, trace, arrivals and liminal spaces.

It is a pilot for the 3-year project SimulArr at the Graz University for Performing Arts and Music.

The other colaborating partners are Nayarí Castillo (artist, Graz/Venezuela), Franziska Hederer (architectural researcher, Graz), Jackie Karuti (Artist, Nairobi), Alisa Kobzar (research assistanct, Graz/Ukraine), David Pirrò (sound artist, Graz/Italy), Consuelo Mendez (Venezuela) and PI Hanns Holger Rutz (sound artist, Graz/Germany).

A photograph of an old building that has long been a ruin, taken from below looking up at the second storey. A tree is growing from the wall, and the visible window has no glass in it.

17th March 2022

Residency: Artlink, Fort Dunree, Donegal

A new residency that will take place over four seasons, carried out at the equinoxes (March and September) and the solstices (June and December) 2022 before exhibiting research on a new project in March 2023.

The project will evolve over this period and new research will be posted on this site intermittently.

The logo for Artlink Donegal

4th February 2022

Exhibition Website: Púca in the Machine, Blessington, Wicklow

Website and online ticket booking now available for the launch of Púca in the Machine.

The website features information about the project research and the three artists involved.

An invitation with dates and times for the exhibition puca in the machine. The backgrouns is an image of water with algae on it

24th January 2022

Project: Púca in the Machine, Blessington, Wicklow

New artworks in progress and new exhibition soon coming at Blessington Library, Wicklow, Ireland. The project, coordinated by Shane Finan and featuring artworks from Finan, Niamh Fahy and Alannah Robins, will feature a publication and new artworks launching on February 17th.

The collaboration is about the more-than-human, mythological, ecological and technological stories surrounding the flooding of Poulaphuca Reservoir, Wicklow, in the 1930s.

More to follow in the coming weeks.

The logo for the project Púca in the Machine. The typography features two fonts, one a blocky heading that splits into a scrawled handwritten font mid-word after the first two letters on each line. The logo is the project title with a photograph of roots superimposed on the letters.

13th January 2022

Artist Talk: FIELD artists at Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

Artists Shane Finan, Michele Allen and Mark Richard Jones will speak at the Museum of English Rural Life about project FIELD on January 19th 2021, to be recorded and released online. This will be the first time that the three collaborating artists, hampered by the ongoing pandemic, will all meet in person.

Travel to the talk supported by Culture Ireland.

The logo of FIELDS at the Museum of English Rural Life

11th December 2021

Artist Talk: Shane Finan at Assembly House, Newcastle Arts Centre

Shane Finan gives an informal talk at Assembly House, Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This is part of the ENTWINED exhibition programme by VARC.

Travel to the talk supported by Culture Ireland. Photograph by Colin Davison, Rosella Studios.

A photograph of artist shane finan speaking to two people who are facing away from the camera

9th December 2021

Documentary: Shane Finan Explores the Wildwood

A short documentary about my work with the Kielderhead Wildwood Project is now available online.

Recorded and edited by Alan Fentiman on behalf of Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

A photograph of artist shane finan looking through a protective tube that is placed around young trees

2nd December 2021

Site Visits: Púca in the Machine

Artists Alannah Robins and Niamh Fahy visited Wicklow to begin research for a new collaborative project initiated by Shane Finan about more-than-human entanglements above and below the water at Poulaphuca Reservoir.

Project supported by Wicklow Arts Office and partnered with Blessington Library, who will host an exhibition and series of events in 2022.

A photograph of artists exploring a shoreline area with strange monstrous tree stumps visible. The artists are winter-dressed and taking photographs.

29th November 2021

Conference Presentation: Lynne Boddy & Shane Finan: ART SCIENCE FUNGI NETWORKS, Online Assemblage, Asynchronous Conference by Newcastle University Institute of Creative Arts Practice

ENTWINED Online Assemblage is an asynchronous online conference, hosted by Newcastle University’s Institute of Creative Arts Practice, and takes the form of a series of pre-recorded conversations and presentations.

This conference includes a 20-minute conversation with Professor Lynne Boddy, Professor of Fungal Ecology at Cardiff University UK.

The logo of the ansynchronous conference is orange text on a white background reading ENTWINED Online Assemblage with a small graphic including the words Rural Land Lives Art

28th November 2021

Publication: ENTWINED, Visual Arts in Rural Communities

A chapter, titled The Power of Inconspicuous Things appears alongside a documentation of work in the new publication by Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC), ENTWINED. The publication includes work from the six resident artists with ENTWINED and is also a celebration of the 21st Anniversary of VARC.

Cover image: Zoe Childerley, Janet on the Otterburn Ranges, 2016, photograph, 70 x 50 cm, collection of the artist.

The front cover of the ENTWINED publication by VARC. The cover shows a solitary woman standing in the expanse of moor in Tarset, Northumberland, with the title ENTWINED in white letters

22nd October 2021

Exhibition: Piksel 2021, Bergen, Norway (2021)

Two artworks have been selected for inclusion in the exhibition programme of the 19th annual Piksel Festival for Electronic Art and Free Technologies in Bergen, Norway. The works are It Seemed Like We Were Moving Closer Together (2021) and Macalla (2021).

Two people interacting with an artwork made from standing fence posts connected to a computer monitor on a wall

18th October 2021

New Collaboration: Púca in the Machine, with Blessington Library, Wicklow

A new 3-person project has started as a collaboration with two other artists. This project is about the Poulaphuca Reservoir in Blessington, Wicklow. Collaborating with Alannah Robbins and Niamh Fahy this collaboration will lead to new work that will be presented as work in progress at Blessington Library in February 2022.

This project is supported by Wicklow Arts Office Strategic Project Awards 2022.

Updates will be posted here in the coming months.

a photograph of three tree stumps jutting out of a flooded lake at poulaphuca, ireland

6th October 2021

Festival Screening: 37th Agrofilm Festival, Nitra, Slovakia (2021)

The film Because the Exchange Is Complete is screening as part of the Agrofilm festival about food and agriculture.

Made as part of Project FIELD. The festival program is available at this link.

The logo of the Agrofilm Festival

latest exhibitions

Swap Space Graz

april 28th-29th 2022 Reagenz Ost, Graz, Austria

Presentation of research artworks from one-month residency in Graz, combining research and collaborations from the Swap Space team into an interactive artwork about the nonhuman and human traces that are created when we move into and through a place.

An abstract photograph of an artwork that shows a projection onto an uneven brown surface. The projection looks like microscopic images of roots or some other vague sinewy form, with bright white background areas and darker root- or thread-like forms.

Púca in the Machine

february 17th-March 5th 2022 Blessington Library, Blessington, Wicklow, Ireland

Exhibition of artistic research and works in progress from a new project about the more-than-human at a flooded valley and reservoir, Poulaphuca, in west Wicklow, Ireland.

A photograph of a sculptural artwork at Poulaphuca Reservoir. The artwork is a sculpture of a tree-stump with roots spreading out in many directions. The roots are made of fibre-optic cables, which glow in the light. The stump is taped together with heavy-duty tape. In the background is a lake view at dusk.

Supported by:


december 1st-14th 2021 Assembly House, Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK

Two artworks are showing at the second leg of ENTWINED as the exhibition tours to a Newcastle venue.

a photograph of an the outside of assembly house in newcastle with the ENTWINED logo and the names of the exhibiting artists shown on a vinyl in the window

Supported by:

Reboot Me Softly, 19th annual Piksel Festival for Electronic Art and Free Technologies

november 18th 2021 - november 21st 2021 Piksel 21, Bergen, Norway

Two interactive artworks have been selected to be part of the 2021 exhibition programme for Piksel, an international network and annual event for electronic art and technological freedom.

The works are part of the broader programme of events. Two artworks exhibiting are Macalla (2021) from the The Wood Wide Web and It seemed like we were moving closer together from the 2021 solo exhibition Detached Touch.

the logo of the piksel festival in 2021


october 1st 2021 - january 31st 2022 Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), Reading, England

Drawings and stories included in work on show at the Museum of English Rural Life. Three artists are exhibiting, including Michele Allen and Mark Richard Jones.

Other work on show includes academic writing, fieldwork and other public engagement pieces from the 6-university interdisciplinary research project FIELD.

Photograph courtesy FIELD project

an image of some newspapers and prints on a table-top in a busy museum space

17th Athens Digital Arts Festival

september 20th - october 31st 2021 tāctus, Historic Center of Athens, Greece

The film Because the Exchange is Complete will screen at the 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival 2021 edition, which is a blended online and in-person event.

a video still of the title of the film Because The Exchange Is Complete, in pink text on a black background

FIELDS Farming on Film

september 28th, october 21st and november 18th 2021 FIELDS, various locations, England

The film Because the Exchange is Complete will screen at the Hexham Forum Cinema, Hexham (28 Sept), the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle (21 Oct) and Everyman Cinema, Lincoln (18 Nov) as part of the FIELDS public outreach programme of FIELD, following a 6-month research residency.

a video still of a sheep face looking at the camera, inside a blue triangle that fits around the head neatly


september 4th-13th 2021 Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC), Highgreen, Northumberland, UK

The two year, multi-partner ENTWINED:Rural.Land.Lives.Art. programme exhibits works by six resident artists curated by Cynthia Morisson Bell (artcircuit)

a photograph of an interactive artwork. The artwork is in the form of a large box, like a table. This photograph shows a long exposure of people moving lights, so light trails are visible in the image. the trails are coming from white tubes held by participants/audience

detached touch

august 13th-september 4th 2021 Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Ireland

Solo exhibition presenting three new interactive and technology-led installations about technology, contact, and more-than-human connections

a photograph of four people standing in front of a large 6-screen video artwork in the shape of a hexagon

FIELDS Markets

august 8th - october 16th 2021 FIELDS, various locations, England

Works about animal and human connections involving lameness and vulnerability presented as part of the public engagement programme of FIELD, following a 6-month research residency.

Sunday 8 August: Nuns Moor Park Bike Garden mini-market
Nuns Moor Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5NU
10am - 2pm

Saturday 28 August: Louth Market
Cornmarket, Louth, LN11 9PD
9am - 4pm

Saturday 11 September: Beverley Market
Market Pl, Beverley, HU17 8EA
8am - 4pm

Saturday 25 September: Hexham Farmers Market
Market Pl, Hexham, NE46 1XQ
9am - 1pm

Saturday 16 October: Grainger Market
Grainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QQ
9am - 4pm

a photograph of three people at a market stall with giant cutouts of cows and sheep, and some flyers and photographic material on a table

open studio

april 26th 2021 VARC, Highgreen, Northumberland UK

VARC artists in residence Catriona Gallagher and Shane Finan showing work from the adventurous three-year programme ENTWINED. Rural. Land. Lives. Art. Shane will stage a new interactive performative installation.

a photograph of an interactive artwork. The artwork is in the form of a large box, like a table. This close-up shot only shows some of the left side and the top of the box, and also an opening into the underneath/inside where the side facing us should be. The left side is an abstract painting with mostly dark colours. The top has two tubes placed in it. The underneath shows a series of bluish pipes of light that seem to emanate from the tubes above.

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