BIO

Cecily Brennan

1955 Born Co. Galway, Ireland.
1974 - 78 National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
1983 - 86 Director, Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
1991 Elected member of Aosdána. aosdana.artscouncil.ie
2015 Appointed as V.A.I nominee to Arts & Cultural Advisory Cttee, Dublin City Council
Lives and works in Dublin and Berlin.

2019

Burning the Bush : Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris

Burning the Bush was a three-day residency for invited contributors from the arts and academia interested in ideas of activism within the arts. I was invited to make a presentation about the Artists' Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, our strategy and aims. Organised by Nora Hickey M’Sichili, Director of the CCI Paris and Aria Ungerer.

2018

WITNESS

WITNESS is 4 compilations of readings of women's stories describing their experiences as a result of the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution. The compilations were screened throughout the country.

2017

Day of Testimonies : Project Arts Centre Dublin

In a further development from ‘VOICES’ a commission for Ballymun Regeneration Project (2009) I curated a major art event at the Project Arts Centre on the 26th August 2017 dedicated to recording and filming women’s abortion stories. Many of Ireland’s leading actors, film-makers director such as Lynne Parker and Louise Lowe worked on the event. Producers Jen Coppinger and Caroline Williams and all the other participants gave their time on a pro-bono basis. It was truly cross disciplinary event featuring writers such as Marian Keyes and Kevin Barry, musicians Sean Mc Erlaine, Lisa O’ Neill and Sinead Dineen. Poet Paula Meehan and actors Tara Flynn, Danielle Galligan, Lauren Larkin, Karen McCartney, Eleanor Methven, Janet Moran, Neil Murray, Arthur Riordan and Cathy Belton. The event was film by Kate Mc Cullough and Gozia Zur.
In addition I curated a visual arts exhibition and a film programme at the Project Arts Centre of film-maker’s work spanning 34 years on the issue of the fight for reproductive rights in Ireland

2014

SNAG

SNAG a 52 second video work. The dancer in this work is the American dancer Cindy Cummings who is based in Ireland.

2014

Melancholia Interdisciplinary seminar

'Melancholia' was a two day international, multi-disciplinary seminar presented by the UCD Humanities Institute on the topic of melancholia from clinical, theoretical, film studies, visual arts practice and curatorial perspectives.
The seminar featured a screening of the video work 'Melancholia' by Cecily Brennan.
With Caroline Bainbridge, Bice Benvenuto, Cecily Brennan, Judy Gammelgaard, Isabel Nolan,Tina Kinsella, Lisa Moran, Anne Murphy, Emma Radley, Medb Ruane, Noreen Giffney, Marie Walshe and others
http://www.cecilybrennan.com/content/melancholia-2005 10' 38" (2' 50" clip)
http://www.ucd.ie/humanities/events/podcasts/2014/melancholia/
Held at the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History. Collins Barracks, Dublin.

2014

'The Devil's Pool' Madness, melancholia and the artist

'The Devil's Pool' is a documentary film funded by the Arts Council's Reel Art Fund.
Premiered at the IFI in JDIFF 2014.
Running time: 30 minutes

2013

'Naznaczenie/Marked'

Gdańska Galeria Miejska / Gdansk City Gallery, Poland
Curated by Iwona Bigos.
Three video works. Each one to be shown for two weeks.
‘Unstrung’ (09.03 - 24.03.) ‘Black Tears’ (26.03 - 07.04) and ‘Melancholia’ (09.04 - 19.04).

2011

Unstrung - Outdoor Projection

Dublin City Hall

2011

Hero's Engine Film screening

St. Carthage Chapel Project space, Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford.
Robert Boyle Science Festival 2011

2011

Black Tears

Video Screening
Crawford Gallery, Cork

2011

Love Video

Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Wales

2011

At The edge of the skin

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

2010

Black Tears

Taylor Galleries Dublin 15th April to 8th May 2010.
Black Tears included large charcoal drawings on paper 1.5 x 5.5 metres.
small watercolours and a new video work of the Irish actress Britta Smith, as she weeps the black tears of the show’s title.
The video work was shot by Seamus Deasy.

2009

Voices

Commissioned by Breaking Ground, the Ballymun Regeneration Ltd per cent for art program.
A commissioned project focusing on people living in Ballymun, a small village on the outskirts of Dublin city.
The show consisted of interviews with five residents.
A photograph of the person interviewed or an image suggested by what they said in their interview was specially made for the project.

2008

Video Screening

Ard Bia, Berlin.

2007

Unstrung

Taylor Galleries, Dublin.

2007

Cadere

West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

2005

Hero's Engine

Taylor Galleries, Dublin May 2005.
Hero’s Engine consisted of the video work ‘Hero’s Engine’,
large-scale watercolours and a suite of black and white drawings.

2005

Balancing

Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast. June 2005
A major show of work made between 2001 and 2005.
The show consisted of new video work and sound work, egg tempera paintings and cast stainless steel sculptures.

2003

Heat

Nuova Icona, Venice.

2003

Heat (with additional work)

Taylor Galleries, Dublin.
Heat consisted of video work, egg tempera paintings and a sound work.

2001

Bandaged Heart

Taylor Galleries, Dublin.
The show Bandaged Heart included cast stainless steel sculptures
and 12 paintings in egg tempera on gesso 25 cms x 30 cms.

1996

To Contain

Taylor Galleries , Dublin.

1992

Cecily Brennan

Limerick City Gallery.

1992

Cecily Brennan

Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork.

1992

Cecily Brennan

Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.

1988

The Iceland Work

Taylor Galleries, Dublin.

1994

Paintings from a Rhododendron Garden

Taylor Galleries, Dublin.

1982

Paintings and Drawings

Project Arts Centre, Dublin.