Name: Colm Desmond


MA Art in the Contemporary World, (hons) National College of Art & Design, Dublin, 2007/08

BA in Fine Art (hons), Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire (DLIADT), 2004

National Diploma in Fine Art, (Merit), DLIADT, 2003

Solo Exhibition:

2010 "An open-ended enquiry - in/elegant formalism",  Basement Project Space, Cork (March 2010)

2009 "in/elegant formalism (continuing...)", Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin 7 (July 2009)

2009  Photographic Work, The Front Lounge, Parliament St. Dublin 2 (March 2009)

1999  Still-life Painting, Lambay House Gallery, Howth, Co. Dublin (May 1999)

Joint Exhibition

2011  'OFF THE STREET' Colm Desmond (visual artist) and Oran Ryan (writer) joint installation of photographic and text pieces, at DIT Library, Kevin Street, Dublin 8, (Library Ireland week) 7th – 11th March

2008  “Circuits” Colm Desmond & Anne Marie Hayes, Broadstone XL Space, (Sept. 2008)

Group Exhibitions:

2015 'home' dlr Open Submission Exhibition, Municipal Gallery, dlr Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin (Feb/Mar 2015), selector Mark St.John Ellis

2013 Eigse Open Selection Exhibition, Visual, Carlow (June-Sept. 2013), selectors Stephen McKenna & Amelia Stein

2012 Ranelagh Arts Festival, Dublin. Exhibition of Contemporary Visual Art - open submission selection (Sept. 2012)

2012 Eigse Open Selection Exhibition ‘Civilising the Wilderness, Visual, Carlow (June-August 2012), selectors Barbara Dawson & Brian Duggan.

2009 COE 09 Claremorris Open Exhibition, Claremorris, Co Mayo (August 2009), selector Tom Morton

2008 Eigse Open Selection Exhibition, Carlow (June 2008), selector Patrick T. Murphy

2007 Iontas 2007, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo (July-Sept.2007), selector Michael Dempsey

“the power of the negative lies between us” at this is not a shop, Benburb St., Dublin (March 2007) - exhibition by students of MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD

2005 Iontas 2005, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo (Aug–Sept. 2005) selected by Teresa Millet

ev+a 2005, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick (March-May 2005), selected by Dan Cameron

Summer Show, fORM gallery, Cork (August 2005)

2004 C2: 1985-2005, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork (Dec’04/Jan’05)

edge to edge, IADT graduates at Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin  

BA Graduate Exhibition, IADT Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin,

hungryangrysexy pre-Degree Exhibition, Town Hall Concourse, Dun Laoghaire, 

2003 Iontas Small Works Exhibition (Sligo, Portadown, Limerick) 

Diploma Graduate Exhibition, IADT, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin,

Work in Motion pre-Diploma Exhibition,  The Chapel, IADT Dun Laoghaire,

2002 Oireachtas Exhibition (Dun Laoghaire)

RHA Annual Summer Exhibition (Dublin)

2000 Eigse Open Selection Exhibition (Carlow)

Iontas Small Works Exhibition (Sligo, Cork, Belfast)

NCAD CEER Continuing Education Exhibitions (Dublin) from 1985-2000

1999 Iontas Small Works Exhibition (Sligo, Limerick, Belfast)

1996 Oireachtas Exhibition, Guinness Hop Store (Dublin)

RHA Annual Summer Exhibition (Dublin)

1993 Monaghan Open Exhibition (Monaghan)  

Public Collections: IADT, Dun Laoghaire; Office of Public Works (State Art Collection)


Claremorris Open 2009 catalogue (COE Committee 2009) p20

OPEN ev+a 2005 catalogue, (Gandon Editions, 2005) p15, 72-73      

Contemporary Art from Cork C2 catalogue (Crawford Municipal Art Gallery/Gandon Editions) p73   

NCAD Postgraduate Yearbook 2008 (NCAD) p58-59         

Review review by Sarah Browne of pre-Degree exhibition hungryangrysexy by BA Visual Art students IADT, Concourse Space, Dun Laoghaire County Hall, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin (15-24 January 2004) review by Barbara Knezevic of 'in/elegant formalism (continuing...)' an artist-initiated project at Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin 7 (July 2009)


Stage design and construction for premiere of Don Quixote Has Been Promoted, a new play by Dublin writer Oran Ryan, produced by the Seven Towers Agency at the Ranelagh Arts Festival, Scoil Bhride, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 on 26 September 2009

Participant in Radio On 106.7 FM Public Art Project (curators Patricia Baker and David ‘Dobz’ O’Brien, in association with Cork Artists Collective)  -  radio interview with Eanna Ni Lamhna, botanist and ecologist on 'urbanisation and diversity' Wed. 12th September 2007       

Writing review 'in a pursuit of a state of uncertainty', an artist-initiated project by Barbara Knezevic at Pallas Contemporary Projects, August 2009

Contact details:

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