Alan Counihan Visual Artist

The work of Alan Counihan

Curriculum Vitae


2016 Past Imperfect/ Future Conditional; space specific installation, St Canice’s Hospital, Kilkenny.

2016 The Askeaton Commune, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Co Limerick, (Jan-Jun)

2016 Ghosts of Grangegorman, Royal Hibernian Academy, Installation Invitation, (Mar-Jun)

2015 Artlinks Bursary Award, Personal Effects Project. 2015-16.

2015 Ghosts of Grangegorman: a radio documentary for RTE Radio One.

2015 Personal Effects: a history of possession, Online Case Study, March.

2015 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition (by invitation)

2015 Townlands 3, w/Gypsy Ray, Old Market Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Waterford. February.

2015 The Three Saints Project. Collaborative Performance based on work by Kerry Hardie, with Olivia O’leary, Barry McGovern, David Power and Ciarán Somers. Kilkenny Arts Festival.


2014 Personal Effects: a history of possession, Axis Theatre, Ballymun, Dublin. August 5-15.

2014 Personal Effects: a history of possession; . Culture Box, Temple Bar, Dublin, June 1-10.

2014 Personal Effects: a history of possession; St Brendan’s Hospital, Grangegorman, Dublin.

2011 Elemental, Butler Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kilkenny, Ireland.

2009. Point of View. Space-specific installation, Eigse Arts Festival , Carlow. Ireland.

2008 Open House, Teach Sheáin Mhic Dhiarmada, Laghty Barr, Co Leitrim, Ireland

2006 Small Works, Rudolf Helzel Gallery, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland.

2001 Prayers Before Dying,Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.

2001 Payers before Dying, The Gallery, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, USA


2014 Sea Fever, Catherine Hammond Gallery, Glengariff, W.Cork, Ireland.

2014 Eigse Open, Visual, Carlow Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.

2011 Townlands, exhibition, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co Clare, Ireland

2011 Rianta, Ground Up Artists Collective Exhibition, Ennis, Co Clare.

2010 Townland 2 ,exhibition and installation, Johnswell Hall, Co Kilkenny, Ireland

2009 Townland 1. Joint Exhibition with Gypsy Ray, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland.

2009 Fís 09. Group Exhibition, Aghafar Gallery, Novas Arts Centre, Liverpool, England.

2007 Olmo/Elm/Leamhán.  72 John St, Kilkenny, Ireland, and Palacio de Cultura, Soria, Spain.


2013 Tyrone Guthrie Bursary Award, Kilkenny County Council,

2012 Townlands Project Publication Grant, Heritage Forum KilkennyCoCo,/Heritage Council.

2010 Polllock-Krasner Foundation Award, USA.

2010 Townlands Project Research Grant, Heritage Forum, Kilkenny County Council, Ireland.

2009 Arts Act Grant, Townlands Project, Kilkenny County Council, Ireland.

2005-8 Arts Act Grants,  Kilkenny County Council, Ireland

2001 Wallis Foundation  Grant, USA.

1996 Pollock-Krasner Foundation  Award, USA.


2015     A Glimpse inside the Asylum, Evening Herald, (21-11-2015)

2015     Sculpture in the Wild Symposium; review /John Grande, Sculpture Magazine. (07-2015)

2014     ‘Personal Effects’, The Sean O’Rourke Show. RTE 1. (17-08-2014)

2014     ‘Forgotten Relics…’ Feature article, Dermot Bolger, Irish Daily Mail. (14-08-2014)

2014     ‘Alan Counihan: Personal Effects:’ artdublinblog. (11-08-2014)

2014     ‘Personal Effects.’  Sunday Times Review. Eileen Martin. (10-08-2014)

2014 ‘These Handbags…’’  Aoife Barry,’ (09-08-2014)

2014 ‘Dissenting Voices.’ Opinion Piece; Colin Murphy. Sunday Business Post (08-06-14)

2012 “Another Life”, Michael Viney, Irish Times, 15/12/2012

2011 “Forging Links with the Natural World”, Gemma Tipton, Irish Times, 17/2/2011

2011 “Elemental”, Cristín Leach, Sunday Times, 20/2/2011.

2011 “Time, Art, Land”. John Grande. Public Art Ecology Magazine, Shanghai, China.


18 public sculpture commissions for Local Authorities in Ireland and the U.S.A. ranging  in budgets from €10,000 to €200,000. Among these:

2005 Seedstones,  Ramsfort Park, Gorey, Co Wexford Ireland.

2004 Harbour Light, Waterways Ireland, Ballyleague, Co Roscommon, Ireland.

2003 Vortex Flow, Hacketstown, Co Carlow, Ireland.

2000     The Weavers’ Gifts , Guadaloupe River Park,  San Jose, California, USA.

1998 Reflections, Burnaby Park, Greystones, Co Wicklow, Ireland.

1997 The Green, St Catherine’s Grange, Waterford Corporation, Ireland.

1997 Idir Cruaiche is na Carraige, Civic Offices, Greystones, Co Wicklow, Ireland.

1996 A City Wall, Mt Erne Estate, Mayfield, Cork, Ireland.

1996 Blackwater Moon, Youghal, Co Cork, Ireland.

1995 The Mound of the Torches, N71/Halfway Junction, Co Cork, Ireland.

1995 The Black Pool,  Dublin Fine Arts Foundation, Dublin,  California, USA

1994 In the Tides of Time,  Municipal Wharf, City of Santa Cruz, California, USA.

1993 The Wall of the Faeries,  The Sweep, N25, Dungarvan, Co Waterford,I reland.

1992 Windfalls, Willowbrook Park, Soquel, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.

1990 Black Light, Frederick St Park, Santa Cruz, California, USA.


2009 Passage, Sculpture in the Parklands, Lough Boora, Co Offaly, Ireland

2006 A Bell of the Will St Patrick’s Church, Glenamaddy, Co Galway, Ireland.

2001 Covenant, Construction Industry Federation, Dublin. Ireland.

1995 Still Lives, Blue Oak Ranch Trust, Santa Clara, CA, USA.

1995 Eclipse, Jenkinstown Woods, Jenkinstown, Co Kilkenny, Ireland

1993 Tearmann na Gaoithe, Barr na Binne, Kilcummin Head, Co Mayo, Ireland.

1993 Brothers, Shilling Hill, Boyle, Co Roscommon, Ireland.

1992 The Miners Egg, The Slate Quarries, Ahenny, Co Kilkenny, Ireland.

1992 Fountain, McPherson Center for Art &History, Santa Cruz, CA, USA.

1991 The Fruit of Labour, Gordon House, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.


2014 Dark Materials, Dark Expression; Article, Visual Artists News Sheet Issue 6.

2013 The White Mare and Hunger; Essays, Archipelago 8, Clutag Press, United Kingdom.

2013 The Architecture of Austerity. Essay commissioned by Commonage /Workhouse Assembly

2011 An Art of Place, Heritage Outlook, The Heritage Council, Summmer 2011,ISBN:1393-9777

2010 Making Place, Art in the Land Conference, Lough Boora, Co Offaly, Ireland.

2009 Working the Land, The VAN (Visual Artist’s News Sheet); Issue 6.

2008 Seeing Red, catalogue essay for Works on Paper, KCAT, Butler Gallery.ISBN 0-9548559-2-2

2004 In Stone a Life, Stonexus magazine, Annual publication of The Stone Foundation,,USA.

1998 The Green, full-colour broadsheet on public art  installation.Waterford Corporation.


2011 Welcome to the Neighbourhood, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick, Ireland.

2009. Sculpture in the Parklands, Lough Boora, Co Offaly, Ireland.

2008 New Sites-New Fields, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, Ireland.

1998 The Heinrich Böll Cottage, Achill Island, Co Mayo, Ireland.

1998 Ballytobin Camphill Community, Artist-in-Residence, Co Kilkenny, Ireland.

1995 The Wilderness Sanctuary, Allihies, Beara, Co Cork, Ireland.


2014 Blackfoot Pathways, Sculpture in the Wild, Land Art Symposium, Lincoln, Montana, USA.

2013 Workhouse Assembly, Callan Workhouse, Callan, Co Kilkenny

1997 The Art of Place, guest artist, Yuma Symposium 18, Yuma, Arizona, USA.

1996 Bluestone Sculpture Symposium, WSA, Woodstock, New York, USA.

1993 “Tir Saile”, Sculpture Symposium, Co Mayo, Ireland.

1992 Kilkenny Slate Quarries Symposium, Kilkenny, Ireland.

1991 International Granite Carving Symposium, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Scotland.


University of California Berkely at Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, San Jose, CA, USA.

Allied Irish Bank, Dublin, Ireland.

WSA  Sculpture Park,Woodstock, New York, USA.

The Wilderness Sanctuary, Allihies, Co Cork, Ireland.

Grampian Regional  District Council, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. City of Santa Cruz, California, USA

Castlecomer Discovery Park, Co Kilkenny, Ireland.


2013 Rehearsal: A short film based on the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

2011 Personal Taste, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Limerick City Gallery of Art.

2009 Project Initiator, The Townlands Project an artist-led collaborative project exploring a rural

landscape of north Kilkenny.

2008 Curator, Sculpture at Kells, Kells Priory, Co Kilkenny, Ireland.

2008 Project Initiator, Six by Sundown, Callan Workhouse explored through site- specific theatre; with Asylum Productions.

1995 Director, Kilkenny Limestone International Sculpture Symposium, Kilkenny, Ireland.

1995 Curator, The Language of Stone, Butler House Gardens, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland.


Townlands: a habitation. Artist/Editor/ Producer:  140pp full colour documentary of the Townlands Project with contributions from Carmel Cummins (poet), Patrick J. Duffy (geographer), Kerry Hardie (poet/novelist), Dervla Murphy (travel writer) and Gypsy Ray (visual artist). Published by Two Streams Press. December 2012.

Prayers before Dying, exhibition catalogue, Two Streams Press. 40pps, ISBN: 0-9551383-0-2

Shelters1, documentary catalogue, The Wilderness Sanctuary, 20pps, ISBN: 1 901348 01 2

Peatlands, exhibition catalogue, Sculpture in the Parklands, 50 pps. no ISBN.


contact: Tullabrin, Johnswell, Co Kilkenny, Ireland.     Tel: 353-56-7759935.