Alan Counihan Visual Artist

The work of Alan Counihan

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Space-specific installation in St Canice’s Mental Hospital, Kilkenny. Heritage Week 2016.

APRIL / MAY 2016

Invitation to be artist-in residence with Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Askeaton, Co Limerick. During the residency I will be working with the Kingspan insulation factory developing and creating large scale memorial works made of styrofoam. A nice usurpation of tradition and expectations.

MARCH 2016

Invitation, from the Royal Hibernian Academy, to create a space-specific installation based on the Personal Effects Project. The installation, Ghosts of Grangegorman, will run at the RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin, from March  to June 2016.


The first broadcast on national radio,( RTE Radio One) of the documentary, Ghosts of Grangegorman,  based on the Personal Effects Project. Broadcast as part of the Documentary On One series and available as a podcast for download.


APRIL 2015

Very fortunate to have just received an Artlinks Bursary Award to continue the development of the Personal Effects Project in the counties of Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford and Wexford. Already remarkable histories are being shared with the project. Looking forward to getting down to this work again in the near future. Once the radio documentary with RTE is complete!!

To view a sample of the Personal Effects: a history of possession installation follow this link:

Having been invited to exhibit a work at this year’s annual exhibition of the Royal Hibernian Academy I have managed to spend some time ‘making’ work in the studio. Here is a sample image:








MARCH 2015

Personal Effects: a history of possession is the featured Case Study  on the Arts and Health website : , a national arts and health website developed by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts. The development phase of the website was funded by the Arts Council.

To view the Case Study follow this link:


Just returned from a month’s work in Montana, USA as a participant in the Blackfoot Pathways Sculpture in the Wild Symposium. A remarkable experience. More details on the dedicated page: House of Sky.


April 2014

The project, Personal Effects: a history of possession, is up and running with a dedicated project website and a project facebook page. Three exhibitions of this work were installed in Dublin during 2014. For more details and research background please visit:


May 2014

A radio documentary based on the research and development of the Personal Effects: a history of possession exhibitions is presently being developed with the national public broadcast station, RTE, as part of the Documentary on One series. The programme is now scheduled to be broadcast in 2015.



Townlands: a habitation.

The book on the Townlands Project is  now on the shelves of many bookshops countrywide.

Townlands: a habitation, edited by artist Alan Counihan, features essays by travel writer Dervla Murphy and historical geographer Patrick J. Duffy, along with poems and prose pieces about their local landscapes by poets Kerry Hardie and Carmel Cummins. The book also contains essays and images by Alan Counihan along with photographs and drawings by artist Gypsy Ray. The Foreword is by Catherine Marshall.

The subtitle of the book is : A Creative Exploration of a Rural Landscape. It is an exploration of how we, as individuals and communities, find identity in landscape and place. W.G. Hoskins described landscape as ‘the richest historical record we possess’ and in the pages of this book that record is explored in the specific context of particular Irish landscapes. This book is a celebration, through both word and image, of our place in the world and the meaning of home.

‘From family names, field names, memories and perceptions they have woven a portrayal of their place in Ireland to inspire the new interest in the local and enduring’. Michael Viney.

To view some sample pages of this publication click on the following link:

Townlands A habitation Sample Pages PDF


To purchase a copy of this book online (free shipping worldwide) visit:

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For a full list of the bookshops in Ireland where it is currently available please visit


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