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Emeritus Professor of Irish Visual Culture UU, Belfast. Research has focused on modernist/contemporary Irish art and architecture by way of publications and curating national and international exhibitions.


Selected Books include The City as Art (ed.), 1994

Thinking Long: Contemporary Art in the North of Ireland, 1996

Art and The Disembodied Eye, 2007 The School of Art and Design, Belfast 1960-2009, 2009

The Collected Essays of Brian O’Doherty, UCLA Press, California (ed.), 2018.

Since 1980 I have authored some 36 essays/articles as well presented some 30 conference papers at various conferences world wide including International Association of Art Critics (various global locations); Association of Art Historians (UK); and College Art Association (USA).

Papers presented at ACIS:

Drew University, 2010

New Orleans, 2012

Chicago, 2013

Invited Keynote speaker, Manhattan College, New York, 2011

Paper presented at CAIS, Montreal, 2011

Invited speaker (selected) at:

Mediation of Comtemporary Art: European Perspectives for Artistic Teaching and Education, Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2000

Harry Irwin Foundation, Edinburgh Festival, 2004

National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, 2005

Pace University, New York, 2007

Colloquium on Conspiracy Dwellings, South Hill Park, Bracknell, England, 2008

Royal Irish Academy, 2009

Organised exhibition and contributed essay for book on L’imaginaire Irlandais, Paris, 1996

Organiser/Co-organiser of five international conferences in Ireland.

Selected conferences:

AICA annual conference in Derry/ Belfast ‘Art and Centres of Conflict: Outer and Inner Realities’, 1996

‘Contestations,’ Association of Art Historians (UK) in Belfast, 2007

Director of the Orchard Gallery. Derry, 1996-1999. The gallery was internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for the visual arts. Developed international outreach programme with exhibitions of Irish artists in New York, Paris and Ljubliana.

Former President of the International Association of Art Critics ( AICA Irish Section).

Former Vice- President of AICA International.

Former member of the Visual Arts committee, Arts Council N.Ireland.

Former member of the Audience Council, BBC, N Ireland.

Former Board member of Ormeau Baths Galley, Belfast

In 2005 I co-organised the exhibition ‘Prepossession’ at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales.The exhibition and related colloquium brought together artists whose works intersected with key debates on the representation of trauma related to political violence, racism and colonialism.

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