Hilary Gilligan

b: 1963, Ireland


1997 | Masters Degree in Fine Art, University of Ulster, Belfast

1996 | Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, University of Ulster, Belfast

1993 | Extra-mural Diploma in Community Arts and Development,Co-ordinated by C.A.F.E. (Creative Activity For Everyone), National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

1989 | Four Year Diploma in New Media Arts
A.O.C.A., Associate of Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada (now OCAD, Ontario College of Art and Design)

1982 | N.C.E.A. – One Year Certificate in Visual Education, Limerick School of Art and Design


2006 | Research Award from the Institute of Technology, Sligo

2002 | Cultural Relations Committee travel grant for the Irish presentation at the International Symposium of Electronic Art, Japan

2002 | Firestation Artists Studios (Dublin) Award.
Mentor Award with Nigel Rolfe (“Live to Tape” project)

2001 | Dublin Corporation/Firestation Artists Studios Bursary Award. Experimental workshop with Nigel Rolfe

1998 | Belfast City Council/Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary

1996/1993 | Irish Arts Council Travel Award to Manchester/New York

1989 | George A. Reid Award, for proficiency in the area of New Media Arts, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada


2015 | Healing the Artist
PAB 2015
Bergen, Norway

2015 | Healing the Artist
Black Box, Belfast

2015 | Personal Rituals
Presentation workshop group
Ulster Museum

2014 | Holding Time
B Beyond Group Work
Stormont Parliament Buildings

2013 | Release
Performance Action Mad
Madrid and Seville

2013 | Healing the Artist
Performance Action Mad

2013 | Healing the Artist

2013 | Play with Space
Leitrim and Sligo

2012 | Healing the Artist
Open Trade Club Friday Arts

2012 | Release
Temple Bar, Dublin

2012 | Healing the Artist
Glass Box, U of U Belfast

2010 | Two Cents Worth
Collaboration with 5 year old daughter and coins
“Open Season” Exhibition
The Dock, Carrick on Shannon

2010 | Reminiscing
Live art with participants / collaborators
“Not the Usual” Art Event
Trades Club Revival Project, Sligo

2010 | Sligoian?
4 hour live public art
Created for National Culture Night

2010 | Emergency Room Hair
3 hour live performance
The Model Arts, Sligo

2009 | Local?
4 hour live public art
SLAM Art Crawl

2007 | Lactating Woman with Toddler
Large scale pin-hole Photography
Top 20 Performance Art
Collaboration/Participation with artist Peter Richards
Fix 2007

2006 | Lactating Woman
10 minute live performance
Exchange places curated by BBeyond
Live art festival

2005 | Essence
Photographic documentation.
7th International Multimedia Art Festival (IMAF)
Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro

2004 | Deceptive Surfaces
Video Documentary
INPORT International Video-performance and Video Documentary Festival
Tallin, Estonia

2003 | Seventh Son
3 minute Video work
FLAH Video Festival
Irish Film Centre, Dublin

2003 | Excerpt from Articulate Exhibit B
US Live Event
Guinness Store House, Dublin

1999 | Past, Present and Future
Audio-visual live installation
Collaboration with the residents of Hillview Drive
Supported by Sligo Leader Partnership/Macra na Feirme

1998 | 200 Years Ago
20 minutes live art with sculpture and sound
Site-specific work for FIX 98
Cornmarket, Belfast

1998 | 200 Years Ago
Live art/sculpture and sound installation
EV & A exhibition

1998 | North/South Tayto Taste Test
Live art
Outside polling booths in Belfast and Sligo on “Referendum Day”

1998 | In the Bath
100 minutes of live art and conversation from the bath
Reverend Todds Full House Exhibition
Private home, Belfast

1998 | Son et Lumière
A community arts light and sound pageant
Co-wrote, directed and produced
Collooney 1798 Bi-centenary Committee

1997 | No Singing Allowed
30 minutes performance art
Good Friday, singing on the streets of Belfast

1996 | Non -site Specific/Occupying the peripheral
Collaborative live art as “Urban Canvas” Group
FIX 96 Multimedia Festival

1996 | Cluster Images
Biennale Weirtleiz
Former East Germany

1996 | Deceptive Surfaces
Photo installation – site specific.
Force 10 Photographic Exhibition
Model Arts Centre, Sligo

1996 | Our Trail of the Troubles
4 day intervention with chalk
Good Friday to Easter Monday on the streets of Belfast

1996 | Evidence
Art rebels, Members Exhibition
Catalyst Arts, Belfast

1996 | Deceptive Surfaces
Site specific, time based installation (Selector: Guy Tortosa)
EV&A Exhibition ‘96

1996 | Tourism: Postcards as a public arts space
In conjunction with EV & A ’96 and Imaginaire Irlandais (Curator: Guy Tortosa)

1996 | Deceptive Surfaces
1 hour live installation – site specific
Brighton Beach “Art of ’96”, Transmutations Live Art Festival
Brighton, England

1996 | Deceptive Surfaces
1 hour live installation – site specific
Old Victorian Cemetery “Elastic Frontieres” Festival
Sheffield, England

1996 | People
Intervention with chalk
Urban Canvas Group Interventions
various public sites, Belfast

1995\6 | Deceptive Surfaces
“Exchange Resources”
Catalyst Arts, Belfast
and “Art in Time” Festival “Focus North”,
Ormeau Baths Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

1995 | Deceptive Surfaces
Audio-visual site – specific installation with live elements
Northwest 1995
Model Arts Centre, Sligo

1995 | Sligo Round About 4000 BC
Window art (photography, video and text installation)
Visual Arts Trial, Sligo Arts Festival

1995 | A picture that hangs upon your wall
Photo/text (Contributed to a project by Paul O’Neill and a group of survivors of sexual abuse)
Artists Block The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

1993 | Deisces Solstice
Percent for Art Commission Exhibition
Dungarvan Community College, Co. Waterford

1992 | Museum of the Future
Installation/video work
Collaboration with staff & students
R.T.C. Sligo

1991 | The Secret Project
Audio-installation/ telephone answering machine project
Created in Canada and Ireland
Installed in the toilets of the gallery space (Sponsored by Telecom Eireann.)
Emerging Artists Exhibition, Sligo Arts Festival

1990 | Choices
Performance (site specific, live and recorded sound, outdoor)
Sligo Arts Festival
Hyde Bridge, Sligo Town Centre

1990 | Fear and Death
Performance (site specific, live and recorded sound, indoor and outdoor)
Carrick-on-Shannon Town Centre and the Old Barrel Arts Store, Co. Leitrim

1989 | Essence
Performance (collaboration with a choreographer and musician)
The Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Awarded Commissions

1999-2001 | Regeneration
Knoxspark Amenity Area (permanent public artwork )
Collaboration with artists Pauline O’Connell and Martina Coyle N4 dual carriageway
“Placing Art” Public Art Program, Sligo County Council

1998-2000 | Inniu is Inné
Holographic sculptural installation
Donegal Town by-pass (permanent public artwork)
Donegal County Council

1997 | Articulate Exhibit B
Slide/sound live installation
1997 Arthouse, Templebar, Dublin.

1997 | M.F.A. Exhibition
University of Ulster, Belfast. Critical Access Group (Issue based work).
Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

1996 | Lingering Emotion
Audio-visual installation at the National Ballroom (temporary public art pilot project)
Dublin Corporation (now Dublin City Council)


1989-Present | Lecturer in Art and Design, Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo.

Subjects include photography, video production, media studies, audio/visual installation, performance and digital/lens based media.
Duties include lecturing, demonstrating, assessing, organising field trips, visiting lecturers, research, design and development within the Department. Responsible for course curriculum, architectural/studio design, course ware and facilities within the above specified subject areas.

Collaborated on the development and implementation of the BA in Fine Art, BA in Performing Arts, Certificate in Women Studies and Life Long Learning Program at I.T. Sligo

2004 | Guest Lecturer, School of Art, Australian National University Canberra, Australia

2002 | Lecture/Presentation Rural Ireland, Orai and Art, International Symposium of Electronic Art, Nagoya, Japan

1998/96 | Guest Lecturer, Galway-Mayo I. T. / Limerick City Art Gallery

Artist in the Community

2004/5 | Artists in Context, Theory into Practice.
Personal Project “Old Cures”, Maugherow Community Coordinated by: Arts Office, Sligo County Council and Sligo Leader Partnership Co.

2004/5 | Member of the Steering Commitee
Community Media Network Centre (a cross border initiative), Co. Leitrim

2004/5 | The Highwood Project, a new media action research project Coordinated by Arts Office, Sligo County Council and Kidsown Publising Co.

2004 | Artist presentations in primary schools in Ireland and Australia

2002 | Worked in conjunction with the Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo devising workshops for asylum seekers and refuges to celebrate culture in the area

2001-2002 | “A collection of comments”: A video workshop in collaboration with participants of the Women Studies Course at IT Sligo.
Outreach workshops in Sligo, Manorhamilton and Drumshambo, Co. Letrim

2000-2003 | Member of the Board of Directors of Red Beak Productions (Community Video Production Company)

2000 | Workshops in four primary schools in Co. Sligo in connection with Regeneration, Knoxspark, Public Art Commission, Co. Sligo

2000 | Artists’ representative on the Public Art Strategy Group for County Sligo

1999 | Workshops with a community group in Ballymote, Co. Sligo in connection
with Past, Present and Future, artist in residence project

1998/99 | Collaboration with a community group in Donegal Town in connection with Inniu is Inné, Public Art Commission, Donegal

1998/99 | Founding member of Sligo Community Arts Forum

1998 | Workshops and collaboration with a community group in Collooney, Co. Sligo in connection with Son et Lumière, light and sound pageant

1992/93 | Member of the Board of Directors of Sligo Arts Festival

1990/93 | Founding Member of the Sligo Regional Arts Centre Committee/ the Model Arts and Niland Gallery

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