We are delighted to announce the appointment of Seamus Kealy as Director/Curator of the Model. Seamus brings a wealth of experience to this position with an international practice as a curator, writer and artist spanning well over a decade.
Seamus has most recently been Curator of the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Canada. Among his projects there was the multi-disciplinary, touring exhibition 18:Beckett (2006-7), for which his “Ten Texts for 18:Beckett” was awarded the 2007 Curatorial Writing Award by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries; the only award of its kind in Canada. Other shows at Blackwood have included Awareness Muscle (2007), Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War (2008 ), which is now touring, and Isabelle Pauwels: Triple Bill (2008 ); awarded Best Off-Screen Exhibition at Toronto Images Festival.
Independently curated exhibitions include No Tragedy(Michaud House Gallery, Vancouver, 2001), Failure(Belkin Satellite Gallery, Vancouver, 2002), No Place As Home (Projektraum Bucher, Vienna and Galerie AP4-Art, Geneva, 2005), and Unterspiel (Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2005).
Seamus completed both visual art and curatorial studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He has participated in and/or organised a multitude of exhibitions internationally and has held several international artist residencies, including being artist/curator in residence at both the AIR Studios and Museumsquartier in Vienna between 2002 and 2003.
In addition to producing exhibition texts, Seamus writes regularly for international journals. He has taught art and art history in various capacities, and has received various professional awards, including short-listings to national (2002) and international (2004) painting competitions, Top-Ten Exhibition (Canadian Art Magazine, 2008), and diverse forms of awarded funding.
Seamus, who lived in Sligo as a child and has family in the Sligo area, will be moving back to his roots when he joins the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in September 2008.