Lecturer in: 2013, 2015
Séamus Kealy is the forthcoming Director of the Salzburger Kunstverein in Austria. Between 2008 and 2013, Séamus Kealy was Director/Curator of The Model in Sligo, Ireland, which developed an international profile under his tenure. Contemporary art projects by Séamus Kealy there included Tilo Schulz: Tied Up and Down, Rabih Mroué, Omer Fast: The Tunnel, Harun Farocki: Recognition & Tracking, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov: Angelology, Duncan Campbell: Make It New John, and Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War. As Director, Séamus Kealy led The Model through a major redevelopment, established the Irish North West’s first international cinema, co-founded an annual film festival, and initiated an international artist/curator-in-residence program with residents including Boris Groys and Philippe van Cauteren.
From 2005 to 2008, Séamus Kealy was Curator of the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Mississauga. Among his projects there was 18:Beckett, for which his text “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. Séamus Kealy completed his Fine Arts studies under artists Jeff Wall, Mark Lewis and Ken Lum at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. Following a yearlong residency in Vienna (AIR Residency & Museumsquartier), Séamus Kealy completed his Masters degree in Critical Curatorial Studies at UBC.
Séamus Kealy writes regularly for international journals and artist publications. He has taught art and art history in various capacities, given academic lectures internationally, and has received various professional awards, including, as an artist, short-listings to national (2002) and international (2004) painting competitions.
He is currently co-curating a major exhibition of the work of Stan Douglas that will tour Europe and North America, as well as the topical project Invisible Violence, co-curated between Ireland, Spain and Serbia. His professional and artistic practice is rooted in political activism and involves an evolving methodology in curatorial practice.