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Siobhan Tattan

Artist in Residence

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Address Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts c/o Department of Philosophy
King’s College London



Tattan completed her BA Fine Art at Crawford College of Art and Design, Ireland and MA Fine Art from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London. She has exhibited widely, including a solo show at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, and selected group shows include UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin, TULCA Visual Arts Festival. Galway and Future Film: Celluloid, Camden Arts Centre, London. She has received awards from various funding bodies such as the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Irish Arts Council and Culture Ireland. She was artist in resident at the prestigious De Ateliers, Amsterdam, and holds a PhD Fine Art awarded by Middlesex University.

Research interests and PhD supervision

Her PhD exposes a performative form of expression prevalent in contemporary Irish art, and traces the lineage of this methodology to its roots in theatre and dance. Within this framework, contemporary art installations such as James Coleman’s So Different… and Yet are examined in light of Japanese Noh and Bunraku theatre and innovations in W. B. Yeats’ dance plays.

Such methods are also challenged in her art practice. Experiments with presentations of staging, language, sound, tone, and film are deployed to test how they can uphold moments of drama. Such experiments are carried out after research into the history of manufactured spectacles; such as the origins of tableau vivant by Emma Hart, mistress of Lord Nelson, or the first staging of Sean O’Casey’s new play The Plough and the Stars. Through use of these gestures in her art practice, Tattan aims to provide insight and explore the subtleties of the relationships that may occur within such moments that reveal the fragility and uncertainty of her character’s affinity with life.

Selected publications
  • Another Romance, 2010 New Wight Biennial exhibition catalogue, published by University of California Los Angeles, USA.
  • Offspring 2010. De Ateliers Exhibition Catalogue. Texts Suzanna Wallinga, ed. Dominic van den Boogerd. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Brilliant Failures. Solo Exhibition Catalogue with Forward by Tony Sheehan; Essay, ‘The Returning Fog’ by Nicky Coutts. Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland, 2008
  • Claus Ottman ‘A Sense of Place’ e v+ a Exhibition Catalogue published by Gandon Editions, 2007
  • Jeremy Millar ‘Places Remember Events’ Claremorris Open Exhibition Catalogue 2006


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