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added: images of Seán's
video projection for Re-Joyce Festival (2004)
was one of several Irish artists commissioned for the ABSOLUT collection.
He made a lava lamp of the famous bottle:
appeared in Yahoo! Picks in June in a review of the excellent
photomontage site Cut'nPaste
Seán made a video for Sony Music & the Super
Furry Animals, for their DVD album & single
Around The World'.
Here's a review,
and another review. Here's
an article from a local newspaper.'
He used 'The Great Pyramids..' collage at the beginning and end of the
video and it became the cover image for the
single of 'Rings Around The World'
here at irelantis news
had 23 collages (half 'Irelantis', half 'Troubles') in an exhibition
in the Royal Festival Hall,
London, which then travelled to The Royal Photographic Society at Bath.
"The Goddess Appears in Newry.." was the image used in leaflets
and the poster:
Goddess Appears in Newry"
appeared on the cover of
the June '99 "Photographic Journal", the magazine of the Royal
were published in the press,
one across a full page of the London Times Metro.
Christopher Appears in London.." appeared on the cover
of LAM (a London 'listings') magazine:
Appears in The City"
appeared on the cover of
' Creative Camera' magazine. There was also a colour
documentary photo of Seán's was used on the cover of the memoir
of the late Nora
daughter of Easter Rising leader James Connolly.
Mosquito Press, 1981
March 2021: DOCUMENTARY WILL SCREEN IN ONLINE FESTIVALS WORLDWIDE
Screenings for the new documentary were announced including important Irish Film Festivals; 5th March in the Capital Film Festival Washington, 4th-8th march in Chicago Irish FIlm Fest, and in Russia; and at the 2021 annual European conference of Irish Studies. It was also announced that the film will be TV broadcast in full (uncut) duration, later in 2021. Many of the festival showings will be available online.
February 2021: NEW ACADEMIC PAPER PUBLISHED IN IMPORTANT JOURNAL
'Seán Hillen, conspiracy theory and the ends of Irish art' by Professor James McNaughton of the University of Alabama, published in Irish Studies Review; read in full HERE
"Seán Hillen is Ireland’s most important photocollage artist and acutely aware of how aesthetic forms interact with public discourse.
To understand the latter, this article first examines Hillen and Desmond Fitzgerald’s memorial for the Omagh Bombing, which aimed for community reconciliation, but whose reception absorbed the interpretative crisis produced by the bungled police investiga-
tion and surrounding conspiracy theories. Hillen’s photomontages, on the contrary, intently expose such interpretative crises. Having learned from Berlin Dada, Hillen’s early photomontages investigate the contradictions of Irish identity that state. After Omagh, Hillen turns explicitly to US conspiracy theory. He transports conspiracy’s subversion of state propaganda to interrogate post-recessionary Irish austerity and to ask whether British complicity in extrajudicial violence has been sufficiently exposed. Yet conspiracy is another false reconciliation, easily appropriated by illiberal politics, and central to authoritarian scapegoating and disregard. This doubled response, attraction to an aesthetic of suspicion and wariness that such technique has been politically appropriated, maps to a discussion of the aesthetic strategies of the writers Hillen’s collages invoke: W.B Yeats, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett."
October 2020 NEW DOCUMENTARY WINS "BEST FILM AUDIENCE AWARD"
The new documentary won the audience-voted 'Best Film' at the IFI Documentary Festival 2020 ; see here
September 2020 NATIONAL RADIO INTERVIEW
Seán was interviewed for the ARENA arts programme; listen here
September 2020 IRISH TIMES FEATURE INTERVIEW AND COVER IMAGE
A photo of Seán by friend and photographer Gregory Dunn ('Stoneybutter') was published on the cover of the Irish Times Culture Section, with a two-page interview feature. online
July 2020 NEW FILM REVIEWED AS "FILM OF THE FESTIVAL"
Irish Times film reviewer Donald Clarke called "Tomorrow is Saturday" "one of the Irish films of the year" on its premiere at Galway Film Fleadh here and described Seán as "among the most important- if insufficently celebrated .. of Irish artists."
July 2020 NEW FULL LENGTH DOCUMENTARY TRAILER RELEASED
The documentary film "Tomorrow is Saturday" on Seán's life and art commissioned by the Irish Broadcasting Authority was selected to premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh online on 8th July.
A 2 minute trailer has been released and is available on Vimeo here and viewable (though geolocked to Ireland) with information on the film at the festival website here
June 2020 SELECTED FOR PHOTO BASEL ONLINE GALLERY
Seán's "Jesus Appears in The City"was selected to appear in "Out of The Cosmos" a preview of emerging work at Photo Basel in association with ClairbyKahn Gallery
December 2019: NOW REPRESENTED BY RENOWNED GALLERIST
It was announced that Seán Hillen will now be represented by CLAIR gallery. Created by Anna Patricia Kahn and based in Zurich and Munich the gallery "represents some of the most notable photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Philippe Halsman, Jacques Henri Lartigue, David “CHIM” Seymour, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Erich Hartmann, Inge Morath, Erich Lessing, and Lee Miller. Ms. Kahn also works closely with prominent contemporary photographers such as Chien-Chi Chang, Tomasz Lazar, and Petr Lovigin".
The gallery will take part in the online Photo Basel 2020.
December 2019: DOCUMENTARY PROJECT EXTENDED
In 2018 the Irish Broadcasting Association granted funding of €160,000 to the production of a 1-hr documentary film on Seán's life and work for national broadcaster RTÉ titled; 'Tomorrow is Saturday'. Produced by Gillian Marsh TV it was filmed over 2019 for broadcast in late 2019. However it was decided to reedit and further shoot the documentary to cinema-length for distribution and eventual broadcast in 2020.
See above update July 2020
It is hoped this may coincide with the publication of the forthcoming book 'The Wonderful World of Seán Hillen' designed by Erik Kessels. (preview of an early dummy here)
December 2019 MAGAZINE FEATURE AND NEW PRINT RELEASE
Totally Dublin Magazine; Dublins premier free magazine gave a full -page feature to a playfully snowy version of 'The Great Pyramids of Carlingford Lough' and announced a new online shop for a series of affordable IRELANTIS prints at www.seanhillenprints.com
December 2019/March 2020: MUSEUM EXHIBITION DORTMUND GERMANY
15 of Seán's works; a mixture of original collages, facsimile editions and prints appear in a significant exhibition curated by Anne Mager in the Dortmunder U Centre for Art.
The exhibition which includes Enda Bowe, Willie Doherty, Jesse Jones, Dragana Jurišic and Kathy Prendergast will be launched on 18th December and finish on 17th March 2020. LINK
December 2019 WORKS IN AUTISM AWARENESS EXHIBITION
Two of Seán's works appear in an exhibition in Tallaght University Hospital featuring nine artists from a wider group known as Autistic Artists Ireland.
The artworks will be on show from December 2019 to March 2020 LINK
November/December 2019 PUBLICATION AND APPEARANCE AT LIVE EVENT
The December edition of 'Totally Dublin features a full-page image of a special 'Christmas' version of 'The Great Pyramids of Carlingford Lough'- and Seán took part in conversation with
editor Michael McDermott in a live launch event at the Fumbally in Dublin on 26th. Nov.
October/November 2019: WORK IN 1989 EXHIBITION CORK
Seán contributed a work to the '1989 Worldwide Exhibition Cork' curated by Silvio Severino.
It was held in Cork City Library and ran from 14th-25th November LINK
October 2019: LECTURE AND EXHIBITION OPENING
Seán gave an illustrated lecture on his work and and formally opened an exhibition for photography groups from Baileborough and Dungannon at Baileborough Courthouse in Virginia, Co. Cavan.
September 2019: SEVERAL WORKS IN IRISH PHOTOMONTAGE EXHIBITION
13 of Seán's photomontage works featured with work by Laura McMorrow and Joe Lee in 'Cut/Paste - Photomontage Art in Ireland' which ran in the Source Arts Centre in Thurles Ireland from 13th September to 26th October and is proposed to tour internationally.
July-September 2019: WORK IN IMPORTANT NATIONAL EXHIBITION
Seán's work "Searching For Evidence.. In The Rose Garden" was included in the exhibition '21st. Century Ireland in 21 Artworks' in the Glebe Gallery in association with RTÉ and Earagail Arts Festival. It also featured in the original online articles at RTÉ.ie (LINK)
The exhibition runs from 14th July to the 1st September.
July-August 2019: WORK IN GROUP EXHIBITION
One of Seán's recent works ("Two Giants at The Giant's Causeway") was exhibited in Boyle Arts Festival
May 2019: WORK SELECTED FOR ACADEMY ANNUAL EXHIBITION
Seáns recent (2018) work "Two Giants at The Giant's Causeway, IRELANTIS" was selected for this years Royal Hibernian Academy summer exhibition which ran until 10th August. LINK
May 2019: WORK IN BEALTAINE FESTIVAL DINGLE KERRY
Two works were included in the exhibition "Home+Less" LINK
April 2019: SUSPICIOUS CLOUDS AT LTK4 COLOGNE
Seán's 'Suspicious Clouds' featured in an installation as part of the 'In Futurum: Space Format" event organised by Rochus Aust at the Lutherkirche in Cologne LINK
February 2019: LECTURE AT ROYAL HIBERNIAN ACADEMY
Seán gave a talk on his own work, as the opening of a series on the hybridisation of photography by fine artists; at the Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin on 6th Febrary. Link
It will be published online.
December 2018: IMPORTANT VIDEO WORK USING SH PHOTOS
Many of Seán's 'Melancholy Witness' photos from the era of the Northern Ireland conflict are used in a new video; "the lead track from “UTOPIA”, the debut album from Martin & Bell which is released on the 8th of January 2019.The duo is writer Gavin Martin, NME legend, current Daily Mirror Music Critic turned spoken word artist whose words have been set to music by Martin Bell, multi instrumental music and filmmaking maestro who once did time with chart-toppers The Wonder Stuff. Together they are Martin & Bell, born of necessity, the album Utopia is the fruit of their collaborative labours which will be released on the 1st. of February and is an eleven track compilation of the spoken words of Gavin Martin set to the music of Martin Bell." Read more here or see on YouTube here.
November 2018:INTERVIEW RE: BREXIT ON AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TV
Seán did a TVinterview and online feature
with ABC Australia on Brexit: using Melancholy Witness photographs and revisiting some of the sites of his photographs in Newry.
Online article here. Short radio piece.
October 2018: Signed IRELANTIS postcard sets now available online here.
September 2018: NEW ONLINE FEATURE AT BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
The BJPonline published a long feature on Seán's history and work and the forthcoming book project. Read here.
September 2018: NEW BOOK DUMMY PREVIEW ONLINE
Seán published a video short previewing the forthcoming book of his '100 best' collages, designed by Erik Kessels. The video gained thousands of views in the first few days.
See the video here on Facebook.
September 2018: 3 DAY INTERNATIONAL COLLAGISTS FESTIVAL IN DUBLIN
Seán exhibited a new work; "Two Giants at The Giant's Causeway, IRELANTIS" and gave a presentation as part of the fifth COLLAGISTAS FESTIVAL being held in the Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin in September.
July 2018: NEW BOOK COVER
Seán's collage "Searching For Evidence.. in The Rose Garden, Tralee" is on the cover of a significant new book from Oxford University Press on Samuel Beckett:
'Samuel Beckett and The Politics of Aftermath' by James McNaughton "Illustrates how Beckett's work draws from, and responds to, political conflicts such as the executions after the Irish Civil War, Nazi newspapers and propaganda, and war atrocities "
May 2018: FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FUNDING ANNOUNCED
The Irish Broadcasting Association announced it would contribute €135k to the production of a 1-hr documentary film; 'Seán Hillen: The Art of Asperger's'.
Produced by Gillian Marsh TV it will be filmed in early 2019 for broadcast by national broadcaster RTÉ in late 2019 which it is hoped will coincide with the forthcoming book 'The Wonderful World of Seán Hillen' designed by Erik Kessels.
May 2018 NEW INTERVIEW ONLINE
Claudio Nego of Kamera8 Gallery made an interesting interview with Seán on the 'Melancholy Witness' photos.
April-May 2018: MAJOR EXHIBITION BELFAST 9th April - 5th May
The Linen Hall Library, (founded 1788); one of Northern Ireland's foremost tourist venues, hosted a major exhibition of Seán's photographs from the 'Troubles' era, recently republished in paperback version; 'Melancholy Witness'.
UPDATE: NEWSPAPER SPREADS
There were large picture spreads in the Irish News, Belfast Telegraph and the Ireland Edition of The London Times.
MAY 2018: PICTURES IN IMPORTANT 'BORDER' EXHIBITION
Four of Seán's collage works appeared in the important festival which opened in the Regional Cultural Centre Donegal; organised by the Irish Gallery of Photography; with two facsimile works; one original photocollage from 1983 and a large-scale acrylic-mounted print of 'Newry Gagarin Crosses The Border'.
There was a weekend of talks and events and Seán took part in a panel discussion with artists Anthony Haughey and Dragana Jurisic and Sean O'Hagan of the Guardian.
A smaller version of the exhibition ran in the Irish Gallery of Photography in July-Sept.
March-April 2018: ONE-MAN EXHIBITION WEXFORD IRELAND
Kamera 8 in Wexford hosted a large one-man show; 22nd March- 14th April; consisting of 24 photos from 'Melancholy Witness'
and a selection of around 15 collage works as originals, (including fragments from a new collage series); facsimiles and prints.
Dublin City Council Arts Officer Ruarí Ó Cuiv gave a generous opening speech. Link fb link
December 2017: NEW PRIZEWINNING DOCUMENTARY AS IN-FLIGHT MOVIE
The prizewinning mini-documentary 'Seán Hillen- Merging Views' by Paddy Cahill, recently shown by national broadcaster RTÉ was selected as an in-flight movie for national airline Aer Lingus' long-haul flights during December and January 2018. See image.
November 2017: ONLINE FEATURE AT NATIONAL NEWSPAPER WEBSITE
The Irish Times Culture Section online published a major feature by Kathleen McNamee on foot of the recent paperback republication of Seán's 'Melancholy Witness' book.
"Hillen’s images are a masterclass in capturing raw human life."
October 2017: ONLINE FEATURE ON NATIONAL BROADCASTER WEBSITE
Sean's work "Evidence of Controlled Demolition in The Rose Garden, Tralee.." was featured in
"21st. Century Ireland in 21 Artworks": by Sunday Times Art Critic Cristín Leach, and with links to Paddy Cahill's recent mini-documentary and a 2011RTÉ Radio interview relating to the "Consolations of Genius.." exhibition at Oliver Sears Gallery SEE HERE
"It’s this combination of surrealism, horror, humour and beauty, as a response to anxiety, that marks out Hillen’s work." .. "Time has passed to reveal Hillen as a kind of seer, a man ahead of his time. His layered images of ancient monuments and tourist spots blended with John Hinde postcard scenes of an idealised Ireland were always oddly apocalyptic. His recent works continue to act as a warning sign.".."perhaps his most important message: that blind complacency might just be the most dangerous habit for a human being to form"
October 2017: NEW MULTI-AWARD-WINNING MINIDOCUMENTARY ONLINE
Paddy Cahill's mini-documentary which was recently broadcast by national broadcaster RTÉ, and has been selected for and won awards at many festivals, is now online in
October-December 2017 SIX IRELANTIS WORKS IN EXHIBITION NAVAN IRELAND
Six IRELANTIS works represented in various print and facsimile collage forms are included in an exhibition at the Solstice Arts Centre Navan. Read more HERE and HERE
August 2nd-30th 2017: TWO WORKS IN IMPORTANT BELFAST 'TROUBLES' EXHIBITION
Two of Seán's troubles-era collage works from the Newry & Mourne Museum Collection have been selected for a notable exhibition in August at the venerable Linen Hall Library in Belfast.
LINK LINK "Celebrating the Linen Hall Library’s Northern Ireland Political Collection, focusing on the 1990s, while taking into account events of previous decades. Memories of everyday life during an extraordinary time are brought together, with objects including badges, posters, periodicals, artwork, and ephemera showcased. Newry and Mourne Museum and The F.E. McWilliam Gallery have kindly agreed to loan art works by important local artists Seán Hillen and F.E. McWilliam."
August 2017: EXHIBITION OPENING
Seán opened an exhibition "The Fool by the Roadside" by Bryan Gerard Duffy at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar. "A huge crowd descended on the Linenhall to see the latest work from Bryan Gerard Duffy... Beginning in the theatre with a showing of Bryan's Award Winning Short Documentary "Sumud, Everyday Resistance", the packed theatre was then treated to a fantastic speech by the special guest speaker, and iconic Artist, Sean Hillen - who then declared the exhibition officially open." LINK
July 2017: DOCUMENTARY TV BROADCAST & ONLINE
Paddy Cahill's prizewinning mini-documentary; (now selected for 16 festivals) "Seán Hillen- Merging Views" was broadcast on national TV: RTÉ TV2 on 11th July and is now on the RTÉ Player online, though is 'geo-locked' so won't play outside the Republic, (without a VPN like hola.org ) but will be posted presently on Vimeo, and we'll post the link then.
June 2017: BOOK SELECTED FOR PHOTO-FESTIVAL
The newly-republished (in paperback form) 'Melancholy Witness' was selected from thousands of entries for inclusion in the public photobook library at Belfast Photo Festival:
June 2017: TALK & EXHIBITION AT LITERARY FESTIVAL
Seán gave a talk on his work in association with a temporary exhibition of some of his works from a private collection, as part of Kells Literary Festival LINK
May 2017: FEATURE ON BRITISH COUNCIL WEBSITE
Seán was featured in a new online feature on photography from the Northern Irish conflict ;
"History through the lens: three Belfast photographers" From the article:
"Over 3,600 people lost their lives over this 30-year period, with tens of thousands more injured and countless left traumatised. This catastrophic conflict left an indelible mark on the nation’s consciousness and visual landscape, and photography became the medium of choice for many who wished to document and reflect on what was happening around them.
Three such photographers were Seán Hillen, Paul Seawright and Donovan Wylie, all of whom made work relating to the Troubles and are now recognised as some of the country’s most accomplished photographers. " LINK
April 2017: NEW BBC TV INTERVIEW
An interview with Seán is featured on the BBC NI 'Arts Show' broadcast on BBC2 NI on Thursday 27th. April at 10pm and BBC1 NI on Monday 1st May at 10.30 LINK
"Melding Troubles-era photography with fantasy and science fiction to otherworldly effect"
It is available for a month online and on the BBC iPlayer (UK only or play via Hola) LINK
April 2017: FEATURE REVIEW PUBLISHED
A super review
by Marianne Boal O'Kane in a 4-page spread in 'Perspective' the magazine of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects; (large pdf's) page1 page2.
May 2017: BOOK REPUBLICATION IN PAPERBACK FORM
'Melancholy Witness' the book of Seán's 'Troubles'-era photographs is being republished as a paperback by The History Press on the 10th May. LINK It was originally published in 2013 and republished in the US by Trafalgar Square Press in 2014
March 2017: NEW PODCAST INTERVIEW
Seán did a comprehensive interview for Conor Sweetman's Everyday People podcast.
Jan - March 2017: MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION BELFAST
Seán Hillen : 100 Works opened in the Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast on Thursday 26th January and ran until 11th March 2017
From the press release: "100 Works; focused on his practice as a collagist, with works dating back to the early 1980’s, is the first major solo exhibition of Sean Hillen in Northern Ireland and the largest ever collection of his works. His distinctive images have been circulating in Irish visual culture for over 30 years.."
Sean gave an artist's talk on Friday 27th.
The exhibition received several features in the national general press including an interview on BBC Radio Ulster and a feature with video at the Belfast Telegraph site.
(The BBC link to the isolated 10 minute interview seems faulty so the whole programme is available here and the interview runs from around 10 to 20:00 minutes in. )
BBC TV Northern Ireland
will broadcast a feature on their Arts Show in late April.
February: NEW TV INTERVIEW: NVTV, Belfast City's cable station, have posted online their 25 minute interview of Seán by Mo McDevitt where he talks about his recent Asperger's diagnosis, censorship and more.. Watch HERE
November 2016- April 2017: MINIDOCUMENTARY SHOWN IN FILM FESTIVALS
Paddy Cahill and Basil Al-Rawi's recent short documentary portrait (produced by Tal Green) has now won prizes and been selected for a number of festivals most recently at the London Irish Film Festival, Shebeen Berlin, San Francisco, Rome; (read a mini-interview with Paddy), more here including trailer
The most recently-announced selection is for Belfast
Film Festival, on 2nd April.
November 2016 IRISH STATE COLLECTION ACQUIRES SUITE OF IRELANTIS PRINTS
The Office of Public Works acquired a suite of 25 archival prints of the IRELANTIS series for the State Collection as first announced earlier in the year.
October 2016 COLLAGE PUBLISHED IN TWO NEW BOOKS
Seán's photocollage from 2007; "No Evidence of A 757 Near The Ha'Penny Bridge" was published within a month in two new books: A miniature facsimile version made for the Bennetton 'Imago Mundi' collection was published in the catalogue, and it also appeared in Dublin City Council's new book produced to mark the bridge's 200th anniversary 'The Ha'penny Bridge Dublin' LINK
Sept 2016 NEW ONLINE MINIDOCUMENTARY
Bryan Meade produced a new minidocumentary published here with an article at murmur.ie
"Presently, Hillen is busy preparing a new book which he says will be a definitive collection of a hundred works with a text by writer Mic Moroney. The, as yet, untitled book is being designed by Eric Kessels under the working title: The Wonderful World of Seán Hillen.Most of the catalogue of work included in the upcoming book will be displayed in The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast in January 2017."
October 2016 LECTURE
Seán contributed to a review and gave a talk, attended by members of the public and students of Architecture and other faculties, at FABLAB at the University of Limerick on Friday 14th October.
Sept-October 2016 'MELANCHOLY WITNESS' EXHIBITIONS IN IRELAND
Exhibitions including 30 and 35 prints from the Sean Hillen collection of 'Troubles' photos ran in Westport in the west of Ireland and in Newry Co.Down.
The Westport show, as the key exhibition of Westport Arts Festival occupied 2 floors of the Custom House Studios and included 15 prints and originals of the photocollage works as well as 35 prints, and the program included two public talks. LINK
The Newry exhibition contained 30 prints featuring many of the photographs originally taken in the Newry area.
Oct-July 2016: NEW DOCUMENTARY WINS 'BEST IN CATEGORY' ; WIDELY SHOWN
A newly-made short documentary called 'Seán Hillen - Merging Views' by Paddy Cahill (with cameraman Basil Al-Rawi, sound by Mike Glennon and produced by Tal Green) was seen for the first time at Galway Film Fleadh and won 'Best Film' in its category.
It was selected for the Irish Film Institute's Documentary Festival in September and shown in association with the exhibition of some of the 'Melancholy Witness' photos at Westport Arts Festival in October (see above). It has also been chosen and shown at San Francisco irish Film Festival and Kerry Film Festival.
It won a 'Francie' (short for The Francie Brady Not A Bad Bastard Anymore Award) for Best Short Documentary at Clones Film Festival
("Irelands Best Small Festival"-Neil Jordan) on the 30th October. You can see the very brief trailer here:
SEPT-OCTOBER 2016 MAJOR APPEARANCE IN PHOTO FESTIVAL: SWEDEN
1O of new 'artist's facsimiles' of IRELANTIS works appeared in the Landskrona Festival, the most important photo-festival in Sweden, as part of their 'VIEW IRELAND' project, a major overview of Irish photographic practices. The work also appears over nine pages in the magnificent catalogue published as part of the show. See here
June 2016: ACQUISITIONS TO MAIN NATIONAL COLLECTION:
The Office of Public Works acquired for the Irish State Collection a Seán Hillen photocollage original from 1985: "Natives in A Mystic State #3", which will shortly be added to the main web gallery here.
will also be acquiring a set of 24 IRELANTIS prints and also ordered one of the new 'artist's facsimile' edition of recollaged print works (made in an edition of 5), (10 of which were recently on exhibition at Landskrona Festival); in this case; "The Great Cliffs of Collage Green"
May 2016: WORK PUBLISHED IN SUNDAY TIMES
Seán's "WHAT'S WRONG? with The New Post Office.." work was featured in the Sunday Times Irish edition and mentioned as "..Seán Hillen's cool photographic collages..".
May 2016: FULL-PAGE ARTICLE IN NATIONAL NEWSPAPER
Seán's 'Troubles'-era work was given a full-page feature in the Irish Post with an online article.
April 2016: NEW ONLINE GALLERY INCLUDING WORKS FOR SALE
Akehurst Publishing have made available a new temporary online exhibition of Seán Hillen's 'Troubles'-era work for sale including original collages and editioned prints.
See more here:
April 2016: ACADEMIC PAPER ON 'IRELANTIS' REPUBLISHED ONLINE
An excellent academic paper on Seán's 'Irelantis' collage works has been republished here.
"Seán Hillen's IRELANTIS- The Second Life of Parody" by Valérie Morrison of the University of Dijon
was first published in Ranam 45, Strasbourg, 2012, and is republished by special permission of Ranam Journal. Read here
April 2016: SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATION AND KEY IMAGE
Seán gave a presentation at the Symposium at Trinity College Dublin:
'RuinNation: the ruin in Irish art and visual culture, 1916-2016' on Saturday 2nd April.
Seán's 2007 work 'Searching for Evidence.. in The Rose Garden, Tralee' was the key image for the event.
Sean gave a 25 minute presentation titled 'Never Waste a Good Ruin' (link)
March 2016: COMMISSIONED WORK ON TOUR AND ON MAGAZINE COVER- (PRINT AVAILABLE)
Seán's 2015 work; "WHAT'S WRONG? with The New Post Office, 1818-2016" is reproduced on the cover of the March-April edition of the widely-read 'History Ireland'
magazine (link here)
Commissioned by collector Larry Lambe, the original collage has just gone on touring exhibition:
'1916 in Contemporary Art' opened in the Toradh Art Gallery in Ashbourne Co. Meath and will tour:Crawford Gallery Cork; 24 June - 24 August 2016
Galway City Museum; Sept
Toradh Gallery Co. Meath; 15 March-29 April 2016
March 2016: NEW SMALL-EDITION PRINT AVAILABLE:
An archival print is available in an edition of 10; see thumbnail on right for larger image.
Contact Seán Hillen directly here or one of the galleries above to enquire.
March 2016: EXHIBITION OPENING SPEECH
Seán opened an exhibition for Irish artist Olwyn Colgan at the inSpire Gallery in Dublin.
See olwyncogan.com and relevant post on facebook: link
February 2016: IMAGES INCORPORATED IN ONLINE VIDEO ARTWORK
Many of Seán's IRELANTIS collage images were
incorporated in a powerful online video work with spoken word and music by Irish writer and musician Nina Hynes as artist-in-residence to online mag The Wild Word. See here.
January 2016: ONLINE JOURNAL INTERVIEW
Seán was interviewed in depth for the online journal Independant Journal of Interdisciplinary Arts (link)
You can read the interview separately here:
November 2015: NEW POSTCARD SET PUBLICATION
Akehurst Press has published a beautifully collected set of 8 high-quality art postcards of IRELANTIS collages, edited for the project by Sean. READ MORE AND ORDER HERE or click thumbnail on right.
November 2015: PRESENTATION TO PRESIDENT
Sean was formally introduced to the Irish President; 'An Uachtaráin' at a reception in Dublin and presented him with a copy of 'Melancholy Witness' the book. see thumbnail on right.
October 2015: TWO NEW GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Two rarely-seen Irelantis originals currently feature in a group exhibition (selected from 2,000 works in the State Collection): At Lexicon Dún Laoghaire outside Dublin: 19th November- 6th January: Read more
Two important 'Troubles'-era photomontage works from the Newry& Mourne Museum's Permanent Collection have gone on show at Bagenal's Castle Regional Museum in Newry Co. Down. They will be replaced by two others from the Collection in January 2016.
October 2015: MAJOR BURSARY AWARD
Seán was awarded a major Bursary of €9,900 by the Arts Council of Ireland to support him in the next year towards new work, his forthcoming new book and retrospective exhibition.
Sept 2015: IMPORTANT ART MAGAZINE PUBLICATION
The Irish Arts Review commissioned a two-page article on Seán's 'Searching for Evidence..' work on foot of it being the subject of a conference panel at UCC and exhibited at the Glucksman Gallery.
See thumbnails on right or read a pdf HERE.
Sept 2015: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION AT CONFERENCE
Seán's work was the subject of a panel at an international conference of Sociologists at University College Cork. 'Commemoration: Contexts & Concepts' ran September 3rd and 4th 2015.
One of Seán's
'Searching for Evidence..' works, (recently exhibited at the FORMAT
Festival in Derby UK) was used as the key image.
Sept 2015 TEMPORARY EXHIBITION
Associated with the conference (see above) there was
be a temporary exhibition of the 10 works in the foyer of the Glucksman
August 2015: FORTHCOMING RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OPENS 2017
It was announced that Seán's work over the past 35 years will be reviewed in a major exhibition of c.100 works opening at The Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast on 19 Jan 2017.
July 2015: EXHIBITION OPENING
Seán opened the 2015 Graduate Exhibition at Griffith College Dublin
April 2015: WORK FRONTISPIECE IN IMPORTANT MUSEUM PUBLICATION
One of Seán's several works held in the Imperial War Museum's Permanent Collection
features in a full-page article and as the frontispiece in an important new publication from the Museum:
'Art From Contemporary Conflict': more here buy here for images see thumbnails on right
March-April 2015: FORMAT INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL EXHIBITION
Seán's 2007-09 series; "Searching for Evidence.." was selected from over 1,000 submissions for exhibition at the FORMAT Festival in Derby, UK, opening 12th March and running until 12th April 2015.
Six original collages (several borrowed from Private Collections) and four prints will be exhibited.
Seán's work got an honourable mention as 'Underrated' in the British Journal of Photography Online's roundup of 'what-to-see': http://www.bjp-online.com/2015/03/what-to-see-format-festival-derby-2015/
The 'Searching for Evidence'
February 2015: IMPORTANT ONLINE ARCHIVE PUBLICATION
Seán's work has been included in the long-awaited 'Troubles Art Archive' recently published by the ACNI:
February-April 2015: NEWLY ACQUIRED WORK ON EXHIBITION
"Five Self-Portraits as Gagarin.." is on exhibition in Limerick until 3rd April 2015:
November 2014: PUBLICATION IN DEFINITIVE REFERENCE WORK
Seán was one of only 200 artists from the last 1600 years of Irish history to be given a full biographical entry in the just-published 20-year, 17kg, 3,000 page "Art & architecture of Ireland" from the Royal Irish Academy and Yale University Press. There were two images published, "Two Old Men And a Marine Commando" the photo from the Sean Hillen Collection at The National Library, and "Sun, Sand & Cement in Temple Bar IRELANTIS" was published in the introduction to the 'Architecture' volume. There are 4 index references.
read more here See thumbnails on right for images.
November 2014: ACQUISITION
TO IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF ARTISTS' POSTCARDS
Seán's work "Four
Ideas For a New Town, No.15" (image on right) has been acquired
for, and is included in a new show of selections from, The Jeremy Cooper
Collection of artworks based on postcards, currently on show at the Atkinson Art Gallery in Southport, UK. Including works by Dieter
Roth, Joseph Beuys & Gilbert & George amonst others, the collection
will tour the UK during 2015 and in 2018 it will be acquired permanently
by the British Museum. More about the show here.
September 2014: WORKS
IN MAJOR MUSEUM EXHIBITION
Three of Seán's 'Troubles'-era collage works were included in
'Art of The Troubles'; the first major review of artists' responses
to the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland in an exhibition at the Ulster
Museum. The works were loaned from the collections of Wolverhampton
Museum and the Imperial War Museum. See more here.
July 2014: EXHIBITION OPENING
Seán opened an exhibition of work by Lynne
Rothwell at Inspirational Arts in Dublin
Read more here
June-August 2014: WORK SELECTED FOR NATIONAL EXHIBITION
The collage original work: "Icarus
on The Motorway" was chosen by selectors Martin Gale and Rachel
Joynt for the 2014 Eigse Open Exhibition at VISUAL Centre Carlow (and
was purchased by a private collector).
See more here.
June 2014: WORK FEATURED IN IMPORTANT BOOK ON 'TROUBLES' ERA PHOTOGRAPHY
Seán's"Gagarin Crosses The Border"
is reproduced in the Irish Times review of "Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography" by Colin Graham:
There are a number of reproductions of Seán's work and an excellent text by Colin Graham. read here
May-August 2014: EXHIBITION OF WORK IN MAJOR BANK COLLECTION
"The Launchpad at O'Connell St., Dublin,. IRELANTIS" was exhibited in the Hunt Museum, Limerick as part of a group selected from the Allied Irish Bank Collection by Donald Teskey, artist. Read more
May 2014: WORKS
DONATED TO CHARITY AUCTION
Seán donated several prints of his collage works which were auctioned, raising nearly £2,000 for the charity Cooperation Ireland ; 'The
peace-building charity'- at their Legal
Fundraising Dinner at The Dorchester;
of the most prestigious dinners in London held for the legal profession"
read more here. image
April 2014: 'MELANCHOLY WITNESS' REPUBLISHED IN U.S.
Seáns book of photographs from the 'Troubles' era, recently acquired (2011) by the National Library of Ireland (read more below) and published in 2013 by The History Press has now been republished in the US and is available to buy on US websites including WALMART ; buy here
March 2014: ACQUISITION TO NATIONAL COLLECTION
Seán's self-portrait collage work "Five Self-Portraits as Gagarin" (image on right) has been acquired by the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, held by the University of Limerick. It is expected to be exhibited later in 2014.
January 2014: EXHIBITION
OF NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK AND NEW WEBGALLERIES
Seán showed a massive new body of photographic work:
New temporary webgalleries here: rectangularclouds.com and triangularclouds.com
"Holes In Heaven" 16th Jan- 13th Feb at Oliver Sears Gallery in
a 2-person show with Stephanie
Rowe comprised of over 600 images.Thumbnails
of exhibition on right.
From the press release: The
sky has long been a subject for artists as well as probably always having
been the object of curiosity and attention. "Clouds always tell a true story,"; the Victorian meteorologist Ralph
Abercromby wrote; "but one that is difficult to read.."'
'Clouds have also always been a metaphor for doubt. Perhaps that is
why when artist Seán Hillen turned his attention and his lens
to the clouds, what he found there and photographed, whilst beautiful,
is to him still enigmatic, mystifying and slightly disturbing.
The Business Post and Metro newspaper both covered the opening.
Seán was interviewed on the live Arts programme 'Arena' on national
radio station RTÉ1: podcast
The show was featured
in the Irish Times 'Ticket' magazine with critic Aidan Dunne commenting:
"the odd thing is this, that while the images may seem collaged
or photoshopped, they are actually straightforward and un-doctored.."
January 2014: DUBLIN EXHIBITION OF RECENT ILLUSTRATION WORKS:
of the 'Legends Of The Fall' illustrations produced recently for the
Irish Times can be seen in a show with artist-photographer Joby Hickey,
opened by eminent director John Boorman at Inspirational Arts at Herbert
Street Dublin until the end of January. Read more here:
See the Legends Of The Fall images here:
The Irish Times reported here,
and the Irish Independent ran
"Icarus on The Motorway" fullpage in an 'Our Favourite
December 2013: 'MELANCHOLY WITNESS'
BOOK REPUBLISHED IN U.S.
Seán's book 'Melancholy Witness' published by The History
Press has been selected for the Spring catalogue of the US publisher/distributor
IPG / Trafalgar Square, and has
a USA publishing date of April 2014. The book is already available
on Amazon , got an honourable mention in the Publishers' Weekly
Annual Review of New Books and is now for sale on
the WALMART website.
October 2013: EXHIBITION OPENINGS
Seán opened two exhibitions on the same night, (a feat remarked
upon by the Dublin Evening Herald).
At the Centre for Creative Practices he launched a review of the collage
work of Roger Hudson
and later he gave a speech opening the New
Living Art IV Exhibition at Moxie Studios, featuring the work of
around 30 artists.
2013: FESTIVAL TALK:
Seán gave a presentation and participated in the panel discussion
with Danny Morrison, Chris McGimpsey and Jonathon Hodges at the ENGAGE
Festival on Sat. Sept 28th. Read more here
. image here.
2013: SYMPOSIUM TALK:
Seán gave a presentation and contributed to a panel at the Symposium
"City- as Archive; a House for Eileen Gray" held in the Great
Hall, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 23rd and 24th of October, as part
of a series of events.. Read more here
July- September 2013: MAJOR ILLUSTRATION COMMISSION FOR IRISH TIMES
Seán was commissioned by the Irish Times to produce a set of
10 illustrations for an important series of short stories by some of
the most interesting contemporary Irish writers, under the title "Legends
Of The Fall". See a temporary public web-gallery of the images here
on facebook or click either thumbnail on right:
August 2013: TV INTERVIEW
There is a new 10-minute interview with Seán at the beginning
of Dublin Community TV's 'Generator' Arts programme: Watch here
May- July 2013: EXHIBITION: 'PICTURING DERRY'
showed around 12 collages and several photographs in the historic 'Picturing
Derry' exhibition which is part of the City of Culture programme. read
There is a new short video on the exhibition with some interview material:
here on the culture24.org site
May- July 2013: EXHIBITION:
'NORTHERN IRELAND: 30 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY'
Sean had 3 collage works in this historic exhibition at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
more There was also a very significant hardback publication in association
with the exhibition with a
text by Colin Graham, in which the three collages are reproduced and
the work is discussed.
Colin Graham has generously made available his
text, excerpted; read here
Read more about the book here:
June 2013: IMPORTANT REVIEW FOR NEW BOOK: 'MELANCHOLY WITNESS'
The Irish Times published a thoughtful book review of 'Melancholy Witness'
by picture editor and photographer Frank Miller: " ..all the
technique in the world doesn’t compensate for an inability to
notice. This volume is something of a gem. In a world of image overload
it represents a triumph of substance over technique.."
online here. See an image here.
June 2013: BBC RADIO INTERVIEW
Seán did a short general interview on photography alongside Roger
Ballen and Harriet Purkis for BBC Radio Ulster's 'Arts Extra' Programme.
You can download a podcast of the whole program (Mon 13th edition: Seán
comes in first around 15:00) at this
page or directly at this
June 2013: TEMPLE BAR PHOTOGRAPHY SUMMER SCHOOL
Seán was a panellist and presenter at the new Summer
School with a host of eminent contributors: read
June 2013: FRONT-PAGE FEATURE ONLINE
A new slideshow of the 'Melancholy Witness images' featured on the front
page of socialdocumentary.net
slideshow can be seen here .
May 2013: SUNDAY TIMES PHOTO SPREAD
The Sunday Times Culture Section used very large a photo from the new book and discussed Seán's work in a piece on the "Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography" exhibition which recently opened in Belfast. see
May 2013: ONLINE FEATURE: LECOOL
LeCool online magazine carried a kind notice for the book launch: read
April 2013: NEW BOOK LAUNCH: 'MELANCHOLY
Roy Foster, professor of Irish History at Oxford launched The History
Press Ireland's "Melancholy Witness", the hardback
collection of 120 photos from the Seán
Hillen Collection of
photographs recently acquired by the National Library of Ireland.
The event took place in the front hall of the National Library of Ireland
in Kildare Street in Dublin. Someone has kindly uploaded a video of
the speeches: here
. UPDATE You can now read Prof. Foster's speech here.
The book is well-distributed
so ideally can be found or ordered in your local bookshop but is available
or signed and inscribed copies are available direct from this website.
Click here to email enquiry.
From the book jacket:
Witness is the published collection of Sean Hillen's lauded photography
documenting the years of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Combining
art with documentary history, what emerges is a powerful and compelling
story of unrest, beauty and change."
"The photographs are like black and white time
machines that bring back the desolation and danger of the Troubles.
The images have a documentary accuracy, but it is the aura of melancholy
witness that marks them as the work of Sean Hillen."
- Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate
"Striking, haunting sometimes bleakly beautiful:
a record of historical importance but also much more."
- Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History, Hertford College,
March 2013: WORK ON COVER OF NEW BOOK ON IRISH ART
"The Oracle at O'Connell Bridge, Irelantis" appears
on the cover of an important new book on Irish art: Reaktion Books has
in Ireland since 1910' , to
be distributed in the US by the University of Chicago Press
March 2013: INTERVIEW IN ARGON MAGAZINE
Seán was interviewed by Katy Fitzpatrick for Argon
online magazine: link
March 2013: PHOTO FEATURE AND INTERVIEW ONLINE
For the OFFSET festival LeCool Dublin commissioned SeanandYvette to photograph Seán in his studio. Words byBrian Herron. See it here.
February 2013: UPDATE: WORKS ON MORE THAN 30 BOOK COVERS
With the forthcoming cover image it
seems a good time to review (link) the many books and magazines
with Seán Hillen works on their covers.
January 2013: ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM ON COLLECTING
Sean took part in a symposium on January 26th at the Irish Gallery of
Photography, which looked at issues around collecting photography.
Read more here
on GoP's facebook page:
January 2013: EN FRANCAIS: ONLINE ARTICLE ON SEAN HILLEN
Le Web Pedagogique blog 'Tips in English' carries a comprehensive article
covering a range of Sean's work, with links to other texts in French.
The original in French is here
and an online translation in English here
BBC INTERVIEW SPECIAL PROGRAMME
Radio Ulster Arts Extra broadcast an interview with Sean with
Louise Muir as one of their Christmas Special programmes. Produced
by Paul Russell, the programme was
on iPlayer and and may become available again as podcast.
December 2012 PAPER ON IRELANTIS IN IMPORTANT JOURNAL
The eminent journal Ranam
published a fascinating academic paper by Valerie Morrison of the
University of Bourgogne, entitled "Sean Hillen's Irelantis- the
second life of parody". You can read the abstract here
which says: "..postmodern parodies that .. spur
the viewers to address the issue of referentiality as reality is turned
into a spectacle.. also parodies tourism photography and the staging
of heritage.. therefore a critical inquiry into Irishness, the invention
of traditions, and the construction of staged authenticity. It echoes
the revisionist trend in Irish history and signals the advent of the
OPENING CHAPTER DISCUSSING IRELANTIS NOW AVAILABLE
The complete opening chapter from 'Theorizing
Ireland' (Palgrave, 2002) recently
became available online here: Ireland
(pdf) . By editor Claire
Connolly of Cardiff University, it devotes several pages to an interesting
discussion of Irelantis:
"Hillen's Irelantis provides an ideal viewpoint
from which the ebb and flow of cultural currents can be observed.. ...
...Multiple borders are invoked in the image: the land meets the lough,
which in its turn confronts the sea; the sea encounters sky and the
skyline dramatically gives way to outer space. Boundaries and edges
are the very stuff of Hillen's art, and here, as with all his collages,
the lines and joins are obvious, jutting out for all to see. The pyramids
are clearly pasted into the Irish landscape, itself overlaid into a
global skyscape. If Carlingford Lough's strategic position on the Irish
border is taken into account, the meanings of these boundaries become
clearer: they inscribe a political border that is not physically present,
the only clues to its existence being the juxtaposition of superimposed
Irelantis has also been written about interestingly in the past
by academics including Jennifer Way (Uni. Texas) here
for instance published
in the Journal of European Popular Culture, and here
in the Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies.
December 2012: HILLEN IN NEW BOOK ON 'NEW CONTEMPORARY' IRISH ART
Seán Hillen's work features over several pages in a new book
on 'New Contemporary' Irish art, a genre that admits 'Lowbrow, Pop Surrealism,
Comic, Graphic, Illustrative, Urban, Body Horror, and more'. 'Goblin
Market' by Alexa MacDermot, published by White
Lady Art includes work by artists including; Anarkitty, Gaetan Billault,
Harriet Myfanwy Nia Tahany, Solus, Verz, Rosemary Fallon, Kathrina Rupit,
Paul McGrane, Victoria Cody, Loreana Rushe, Carolyn Walsh, DMC, ADW,
Leah Hewson, Boz Mugabe and Loki Nom Art... more information here.
October-December 2012: ' SEAN HILLEN RE-VIEWED' EXHIBITION IN DONEGAL
The new exhibition of mega-resolution prints ran
in An Gealearaí in Gweedore , in Donegal. Also featuring
were two original collages from the 'WHAT'S WRONG? with The Consolations
of Genius" series. The show ran until 21st. December.
September 2012: EXHIBITION OPENED BY SEÁN
Seán opened 'Tales of Seduction' by artist & illustrator
Una Gildea at the Copper House Gallery- see more about the opening here
and her terrific work here.
September 2012 INSPIRATIONAL
ARTS AWARD PRESENTED
Seán was honoured to judge and present
2012 award. This year's shortlist showed very exciting work, see
the web-galleries of Karl
Martini and Laura
McCormack, and the highly
deserving winner Lynn
IN NEWRY EXHIBITION
Six of the photographs recently acquired by the NLI were in an exhibition
as part of the Pride
In Newry Festival .
September 2012 WORKS IN OMAGH LITERARY FESTIVAL EXHIBITION:
Seán has three works, including a new version of "WHAT'S
WRONG? with WTC7", the animation
work created for the Photographer's
Gallery London in May. "Memory, Imagination, Myth"
in the Strule Arts Centre, as part of the The Benedict Kiely Literary
Festival (website) (download
PDF). Curated by Terry Sweeney, the exhibition includes work by
JB Yeats and George (AE) Russell as well as contemporary Irish artists.
Aug-September 2012: NATIONAL LIBRARY ACQUISITION
Library of Ireland announced
at PhotoIreland 2012 that it had acquired and would exhibit what
will be known as The Seán Hillen Collection of around 600 photographs
taken by the artist between 1979 and 1990.
Read more here
a selection of the photos here
There was a major exhibition of almost 50 photos in the National
Library of Ireland Photographic Archive gallery in Temple Bar Dublin
as a Featured
Exhibition of PhotoIreland 2012 7 days a week until 30th September.
people visited the NLI exhibition.
The exhibition was opened with a
moving speech by author Don Mullan.
TALK- PART 1 POSTED ON WEB: Seán gave a 2-hr 'walking tour' of
the NLI exhibition which was filmed by TV Monaghan and a
first instalment has been posted on YouTube here, a sort of introduction
and discussion of the first group of photos in the show.
PRESS: There is a very moving review in Le Cool online magazine here.
PRESS: Two photos feature in an Irish Times online slideshow here.
PRESS: There was a page devoted to a photo in the July Totally Dublin
read the edition online here.
NATIONAL TV INTERVIEW:
Seán did an interview with Martin King of Ireland's TV3.
NATIONAL RADIO APPEARANCE:
gave a short interview on the National radio station RTÉ's 'Morning
Ireland' to talk about the NLI show and about 'Culture Night' when art
institutions across Ireland remain open until late night. 2856
people visited the NLI exhibition on the night
TALK: GALLERY TALK 10th August NLI Photo
part of the Temple Bar 'High Tea Hop' day Seán gave a 45 minute
Seán gave a number of talks on
the exhibition to different groups.
May 2012: EXHIBITION OF NEW ANIMATION ARTWORK LONDON
Seán was invited to contribute a new artwork, in the form of
a GIF image animation, for exhibition on a video wal at
The Photographer's Gallery.
the GIF on their page
about the project which celebrated the history of the GIF image, as part of activities celebrating the Gallery's reopening.
The new work; "WHAT'S WRONG? with WTC7.." was seen
again with two other Hillen works in an interesting exhibition in Omagh
Here is the full-resolution version of the
animation- may take a few seconds to load.
February 2012: EXHIBITION DUBLIN / NEW PRINT EDITIONS
A new exhibition presents new museum-scale print editions derived from
new ultra-high-resolution scans of Seán's collages . "ReViewed"
by Seán Hillen at Copper
House Gallery Synge St. Dublin, was opened by Tanya Kiang, director of the Gallery of Photography.
Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post
McDevitt for Le Cool
Out' list in Metro Herald
October 2011: VISITING LECTURES MADRID
Seán visited to give lectures and teaching for the International
Photobook course for the very interesting European Master In Fine
Art Photography course at the IED Madrid. Download
The course has an international visitng staff including Simon Roberts
and Martin Parr.
September 2011: INSPIRATIONAL ARTS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
Seán had the task of choosing shortlists and winners from the
photography courses taking part in the 2011
Inspirational Arts Photography Award, with the final award given
on Culture Night 23rd September.
August 2011: NEW KINETIC SCULPTURE IN EXHIBITION
Seán contributed a new kinetic sculptural work to the prizewinning
Science Gallery at Trinity College's exhibition; ELEMENTS
here and image here
July 2011: EXHIBITION DUBLIN / WEBSITE OF NEW PHOTO WORKS
A new body of photographs by Seán Hillen was shown:
Shops" a major exhibition for PhotoIreland
July 2011: PRESS:
ONLINE ARTICLE & SLIDESHOW
The Journal.ie: 'An
Empty Set Photographed'
April 2011: PRESS:
One of Seán's Ghost Shop photos appeared as a
'postcard' in an Irish Times feature "Wish You Were Here?"
be seen as a slideshow here
March 2011: PRESS:
ONLINE ARTICLES & SLIDESHOWS & VIDEO
The Journal.ie: 'Artist Seán Hillen brings new political statement to Dail's
interview and slideshow by Deirdre Mulrooney
video by Bryan Meade on 'Ghost Shops'
2011: PRESS: IMPORTANT REVIEW ARTICLE
by Fintan O'Toole: Irish
darker side of IRELANTIS was lost on us.."
February 2011: EXHIBITION OF NEW COLLAGE WORKS
Seán exhibited for the first time a
new body of 18 photocollage works, 2010-2011:
WRONG? with The Consolations of Genius" at Oliver Sears
website for the new collages
2011: PRESS: INTERVIEWS AND FEATURES ON THE SHOW
Interview: RTÉ 'Arena'
radio interview for Dublin City FM
review and interview at Le Cool Dublin
on RTÉ Lyric FM Culture File (MP3)
Times article: 'Hillen Dale' screengrab
feature article in
Dublin METRO Herald: hires
ONLINE EDUCATION PROJECT
Several of Seán's collages are
being published as part of the "Images and Identity" educational
project part-funded by the EU.
September 2010: MUSEUM ACQUISITION & EXHIBITION
Newry & Mourne Regional Museum showed
a major exhibition of Seán's 'Troubles'-era works including
added to their permanent collection.
July 2010: MAJOR EXHIBITION
From A Broken World'with kennardphilipps for PhotoIreland
curated by Anthony Haughey at National
Library of Ireland Photo Archive
of a panel discussion (listenable, here) with Cat Phillips, Peter
Kennard, Seán Hillen and Anthony Haughey by CREATE
Photo Archive show in Le Cool online magazine
June 2010: TV DOCUMENTARY
10 minute TV feature on Newry Museum exhibition
on TG4 'Imeall'.
(Irish Times 'critic's choice' for the day)
April 2010: PRESS UPDATE
There was a full-page interview with Seán in Totally Dublin magazine,
The Alliance show got half-page articles in the
Irish Independent (link)
and the Irish
SUN and picked as 'Going Up' and 'Worth Seeing' by the Irish Times.
It was 'Critic'sChoice' in the Irish Independent.
The Irish Times printed a huge image of '..Collage Green' with their
review of the Dictionary of Irish Biography.
March 2010: EXHIBITION & TALK DUBLIN
Seán gave an illustrated talk on his work and its history in
association with the exhibition at the Alliance Francaise 1 Kildare
St. Dublin info here.
March-April 2010: EXHIBITION DUBLIN
'Return to Irelantis' at the Alliance
Francaise, 1 Kildare St. Dublin - including several of the original
collages, and a selection of archival prints. The show celebrates the
Alliance's 50th Anniversary.
A catalogue with 18 images was available.
press release (pdf)
March 2010: EXHIBITION CAVAN
A large review show in the Bluewall Gallery in Cavan included some 'Troubles'-era
pictures never previously exhibited. Article in the Anglo Celt here.
February 2010: EXHIBITION ART CHICAGO
Ten of Seán's 'troubles' - era collages were shown in association
BlueLeaf Gallery at ART
February 2010: EXHIBITION DUBLIN
Different Things: New York and Dublin' at 'The Observatory', 7-11
Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin 2.
Irish Times articles here
February 2010: EXHIBITION NEW YORK
Three prints of Sean's collages were in
'Putting It All Together' at Climate Gallery, Long Island, NYC
Jan 2010: EXHIBITION YORK
2010 : 'Art and Global Issues' in York, UK, exhibited two of Seán's
December 2009: MAJOR
Museum purchased two of Seán's 1980's photomontage works
including the important picture
"Four Ideas For a New Town No.1.
for their semi-permanently exhibited 'Northern Ireland' collection
November 2009: 2006 DOCUMENTARY NOW ONLINE
"Hillen- Return To Newry"
online HERE on VIMEO . A 28 minute documentary, Made 2006-7 by Aidan
Bell, Saidhbh Ní Dhúlaing, Roma Roberts and Ross Murray,
as a final year project.
October 2009: CONFERENCE / EVENT
Seán took part in the "Belfast Sarajevo Initiative At Queen's
2009" event, in Queen's University Belfast.
October 2009: SEAN
photographed in his studio by Aidan
September 2009:PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG FEATURE
work was featured by MaryAnn Camilleri, founder of Magenta
Publishing, with her other picks from this year's Rhubarb-Rhubarb
folio review event and a PHOTO
August 2009:TV DOCUMENTARY ONLINE
Community TV channel NVTV
broadcast in Belfast
their documentary on the recent Arts Council of Northern Ireland's
& Conflict' conference, and Seán was interviewed,as well
as Zoë Lippett of Wolverhampton
Art Gallery, and Justice Albie Sachs. Glenn Patterson spoke with
Michael Longley. Internet
archive now available here
August 2009: PHOTO-FESTIVAL EXHIBITION
Seán's work was exhibited in '9 lessons on Photography as part of KAUNAS
FOTO the Baltic States' photo-festival. , and will be later in CRUNCHTIME
2010 in the city of York.
August 2009: ARCHITECTURE WORKSHOP
Seán gave a talk and took part in the now
what? workshop 10: MONUMENT TIME at Richview the School of Architecture,
Landscape and Civil Engineering at University College Dublin. Contributors
included Maurizio Scalera, Benedetta Alessi, Brian
Ward, Ide Moloney, and Gary
August 2009: RHUBARB-RHUBARB
Seán attended the
International Portfolio Review at 'Rhubarb-Rhubarb', 'Europe's premier
portolio event' in Birmingham. He met and showed his pictures to several
eminent and significant reviewers and the work was very well received.
It is hoped that among other things, a new 'collected works' book project
August 2009: EXHIBITION: BIRR ARTS FESTIVAL
collage originals were in 'Ritual Flux 51', curated by Eilis Lavelle
of the Mermaid
Arts Centre, and Carl
Giffney and Ruth Lyons
June 2009: MAJOR 'ART & CONFLICT' CONFERENCE
Seán spoke at a
major conference in Belfast. "Art & Conflict" , organised
by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in the Royal Opera House Belfast.
More information here
UPDATE: Some of Seán's remarks got the attention of blogger 'Slugger
O'Toole' via Malachi O Doherty's arts blog.. More Here.
June 2009: UPGRADE TO OMAGH MEMORIAL SCULPTURE
Recent weather allowed work to upgrade the Omagh Bomb Memorial .A new
mirror near the pillar allows someone on the opposite pavement to look
into the cut-glass heart directly backlit by sunlight from the Memorial
New photos at omaghbombmemorial.com
June 2009: BOOK LAUNCH
Seán launched a book for Dr. Maria Duffy of the Milltown institute.
"Paul Ricoeur's Pedagogy of Pardon" 'describes how memory
is structured, ... and addresses issues in his theory of forgiveness
and reconciliation'. Dr. Duffy's book includes a photo of the Omagh
May 2009: LODZ FOTOFESTIWAL POLAND
Seán was one of three Irish photographic artists who attended
Lodz Fotofestiwal. Curated by Peggy Amison of Sirius
Arts Centre and with the support of Culture
Ireland they attended presentations
of their work and participated in the Portfolio
Review sessions, an opportunity to meet curators, gallerists and
publishers. The other artists attending were David
Farrell and Eoin
O'Connaill and the work of Jackie
Nickerson and Mark
Curran was also shown.
April 2009: MUSEUM EXHIBITION
Three of Seán's 'troubles'-era works can now be seen on semipermanent
exhibition at the Imperial War Museum
IWM North in Manchester.
November 2008: NEW
COLLAGE WORKS: "Searching For Evidence..."
More than 12 new collages by Seánwere unveiled in an exhibition
at the Gallery
of Photography, Dublin. There was a reception on Friday 14th. with
a performance by the marvellous Kevin
There is a new
webgallery for the work.
For more info download the press release here.
UPDATE: Someone has kindly uploaded video of much of Kevin's performance-
Worth seeing! HERE.
Turn volume UP and make sure to play all the parts...
One of the images was simultaneously exhibited as a 48-sheet billboard
in three locations in Belfast as part of the
"Art, Media and Contested Space" events by the
'Interface' unit at the University of Ulster School of Art &
August 2008: MAJOR MEMORIAL UNVEILED
The Omagh Bomb Memorial, by Seán and Landscape Architect Desmond
Fitzgerald, was unveiled at a 10th Anniversary event in Omagh.
more information at www.omaghbombmemorial.com.
August 2008:MAJOR ARTICLE PUBLISHED
carried a front-page article on Seán's work and the Omagh Memorial
"The Art of Peace" by Oscar MacLennan
August 2008: EXHIBITION OF NEW COLLAGE
A new and previously unseen collage work by Seán appears in an
exhibition at the Irish Gallery of Photography, Dublin.
"No Evidence of A 757 Near the Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin" appears
On Our Current Science', curated by Sally Timmons runs August 14
th until September 21st.
June 2008: EXHIBITION
Several IRELANTIS works (about 5 originals and 5 prints) were featured
in a major exhibition as part of the 6th
World Archaeological Congress in UCD Dublin.
The exhibition ran from 30th June until 31st July.
here for more information.
May 2008: EXHIBITION OPENING
Seán opened an exhibition for students in BA (Hons.) Creative
Imaging from the SRC Lurgan, and Huddersfield University, at St. Patrick's
Trian in Armagh.
here for more information on the work and show..
March 2008: ONLINE PUBLICATION
The CANDY COLLECTIVE published 20 pages of Seán's work, with
2008: MAJOR MUSEUM PURCHASE
The Imperial War Museum, London, have purchased two more of á
'Troubles' - era photomontage works for their Permanent Collection.
January 2008: NEW BOOK COVER
'IRELANTIS' collages is on the cover of a new book:
"Film, Media and Popular Culture in Ireland" by Martin
McLoone, author of the standard work on Irish Cinema
January 2008: NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION
One of Seán's 'Troubles' - era photomontage
works was published in "Le Monde- Diplomatique" to illustrate
an article on 'Troubles tourism'.
December 2007: SEMINAR BELFAST
Lens Based Practice and the Representation of Conflict: "Through
a lens, darkly"
November 2007:DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
Return To Newry" (Dir. Aidan Bell) at the Foyle Film Festival
"Artist Seán Hillen grew up in Newry, surrounded by the
conflict of the'Troubles'. Nearly forty years later, he revisits the
place that influenced his work so heavily.. "
Thursday 11th October-Dublin.Sugar Club, from 7pm.SweetTalk
27 : "an audiovisual spectacular retrospective of the graphic
Sweeney" with contributions from 'heroes & muses', included
a short presentation by Seán.
a presentation on his work, as a guest in "SweetTalk
26 " an evening with 'Factory' photographer Nat
Finkelstein, related to "The
Eternal Now" Andy Warhol exhibition in The Model in Sligo.
SweetTalk is a project by the Candy Collective.
One of Seán's IRELANTIS
"Newry Gagarin over Dublin" was in a show called
"[C]artography: map-making as artform" in the Crawford Gallery
2007: PERMANENT MUSEUM EXHIBITION MANCHESTER
Two of Seán's photomontage artworks from the 1980's are on semi-permanent
exhibition in the 'TimeLine' at the Imperial
War Museum North in Manchester.
The IWM acquired several of the works for their Permanent Collection
2007: EDUCATION PROJECT
images Seán created with Deansrath College
for Amnesty Ireland (see more below)
have been published, with others, in a workbook which will be made
available to schools.
April 2007: EXHIBITION NEWRY
Seán exhibited a number of 'Troubles"- era montages, in
an interesting show in "The Gallery Newry" from the 13th to
27th of April
Seán took part in the SOURCE
AT 50 'PHOTO QUIZ' event being held in Dublin on 24th March, to
mark the relaunch of the photography magazine.
Febuary 2007: NEW WEBGALLERY
There is a new webgallery
of nearly 900 photographs from the period of the Northern Irish 'Troubles'.
This includes all the photos in the original gallery.February
2007: TV TITLE GRAPHICS
Seán's 'IRELANTIS' collages are used in the opening graphics
of TG4's series,
in which guests re-create
classic 'John Hinde' Irish postcards.
January 2007: WEBSITE UPGRADE
All images in the main
gallery of photomontage works now zoom in to hi-resolution versions.
Click on the image to enlarge it and click again to return.
January 2007: WEB PUBLICATION
Bicykills photos were written about in an
Irish Cycling blog.
December 2006: TV APPEARANCE
appeared on RTÉ TV's
'Capital D' talking about 'SEED' the new Art/Science group in Dublin.
November 2006: WEB PUBLICATION
There is now a 'wikipedia' entry for Seán click
October 2006: LECTURE
Seán gave a presentation, open to the public, at Limerick
School of Art & Design
September 2006: EXHIBITION & LECTURE
Seán exhibited and lectured at this year's Westport
Seán contributed some works from his 'Dublin
BicyKills' project to the first Dublin
July 2006: LECTURE TARRAGONA CATALONIA
Seán gave one of the plenary lectures, on his work, at the 7th
International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society,on the 8th
July in Tarragona, Catalonia (Spain).
The other lecture was given by British novelist Maggie
May 2006: EXHIBITION
Seán was one of the invited artists at the 2006 Royal
Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition
May 2006: EDUCATION PROJECT
Seán took part in Amnesty
International Irish Section's "Voice
Our Concern" project for Secondary School students.
is a web-page
with the images.
He worked with a group of students in Deansrath Community College in
2006: LECTURE NEWCASTLE ENGLAND
Seán gave a presentation on his work to the Annual Conference
the UK Association for Advice & Support in Art & Design,
in Newcastle on 13th May.
December 2005: MAJOR EXHIBITION DUBLIN
Seán's 'troubles' photomontages were the inaugural show in Dublin
City Council's new LAB Arts Centre.
The show, comprising over 40 images ran until December 3rd.
The exhibition was opened with a speech by Fintan
October 2005: PRESENTATION DUBLIN
Seán made the
inaugural presentation to Dublin's new
"SEED" art-science salon.
He presented an exhibition and talk to the group on his as-yet-unpublished
work in the area of 'lost technology', and some of the artworks
he is creating as a result.
September 2005: EXHIBITION: NEW WORK DUBLIN
Five new 'IRELANTIS' coIlages, the first since 1998 were shown in the
new Stone Gallery in Dublin.
included new work by Seán and Antóin
O'Heocha and two prints by Andy Warhol.
update: Three of the collages were acquired for the AIB Bank and one
for a private collection.
July 2005: COMMISSION
Seán made a collage
for Dublin's"City Arts" organisation.
June 2005 TEXT BOOK PUBLICATION
"The Goddess Appears In Newry.." appears
as a full-page chapter opening in a new French schoolbook on 'war
and peace in religion':
"Geurres et paix- paix et conflit dans la religion"
Editions Palette, 2005 ISBN 2-915710-14-7
May - August 2005: EXHIBITION FRANKFURT
15 of Seán's IRELANTIS images were in an exhibition: "Contemporary
Art From Ireland" at the ECB
April 2005: NEW REVIEW:
There was a new
review of the
Paris exhibition in"CIRCA"
, the Irish Art journal.
March-April 2005: EXHIBITION NEW WORK
unseen 'IRELANTIS" collage was in a
show at the RHA gallery in Dublin.
April 2005 NEW COLLAGES ADDED
Seven collages were added to the IRELANTIS web gallery.
February 2005: EXHIBITION & PUBLICATION
The "Leabhar Mór" exhibition was in the Glucksman Gallery
and Seán's image for the
project was on the page on their site
November-December 2004 MAJOR EXHIBITION PARIS
As part of the
'Mois de La Photo', there was a major
exhibition in Paris of Seán's 'troubles' work
in the Centre Culturel Irlandais.
The exhibition also included a slideshow of Seán's
original photographs from the period.
Seán's work was featured in several magazines and on the web:
A full-page image in "Beaux-Arts Magazine", features in
"Palace" magazine, "France-Soir", "Le Figaro",
Voice" and in a three-page
spread in "Art Actuel" magazine (translated here).
There is an online
interview at 3declic.net and it was
the front page image and featured in"Art-Of-The-Day.com"
June-November 2004: MUSEUM EXHIBITION
Three Seán Hillen photomontage originals were on exhibition at
the Imperial War Museum,
London. The exhibition was called: "OPEN SECRET- Something old,
something new - redefining the boundaries of the Art Collection"
and ran until 28th of November '04
October '04 and Feb '05: WEB PUBLICATION
BicyKills" gallery of vandalised bikes was linked from the
front pages of VeloVision
Online : one contributor says "..the most bloody depressing
thing I've ever seen..."
October 2004: BOOK COVER
New book cover: the 'Bóthar' image from the 'Focail.com' project
with Ruán Magan is on the cover of "Collision
Culture: Transformations in Everyday Life in Ireland' by Kieran Keohane
and Carmen Kuhling "
July 2004: PERMANENT PUBLIC SCULPTURE DUBLIN
in Dublin City Centre; a new permanent public sculptural
work, in collaboration with Katharine
Lamb, in a percent-for-art commission for Dublin City Council.
June 2004: MAJOR TEMPORARY PUBLIC ARTWORK DUBLIN
Seán made a commission for the ReJoyce
Festival: click to see
Co-devising & directing:
The biggest ever projection project in Dublin, in collaboration with
Raymond Keane of Barabbas
The Company , for whom he'd previously designed 'The
Whiteheaded Boy' . The show ran every night at the Millennium Bridge
in Dublin, at about 11pm every night until 1am, until 6th July.
Cast: Raymond Keane, Susie Lamb & Marcus Lamb.
2nd camera and additional editing & effects: Tony
Production manager for Sean: Katharine Lamb.
Costume: Marie Tierney
Makeup: Joanne Boyle.
Hair: Anna Gronerus
March 2004: COMMISSION DUBLIN
Seán made a 48 x 4 foot banner for the St.
Patrick's Festival "Talking Irish" Symposium.
using his photographs from the detritus of the Dublin streets.
The banner had a central row of discarded umbrellas, above a row of
alternating thrown-away coins and food, and below was alternating vandalised
bikes and infinity-twisted bike wheels (see the VACUUM cover below)
Above Right: The
whole banner re-formatted.
Below Right: The
banner in situ.
2004: TV INTERVIEW
Seán did an interview on RTÉ TV's afternoon programme
'Open House' to talk about the banner and his other work. He also showed
a prototype of his and Katharine Lamb's new sculpture work (below).
Open House put up a web
page article about Sean.
February 2004: COVER ART COMMISSION
Seán produced two cover images for a special Dublin edition:
"Down Mexico Way" of "The Vacuum" magazine, published
in Belfast by Factotum
One was based on a photo by Seán of a guy in a Dublin street,
the other a montage of 9 bicycle-wheels-twisted-into-infinity-symbols
from the ongoing but not yet published bicycle project of which an early
version is here.
(see June 2002 below)
February 2004: WEB PUBLICATION
One of Sean's IRELANTIS collages was on a front page at the new online
National Irish Visual Arts Library
January 2004: COVER ART COMMISSION
Seán made an
illustration- a montage over a photo of the Super Furry Animals'
Gruff, by Myles Claffey, for "Foggy Notions" magazine
August 2003: MAJOR CORPORATE SCULPTURE COMMISSION
Seán made a major sculpture,
for Citi-Group in Dublin. There's a webgallery for it here.
You can see the sculpture inside and from outside the atrium of the
Citi-Group building on the North Wall Quay in Dublin.
June 2003: BOOK COVER
in Paradise,#1" appears on the cover of a major new book: "The
Troubles in Ballybogoin: Memory and Identity in Northern Ireland"
William F. Kelleher, Jr.
University of Michigan Press
June 2003: CD COVER
Seán made the artwork for a new CD by Katell
Keineg. It uses photos by Katell, Clare
Langan and Seán.
March 2003: BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN
Seán collaborated with Ruán Magan on 'focail.com, a cultural
campaign' with a website and 40 billboards nationwide.
February 2003: IMAGE COMMISSSION
Seán made an contemporary pastiche of Richard Hamilton's "Just
What Is It About Today's Home..?" as a publicity shot for Rough
Magic Theatre Company's "SHIVER" at the Project Art Centre
2002: IMAGE COMMISSION
Sean made a photoshop & collage image to illustrate
a poem in The
Great Book of Gaelic, published by Canongate.
June 2002: TV PUBLICATION
A sequence of the Bicykills
photos was featured in Ruán Magan's film for the RTÉ TV
Changing Face of Dublin' in May 2002
On 1st. June Dublin Corporation ran this
ad. in the Irish Times.
March 2002: WEB COMMISSION
For the Darklight New Media Festival, Seán made a
website gallery of 256 photographs he took of discarded umbrellas.
There's also now a new gallery:
people with broken umbrellas
Seán contributed a design for a playing card to the Irish
Hospice Foundation's Art-Pack
June 2001: ADVERTISEMENT DESIGN COMMISSION
Seán produced a set of images for advertisements with McCann-Erickson
for the Bank of Ireland.
Hybrid photoshop/collage works, they're pastiches of classic John Hinde
Ltd. postcard scenes, with ATM machines in appropriately inappropriate
The ads ran again the following summer, in Cara magazine, in Dublin
Airport and sea ports.
at The ATM At Blarney Castle"
Off at The ATM At a Neolithic Dolmen"
Bottom: "A View of
The Bay From a 12th Century Round Tower ATM2001:
CD SLEEVE DESIGN
Seán made a sleeve
design for his friends in Dacianos
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Oct: BJP Feature Article
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Apr: Exhibition Wexford
Dec: Documentary in-flight
Oct: New Documentary online
July: New documentary
broadcast on Irish TV
May: 'Melancholy Witness'
republished in paperback
April: New BBC TV Interview
May: British Council website
April: New review article
in architecture journal
Feb: new TV interview online
Jan: BBC Radio interview
Major exhibition Jan-Mar
Jan: Feature & video online
Sept: New documentary
July: new documentary wins
May: Sunday Times publication
May: Irish Post feature
April 2016: presentation at
Trinity College Dublin
March 2016: magazine cover
March 2016: commission
March 2016: opened exhibition
Feb 2016: online video
Jan 2016: online interview
Nov. 2015: new art postcards
Sept. 2015: art journal article
Nov. 2015: presented to President
April 2015: museum publication
Nov. 2014: Academy publication
May 2014: charity auction donation
March 2014:national self-portrait collection acquisition
Jan. 2014: major one-man show
July-Sept 2014major illustration commission
April 2013: new book launch