Artist in Focus – Danny McCarthy


Danny McCarthy is a founding director of the National Sculpture Factory and of Triskel Arts Centre and is a director the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. He has also curated numerous exhibitions and projects including Sound Out (with David Toop), Bend It Like Beckett, Sonic Vigil, Just Listen plus many more.

Danny studied at the National College of Art and Design. He currently lectures in Sound Art in the School Of Music and Drama, UCC as well as visiting lecturer and workshop facilitator in various institutions. He has pioneered both performance art and sound art in Ireland and he continues to be a leading exponent exhibiting and performing both in Ireland and abroad. His work has appeared on numerous CD.s, DVDs and has been broadcast widely on both radio and T.V. His work regularly appears on the programme NOVA Lyric FM and he has been the subject of several features on the programme. He is the recipient of numerous awards and bursaries from the Irish Arts Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Culture Ireland and has represented Ireland abroad at various exhibitions. He is a First Prize winner in EV+A (selector Pierre Restany).

In 2006 he founded The Quiet Club (with Mick O Shea) a floating membership sound (art and electronics) performance group and has performed and presented works all over Ireland and also Europe, China, Japan, USA and Canada. The Quiet Club are regarded as Ireland’s leading sound art/improve group.

In 2011 he participated in a residency in the Crawford entitled “Strange Attractor” along with four other artists a major publication and DVD of this project was published by Farpoint Recordings and the Crawford Gallery in Nov 2011 with performances in Cork, London and Dublin. His work, Keeper Of The Dust (for Joseph Beuys) was commissioned by the Crawford Gallery for the Sean Lynch curated A Rocky Road exhibition. His piece One Hundred Bottles For James Joyce was on exhibition for five months in O’Connell Street Dublin in 2011 as part of  Me Jewel& Darling public art project curated by Sean Lynch. A new book and 3” CD entitled The Memory Room has just been published by Farpoint Recordings accompanied by an installation in the Guesthouse, Cork. He exhibited/performed as part of Strange Attractor in Studio Soto, Boston and Harvestworks, New York as part of their USA tour in 2012. His 7” vinyl single White Star Line has been released on Farpoint Recordings to coincide with the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.

His exhibition/installation The Memory (box) Room installation/exhibition (curated by Anthony Kelly) was presented with critical success in Soundfjord Gallery London in June 2013and is due to travel to The Room Gallery, Turin in 2014. His latest work The Dead (flat) C Scrolls was premiered in Skibbereen Arts Festival. The Quiet Club are currently working with composer Ian Wilson on an Arts Council funded experimental opera project entitled The Last Sirens

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