Writings 2016-2017 - Resort Revelations, Circa, Critical Bastards, VAI newsletter

Art writing, fiction and prose from 2016-2017

Resort Revelations

Resort Revelations is a residency set in Lynders Mobile Home park in Portrane, North County Dublin. The invited artists show their work during the annual Bleeding Pig residency every September. More on the residency can be found here

This year I was invited by Arts Officer Caroline Cowley to stay for a week in the residency mobile and contribute a short creative text to the program, which was included on the poster for the event. I created a prose piece during the short week's stay, using a letter found in nearby St. Ita's psychiatric hospital as well as text fragments taken from a Samuel Beckett short story set in the area, Fingal, along with my own observations on the area. The piece is called Who Will Silence Them at Last, and reflects on the tensions between nature in the area and human built structures and systems. The event poster is available to read here


Circa Art Magazine

I wrote a short piece in response to Maria McKinney's show Sire in the Royal Hibernian Academy 9th Sept - 23rd October 2016. The piece can be read here on the Circa website, here

Another piece published in January 2017 is on Denis McNulty's show 'I'm Getting Parts' which ran from Nov 2016 till Jan 2017 at the Oonagh Young Gallery. I took a science fiction-esque approach to this work here


VAI Newsletter

I wrote a report on the above mentioned Resort Revelations for the January-February Issue of VAI newsletter, available to read from galleries nationwide. Info on the issue, edited by Joanne Laws available here. 

Critical Bastards Issue 13

I have a short story called In the Bird Temple in Issue 12, this is now available to read online

A Different Republic - The Lab Gallery, Dublin

My concrete poetry project The Land Where Nothing is is a commissioned work by Fire Station Studios and ADI in association with The Lab Gallery Dublin. The show, A Different Republic, also includes artists Aideen Barry, Amanda Coogan and Corban Walker, as well as an accompanying essay by Nathan O'Donnell. The show runs till February the 5th, with a talk by the artists on February 1st. The Land Where Nothing Is consists of a film projection with eleven poems, with accompanying audio as well as one large window text, to be read from outside. 

 Film still from  The Land Where Nothing Is

 Film still from The Land Where Nothing Is

Info below taken from Dublin City Arts Office website, more  on the rest of the work, artists and the project can be found here.

Photograph property of Lab Gallery Dublin. 

Photograph property of Lab Gallery Dublin. 

'Suzanne Walsh’s work is a set of concrete poetry made from fragments of lines from the poems of both Thomas McDonagh and Francis Ledwidge as well as comments collected from online Irish Facebook groups that discuss housing, environmental issues and wildlife identification. Linking these is the sound of the bittern, due to its connection to McDonagh and Ledwidge, a bird that is currently extinct in Ireland. McDonagh translated the poem 'The Yellow Bittern' (Cathal Bui Mac Giolla Ghunna) from Irish to English. After his execution his friend Francis Ledwidge wrote a poem 'Lament for Thomas McDonagh' that begins 'He shall not hear the bittern cry'. The poems question exclusion, identity and existence in today's Ireland.'

November 17 - February 05 2017

'A Different Republic explores universal human rights in a year of commemorations, being both the centenary of 1916 and the 20 year anniversary of the Irish government’s landmark report of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities ‘A Strategy for Equality’. Fire Station Artists’ Studios and Arts & Disability Ireland in partnership with The LAB Gallery are delighted to present this new work that reflects on the current state of the nation from different perspectives.

This exhibition marks the final exhibition in the LAB Gallery’s programme for 2016 which saw a series of new commissions responding to ideas of commemoration developed for the gallery by artists Bridget O’Gorman, John Beattie, Sabina MacMahon, John Byrne, Chad Keveny and Jane Locke in collaboration with research partners including the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland and MA Art Research Collaboartion iadt.

Audio description, speech to text and Irish Sign Language will be available at the preview. Audio description and additional audio information will be available throughout the exhibition using Discovery Pens this service is useful for audiences with visual impairments.'

Photograph property of Lab Gallery Dublin. 

Photograph property of Lab Gallery Dublin. 

Review and mentions of show:

Frieze magazine, Critics Guide: Dublin 24 November, Gemma Tipton, can be read here 

Destiny and the Republic, Irish Times review, Aidan Dunne, December 20. Can be read here

Click for your art but be discerning, Culture Review Irish Times, Gemma Tipton. Read here

Photo from Gallery Weekend performance, reading of poetry with processed audio along with Amanda Coogan, photograph by Jennie Guy

Photo from Gallery Weekend performance, reading of poetry with processed audio along with Amanda Coogan, photograph by Jennie Guy

Writing news - Gorse, Fallow Media, Karina Beumer.

Essay in Gorse Issue 4

My essay, Symptoms of the Subterranean,is published in Gorse Issue 4, a print literary journal based in Dublin.

Info on contents, other contributors, as well as how and where to buy are found here

An extract of the essay can be read here

Fallow Media


Image by Suzanne Walsh 

Image by Suzanne Walsh 

All Stops to the Point - An East Wall Story is an essay of mine on housing issues, gentrification as well as a poetic musing on the place that is East Wall in Dublin. The essay is published on Ian Maleney's Fallow Media website. 

The essay can be read here



I have a piece of writing in this print publication by Karina Beumer, a Belgian artist based in Antwerp. 

My story is called Your Form in my Future and is a reflection on viewing art as a quest for a encounter on the level of the chemistry one has with a potential lover. 

The work of Karina Beumer is playful and subversive and also involves performances and videos. She often 'interviews' artworks. 

Info on this publication (published by Tique) and some links to her work can be found here

We also had a previous collaboration documented here, in the Oonagh Young Gallery in April 2015. 

Also further work of Karina Beumer can be found on her website

Performance in Vivienne Dick Film - Red Moon Rising

Photo by Alice Maher 

Photo by Alice Maher 

I perform musically (singing) with a cast of talented others in Red Moon Rising by Vivienne Dick, which will be premiering at Experimenta 2015 in the London Film Festival, where it is also up for the Short Film award. The film will be shown at 3pm Saturday 17th at Cineworld Haymarket and at 8.30pm NFT3. 

'Sumptuous nature is artificially created from the female imagination as if the Garden of Eden was made for the pleasure of women only. The female inhabitants perform to a soundtrack that is radically classical or vice-versa.'

Still from film by Alice Maher 

Still from film by Alice Maher 


This work as well as previous film 'The Irreducible Difference of the Other', which I also made an audio contribution for, were part of large exhibition of Vivienne Dick's work in Irish Museum of Modern Art 2017 titled 93% Stardust. Information on the show, which was a double exhibition along with Nan Goldin can be found here

More info on film can be found here and here


Fictional documentary about a fictional island

In 2009 Gavin Prior, Michael Tanner, Brian Conniffe and myself made a fictional spoken word piece about an imaginary island off the coast of Ireland. 

I used a lot of stories I'd heard about islands around Ireland as well as stories from my childhood to come up with the background of the island. This was then built upon by Gavin Prior and myself, with a contributing appearance from Brian Conniffe. The 'documentary' was edited and produced by Michael Tanner. Soundcloud link here.

Video of last performance in the Joinery, October 31st

An excerpt of the last performance in The Joinery, Arbourhill, Dublin before its closure in December. The Halloween Spooktacular took place on October 31st with a line up of Katie O'Neill, Brian Conniffe/Diarmuid MacDiarmada/Suzanne Walsh and Tarracoir. 

The video was filmed and edited by Paradoxical Recordings and shows the first part of the set of B.Conniffe/D.MacDiarmada/S.Walsh. The set involved elements of composition, improvisation, multiple instruments, recordings and vocals sang from H.P.Lovecraft. 


Audio mix - Andy Mooney. Camera - Andy Mooney and Jonathan Sammon/Miranda Driscoll.

Event hosted by Deserted Village. 

Writing in Issue 3 of Colony magazine *MAGIC*

Update - Colony seems to have gone offline at present, will try and archive the article on website in future instead. Please contact if you have interest in reading this article. 

I have a piece of writing in the latest issue of Colony This piece is a creative response to a recent show in the Glucksman Gallery in Cork; Fieldworks - Animal Habitats in Contemporary Art. Colony is an online literary magazine that publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art writing and more and this issue has the theme of magic. 

The art-writing section is edited by artist Tracy hanna. 

The writing can be found here. 

Gig in The Joinery - October 31st Halloween Spooktacular

Playing a gig in The Joinery, Arbourhill on October 31st with Brian Conniffe and Diarmuid MacDiarmada as part of the 'Halloween Spooktacular' event organised by the Deserted Village label. 

We will be performing a set that includes elements of composition and improvisation, and perhaps some channeling of spirits, in keeping with the time of year. 

Doors open at 8pm and it's BYOB

The event also includes performances by Tarracóir and Katie O'Neill and the facebook event page is here. 


Recent track by Brian Conniffe, Diarmuid MacDiarmada and Suzanne Walsh. 

Critical Bastards Issue 11 Launch

The magazine I edit, along with Lily Cahill and Maeve-Ann Austen, is being launched this Friday. 

Critical Bastards, a continuing experiment in creative art criticism and writing, will be launching the 11th issue of the magazine with a DJ set by Paul Maguire, drinks and the opportunity to purchase the publication. All are welcome. The event takes place in Studio 6 in Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin  on Friday 24th of October. Facebook event page is here.

Issue 11 features drawings by Jason Dunne and written contributions from Barry Kehoe, Ingrid Lyons, Niamh McCooey, Conor O'Grady, Seán O Sullivan, Maeve-Ann Austen, Lily Cahill and Suzanne Walsh. Layout is by Caoimhe Doyle.

The magazine will shortly be available in The Glucksman Gallery Cork, Ormston House Limerick, Galway Arts Centre, Catalyst Gallery Belfast, and The Library Project Dublin. It will also be available at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios Bookfair in November. 

Magazine website here. 



Essay on Roisin McNamee

This is an essay on the artist Roisin McNamee, originally written during my 'Art in the Contemporary World' Masters, in 2013. 

                                                                                                                Image by Roisin McNamee

                                                                                                                Image by Roisin McNamee

The essay can be read here.


'The Last of our Kind' published on Visual Verse

A piece of writing that I submitted to Visual Verse's online artist/writers' project has been accepted and published. The piece is in response to recent news of walrus beachings and continued loss of wildlife on the planet.  

Visual Verse provide an image by an artist as a prompt for writers.  

“And yet not completely: the soft top of the head can still twitch with incoming images, like walrus stampedes on melting ice-floes. It’s better to be the last of your kind, when you rule the world, because your kind is burning it up, even here under the clear blue skies.” 

You can read the rest over on Visual Verse,  along with other responses here.



           Image - Rhona Byrne                                                         

           Image - Rhona Byrne