Sean Taylor

Received his primary Diploma (with Distinction) in Fine Art, from Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland (1982).

Awarded an MA in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in Belfast in 1983, and received a Postgraduate Scholarship from The Kunstenacademie, Rotterdam, Holland in 1989.

Moved to Glasgow in 1989 and worked as a community artist, and was also a Director of the Glasgow Sculpture Studios. Worked in Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow as an art teacher, and was Project Manager for Project Ability, Centre for Developmental Arts from 1993-6.Founded and established the Trongate Studios a studio resource for people with mental health problems at Project Ability in 1994.

Since 1984 he has exhibited extensively internationally and his work is available in both private and public collections throughout Europe, Mexico, Asia and the USA.

He has achieved numerous artistic awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, The British Council and the Arts Council of Scotland, to develop and exhibit projects in countries such as USA (2005/6/7/8), Japan (2005/7), China (2003/4/5/7), Iceland (2006), Greece (2003), Germany (2001), Slovenia (1996) and Mexico (1992/0).

Moved to Limerick, Ireland in 1996 and was a founder member of The Real Art Project 1996-99.

Was course leader of the BA in Sculpture & Combined Media Department at Limerick School of Art & Design, Limerick Institute of Technology from 1999-2004.

He is currently Year 4 Lecturer on the Sculpture & Combined Media programme. He is the Course Co-coordinator of the new MA in Social Practice and Creative Environment programme commencing in September 2010 at Limerick school of Art and Design.

Established the Art & Science collaboration Softday with software engineer Mikael Fernstrom in 1999, and continues to develop large scale public art projects with the Softday collaboration.

In February 2007 he completed a large scale sound based public art commission with members of the Irish Defence Forces for the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks, Dublin.

In May 2009 he completed a commission and collaborative public art project entitled THE STEPS. This sound/performance artwork was based on the familiar exercise movements of an aerobics class (up to 150 participants) at the University of Limerick Sports Arena. Founder of Der Kunsthummers experimental Art Choir in 2010 in Limerick.

Currently a Director of the National Sculpture Factory and a board member of Wired Fm radio station, Visual Artists Ireland (VAI), Irish Visual artists Rights Organisation (IVARO), the Irish Musicians Rights Organisation (IMRO), the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin (CMC), and The Ground-Up Artists Collective.

Examples of his work at available on the following websites at:  www.softday.ie  www.axisartists.org.uk   www.cmc.ie/composers and www.shiftingground.net

 

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