Deirdre Southey is a practicing artist based in Wexford, Ireland. Presently her work focuses on the interplay between art and science, the visible and invisible, conscious and unconscious. Through a multidisciplinary practice including installation, sound, video and print her work brings into question anthropical relations with Earth. She has exhibited her artwork throughout Ireland and has been involved in various curatorial projects. 

Education

Socially Engaged Art Projects: Community and Participation with Stine Marie Jacobsen, at Node Centre for Curatorial Studies, 2019

Masters of Arts entitled “MAVIS” (Ma in Visual Arts Practices), Art Making Pathway with The Institute of Art, Design &Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 2010

BA.Hons Art and Society with The Waterford Institute of Technology, College Road, Waterford.

Passed with First Class Honours. 2006

Solo Exhibitions

Environmental Soundscapes, Palazzo Palmieri, Italy, August 2017

Auguries Of Nature, The Cork Film Centre, Gunpowder Mills Centre, Ballincollig, Cork, 2016

Group Exhibitions

GOMA Annual Members Exhibition, Gallery Of Modern Art Waterford, 2019

 

Encountering The Land, ARTWORKS Open Submission, Visual Carlow, 2018

 

Members Group Show, Gallery Of Modern Art Waterford, 2017

CAVO Fest, Parco Santa Geffa, Trani, Italy, 2017

It is not on any map; true places never are, Youghal, Co. Cork, 2014

Pieces of Eight, Siamsa Tire Gallery, Tralee. 2009

Woodstock Promenade, Inistiogue, Co. Kilkenny, in association with Kilkenny County Council and Chrysalis Arts, 2009

V for Video, PubTrail, Cork City, 2008

Breakout Emerging Artists, Cork Art Trail, 2007

Curation

What Is Life - Two Venue Exhibition, Wexford County Council & Wexford Arts Centre (July 2018 - September 2018)

What Is Life, brought together a selection of local, national and international Irish artists working within the parameters of art and science. Consisting of a variety of media from Installation, photography and video, the artworks seek to engage the viewer with concepts pertaining to the multiplicities of life and to consider; what is life?

Exhibiting Artists: Vera Klute // Meadhbh O’ Connor // David Beattie // Gerda Teljeur // Maria McKinney // John Cullen // Andrew Kenny // Fergus Doyle// Eleanor Duffin // Bea Mc Mahon. 

Preponderance of Colour - Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford (August 2015 - October 2015) 

This exhibition consisted of over 70 pieces of artwork in the medium of painting, drawing, video and sculpture, selected from the Arts Ability Programme.

 

Stephen Brandes at Wexford County Headquarters- Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, 

Wexford- (July 2014- August 2014) 

A solo show of large-scale works by artist Stephen Brandes hosted in “The Street” at County Hall, Wexford County Council.

Towards Abstraction - Selected works from the Wexford County Art Collection- County Buildings, Carricklawn, Co. Wexford ( October 2013- April 2014)

This exhibition celebrates the dynamics of abstraction not just by demonstrating a linear timescale of the collection but by dividing it into three thematic components of abstraction: Landscape, Anatomies and Pure Abstraction. 

 

Exhibiting Artists: Mary Swanzy // Mainie Jellet // John Noel Smith // Mary Ruth Walsh.

Beyond The Frontier - New Ross, Co. Wexford- (April- July 2013)

Beyond The Frontier was a contemporary video art exhibition displayed in shop windows around New Ross. Beyond The Frontier sought to bring contemporary video art to individuals residing in rural areas and to target new audiences for video art

Exhibiting Artists: Mary-Ruth Walsh// Alan Butler// Brigid McLeer// Wolfgang Lehrner// Emily Richardson. 

Idionumina - Hughes, Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny- (May 2012- May 2013)

Idionumina was a site specific exhibition of contemporary art curated by Deirdre Southey and Maria Tanner. Located in a disused hotel in Graignamangh, this project was experimental in its approach bringing 17 artists from across Ireland to engage with ideas of site specificity and its histories.

 

Exhibiting Artists included: Ben Reilly // Cliona Ni Laoi // Mary-Jo Gilligan // Marie Brett // Julie Moorehouse.

 

Publications/Catalogues/Other

Managing Cultural Projects with Eamonn Maxwell, 2018

https://circaartmagazine.net/waterford-institute-of-technology-degree-show-joseph-fogarty/

Residual Character, The Visual Artists Newsheet, July/August 2013 issue, an article for Idionumina, written by Deirdre         Southey & Maria Tanner, 2013

Official Idionumina Catalogue, documenting each of the 17 artists site specific works and art critical texts by Deirdre Southey & Maria Tanner, May 2013 

Abstract Painting Summer School, The Burren College Of Art Under The Tutelage Of Artist Rita Wobbe, 2008

Video Art Mentoring Project, With Artist Nigel Rolfe, One Of Six Artists Selected, 2007

Best Sound Installation Award, Degree Show, Waterford Institute Of Technology, 2006