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Adrian Duncan

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Adrian Duncan is an artist and award-winning writer based in Ireland and Berlin.

In 2020/21 he exhibited, in collaboration with Feargal Ward, a large-scale film/sculptural installation work titled The Soil Became Scandinavian, at VISUAL, Carlow. In 2019 they co-directed a music video for Joy Division’s Day of the Lords as part of the Unknown Pleasures Reimagined project. In 2020 his and Ward’s film Tension Structures received its North American premier at Hot Docs, Toronto. In 2021 Duncan’s short film Lost Colony was selected in competition for Docs Ireland.
In 2022/23 Duncan will present a new body of work and writing about his long-term research project on the subject of Bungalow Bliss. This will appear as a book titled LITTLE REPUBLICS: The Story of Bungalow Bliss, published with The Lilliput Press and a solo exhibition in the Irish Architectural Archive curated by Askeaton Contemporary Arts. 1

Bio & Career

His debut novel Love Notes from a German Building Site was published by The Lilliput Press and Head of Zeus in 2019. It won the 2019 John McGahern Book Prize. In 2020 he was shortlisted for the Dalkey Literary Awards Emerging Writer. Duncan’s second novel A Sabbatical in Leipzig was published by The Lilliput Press in 2020. It was shortlisted for the Kerry Novel of the Year Award. It will be republished in the UK in late 2022 with Tuskar Rock Press. His collection of short stories Midfield Dynamo was published by The Lilliput Press in March 2021 and was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize.
His third novel, The Geometer Lobachevsky, will appear in April 2022 with The Lilliput Press (IRL) and Tuskar Rock Press (UK).

From 1995 Duncan studied and worked as a structural engineer for over a decade in the UK and Ireland. He received his chartership from the IEI (Irish Engineering Institute) in 2007, before returning to study fine art at IADT, Dún Laoghaire in 2008. He received a 1st class MA (Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, Dublin) in 2011.

He has guest tutored and guest lectured at UCD School of Architecture, Dublin; UCC School of Architecture, Cork; NCAD, Dublin; and Crawford College of Art, Cork.

He is coeditor of Paper Visual Art Journal.2

Awards and honours

  • 2021, Arts Council Visual Artist Project Award
  • 2021, Arts Council Artist Bursary
  • 2019, Arts Council Film Project Award
  • 2019, Arts Council Artist Bursary
  • 2018, Arts Council Artist Bursary
  • 2017, Arts Council Reel Art film award (with Feargal Ward)
  • 2017, Arts Council Artist Bursary
  • 2016, TG4/Arts Council Film Award (with Feargal Ward)
  • 2015, Arts Council Artist Bursary Award
  • 2013 & 2014, Short-listed for the Wexford Emerging Visual Artist award 
  • 2012, Arts Council Travel and Training, October 2012


Solo exhibitions

  • 2022/23 (forthcoming), Bungalow Bliss at Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin – with Askeaton Contemporary Arts
  • 2020/21, The Soil Became Scandinavian (with Feargal Ward) at VISUAL, Carlow
  • 2016, Baustellebeschreibung (Building-site description), Scriptings, Berlin
  • 2012, The Difference in how I Believe You, The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland
  • 2012, How the Mighty have Fallen, Monster Truck, Dublin
  • 2011, Two Towers in a Forest, The Joinery, Dublin
  • 2011, The Ministry for Education and Design, The Guesthouse, Cork
  • 2011, Master and Man, Skibbereen Arts Festival, Cork
  • 2011, Epiphenomena (curator Emmet Kierans), Occupy Space, Limerick City
  • 2011, How the Mighty have Fallen, Queen Street Studios, Belfast
  • 2011, My Dear Brother’s Tree, The Joinery, Dublin
  • 2010, How the Mighty have Fallen, The Joinery, Dublin
  • 2009, Gooseberries, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin

Group exhibitions

  • 2021, Lost Colony (short film directed by Adrian Duncan) at Docs Ireland, Belfast
  • 2019, The Parted Veil, group show at The Glucksman Gallery, UCC, Cork, curated by Fiona Kearney and Christopher Clarke
  • 2019, Floating Structures (feature-length documentary film directed by Adrian Duncan & Feargal Ward) at VMDIFF, Dublin
  • 2018, Memory Room (short film directed by Adrian Duncan & Feargal Ward) at IDFA (Paradocs), Amsterdam, Holland
  • 2018, Infrastructures of Now, NCAD Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, curated by Anne Kelly
  • 2018, EVA International 2018, Limerick, Ireland, curated by Inti Guerrero
  • 2017, The Bungalow Bliss Bus Tour with the Red Bird Youth Collective and Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland
  • 2016, The making of the unrealised at Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin.
  • 2016, TULCAThe Headless City, Galway, Ireland, curated by Daniel Jewesbury
  • 2016, Veins / Small … Far Away at Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, curated by Pendergast and Moor
  • 2016, Bungalow Bliss at the Irish Film Institute, Ireland, short-film collaboration with Feargal Ward, as part of TG4 and the Arts Council of Ireland 2016 celebrations in film. There were 7 other commissioned film works all of which were screened at the IFI and broadcast on TG4 (Irish-language national broadcaster)
    There are little kingdoms at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, curated by Emma Dwyer
  • 2015, Curate Life Collection, at Museum of African Design, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2015, Bungalow Bliss: A Rural Modernity, at Irish Embassy, Berlin, Germany, with Olga Tiernan
  • 2015, The Lie of the Land at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, curated by Miranda Driscoll
  • 2014, The Conquest of the Impossible, Experimental Project, IEEB6, Bucharest, curated by Javier Martin Jimenez (as part of Allá afuera (Out There), curated by Jeronimo Hagerman (MUCA Mexico))
    Oiticica’s Instructions, IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Dublin; co-curated with NCAD, IMMA, and Projectos Oiticica – as part of IMMA’s Oiticica’s Propositions
  • 2014, this is authenticity *, The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, curated by Eoin Dara
  • 2013, A lamb lies down, Broadstone, Dublin, curated by Paul Hallahan
  • 2013, The Land, The Joinery, Dublin, with filmmaker Feargal Ward
  • 2013, Ingenious, at The Drawing Project, Dublin, curated by Mark Joyce
  • 2013, Artists on Architecture, Offaly County Council buildings, curated by Oonagh Young
  • 2012, Radio Joinery, curated by the Joinery with Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll
  • 2012, Instructions on How to Survey a Promenade, The Drawing Project, Dublin, with Marta Fernández Calvo
  • 2012, Horizontal Sprawl, Ormston House, Limerick City, curated by Stephanie Bertrand
  • 2012, Under the Counter Poster Manifestation, Galway City, curated by Ruby Wallis and Vicky Smith
  • 2011, Radical Love II, Dublin, curated by Sam Keogh and Joseph Noonan-Ganley
  • 2011, Void:Volume, Galway Arts Centre, Galway City
  • 2011, Busáras in Cape Town, The Proposal Project, Cape Town, South Africa, with Marta Fernández Calvo
  • 2011, Invite / Reject, MART/C4 Contemporary, Los Angeles
  • 2010, Of Process, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, with Fiona Marron
  • 2010, Preface, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin
  • 2010, Recharge, Transcolonia, Dublin, curated by Blaithín Quinn
  • 2010, A Mapping, MTSL, Dublin, curated by Rebecca O’Dwyer and Seán O’Sullivan
  • 2009, Grin and Bear it, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC, Cork, curated by Matt Packer and Claire Feeley

External links & References

  1. “About” Adrian Duncan
  2. “About” Adrian Duncan