Born in Dublin, Tommy Weir has had a career spanning the arts, from visual art through publishing, design, theatre, film and photography. After graduation from Trinity College, Dublin he worked as curator in the Douglas Hyde Gallery, prior to establishing a gallery space at the City Arts Centre, Dublin.
Weir lived and worked in New York where he curated an exhibition of young Irish artists, celebrating the launch of The Ireland House at NYU, prior to embarking on a career in design with Scholastic Publishing, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Pentagram and with Michael Bierut and Paula Scher working in the areas of Broadway shows, theatres, museums and fashion. Returning to Ireland Weir moved into film, establishing Janey Pictures with his partner, filmmaker Marian Quinn. Their feature film 32A, won Best First Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Tiernan McBride Screenwriting Award and was nominated for several IFTAs including Best Picture and went on to win the IFTA for Cinematography. Weir has produced several films with visual artists, notably Walker and Walker, including Nightfall which represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, and Mount Analogue. He also produced Painting Patrick with Nick Miller and several films including Black Square with his sister, Grace Weir, exhibited in IMMA and London and Trinity College Dublin and lectures on film and photography in the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture in IT Sligo.
He completed his MFA in Photography at the Belfast School of Art, graduating with multiple prizes, including the Royal Ulster Academy’s Outstanding Student and Ulster University’s Collection Award. He has exhibited his photographs in both Ireland and the UK and was featured in Beyond View, a ten year celebration of photography in the Belfast School of Art at Belfast Exposed.1
External links & References
- “Tommy Weir” West Cork Arts Centre https://www.westcorkartscentre.com/tommy-weir