Ciarán Walsh (b. Ireland, 1980) is an artist based in Berlin, Germany.
His artwork explores place, memory, and transformation, and commonly makes use of the spectral as a metaphoric mode of representation.
Through his practice, Walsh mounts an investigation into the cultural strategies that mediate collective and individual histories, foregrounding their frequent relationship to place.
Solo Exhibitions, Screenings & Performances

Between a tenth and a fifteenth, Studio Beta, Berlin, Germany, 2021
Beyond Other Voices, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland, 2014
The Ghost of an Image, insitu (web radio broadcast), Berlin, Germany, 2014
The Ghost of an Image, The Drawing Room, Dublin, Ireland, 2014
They Echo in the Sublime Stillness of Infinity, Light & Wire (digital platform), Los Angeles, USA, 2013
It's Just a Shadow Away, Stedefreude, Berlin, Germany, 2012
It's Just a Shadow Away, GlogauAIR, Berlin, Germany, 2012
this brief visual pattern, Pallas Projects, Dublin, Ireland, 2011
Conduit and Iris Stream, VISUAL – Nation Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland, 2009
Samizdat, Unit H, Dublin, Ireland, 2008
Archipelago & Other Stories Four Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2006

Group Exhibitions & Events (Selected)

It’s Hard Being a Character in Somebody Else’s Novel, Kreig?, Hasselt, Belgium, 2023*
Reading Artist’s Books
, HGB Leipzig, Germany, 2022
La Historia Comienza Aqui,
La Madraza, Granada, Spain, 2022*
Caretaking 2020-21
, The Watch, Berlin, Germany, 2021
Ulysses Expanded
, Embassy of Ireland (digital platform), Berlin, Germany, 2021
Editorial Thinking
, Index, Stockholm, Sweden, 2021*
Sea Change
, dlr lexicon, Dublin, Ireland, 2018
Montage ou la Bibliothèque à Venir, Frac france-comté, Besançon, France, 2018*
Into the Mu
, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia, 2017
The House That Heals the Soul, CCA Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, 2017*
Artists' Novels Collection
, Ujazdowski Castle CCA, Warsaw, Poland, 2017*
Faraway Longings, Embassy of Ireland, Berlin, Germany, 2016
How Far is Here, MAGO, Eidsvoll, Norway, 2015
Felt and Fa(c)t – difference to other, Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Ireland, 2014
The Line of Beauty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland, 2013
False Optimism, Crawford City Gallery, Cork, Ireland, 2013
p.s., João Cocteau, Berlin, Germany, 2012
Letters from the Field, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany, 2012
Instantaneous Personal Magnetism, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland, 2010
Surface & Reality, Arts Week programme, Kilkenny, Ireland, 2010
Aion Experiments, Project Arts, Dublin, Ireland, 2010
The Bridge, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland, 2008
Menschheit, Mother's Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland, 2008
Hinterlands: Liam Campell and Ciarán Walsh, Broadstone XL, Dublin, Ireland, 2007
Conspirators of Pleasure, La Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, 2006
Imagined – Visions of Architecture, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland, 2006
Flagged, Visualise public sculpture programme, Carlow, Ireland, 2005
Elsewhere from Here, Workroom, Dublin, Ireland, 2003
Haunted, City Arts Centre, Dublin, 2003 *(with work as part of The Book Lovers collection)

Curatorial,  Archival & Editorial Work

The Reading Room, library, exhibitions and events, various invited artists & writers, Flutgraben Berlin, Grand Union Birmingham and diverse temporary sites, 2010-12 (co-curated with Dominique Hurth)
Travelogue Art Zine, edited publication series, various invited artists & writers, Berlin, 2008-10
Sweet Futures, public art commission, invited artist Sarah Browne, Carlow, 2007
Hedge School, public art commision, invited artist Glenn Loughran, Carlow, 2006
Forgotten Zine Library, archive, library, exhibitions & events, Dublin, 2004-2007**
**(project continues up to today under new stewardship)

Residencies & Research Placements

The Watch, Flutgraben e.V., Berlin, Germany, 2021
Kolleg IX, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Germany, 2007
Exercises in Folkatronika, The Scultptors’ Society of Ireland, 2003


The Book Lovers collection at MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium (and touring)
Various private collections

Awarding & Funding Bodies

Stiftung Kunstfonds
The Arts Council of Ireland
Berufsverband Bildender Künstler*innen Berlin
The Sculptors’ Society of Ireland
Visualise Programme Carlow
Carlow County Council
Percent-for-Art Scheme, Ireland
Goethe Institut Irland

Text and images © Ciarán Walsh, 2007-2023, except where otherwise credited. Additional artwork texts by Jonathan Ferguson (J.F.). The contents of the website are protected under copyright law. No content from this website may be used or reproduced in any form without previous written consent.