DAN SHIPSIDES - Home
This website provides some basic (haphazard) information on selected projects from 1996 to today.
For those not familiar with my work a quick introduction might be through these projects:
Shipsides and Beggs Projects (co-authoring partnership)
MORTAR | DEVICE
Rochers à Fontainebleau
Touchstone (Echo Valley / A Guiding Dilemma)
The Stone Bridge
Green line Sisyphus
Often reflecting a life obsession with climbing, my practice embodies a creative relationship to space. It explores spaces through experiential and at times, participatory engagement and seeks to create open and often weird narratives based on that experience. It draws from, responds to or reflects the experience of “seeing, being and doing” whilst linking to social, political, environmental or historical contexts – articulating a socio-phenomenological engagement with place.
My artworks or projects take many forms including, interactive sculpture, constructions, public intervention, video, photography, drawing, performance and text. My practice is at times irreverent, open-ended, quickly made and fun and other times involves extended processes of research and is very sincere...
Since 2004 several projects have been co-authored with Neal Beggs (Shipsides and Beggs Projects) another artist-climber based in northern France.
Dan Shipsides (born 1972 Lancashire, England), Former co-director at Catalyst Arts, Belfast and is now an artist based in Orchid Studios and also a lecturer and researcher at the School of Art & Design at the University of Ulster in Belfast.
In 2004 Dan Shipsides was awarded the ACNI Major Artist Award, in 2000 won the Nissan Art award IMMA (Bamboo Support) Dublin and 1998 won the Perspective award, OBG, Belfast (The Stone Bridge).
Recent solo and group exhibitions/projects include; The MAC, Belfast (Still not out of the woods), Aliceday gallery, Brussels (Vigil | Star), South London Gallery (Games & Theory), Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (Radical Architecture), Wings Project Art Space, Switzerland (Performance), Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (Elastic Frontiers), Konsthall C / Lava Kulturhuset. Stockholm, Sweden (Under plattan, ängen!), Galerie Wandelbar, Gstaad, Switzerland (Flat-pack Vertigo), ACT, Canberra, Australia (24-7 / Dwell). Platform, Istanbul (Hit & Run), Confederation Gallery, PEI, Canada (Beauty Queens/Pioneers) HEDAH, Maastricht (Rochers à Fontainebleau), Riga Sculpture quadrennial, Latvia (European Space), Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (Beta), Rialto Santimbrogio, Rome (Think Over), Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (Pioneers), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (Sporting Life). Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (Endure). The Alpine Club (Art&Mountains) and Gimpel Fils Gallery (Nature/Culture) London, Melbourne International Biennial, Australia (Signs of Life). Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, France (Edelweiss). Consortium Gallery, Amsterdam (the notice in this factory is Thursday). Art Gallery of Mississuaga and Art Gallery of Victoria, Canada (Performing Generations).
Dan Shipsides is represented by: The Third Space Gallery: www.thethirdspacegallery.com
Gratefully acknowledging the continued support of:
The University of Ulster Art and Design Research Institute
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI)
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)