Andrew Carroll


Andrew Carroll holds a BA (Hons.) and MA in Visual Arts Practice, from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) Dun Laoghaire (2008, 2010). Previous to studying art, he studied architecture and design. He was a recipient of an Arts Council Bursary for his project Silhoutopia (2009). He has exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition on two occasions (2011 and 2014), and other shows include Space_Scope (a solo exhibition at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum in 2011), Idionumina (an exhibition exploring alternative spaces for the display of contemporary art, curated by Maria Tanner and Deirdre Southey, Graignamanagh 2012), Cork Photo Festival of Photography (2016 and 2018), the Lavit Gallery Members Exhibition (2018, 2019 and 2021), and the Backwater Artist’s Network exhibition A Moment Before Lockdown (2020). He co-curated Remaining Places with Backwater director Elaine Coakley at Fota House in 2022, a show comprised of work from the Backwater Artists Network. Recent shows have included New Reality: Contemporary Collage in Ireland (Cork 2022 and Dublin 2023), Hand of Man (Backwater Artists Studios 2023, curated by Stella Kramer) and Travels in Hyperreality (at Crane Visual 2023, curated by Dermot Browne). He also writes poetry. 

Artist’s Statement

In my practice, I create a space within the formal and symbolic structure of the artwork, within which viewers can act as agents of meaning-making; within that leeway, potential narratives can be derived and interrogations of the viewer’s own position – in relation to the object of each piece –  can be conducted. That said, without a sense that each creation is ‘about’ something specific, I feel that I have not allowed this space of interpretation to optimally fulfil its purpose, nor harnessed its full potential to contribute to the experience of my artworks.


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Membership: Backwater Artists Network
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