Photograph of Amanda Dunsmore in her exhibition MEMENTO-AGREEMENT, Ulster University Gallery, 2023.
Amanda Dunsmore, MEMENTO-AGREEMENT, 2023

Amanda Dunsmore studied at the Newport College of Further Education, South Wales, 1986-87, the Ulster University, Belfast, 1987-1991 and the University of Limerick, 1999-2000. She lives in County Clare and is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Limerick School of Art and Design, TUS, Ireland.

Significant art projects include the KEEPER archive (1997-ongoing), which was initiated whilst 'artist in residence' at The Maze/Long Kesh prison, in Northern Ireland and AGREEMENT (2004-2023), a unique collection of 14 video portraits depicting individuals involved in the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement of 1998.

The 2012 commission, as artist in residence working with Galway County and City older LGBTQ+ Community, led to the major art project BECOMING CHRISTINE.

Amanda Dunsmore’s work has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, The British Council, (UK) and the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Galway County and City Council and Culture Ireland.

She has exhibited widely, including in Ireland; at The Model (2022), Sligo; Crawford Art Gallery, (2007, 2014, 2023, 2024) and the Triskel Art Centre, (2005) Cork; the Hugh Lane Gallery (2018), the Royal Hibernian Academy/RHA (2018), Rathfarnham Castle (2006) and NCAD Gallery (2009), Dublin; the Regional Arts Centre, Donegal (2019); the Bourne Vincent Gallery, University of Limerick, (2019, 20024). With notable international exhibitions at the Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (1997); IDAO Gallery, Chicago (1995, 1996, 2005) and Gainsville University Gallery, Florida, (2005) USA; Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada (1997); ArtHouse, Sydney, Australia (2000); KunstRaum Goethestrasse, Austria, (2008, 2009, 2019); International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Genève, Switzerland (2006); Motorenhalle, Dresden, (2005) and ACC Gallerie, Weimar, Germany (1997, 1999, 2019); Void Gallery, Derry/Londonderry (2005), Belfast Exposed Gallery of Photography, (2020) and Ulster University, Belfast, (2023) NI. Biennial's include Signs of Life' the inaugural Melbourne International Biennial, Australia (1999) and Aabenraa Biennial (2012), Denmark.

Her artworks are held in private and public collections including, in Ireland, the University of Limerick; Ireland's National Collection through the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; The Arts Council, Ireland; Galway County Council, in Northern Ireland, The Ulster Museum and Linen Hall Museum and internationally in Germany the ACC Galerie, Weimar and in Austria at KunstRaum Goethestrasse, Linz. Dunsmore is represented by ACC Galerie, Germany, for the major public artwork PLAN and collaborates, through public art commissions, with social practice organisation/gallery KunstRaum xtd, Linz, Austria.

The artwork The People’s Portraits 1899-1918, on loan from the Hugh Lane Gallery Collection, is currently showing at the Crawford Gallery, Cork, in the exhibition A Matter of Time until 7th June. Forthcoming exhibitions include; AGREEMENT (May – 23rd August, 2024) showing at the Mitchell Art Gallery, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada and The Bourne Vincent Gallery, (December – February, 2025), University of Limerick, Ireland.

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