Pauline Cummins

Curriculum Vitae


1995-2014 Lecturer in Department of Sculpture, National College of Art and Design. Teaching BA, MA, and PhD students.

2002  MA Thesis The Development of Multimedia in Ireland.

1995 – 2000 Introducing multimedia, video and installation work to Fine Art Students National College of Art and Design.


Selected Exhibitions and Performances


Future Histories: Solo Performance in Kilmainham Gaol one of 16.

As part of Arts Council commission for 1916 Commemorations.

GPO Commission 1916-2016 Stormy Petrel Performances.


EXCUSE ME I’M NOT FINISHED The Performance Collective.

Live performances over 10 days. The National Collage of Art and Design, Dublin.

Belfast International Performance Festival.

Performance Remembrance with Sinead Keogh for the boys in the Kincora Home, Belfast.


These Immovable walls- performing power. The spy at the door, Cummins as Emily Duchess of Leinster and her son Lord Edward Fitzgerald, 1798 rebellion.


Performance, Sticks and Stones’  Derry Year of Culture, Echo Echo Studio. Organised by artist James King.

Performance: Remembrance– for the silent abused children

‘It  has no name’   a series of performances by Pauline Cummins, Frances Mezzetti, Sandra Johnston and Dominic Thorpe. Curated by Liz Burns with an exhibition and discussion on institutional abuse. Broadcast Gallery, DIT, Dublin.


‘Between One and Another’    2 person   exhibition  CCI  Paris

‘Between One and Another’, an exhibition of video works by Pauline Cummins and Sandra Vida as part of the M:ST Festival in Calgary, Alberta.

‘Subject to Ongoing Change‘, The Performance Collective, 14 days of live performance work’. Galway Arts Festival, Galway Arts Centre. July 2012.

Performance ‘Walking in the Way’ 5, with Frances Mezzetti,  as part of ‘Labour – an exhibition of performance work by Irish Women Artists’.

Touring, London, Derry, and Dublin. Curated by Amanda Coogan, Chrissie Cadman and Helena Walsh performance s p a c e – London – February 2012, Void Gallery – Derry/Londonderry – February 2012, The Lab – Dublin – March


Performance ‘Weeping Willow/Stinging Birch’- Right Here Right Now, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland.

The Still Centre’ 3 part video installation for UNBUILDING, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow.. Grant aided by The Irish Arts Council.

Performance, ‘CHAOS Openspace Gallery, Victoria.BC, Canada. Supported by Culture Ireland.

Performance, ‘Sound the Alarm 3, Mon Ton Gallery, Queen St. Toronto, Canada.

Performance, ‘Walking in the Way’ 4, with Frances Mezzetti, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Walking in the Way’ 3, Mother’s Day, Performance with F. Mezzetti. Dublin.


The Performance Collective, Open Studio, Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin.

Walking in the Way 2, performance with Frances Mezzetti, Dublin.

Walking in the Way 1 performance with Frances Mezzetti, Belfast.

The Performance Collective, Catalyst Art Centre, Belfast.


Promenade Performance ‘Head Above Water’ as part of Out Of Site 2008


Terms & Conditions: Exhibition of new performance and video work with performance elements. Co-curated with artist Aideen Barry for The Mermaid Art Centre Bray, Co. Wicklow. Grant aided by the Arts Council of Ireland.

The Selskab Exhibition and residency with artists from Denmark, Norway, Germany and Ireland.
Atmosphere Controlled’, Jutland, Denmark. The Energetic Humorists (Jokes Around the World). The Haag Sculpture Show, Commissioned by The Bureau of Everyday Adventures, the Haag, Netherlands.

Portraits of Pain: An exhibition about Neuropathic Pain. Film Base, Dublin.


At The End of the Pipeline‘ – Celebrating Our Roots. EMMEDIA, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Autonomous Eye, collaborative video with Sandra Vida.

Comharsana Beal Dorais’. Exhibition of Irish Art at, The Rooms, The Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Organised with IMMA, Ireland.


Locus Suspectus: where the hidden comes to light. Canadian and Irish Video exhibition curated by the artist with Canadian artist Sandra Vida. Video: Autonomous Eye. Touring exhibition, OBG Belfast, Northern Ireland, Truck Gallery, Calgary and Paved+, Saskatoon, Canada. Tulca Video Entrenched. Photographic and video installation, City Hall, Galway,


Piano and Vision International multimedia exhibition, Amersfoort, Netherlands. ‘Floating‘, Performance with Gerard Byrne, The Winding Stairs Bookshop, Ormond Quay, Dublin, for the Cyber Theater of Mneme and Melete (16 artists in 16 cities), devised by American art historian, Moira Roth.


The Unblinking Eye‘ ( Inis tíOirr ) The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.


Appearances Project: Installations and Seminar, Re- Appearances, Arthouse, Dublin, Ireland. Collaboration with Sandra Johnston and Frances Mezzetti on site-specific performances Temperate, Fathom, Broad Daylight, and Holy Ground.


Solo exhibition: ‘Power Points 4 video installation. Commissioned piece

Power-eyes, Entrenched, 521 and Life Cycles, Tinahely Courthouse Centre, Co. Wicklow

Shifting Ground. Selected works of Irish Art 1950-2000. Inis tíOirr/Aran Dance, Irish Museum of Modern Art. ‘Going Dutch. Collaborative installation with Krijnie Beyen and Breeda Mooney, Dun Laoghaire Town Hall Concourse, Co. Dublin.

Temperate’. Performance. Botanical Gardens, Dublin; with Frances Mezzetti & Sandra Johnston.

Fathom’. Performance. Directed by F. Mezzetti who performed with Cummins & Johnston, Cork.

Broad Daylight’. Performance. Belfast; directed by Johnston, who performed with Cummins & Mezzetti.

Holy Ground’. Performance. Directed by Cummins who performed with Mezzetti, Johnston, Breeda Mooney & Fergus Byrne. Outdoor performance in the 11th Century ruins of St. Saviours, Glendalough, Wicklow;


The Challenge of Power, Adapt at Limerick City Gallery.

4 Fold. 4 Contemporary Irish Artists Tallaght Arts Centre, Dublin.

Uitgangspunt:fotografie, International exhibition of digital work. Huis als Museum, Amersfoort Holland Intermedia Festival: Performance.

None of it Matters’. Live video projection with live sound. Triskal Cinema, Cork.

3 x 3, Entrenched video and photographic installation, Golden Apple Gallery, Enkhuizen, Holland, (and touring) Critical Forum Conference, Violent Incident, Liverpool Tate, None of it Matters Performance, live video projection, live sound.


Re/Dressing Cathleen: Contemporary Works from Irish Women Artists McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College. Installation, ‘Sounding the Depths’. Academy Without Walls: Good Confession , 2 monitor installation RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin. Inner Art: Public Art Installations, Good Confession, Installation in confessionals in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermot St Dublin. Organised by The Firestation Artists Studios. Irish Geographies: 6 Contemporary Artists Djanogly Art Gallery, The University of Nottingham, England (curator: Catherine Nash) Installation, Inis Oirr/ Aran Dance.


Becoming Beloved, Video installation, Hermitage of Maria Magdaleina, Lanzarote.


Sounding the Depths, (Two) a collaborative installation by Pauline Cummins and Louise Walsh, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin:


Irish Days’ Two The Baltic Art Gallery, Ustka, Poland. Street Installation, Potato plants in Flower.


Life Cycles’, Collaborative exhibition and performance. Design Council Gallery, Dublin. 4 monitor Sculpture/ Video Installation.

In Control Woman-Interface-Machine. Installation of Sounding the Depths, Kunstler-haus, Graz, Austria. Elective Affinities: 2 Room Installation, Sounding the Depths, The Liverpool Tate, England.

Sounding the Depths with Louise Walsh, Street Level Photographic Gallery, Glasgow


2-person show. ‘Sounding the Depths (One)’ a collaborative installation by Pauline Cummins and Louise Walsh, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.


In A State Kilmainham Gaol, Organised by The Project Art Centre, Dublin. Inheritance and Transformation Inaugural exhibition for the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Installation, Unearthed Performance and video work, 1988/91 IMMA, Dublin. Available Resources, Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland. Inch x Inch, Subject: reconciliation in Northern Ireland. The Fifth Province touring exhibition, performance Unearthed and installation, Alberta, Quebec, Montreal, Canada.


Sexuality and Gender, one of a series of five shows entitled A New Tradition-Irish Art in the Eighties Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin. One person show 2 Installations: Inis Oirr/Aran Dance and Unearthed, Ladengalerie, Munich, Germany.

Residencies, Commissions and Awards

2017 CCI Paris. Artist Residency.

2014 Performance commission- These Immovable Walls, Dublin Castle.

2012 Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris and CCI Paris

2010 Culture Ireland award for performance in Victoria, B.C. Canada.

2008 Special Project Award for ‘Terms & Conditions’ exhibition. 2006 The School Show revisited: Project around multimedia with art teachers and pupils Co. Mayo. Arts Council Award.

2005 Research Grant The Arts Council of Ireland. 2002 Research grant The Arts Council of Ireland.

2000 Major Projects award Arts Council of Ireland 1999 Artist’s Residency, Djerassi Art Centre, California.USA 1998 An Artists in Schools Commission, Wicklow County Council. 1997 Their Spirit Lives On . Commission for Newgrange, Interperative Centre, Co. Meath (Office of Public Works, Ireland) 1996 Public Art Commission, New St. Park, Dublin. 1995 ‘Becoming Beloved’ Video installation and commission, The National Maternity Hospital, Dublin 1994 Major Bursary Award, Arts Council Of Ireland 1992 Residency, Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada 1992 The Sir Mark Turner Memorial Scholarship. 1991 Major Bursary Award Arts Council Of Ireland 1990 Arts Council Film and Video Award 1986 The George Campbell Painting Award.




(1984) Celebration the beginning of Labour, Irish Times Publication 2016.


Edited by Aine Phillips.

Published by Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books (2015)


Yale University Press and Royal Irish Academy. (2014)

5 Vols. Vol. 5: Twentieth Century Art and Artists

edited by Peter Murray, Crawford Gallery Cork and Catherine Marshall, Irish Museum of Modern Art.


Fionna Barber

Published by Reaktion Books

180 illustrations, 100 in colour

February 2013

2009 The Performance Collective, Circa Art Magazine, Spring 2009.

2006 And the One Doesn’t Stir without the Other, edited by Ursula Burke and Ruth Jones, with Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

2005 Dialogues: Women Artists from Ireland edited by Katy Deepwell, I.B. Taurus, New York and London. Kay Burns, Locus Suspectus..where the hidden comes to light., Artichoke, vol.17 no.1 (Spring) 2005, p.32-35. Canada.

2003 Moira Roth, ‘Of Writing, Performance, and Photography: The Cyber Theater of Mneme and Muse‘ Camerawork vol.30, no.1( Spring/Summer) p.28-31.USA. Catherine Marshall “I’ll spin you a yarn, I’ll weave you a tale” Subverting Patriarchy through art and women’s work, Irish Journal of Feminist Studies. Spring 2003.

2000 Unearthed, performance script, n.paradoxa, vol. 5, p.71-73 1998 Tallaght Arts Centre, Art Bulletin (Ireland) no. 83 Vol 15 (Oct-Nov) p.18-19. Aoife Desmond The Live Medium Art Bulletin (Ireland) No. 81 Vol.15 (June-July) p.3-7. 1997 Gemma Tipton , ‘Opium of the Masses’ (Inner Art) Circa No. 82 (Winter) p.30-34. Medb Ruane Broad & Narrow, (Inner Art) Sunday Times (14 Sept). Temple Bar, Success or Circus, Art Bulletin (Ireland) no. 76 Vol.14 (Aug-Sept) p.14-18.

1995 Medb Ruane Installations at National Maternity Hospital Sunday Times (8 January)

Judith Higgins, Report From Ireland-Art from the Edge (Part 1) Art in America (NewYork) Dec.1995. p.37-40

Hilary Robinson, Irish / Women / Artwork, Feminist Review, no. 5

1994 Women and Technology feature Ruimte Art Magazine, (Amsterdam) May Irish Days, A. Maclennan, A. Tallentire, Sandra Johnston, B. Connolly , Circa No. 70 (Winter) p.53-57.

Jackie Ryan Containment or Integration? Art in Context, Circa No. 70 (Winter) p.50-52. 1993-94 Caroline Juler ,’Elective Affinities’,Untitled (London) (Winter)

1993 A. Greenan In the Grip of Adult Limbs (Elective Affinities,Tate Liverpool.) Womens Art Magazine (London) (Nov/Dec) p.19-20.

1992 S. Thompson, Shells and Mouths at IMMA The Sunday Press (Dublin) 26 April M. Moroney , Sounding the Depths, Irish Times 10 April. Aidan Dunne, Nudes with Feminist Kick, The Sunday Tribune 5 April H. Meany, Reclaiming the Female Body, Irish Times 3 March. Jaki Irvine, Sounding the Depths, Circa, no. 62 Neil McCafferty, Womb with a View, Hot Press, 7 April 1990 Joan Fowler, Sexuality and Gender in ‘A New Tradition, Irish Art of the Eighties Dublin:’ Douglas Hyde Gallery. Malve Gradinger, Art review. Munchner Merkur (Germany) 12 March Inis Oirr, New Observations, no. 80, 10-11 New York

1989-90 Dorothy Walker ‘Bronze by Gold, the work of Irish Women Sculptors’, Irish Arts Review Yearbook (Dublin) vol 6 pp.207-13.

1987 Image Making, Image Breaking. Cummins, P, B. Jones, P. Murphy and A. Smyth. (1987) Circa 32:13-19.

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