Mid Career Retrospective
Declan has been working as an artist since 2004 and has created a remarkable body of work.
His work takes inspiration from a wide variety of everyday objects. He transforms the world around him through detailed and clearly articulated compositions of built-up layers of drawing and painting. His paintings are rich and loaded with dence pattern and colour .The intricate and vivid detail in his canvases is echod in Declan’s more recent sculpture work, which is created from attaching carefully cut dried acrylic paint found in painting pallets to objects. For all artists art is a form of communication, and especially so for Declan. In art he has clearly found a way of communication. It is an outlet for his feelings and creative impulses, and the work does the talking.
Declan has shown widely internationally, including in Luxembourg, Finland, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the UK.
He has also shown in Ireland at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Dublin City Council Offices, The Skibbereen Arts Festival and University College Cork.
He has been involved in a number of exchange and engagements projects, including with Project Ability Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland. Declan has been invited to have a solo exhibition at ATypical Gallery Belfast in Autumn 2021.
This remarkable exhibition was originally due to take place in 2020 as a physical, public event, but due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures the exhibition had to be postponed. Declan’s enthusiasm to share his work is reflected in the spirit of all KCAT’s artists, and this spirit was the catalyst to develop a new digital space to present work in the shifting landscape of Corona-times.
In December 2020 Declan and the KCAT studio team hung the exhibition at Kilfane Glebe House just outside Thomastown with no public audience. Instead the exhibition was filmed and photographed to be shared online on KCAT’s new digital venue The Other Space. This new platform is an exciting alternative means in uncertain and restricted times of showcasing and presenting new work and projects by KCAT Artists.
We are delighted that Declan Byrne’s mid-career retrospective is the inaugural project presented here in The Other Space.
KCAT annually host a retrospective exhibition each year focusing on the work of a long term studio artist. To date there have been six retrospectives. It has always been an unparalleled opportunity to really unpack and explore in detail the full spectrum and creative output of the exhibiting artist.
We at KCAT wish to congratulate Declan on all his success as an artist and thank him for being an inspiring colleague.
2021 Declan Byrne Retrospective,KCAT Arts Centre via online platform, theotherspace.ie.
2021 Declan Byrne, Atypical Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
2005 Declan Byrne, Paintings, Berkeley Gallery, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.
Recent Group Exhibitions
2020 The Engagement Project, Touring Exhibition – Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar Co.Mayo – Ballinglen Art Foundation, Co. Mayo – Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo – F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Co. Down – KCAT, Callan, Co.Kilkenny.
2019 The Engagement Project, Touring Exhibition – Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre & OPW Galleries at Farmleigh, Co. Dublin.
2019 Drivers of Diversity, Kilkenny Arts Festival – Workhouse Square, Mcdonagh Junction, Kilkenny. 2018 Cabinet of Wonders, Linen Hall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
2017 Inspirational Colours, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge Co. Kildare.
2017 Variations, The Link Hall Gallery, Kilkenny County Council, AKA/Kilkenny Arts Festival.
2016 Art + Autism UNT Art Galleries, Dallas, Texas, USA selected group exhibition
2016 The Laughing Heart, Galway Arts Centre, Galway. 2016 Beyond Festival, Leeds, U.K. international invited group exhibition
2016 The Courtship, work in progress Engagement project, The Glasshouse Gallery, John Street, Kilkenny Kilkenny Arts Festival.
2016 Power & Creativity ESREA International Conference, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
2016 Lost & Found, Film Base, Temple Bar, Dublin invited group exhibition
2016 Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship international group exhibition Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
2016 Anseo agus Ansiúd, Ionad Cultúrtha, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork. Invited group exhibition
2016 St. Brigid’s College, Callan, Co. Kilkenny Percent for Art
2014 Bunscoil McAuley Rice, Callan, Co. Kilkenny Percent for Art
Declan Byrne, Retrospective Publication, 50 page full colour 2021.
Peer to Peer exhibition catalogue, 72 page full colour
Works on Paper exhibition catalogue with context essays, 48 page full colour
Art & Inclusion – The Story of KCAT, documenting 10 years of KCAT and highlighting work of KCAT Studio Artists, 183 page full colour.
IWTK – I want to Know series of publications documenting collaborative exchanges between Cooperations, Luxembourg, SKID, Germany, Pyramid of Arts, Leeds, UK, KCAT Studio Ireland
Invitations international exhibition, catalogue 32 pages full colour
Visual art: A Kilkenny collective that recognises no rules by Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, 10th May, 2016.
Films and Documentaries
Living Colour – A feature documentary by Wild Fire Productions based on the KCAT Studio artists. Supported by the Film Board, RTE and BAI and launched at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2011. Since then it has been shown at a range of venues and platforms including
RTE 1, The IFI, Dublin, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Galway Culture Night, 2×2 Forum, Germany, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Skibbereen Arts Festival, The Southbank Centre, London, Sprout Film Festival, New York, Art Brut Biennale, Hengelo, The Netherlands, Irish Festival of Oulu, Finland.
Group Exhibitions – previous
2006 KCAT/GARVALD at Project Ability Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland.
2006 Up Under Down Over collaborative exhibition with DADAA Australia, Kilkenny County Council Arts Office Gallery and Freight Gallery in Fremantle, Australia.
2007 Art Expo 2007: conference and exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland.
2007 Peer-to-Peer: Arts Council Touring Experiment, various venues around Ireland.
2007 The Friary Revisited Kilkenny Arts Festival, The Friary, Callan.
2008 Inaugural Exhibition Jennings Gallery Brookfield House University College Cork.
2008 Works on Paper selected group exhibition, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, curated by Anna O’Sullivan. Documented in a catalogue with context essays.
2008 Peer-to-Peer Kilkenny Arts Festival, with catalogue.
2009 Decade at KCAT Gallery, Callan, Kilkenny Arts Festival
2009 Goetheanum, Dornach Switzerland
2009 Revealing the Human, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Art on the Line KCAT Gallery, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.
2009 ADI, Symposium and exhibition, Axis Art Centre, Ballymun, Dublin.
2010 Myscape group exhibition, Project Ability, Glasgow, Scotland.
2010 Thirteen, Kilkenny Design Centre, Kilkenny Arts Festival.
2010 Valuation, at Watergate Gallery, Kilkenny.
2011 Abstract World at Gallery Prabelli, Wiltz, Luxembourg
2011 MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING – London UK – Exhibition #4,
2011 2×2 Forum and Exhibition European Outsider Art, Germany Kunsthaus Kannen, Munster, Germany,
2012 Art Brut Biennale, Hengelo, The Netherlands
2012 The Art of Living Colour, Skibbereen Arts Festival, Cork
2012 KCAT at Bollards Beaujolais, Kilkenny Arts Festival.
2013 Tropics of Callan, Abhainn Rí Festival The Old Coop, Green St. Callan
2013 KCAT Studio Exhibition at Bollards, Kilkenny Arts Festival
2013 Outside In The art of inclusion, International Exhibition of invited artists, Crawford Gallery Cork
2013 What we saw, The Atrium, Dublin City Council Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin
2014 KCAT Studio Group Exhibition, at An Tearmann, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare
2014 Frontage Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Arts Festival.
2014 InsideOut Project, KCAT Studio Artists with Gypsy Ray, a global art project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art, documented and exhibited on line at www.insideoutproject.net/en and exhibited in venues throughout Lower Bridge Street, Callan.
2015 Kaarisilta Biennale International selected exhibition at Kaarisilta Gallery Helsinki, Finland.
2015 Invitations International group exhibition The Glasshouse Gallery, John Street, Kilkenny, Kilkenny Arts Festival.
Residencies, Symposia, Conferences
2017 Engagement Project 2017 – Studio Residencies by Alastair McLellan and Declan Byrne
2016 Engagement Project 2016 – Studio Residencies by Alastair McLellan and Declan Byrne
2015 Engagement Project Exchange Day KCAT Studio Artists with Paul Mosse, Mary Ann Gelly, Siobhan Clancy, Therry Rudin, Patricia Hurl, Anna Spearman, Kathlyn O’Brien, Pauline Cummins, Mollie Douthit, Denis Roche, Sharon White and Catherine Marshall.
2015 I Want to Know KCAT Studio artists host an international exchange and practice development workshops with Cooperations, Luxembourg, SKID, Germany, Pyramid of Arts, Leeds, UK, KCAT Studio Ireland at Callan, Kilkenny.
2015 Would you glass the path international art workshops at Dunshane, Kildare,
2015 Cuig professional development and exchange workshop with Cuig, at Mayfield Arts Centre, Cork,
2014 I Want To Know, Wiltz, Luxembourg – International exchange and practice development with Cooperations, Luxembourg, SKID, Germany, Pyramid of Arts, Leeds, UK, KCAT Studio Ireland at Wiltz, Luxembourg with publication.
2014 Engagement Project Exchange Day. KCAT Studio Artists with Pam O’Connell, Judy O’Sullivan, Angela Anderson, Therry Rudin, Patricia Hurl, Michelle Browne and Catherine Marshall
2014 Collaborate and Experience KCAT Studio host eight artists from Morphè Società Cooperativa a r.l./Nazareno, Italy.
2013 Stations, EU Cultural Presidency 21st June 2013 at KCAT Callan.