Garrett Phelan is an artist who continues to break barriers of form and engagement. Over the past twenty-five years, Phelan has realised incredibly ambitious and deeply engaging projects in diverse contexts, ranging from a sprawling hand drawn installation in a deserted council flat in the north inner city of Dublin (NOW:HERE, 2003) to the coordinated ringing of the bells of Christchurch and St Patrick’s Cathedrals across Dublin City as part of New Faith Love Song – IMMA (2012). HEED FM(2016), a 28-day anonymous sound broadcast portrait of 18–25 year olds from all backgrounds, presented recordings made over an eight-month period with a generation whose opinions and beliefs are rarely heard in the public domain. In 2015 Phelan realised THE HIDE PROJECT as a continuous, permanent commission by Fingal County Council. In 2019 he also realised FREE THOUGHT FM at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, it was an open forum live broadcast radio performance where the issues of ‘Access to Education’ and 'Class Inequality' in Dublin were discussed in depth with over 150 contributors from all backgrounds and ages. These groundbreaking, site-specific projects across locations, form and audiences have been combined with key institutional projects nationally and internationally at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the 11th Lyons Biennial, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Manifesta 5 (2004).
Conor Lecture Theatre, Ulster University, Belfast Campus, York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED.
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