A chat about art, activism and archiving with artist and organiser Kate O’Shea


Date: 1 Aug 2024
Time: 11am - 1pm
Duration: 120 mins
Location: The Common Room
Free, but booking required
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Meet the Artist

Kate O'Shea

Kate O’ Shea is an artist with a social practice which includes printmaking, the production of ‘social spaces’ and publishing.

Céist Na Talún (The Land Question) is central to the international networks of solidarity that Kate threads together with others. Recently Kate has been collaborating with people in Govanhill, Glasgow and the Isle of Eigg in northwest Scotland. Govanhill and the Isle of Eigg are two very different locations united by their high-profile community activism in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Kate worked with community leaders from both the Isle of Eigg Buy-Out and the occupation of Govanhill Baths, along with the archives of both timelines to produce a series of work entitled 'Revolutionary Archivists'.

In 2023, How Much Is Enough? Kate O' Shea & The Just City Residency ( was published by Half Letter Press, Chicago, Common Ground Dublin 8 and Create.  

She co-founded the transdisciplinary collective, Broken Fields, bringing together experience, knowledge, and practice from the fields of socially engaged art, architecture, community work, social movement archiving, activism, research, and writing. A Broken Field’s proposal for a new community space at the Irish Museum of Modern Art was exhibited in 2023. In 2021 she was awarded the Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award in Collaborative Arts & Community Development from Create, the natonal development agency for collaborative arts. She also co-organised Networks of Solidarity with Enya Moore.  

Kate is co-founder with Victoria Brunetta of independent publishing house Durty Books with a forthcoming publication titled The Artist-led Archive – Sustainable Activism and the Embrace of Flux with Megs Morley. In 2015, she co-founded The People’s Kitchen and is a member of Red Wheelbarrow Productions.

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