Mary-Ruth Walsh

More specifically I am interested in the way people inhabit space and how architecture inflects how people move and behave. Public architecture, often playing with historical references attempts (and often fails) to make that space -friendly- to people and the surrounding architecture, and to the city itself.

My work demystifies the monumentality of architecture and relates to how art is shown in museums, and the current debates on the spectacularization of museum culture with the resultant immateriality of artworks. The way I am using lens-based work, I think, articulates aspects of this debate. The presentation or mediation of objects through film reminds me how Le Corbusier used or, I should say, misused photography. He realized, as I had, the potency of lens-based presentation of his buildings, he, for promotional purposes, me, for a -double-take- effect.

Through photography he presented himself and his work implying an extensive built output. In fact he only built a handful of houses in his career as documented in Beatriz Colominas book on modern architecture as mass media. He even implied authorship of Eileen Grays famous E.1027 house. So, where Le Corbusiers lens-based presentation created a myth, mine poses questions.*

*This is an excerpt from an ongoing online interview with Rosie Bennett who researched at Birkbeck College on minimalism. AHRC funded at UCL. She has written for Frieze, Circa, Object and the introduction to Richard Shiffs, Doubt, Routledge, 2006. She is currently working on a book-length study on Robert Morris.

Mary-Ruth Walsh (Ruth) is a Dublin born artist and completed her MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London. Previously she took her undergraduate degree in Fine Art and Art History at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) Dublin. Since completing London college (2004) she undertook residencies at IMMA (Ireland), Aabenraa Artweek (Denmark) and Basekamp (Philadelphia).

Walsh has had 9 solo exhibitions since 2004 and group exhibitions include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA (Dublin), Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (Dublin), Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin), CUBEOpen (Manchester), Oonagh Young Gallery (Dublin), Highlanes Gallery (Drogheda), Parlour (New York), Arts Centre (Wexford), Arts Centre (Galway), Goethe Centre (Dublin), SCOPE (Miami) and Cross Gallery (Dublin).

Her public work extends beyond the gallery space and is both permanent and temporary. Walshs awards include Arts Council of Irelands prestigious Visual Arts Bursary; Project and Travel Awards (Arts Council of Ireland); Create Ireland research bursary; Educational and Mentoring Awards (Wexford County Council)



Cross Gallery, Dublin / IMMA, Dublin Eileen Gray and / residency / Oonagh Young Gallery / RHA, Dublin / Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Phoenix Rising at Hugh Lane


2015 Cross Gallery, Dublin, review The Irish Times and / installation view

2013 Strangely Familiar Shades of Gray, film screening, Irish Museum of Modern Art, artists response to Eileen Gray Retrospective

2012 Nonuments to a New International, Cross Gallery, Dublin

2011 Drawing out Gray Areas, Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland,

2011 Ever Dream of Buying Your Own House Built without Planning Permission? St. Patrick’s Close Development presents Real E-State – supported by the Arts Council of Ireland & the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ire

2011 Strangely Familiar Shades of Gray, Galway Arts Centre, Ire.

2010 Nonuments to the Third International, Garter Lane Gallery, Waterford, Ire

2007 Still Life, Wexford Arts Centre, Exhibition programme: interview and panel discussions chaired by Gemma Tipton,
review Circa 122

2006 White Goods 3, Sligo Art Gallery

2004 White Goods 1, Goethe Institute, Merion Square, Dublin (catalogue)



2016 Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) Dublin, Open Studio – A Conversation on Drawing. Curated 45 plus artist group exhibition of experimental drawing

2016 Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) Dublin, Annual Exhibition, Dublin

2015 Aabenraa Artweek exhibition, Denmark.

2014-15 Phoenix Rising: Art and Civic Imagination, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, curated by Logan Sisley.

2013 bagga kahns, A4, Thomas Street, Dublin

2013 Making a Mark, exhibition of artists notebooks, Port of Waterford building.

2013 BEYOND THE FRONTIER, video work screened 24/7 in empty shop windows. Comissioned by Wexford County Council. Curator Deirdre Southey

2013 After & Since, Eileen Gray international tribute exhibition, Newtown Barry House

2012 SCOPE Miami, Cross Gallery

2011 CUBEOpen 2011, Manchester

2011 Utopia Ltd, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda Arts Festival & Wexford Arts Centre – a UK-Irish exhibition, Brendan Earley, Blaise Drummond, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, David Mabb, Lizzie Sanches, M R Walsh. Co-curators David Mabb & MR Walsh

2011 Building Material, The Architectural Association of Ireland, an online image-based project,

2011 Pencil to the Plough, Cross Gallery, Dublin, John Beattie. Miriam de Burca. Ian Charlesworth. Felicity Clear. Elizabeth Ellis. Clodagh Emoe. Brian Fay. Joanna Kidney. Marco. Jane Proctor. Tom Ryan PPRHA. Marcel Vidal. Mary-Ruth Walsh. Michael Wann

2011 Three Colours Blue, SOMA Contemporary, Waterford City, Ireland

2011 Airport for Shadows, Cross Gallery, coinciding with Dublin Contemporary

2010 CUBEOpen 2010, Manchester

2010 PAR AVION, Parlour No. 19, Siena, Italy

2010 Structures Within An Intervention, Guild Art Gallery, New York, curator, Ciara Gilmartin & Leslie Rosa-Stumpf

2010 An Artists Impression, A Curated Publication for the Dock Discourse. Curator Aideen Barry & 126 Gallery, Galway

2010 Eigse Retrospective, Visual, Carlow, Ireland

2009 when all through the house, parlour, New York,

2009 The 2nd Annual 126 Members’ Show, 126 Artists-Run Gallery, Galway, Ireland

2008 Twosome Twiminds, Oonagh Young Gallery, James Joyce St., Dublin 1. Inaugural opening with Shane Bradford (UK), Kris Emmerson (UK) and Mary-Ruth Walsh (Ire) pdf and

2008 Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, MARK drawings & multiple: Shane Bradford, Amanda Coogan, Kris Emmerson, Damien Flood,Ida Mitrani, Clive Murphy, Caroline McCambridge, Mary Ruth Walsh

2008 Folkatronica Exhibition, Curators Visual Artists Ireland, The Sugar Club, Dublin, Ireland

2008 Healing Arts Trust, Waterford Regional Hospital, Ireland

2008 24-hour non-stop-art, Arts Council of Ireland Touring Experiment, Wexford Arts Centre.

2007 Seconds : : Multiples, The Imperfect Artwork, invited group show. Wexford, Ireland. Curator Aileen Lambert

2006 Invited Eigse, Utopias. Curator, Cliodhna Shaffrey (catalogue) Irish Times review click here

2005 White Goods 2, Iontas Award Exhibition, Sligo Art Gallery (catalogue)

2005 Iontas, Sligo Art Gallery

2005 Grace, invited exhibition for Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre, Waterford (catalogue)

2004 Goldsmiths College, London, MA Show (catalogue)

2004 Goldsmiths College, London, MA curators-on-going-show

2004 Icescream, Farringdon, London

2003 nth art, international group show, OLS&Co, Mountgrove Rd., London

2003 Iontas, National competition touring Northren Ireland, Limerick & Sligo Art Gallery

2002 dedalus, curator, Padraig Timoney, Context Gallery, Derry, toured Nth Ireland

2001 Box 2001, Brian O Doherty / Patrick Ireland and A Labyrinth in a Box: Aspen 5+6, Mary-Ruth Walsh, Southampton College, New York

2001 Degree Show, National College of Art & Design, Dublin (catalogue)

2000 Odyssey, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin (catalogue & co-coordinated student show)

2000 A Modest Proposal 1, External facade National Archives Office, Dublin 8, Permanent Public Work

2000 A Modest Proposal 2, St. Patricks Close, Dublin 8.

1999 Sensationless, Group Show, Vicar St. Dublin.

1998 Absolute Secret, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin



2016 Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Art Bursary Award

2016 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Drawing Studio

2016 Royal Hibernian Masterclass Award.

2016 Aabenraa Artweek residency award, Denmark

2013 Create Ireland, National Development agency for Collaborative Arts research award with the Mens Shed, New

2013 Artlinks Clinic Mentoring Award

2011 Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) Dublin studio award in Artists Residency Programme

2011 Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Art Project Award

2009 Studio Residency, Basekamp, Philadelphia, USA

2009 Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Art Project Award

2009 Arts Council of Ireland, Airtravel Award

2008 Arts Council of Ireland, Airtravel Award.

2008 Wexford County Council Art Collection, juried selection. Ire.

2006 Visual Artists Ireland, Media Residency Award, Exercises in Folkatronica

2005 Arts Council Travel Award to Camden Arts Centre research for Wexford Arts Centre

2004 Goldsmiths College London, Alsop Building Award, shortlisted and prize

2004 Wexford County Council, Visual Art Bursary for Post Graduate studies

2003 Iontas Award, Sligo Art Gallery, Ireland

2001 Arts Council of Ireland, Airtravel Award (New York)

2001 National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ire. Thesis Award



2015 The Irish Times, Aidan Dunne, Gothic fantasy, headless horses and chilly vistas. A Slow Stillness Unfolding

2012 Moore-McCann, Brenda, A Century of Memories

2012 Mary-Ruth Walsh discusses her conceptual installation cum performance, Real E-State; Visual Artist Ireland, Jan Feb

2011 Waugh, Katherine; Im Forever Blowing Bubbles St. Patricks Close, Real E-State, essay commissioned by IMMA & supported by the Arts Council of Ireland

2011 The Irish Times Property Section; Its only a paper house, 13 October

2011 The Irish Times, Gemma Tipton, And now Back to the Studio; 22-10-2011 p 8-9

2011 Irish Arts Review, Curators Choice, Marianne O Kane Boal, Dec 2011- Feb 2012

2011 Dnote; Strangely Familiar Shades of Gray

2011 Irish Times Magazine Art Listings, Cant See That? Catch This, Utopia Ltd p25, Aidan Dunne, 29 April

2011 Highlanes Gallery Drogheda catalogue, Utopia Ltd.

2011 Paper Visual Art Journal, Utopia Ltd, Kitty Rogers, 29 July

2011 The Phoenix, State of the Arts, 6 May

2007 Tipton, Gemma, CIRCA, Volume 122, Winter 2007, Still Life, p 72-3.

2006 Dunne, Aidan; The Irish Times; Imagining Utopia in Carlow; 14-06-2006 White Goods is one of the highlights in Eigse (copy of review click here)

2005 Exhibiting in Dublin – closed shop, open door or back alley? Alan Phelan, Circa. Currently unavailable

2005 Bennett, Rosie; essay and review on White Goods – see CIRCA

2005 Bennett, Rosie, catalogue publication supported by Goethe Institution & Sligo Art Gallery, as above

2004 Joyce in Art, The Lilliput Press Ltd., by Dr. Christa Maria Lerm Hayes (University of Ulster)

2000-2013 Catalogues, various



2014 Dematerialised Work with a Sense of Presence: The Therapeutics of Doctor Fraud [sic], Platos Cave, The Sorrows of Z and The Five Senses of the Bishop of Cloyne. Essays on the work of Brian O Doherty. Editor, Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes. Publisher: Ashgate (forthcoming)

2013 Body Conscious: essay on a year long exhibition programme for Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT). Publisher: WHAT. Editor: Mary Grehan (Arts Director)

2013 O Doherty Un-Freezes a Beating Heart, Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet, March-April. Discussions on Brian O Dohertys keynote address to Frieze 2012

2012 Estate of Mind: Walsh Discusses Her Conceptual Installation / Performance, Real E-State, Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet, Jan-Feb and at

2011 Hints of the Outside World, a SOMA & IMMA publication, SOMA Contemporary Box, Waterford, curated by Paul Hallahan

2009 Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet, How is it Made, An Interview with Fergus Byrne

2009 Dance Ireland, January issue, Re-Representation of the Body

2007 Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet, Exercises in Folkatronica, March

2006 Irish Times: Wonder Walls, by Gemma Tipton; photographs of Patrick Irelands Cassa Dipinta by Mary-Ruth Walsh

2006 Brian O Doherty / Patrick Ireland, A Retrospective: Catalogue essay, Publishers: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane See Aspen 5+6

2005 Context: Special theme – Art Work, (Volume 4 Issue 2) Editor: Gemma Tipton

2003 A labyrinth in a Box: Aspen 5+6, Special Theme: Word and Image. CIRCA (issue 104) Guest editor: Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes



2011 Utopia Ltd. Irish & UK visual art exhibition. Artists: Blaize Drummond; Brendan Early; Pil & Galia Kollectiv; David Mabb; Lizi Sanches; Mary Ruth Walsh; Wexford Arts Centre.

2004 MA Show, Goldsmiths College, London, UK. Co-organised as a team of four, designed, financed and distributed catalogue, web site etc. Attendance: 5,000. (catalogue)

2000 Odyssey, Group Show, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin. Co-ordinated show (catalogue)



2004 M.A. Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London

2001 B.A. Joint Honours. National College of Art & Design, Dublin