Dominic Thorpe

2013 - 2016

'Sticks coming from the mouth and going out the window', Performance at the Old School House, Dale, Norway, 2013, Photo: Arild H Eriksen

‘Sticks coming from the mouth and going out the window’, Performance at the Old School House, Dale, Norway, 2013, Photo: Arild H Eriksen

Dominic Thorpe works mainly in performance and sometimes in video, photography, drawing and installation. Through his art practice he engages with subject matter that has significant social importance, often related to issues of trauma and injustice. For example: the suicide of young people, the declining numbers of small farms in Ireland, asylum systems and the official response in Ireland to revelations about the abuse of thousands of children over decades at institutions run by the catholic church on behalf of the Irish state. He often engages with people who have direct experience of the subjects he deals with.

He has shown widely around Ireland and internationally, including in Norway, China, Italy, Sweden, France, Finland and the UK. He has completed a number of public art commissions in Ireland and has received numerous awards and bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, the Kildare County Council, Culture Ireland and CREATE (The national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland).

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'Rolling around in front of a great big ship', Performance at Infr'Action, Sete, France 2013, Photograph: Jian Jun Xi

‘Rolling around in front of a great big ship’, Performance at Infr’Action, Sete, France 2013, Photograph: Jian Jun Xi