Monica Flynn is a curator, based in Dublin, Ireland. Her work involves curation, collaboration and production of socially engaged projects, exhibitions and events.
This work aims to engage others in dialogue or shared experience. Shifting between performance, event making and artist-curator roles, Monica is interested in the connection between the individual, society and our belief systems, asking questions about collective agency.
Recent curatorial work include: the exhibition In Trust In Gratitude In Hope at the Laois Arthouse, Stradbally (Dec 21 – Mar 22) and the visual arts programme for Bealtaine Festival (2019 – to present). Supporting presentations such as: a new commission for Bealtaine Festival 2021 from artist Ceara Conway How Are You a music and scent based gift for family carers; LIVESTOCK: Viral curated by Francis Fay with virtual presentations by artists Day Magee; Olivia Hassett and El Putnam.
Other selected projects include: BREATH a performance by artist Ceara Conway with Damer House Gallery for Culture Night 2016; co-curation of Still, We Work: Representations of Women and Work (June 2015) with Hollie Kearns and Rosie Lynch (Workhouse Union) Callan, on behalf of the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Developed by project curator Valerie Connor and commissioned by the NWCI to coincide with the anniversary of the 1913 Lock Out, Still We Work involves specially commissioned works by artists Miriam O’Connor, Vagabond Reviews, Anne Tallentire and Sarah Browne and toured Ireland in 2015; a role as curatorial co-ordinator of Lived Lives: A Pavee Perspective (Nov 2015) by artist Dr. Seamus McGuinness (GMIT) and Prof. Kevin Malone, School of Medicine (UCD).
Monica holds an MA Visual Arts Practices from IADT, Dun Laoghaire (2008) and has over 20 years experience in Arts and Cultural Management (UCD, 2000). As a co-founder and co-director of The Market Studios, Dublin (2007 – 2014), which she established with Claire Behan and Deirdre Morrissey, she has an abiding interest in artist-led initiatives.