Kevin Gaffney, (PhD Researcher)


  • PhoneUNKNOWN

Research activity per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Kevin Gaffney is an artist filmmaker and researcher from Dublin, based in Belfast. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA Photography and Moving Image, and was awarded the first Sky Academy Arts Scholarship for an Irish artist in 2015. He was an UNESCO-Aschberg laureate artist in residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Changdong Residency in South Korea (2014) and received the Kooshk Artist Residency Award to create a new film in Iran (2015). A monograph of his work, Unseen By My Open Eyes, was published in 2017. His work has been reviewed in Art Monthly (2020), an essay by Karl Schoonover examining his filmmaking practice was published by the Crawford Art Gallery (2020), and an essay examining his teaching practice was written by Alissa Kleist in Curriculum: Contemporary Art Goes to School (published by Intellect, 2020).

His work is part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Arts Council of Ireland’s collections and has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally, including: Cork Film Festival (2016 & 2018); European Media Art Festival (Germany, 2016); the 10th Imagine Science Film Festival (New York, 2017); and the Korean Queer Film Festival (2018). Solo exhibitions include: CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute (Japan, 2014 & 2018); Block 336 curated by Kathleen Soriano (London, 2017); Ormston House (as part of EVA’s Public Programme, 2018); and the Crawford Art Gallery (Cork, 2020). Solo screenings have been held at FACT (Liverpool, 2018) and IMMA (2020).

He has presented research papers at the Outing the Past conference (Belfast, 2019), and has participated on panel discussions at Kvindemuseet (Women's Museum, Aarhus, 2019) and Wexford Arts Centre (2017). Talks and lectures have been given at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2020), RHA (Dublin, 2018), and The Hugh Lane (Dublin, 2017). 

Visit my website here.  

Research Interests

Queer filmmaking practice, practice-led research, LGBTQ+ representation in cinema, archival film, experimental filmmaking, artist's film. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Royal College of Art

1 Sep 20091 Jul 2011

Award Date: 7 Jul 2011

Bachelor, Dublin Institute of Technology

1 Sep 20041 Jun 2008

Award Date: 25 Jun 2008

External positions

Peer assessment panel, Arts Council of Ireland

1 Feb 20181 Feb 2022

Panel of assessors, Grangegorman Development Agency

12 Dec 201713 Dec 2017

Visting Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology

15 Nov 201716 Nov 2017

Visiting Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin

1 Nov 20172 Nov 2017

Artist in Residence, Marino Institute of Education, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

1 Sep 201730 Jul 2018

Artistic Assessor, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

1 Aug 20171 Feb 2019


Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or