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Artist Name(s) Seoidin O'Sullivan & Aoife Desmond
Artwork title Trespass

Trespass is a collaborative project initiated by artists Seoidín Ó Sullivan and Aoife Desmond. It engaged research and action with forgotten urban space and abandoned landscapes within Dublin City. Over a period of three years they visited and worked with several sites in Dublin City.Trespass is a response to neglected green sites in the city. While overlooked, the sites have become diverse ecologically and in their urban uses. The artists researched and revealed the delicate balance between nature and the built environment. Trespass investigated the different issues around land use and ownership through documentation and performative actions. The project combined social research with poetic action.


Two publications have been printed. One from work made in Chiang Mai, and the other from the work made in Dublin.

An exhibition took place at the LAB, Dublin in March 2009.


O'Sullivan's art practice is largely project based. Her research investigates socio- political and ecological narratives which she represents in critically engaged and poetical ways. O'Sullivan is currently artist in residence at Airfield Trust where she is developing The Urban Farm Art Project. She participated in a two month residency at The Land Foundation in Thailand as part of One Year Project 2 in 2008. She was artist in resident in Studio 468, St Andrews Community Centre, Rialto in 2007 where she worked on and developed The South Circular Road Community Food Garden Project.  

Her collaborative film project Trespass in collaboration with Irish artist Aoife Desmond was awarded Irish Arts Council funding in 2007 and will be exhibited in The Lab in March 2009. Her project Tactic in collaboration with South African artist Ralph Borland currently has an incubation award in The LAB and was awarded an Arts Council New Work Project Award in 2009.

O'Sullivan grew up in Zambia and later moved to South Africa where she completed a degree in Fine Art. In 2003 she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies through which she investigated models of thought that are based on a concern for social and ecological justice. In 2007 she completed her Masters in Fine Art study at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She is currently an Art Associate Researcher at The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media.

Desmond's art practice is interdisciplinary and mainly site-specific. Using varied mediums such as film (super 8), slide photography, drawing, installation, performance, research and gardening she responds to different sites and situations. She has currently participated in a two-month residency, also at The Land Foundation in Thailand, as part of One Year Project 2. Desmond has also been awarded Arts Council funding to produce a book and website on her art practice over the last 5 years. She was artist in residence in the Centre Culturel Irlandais for three months from September to December 2007. On return to Ireland she was awarded a temporary public art commission from Dun Laoighaire Rathdown County Council as part of Concourse Offsite.  

She is a founding member of  The Experimental Film Club (EFC)  in Dublin. She worked as a Visual Cultural Studies Lecturer to Animation Students at IADT (Institute of Art Design and Technology) 2006/08. She recieved an MA in Visual Arts Practices with distinction in 2005 from IADT.

Commission Type The Arts Council
Commissioner Name Artist led
Artform Film,Visual Arts
Funded By The Arts Council
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
County Dublin
Street Address Irwin Street and Military Road, near the front entrance to The Irish Museum of Modern Art
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Content contributor(s) Seoidin O'Sullivan
Relationship to project Artist
Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Aoibheann O'Sullivan, Editor
Ed cunniffe, Head Camera 
Sphen Anderson, Sound
Nigel Heather, Editor
Ralph Borland, Camera
Fergal Gaynor, Writer
Darren Malone, Researcher
John Dixon, Researcher
Gillian Kane, Artist and initial collaborator on phase 1