Dr Orla Ryan

Lecturer in Media


Dr. Orla Ryan is an artist and lecturer in Media at Carlow College. She is also a lecturer in IT Carlow where she lecturers across art, visual culture and film. As a a graduate of Dublin City University, her PhD research was funded by a Research Council, Government of Ireland Award. She has previously taught at DCU, Napier University and The National College of Art and Design. As a research fellow at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Ryan was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and Arts Council of Ireland Postgraduate Award. As an artist she has exhibited nationally and internationally. Ryan has curated a number of moving image film and media installations. More information on her community engagement, awards and exhibitions are available at https://orlaryan.net/

Professional Membership:

2003-ongoing Irish Film Institute Council. 2005- 2018 Void Derry Curatorial Board. 2010-2014 Access Cinema Board Member. 2007- ongoing Blackstairs Film Society Committee. Founding member and chair until 2015. 2007- 2009 Committee member African Film Festival, Carlow. 2004-2006 CIRCA Art Magazine board member. 1998-2003 A.I.C.A.( International Association of Art Critics), Ireland. Secretary for two years.

Research Interest

Dr Orla Ryan’s research is interdisciplinary across cultural theory and creative practice, exploring approaches to media, film and visual culture. These research outputs operate across creative, academic and curatorial practice. Orla’s current collaborative research with Brian Hand explores the socio-historical context of the bioengineering of the Irish Wolfhound in the 19th century. Her previous creative research projects have explored women in Irish history. Along with this creative output Orla’s research has also engaged with how artists and filmmakers explore postcolonial discourse in their practice. She has researched and curated a number of moving image exhibitions with Irish and international artists/filmmakers. Her previous research explored artists engagement with everyday culture and television. Dr Orla Ryan is also interested in comparative approaches to media, film and visual culture.


Co-authored Artist Book and CD 
Thug  said oíche ar guairdeall dom– They left me wandering all night,  Brian Hand, Alanna O’Kelly, Orla Ryan. (Folded Leaf Press, 2016)

Edited Collections
The Glass Eye: Artists and Television, ed. by Maeve Connolly and Orla Ryan (Dublin:Project Press, 2000). 
Peer-reviewed articles 
‘A Visual essay in memory of PW’,  Inter Asia Cultural  Studies,14:1 (March 2013), pp 77-84. 
‘Between Lost and Found: The Films  of Matthew  Buckingham’, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, 28 : 5 ( March/April 2001) pp. 16-17. 

Book Chapters
‘Terratology  and the Televisual  in Manhunter’ , The Glass Eye, ed. by  Maeve Connolly and Orla Ryan (Dublin:Project Press, 2000) pp.67-79. 

Selected Conference papers
March 2019: South East Research Sparks, IT Carlow. 
June 2017: Representations of Women Couriers of 1916. Women’s Voices Conference UCC. 
Oct 2016: Commemoration  and Reverse Engineering – a case study on the invention of the Irish Wolfhound with Brian Hand. Object Matters: Making Memory: Material and Visual Culture of Commemoration in Ireland. National Gallery of Ireland. Convened by Lisa Godson.

Selected Symposiums
May 2016: Women and Conflict.  Panel presentation with Huong Ngo, Brian Hand and Alanna O’Kelly. The  Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Hanoi Vietnam.

Nov 2015: Eye of The Beholder – Woman of the World Festival, Void Gallery. Panel included Siun Hanrahan, Kathleen McCreery.

Sept 2002: Kunstverein Munich. During exhibition of Deimantas Narkevicius With  Mindaugas  Simkus and Peter Watkins. Panel discussion  on Peter Watkins’ La Commune. Invited by Maria Lind

April 2000: 1926 Halsted Gallery, Chicago. Panel discussion responding to  the exhibition Counter Productive  Industries curated by Nato  Thompson
. Invited by Greg Sholette.

Selected Commissioned works 
2017  The Wolf O’Brien,(Site works, Tullow St.)  commissioned by  Carlow Arts Festival. 
2017  Have you Forgotten Me Mr. Haynes? Produced by Stormy Petrel Guairdeall. Short archive film commissioned by Carlow Arts Office and Art Links. 
2016 Stormy Petrel Guairdeall, Temporary Public Art Project in collaboration with Alanna O’Kelly and Brian Hand, commissioned by the GPO, An Post & The GPO Witness History Centre. 
2016 Stormy Petrel Guairdeall, iteration for The Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam. Commissioned by The Irish Embassy in Hanoi  and Creative Ireland.

Catalogue essays and published artworks
‘Entre Chien et Loup – extract of performance text’ , Between a Dog and a Wolf: An Animal Empathy Workbook ed. by Sarah Brown ( Derry:CCA, 2015), pp.124-125. 
untitled image’ Je Veux,  edited by Tim Maul (Paris: One Star Press, 2003). 
untitled image’ Charley 01, edited by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick (Paris:Les Presse du Reel,2000). 
‘Xavier Veilahn’, Vivre  Sa Vie, edited by Tanya Leighton (Glasgow: Tramway, 2000).

Selected Curated Exhibitions: 
The Colony, Dinh Q. Lê,  co -curated with Maoliosa Boyle, (The Void, Derry,  2016) 
Spring Watching Pavilion, an exhibition of contemporary Vietnamese art  (The Void, Derry 2015) 
Him + Her,Candice Breitz  (Void, Derry 2013).  


PhD in Film, School of Communications, Dublin City University,(2006) MA, Film and Television, Dublin City University, (1998) Research Fellow , The Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Studio Program , Studio (1996-1997) BA Hons Fine Art Sculpture, The National College of Art and Design, (1995) BA Hons Fashion and Textiles, St. Martins School of Art and Design, London, (1988)

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