Joy Gerrard was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and an MA and MPhil from the Royal College of Art, London.
Gerrard makes Japanese ink drawings and paintings that investigate the physical and psychological relationships between humans and buildings. She archives and painstakingly recreates images of political demonstrations from around the world. These mass marches, sourced from the media, include Trump Resistance, Occupy movement, Arab Risings, Black Lives Matter, Women’s March amongst many more.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include Royal Academy of Arts, London (2022); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich (2022); Ulster Museum, Belfast (2022); The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Ireland (2022); Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, travelled to Butler Gallery, Kilkenny and Galway International Arts Festival, Ireland (2021/2022); Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2020); Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2020); Cristea Roberts Gallery, London (2019); Ormston House, Stockholm (2019); Wexford Arts Centre (2018); Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2017); Drawing Room, London (2017); MAC International, Belfast (2016); Hayward Gallery Touring show (2016); and Peer UK, London (2015).
She has installed numerous commissions including major works for Facebook and Tideway in London (2017/18); Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (2012); and the London School of Economics (2009). Her work is held in many private and public collections including the Arts Council of Ireland; the Crawford Gallery, Cork; the Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Cork; Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol; The Museum of Central Finland, Jyvaskyla, Finland; Il Bisonte International Centre of Graphic Art, Florence, Italy.
Gerrard was the Centre Culturel Irlandais artist in residence in Paris in 2020, and is a 2023 Golden Foundation Artist in Residence, New York.
Joy Gerrard lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Joy Gerrard Precarious Freedom: Crowds, Flags, Barriers
Hardback catalogue about Joy Gerrard’s art and recent touring exhibition entitled Precarious Freedom: Crowds, Flags, Barriers. Featuring texts by Aoife Ruane, Ingrid Swenson and Ekow Eshun, the book is published by Highlanes Gallery, Ireland.
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Image as Protest: Panel Discussion Joy Gerrard | Ingrid Swenson | Nick Willing | Chaired by Hettie Judah
News, Events and Museum Exhibitions
Joy Gerrard selected to the Golden Foundation 2023 Residency Programme
Joy Gerrard in The World We Live In
Joy Gerrard in Collage: A Political Act
Touring exhibition: Precarious Freedom: Crowds, Flags, Barriers
Testing/testing by Joy Gerrard
“Image as Protest highlights the “stuttering” legal backdrop since the constitutional right to abortion was enshrined in the US 50 years ago.”
Joy Gerrard's Cultural Picks
“Gerrard’s illustrations and Rego’s etchings seem even more urgent after last year’s mass protests.”
Interview: "The work is not a generalised response to protest; I have to be driven by the subject of the protest to make a piece about it."
“But how big was it really? Painstaking drawings of street protests”
Film: “I’m interested in how we witness and interpret these events”
Review: “Conflicted, contemporary history paintings”
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- Georg Baselitz
- Christiane Baumgartner
- Rana Begum
- Pablo Bronstein
- Gordon Cheung
- Rhys Coren
- Michael Craig-Martin
- Dexter Dalwood
- Ian Davenport
- Miriam de Búrca
- Jan Dibbets
- Jim Dine
- Antony Gormley
- Marie Harnett
- Idris Khan
- Langlands & Bell
- Richard Long
- Mick Moon
- David Nash
- Paul Noble
- Julian Opie
- Mimmo Paladino
- Cornelia Parker