Michael Holly holds a MA in Visual Arts Practices from IADT, Dún Laoghaire, and works with various media including photography, video, installation and drawing in parafictional investigations into local and national identities. He has participated in several exhibitions and residencies throughout Ireland and abroad including Siamsa Tíre, Co. Kerry, Roscommon Arts Centre, The LAB, Dublin City Council Arts Office, 36 Chambers, Toronto and Y Galerii, Tartu. Michael has received financial support and awards for his work from institutions such as The Arts Council or Ireland, Dublin City Council, Cork County Council, Siamsa Tíre, The Arts Council, Ireland and The Department of Foreign Affairs.

Selected Works


Culture Is The Inversion Of Reality Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Art Manoeuvres, (Work in Progress), Series of performative curatorial projects in partnership with Artist Sheelagh Broderick


Strategy Against Signposts, Exhibition, Performative Lecture and Walking Tour, Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Ireland


Those Who Swim (in) The Forest, Collaboration with Ross Cochrane and Alan James Burns Y Galerii, Tartu, Estonia

The Kingcat of Keshcorran, Collaboration with Liam Byrne and Sean Lynch, Roscommon Arts Centre, Ireland

Our Lady of Oxmanstown, St. Marys Abbey, Dublin, Ireland

Developing Creative Practice Across Borders, County Hall, Cavan, Ireland


The Remembering Game, Siamsa Tíre, Tralee Co. Kerry, Ireland

Everything Created In Paris, performative lecture, Moks, Mooste, Estonia

Drone Comet, performative reading, Foaming-At-The-Mouth, Dublin, Ireland

126 annual members exhibition, 126 Gallery, Galway, Ireland

Rocks of Bawn, performance, with Amanda Ralph, Modern Art Oxford


Liturgical Orientation, Abhainn Rí Festival, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Liars Poker, The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Excursions And Visits To Places That Have No Reason To Exist, St. Johns Theatre and Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland


The Sand Beneath Our Feet, video and sculptural installation, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Project 30: Emerging Views Of Ireland, Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland


Winter Seen, Edmonton International Film Festival, Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Seeing Hysteria, A Case, A Study, Womens Studies Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada