© Caroline McCarthy

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Caroline McCarthy (born in Dublin, lives and works in London) graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 1994, and an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 1998. Her work brings everyday materials such as packaging, rubbish, furniture, found objects and images into conversation with certain modes of art production and display, in work which explores the nature of representation, consumerism, visual hierarchy and ideas of value and taste.


Her work has been exhibited widely, with numerous solo shows in UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany and USA. Notable group shows include Europe Exists, curated by Rosa Martinez and Harald Szeemann, MMCA, Greece (2003); East End Academy, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004); Views From An Island, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China, (2004); To Be Continued, curated by The British Council, Helsinki Kunsthalle, Finland (2005); (Z)art curated by Jan Hoet, AbtArt, Stuttgart, Germany (2010); The Curator’s Egg, sel. By Jeni Walwin, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK (2010); Works on Paper, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland (2013); Group Coordination, co-curated by McCarthy for the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014); Dismaland, curated by Banksy, Somerset, UK (2015); Nature Morte, curated by Michael Petry in association with Thames and Hudson, touring: The Guildhall, Gallery London, UK; Konsthallen-Bohusläns Museum, Uddevalla, Sweden;  Ha Gamle Prestegard, Nærbø, Norway; Four Domes Pavilion, National Museum, Wrocław, Poland, (2015 - 2018). Heads Roll, curated by Paul Morrison, Graves Gallery, Sheffield, UK (2018). Consumed: Still Lives, Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, UK (2019).


Public art projects include Light For Cicely, a commission for King’s College London (2010); From One End to the Other, a citywide project for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival (2013); and Flying Boots and Eyes on Fire for South London with the Contemporary Art Society (2019).


Her work is included in the collections of The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Allied Irish Bank, Arts Council of Ireland, Office of Public Works, Zabludowicz Collection, European Central Bank, Berge Collection Madrid; and many private collections.


Currently serving as External Examiner for BA Film, Video and Photography, Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland.


Currently serving on Board of Trustees, ACME Studios, UK  www.acme.org.uk


Represented by Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.