IRISH Artist, Eamonn B. Shanahan is a native of Thurles, Co. Tipperary. After four years of study at the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Eamonn moved to London to pursue Creative Producing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2015.
Eamonn passionately advocates creativity through his work as a director, designer, visual artist, photographer and creative educator.
Among other galleries, Eamonn has exhibited within a group and as a solo artist at the Crawford Art College, Alliance Francaise, Cork Film Centre, The Source Arts Centre and Lismore Castle. Eamonn is the founder of the Nua Collective and is a member of Visual Arts Ireland and Backwater Artists Network. As a practicing and commercial artist, Eamonn continues to use photography, film, painting and multimedia/graphic design.
In November 2020, Eamonn founded Nua Collective, a platform for professional visual artists from around the world.
Eamonn B. Shanahan is visual artist, photographer and theatre maker from Ireland. His strong work ethic is motivated by his passion for the arts and its’ further continuance and development endorsing the values of creativity for individuals, enterprises and communities. Motivating and curating arts projects, supporting and developing collaborating artists and participating in the evolution of cultural landscapes are the very premise for his artistic drive and ambition.
He graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork in June 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Fine Art. Primarily, his practice focused on lens based media experimenting with Screen Dance and perceived reality. While in Cork, Eamonn began to establish himself as an artistic director and arts producer. He produced two major exhibitions including: “Are We There Yet?” in 2013, a multidisciplinary arts exhibition that featured 64 artists and hosted a programme of 6 performances throughout the event; following this he co-chaired his BA degree show exhibition “Na hOibreacha (The Works)” in June 2014.
Eamonn continued his education in 2014 at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London where he completed his Master of Arts in Creative Producing and Theatre Studies. This intensive programme delved into the depths of arts management and creative entrepreneurship while also engaging with advanced study in performance research, archiving and understanding a deeper knowledge of the current cultural landscape. This MA led Eamonn to the English National Opera where he worked as assistant producer and company manager with the ENO Baylis department, working on their Opera Works programme.
Eamonn’s interest in theatre ignited as a member of Phoenix Productions when he started with the company in 2007. While in university, Eamonn continued his work in theatre with CIT Musical Society as artistic director and co-producer on three productions: ‘ Tick, Tick… Boom’ (2011); ‘ A New Brain’ (2011 & 2012); and ‘Into the Woods’ (2013). Eamonn began working with The Irish College of Music Theatre from their establishment in 2014 as marketing designer and photographer. He consequently worked on many of their productions since then. While assistant producer and company manager at the English National Opera, Eamonn worked on their Opera Works production of ‘Landscapes’ (2015). Eamonn directed and co-produced The Source Arts Centre’s pantomime ‘Aladdin’ (2015). He was assistant director to Michael Scott on ‘The Chastitute’ at the Gaiety Theatre and administrator to City Theatre Dublin’s ‘ The Matchmaker’ and ‘ The Successful TD’. Eamonn was director/ producer on the World Premiere of Billie Traynor’s play ‘Beryl & Eejit’ (2017) at Theatre Upstairs, Dublin, produced the World Premiere of ‘Close’ at the Landor Space, Clapham, London (2018) and director/designer of the CIT Musical Society Irish Premiere of ‘Bad Girls’ (2018).
Eamonn’s artistic practice continues as a curator, photographer, filmmaker and graphic designer having worked with such artists as Michael Vinsen, Reece Kerridge, Deirdre Masterson, Maria Fitzgerald, Molly Lynch, Kelli Ann Masterson, Amanda Neri, The Key Notes, Derby Browne, Lisa Lambe, Voci Nuove, Catherine Daly, The Rock All Stars, Rob Vickers, Teachers’ Musical Society, Briony O’Toole, Opera in the Open, Down Syndrome Ireland, Harlequin Opera Company, 1000 Beasts and Cian Sweeney among others.
Eamonn’s debut short film release ‘ Workspace’ has toured galleries and art-house cinemas around Ireland including Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford; Alliance Francaise, Cork; The Source Arts Centre, Thurles and The Gate Cinema, Cork. His debut solo art exhibition Truth Beauty took place atThe Source Arts Centre, Thurles in 2018. Click here to view the collection online.
In 2015 Eamonn established his production company Poppin Productions now operating under the name of Pinstripe, with the primary intention of developing original Irish work. In August 2015, he produced and directed a contemporary dance workshop based on an Irish Concept Album entitled ‘Duodeca’ collaborating with producer Cian MacSuibhne, singer/songwriter Briony O’ Toole and choreographer Aileen Coffey. This production enjoyed its’ first workshop in August 2015 at Lilian Baylis House and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Eamonn has created and delivered three courses that include: ‘Let’s Create’, a workshop for children on creating stories through different art forms. ‘Storymaking with Film’, an intensive course that looks at the principals of the practical and artistic elements of the filmmaking process. ‘Don’t Think, Play’, a course designed for educators that looks at applying creative learning to literacy.
In November 2020, Eamonn established Nua Collective, a new visual artist collective. A concept formed from necessity, Nua Collective launched online on November 20th 2020. Featuring 50 Irish artists in it’s first season, Eamonn created the initiative to create a supportive environment for visual artists to showcase their work in a way that would present their artworks while exposing their profiles with accessibility. Concurrent with its release, The Nua Journal was established to encourage artists to share their views and start a new conversation through the written word, webisodes and podcasts. Since it’s establishment Nua Collective has presented exhibitions including ‘The Nua Collection’ (2020) ‘Equinox’ (2021), ‘Fantastical Reality’ (2021) and ‘The Origin Collection’ (2022).
Most recently Eamonn was the creative director of Channel Islands Pride, Jersey (2021) is working as a designer for Galway County Council’s Ceol an tSamhraidh and Ceol an Fhòmhair festivals (2022), produced the 2022 Musical Theatre Irish Intervarsities Competition and was production manager for Irish Modern Dance Theatre’s Othello – Maybe a Dance (2022).
The work focuses on the emotive entity that can be examined in each painting. Each painting is created without direct preconception but with a compound memory of personal and cultural experiences.
Each artwork evokes an atmospheric space; structures, or lack thereof, that resonate an internal, emotional archetype.
Interacting shapes and towering plinths form the scale of the environment which is interrupted with brush strokes and plaster rendering that define the emotional pace giving a live theatricality that aims to resonate to the viewer’s life journey.