Kiera O’Toole is an independent visual artist and a doctoral researcher (PT) at Loughborough University UK. O’Toole makes drawings that must be felt rather than just cognitively understood. Combining fieldwork, material and philosophical research, O’Toole creates ephemeral site-specific drawings both inside and outside the gallery space.
Recent exhibitions include ARTWORKS 2020, VISUAL Carlow, Carlow Arts Festival, Highlanes Gallery 2020, Beyond Drawing curated by Arno Kramer, Ballina Arts Centre, 2020.
Recent residences include ‘Project Anywhere’ which is a global bind peer-reviewed exhibition, conference and is led by the University of Melbourne and Art Walk Porty, Edinburgh funded by Culture Ireland.
Upcoming site-specific exhibitions and residencies in 2021 include ;
- Site-specific drawing in Derry commissioned by CCA Derry
- Awarded Leitrim Sculpture Centre’s new 'Landscape, Ecology & Environmental Research
- Site-specific exhibition ‘Walking Kesscorran’, with seven artists: Tommy Weir, Christine Mackey, Ruth le Gear, Sarah Lundy, Kate Orum and creative writer Julianna Holland.
O’Toole also publishes including contributing book chapters;
- ‘Drawing from the Non-Place’ published by Cambridge Scholars in 2020
- ‘Project Anywhere Biennial IV’, 2021 published by University of Melbourne and Parsons School of Art, NY.
O’Toole is a founding member of NINE, an artists collective and a co-founder of Drawing deCentered which is professional artist-led collective that explores contemporary drawing practice.
O’Toole currently resides in Sligo and has held a studio at The Model for five years.