Dominic THORPE


Dominic THORPE, Ireland


Born in 1975, lives and works in Dublin

Dominic Thorpe works primarily through live/performance based processes. He has shown and performed work extensively in Ireland and internationally, including at the Bergen Museum of Art Norway, the Guangzhou Festival of Live Art China, the Infr'Action Performance Art Festival Venice, Live Action Sweden, Performance Space London, Catylist Arts Centre Belfast, the Third Space Gallery Belfast, Templebar Gallery Dublin and the RHA Dublin. He has had solo exhibitions/performances at the 126 Gallery Galway, the Court House Arts Centre Tinahealy Wicklow and as part of the Tulca Visual Arts Festival Galway.

In 2010 he co-curated the landmark Irish performance art exhibition 'right here - right now' at Kilmainham Jail Dublin. Recently Thorpe founded Unit1 in Dublin which is dedicated to providing space for performance artists to create work and for audiences to experience new performance work.

He has completed a number of public art commissions in Ireland and has received numerous bursaries/awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, the Kildare County Council and Culture Ireland. Publications include 'Dominic Thorpe - Hands Were in The Life Area' 2010 and 'Signatures (Brian Maguire, Dominic Thorpe and Brian O'Connor)' 2009

Thorpe's work explores presence and experience at the moment of encounter, both for the artist and audience. He believes presence, experience and encounter are crucial to developing deeper understanding, enabling response and generating relationships. Transformation.

You can visit Dominic Thorpe's website here.

Dominic Thorpe. Untitled. Guangzhou Live 2011. © Guangzhou Live & the artist.