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Andrew Kearney, a mixed media installation artist, was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1961. He studied Fine Art at the Limerick College of Art and Design, and then went on to Chelsea College of Art and Design where he obtained an MA in sculpture.  

He was awarded the Barclays Young Artist award at the Serpentine Gallery in London as well as a studio fellowship by the Irish Arts Council at the MoMA PS1 Studios in New York. Kearney returned to London in 1993 to develop an installation for The Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin, later followed by installations for the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Camden Arts Centre, London, the Lighthouse-Glasgow, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ontario and the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Canada.

Site-specific work led to collaborative architecture and public art projects, including a commission in 1996 for Heathrow Terminal One with architect Nicholas Grimshaw and the Public Art Development Trust. In 2001 Kearney worked with Glen Howell architects on their Millennium Project for Westminster Council and on the Courtyard Interface for South Thames College, London and the Public Arts Commission Agency. In 2001/02 he completed two large installation projects in Ireland, With Intent in Limerick and Illumination at the Boiler House in Ballymun estate Dublin. In 2004 he was commissioned to develop an artwork entitled Art Wall in the new chambers of Limerick County Council by architect Merritt Bucholz. In 2004 he completed his second residency on the Informal Architecture program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.

In 2008, Kearney completed a three-year Arts & Humanities Research Council funded project at Middlesex University, London producing two books comprising theoretical and practical research: Phase2, (2007) and Spaces Buildings Make (2008) which culminated in an installation on the South Bank – part of the London Architecture Biennale. He has worked on interactive lighting installations for the exterior of Wexford Opera House, Ireland entitled Liquid Mountain (2009), Hull, England, Art in Empty Spaces (2010) Tate Britain and Embrace the Place (2011). In 2012 he was invited to be artist / mentor for the Plug In ICA Summer Programme in Winnipeg, Canada and in the same year showed two installations at Nuit Blanche in Toronto and Man Size in New York. As part of Ireland’s presidency for the EU Council in Kearney won the commission to install SKYLUM (2013) in the Justus Lipsius Council Building, Brussels. In 2014/15 he was commissioned to create Tell Me Something for Limerick City of Culture, his largest exterior work to date. He also completed a five-room installation at the Limerick City Gallery of Art entitled The Meaning of Nothing. In 2015 he was awarded a three-month residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, in Paris, which he undertook before starting a ten-month residency at Watts Gallery – Artists' Village, Surrey, England last September. In 2017 he will be returning to Centre Culturel Irlandais to install his one-person exhibition entitled ‘Mechanism’ which will then be touring Ireland.