María Cañas

(Cork, Irlanda, 1979)



2007 Master en Artes Visuales, MAVIS, IADT.

2000-2001 Grado en Bellas Artes, con distinción, GMIT.

1998-2002 National Dip in Art & Design Engineering (level 7) with Distinction, GMIT.

Premios, becas y residencias​

2019 Seleccionada para Aosdána

2019 Culture Ireland Award (Everything Changes,Nothing Perishes)

2019 Culture Ireland Award (Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair)

2019 The Myron Marty Lectureship at Drake University Iowa, USA.

2019 Teaching Fellowship at VCU, Richmond, Virginia.

2018 Culture Ireland Award (iSolo in Chile i2018)

2018 Professor Emeritus Award/Teaching Fellow at the Universidad Santiago Chile, November-December 2018

2017 DLRLexicon Commission Award

2017 Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship award

2017 Arts Council of Ireland Project New Work Film Award 

2017 Arts council of Ireland Bursary Award

2016 Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks, winner for the 2015 final entry

2016 Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Award

2016 Residencia en the Irish Museum of Modern Art

2016 IMMA Residency Award

2015 IGNITE Touring Award

2015 Cork City Council Bursary Award

2014 Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Award

2014 IGNITE Award (Arts and Disability/ Arts Council of Ireland Commission)

2014 CHANGING TRACKS EU Public Art Commission

2014 Business to Arts Award, for FIND mentoring programme

2014 Arts & health, Arts & Disability Enquiry Award, CREATE, ADI, Arts Council of Ireland

2014 ADAI Award

2013 Art OMI, residencia en New York and and Arts Council of Ireland Travel & Training Award

2012 Firestation Digital Media residency

2012 The Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Award

2012 Beca de artista residente, Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris

2011 Galway County Council, Bursay Award

2011 The Arts Council of Ireland, Travel and Training Awards

2011 Artist Residency Headlands Centre for the Arts, California

2010 Culture Ireland Award

2010 Public Art Commission, The National development Plan 2010-2021Gael Scoil na Laois

2010 Shortlisted for the AIB Prize

2010 The Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Awards.

2008 NASA, residency at Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, EEUU

2008- 2009 The Arts Council of Ireland, Project Awards

2008 Arts Council of Ireland, Art and Disability Award

2007 Banff Residency, The Banff centre Canada

2007 Skaftfell Residency, Seidisfjorder, Iceland

2007 The Travel and Training Award

2006 Experimental Film Award, The Cork Film Festival

2004 Claremorris Open Award

2002 Student of the Year Award, GMIT and HETAC

2001 Galway County Council, Artist Grant

2000 Walsh Waste Award

Exposiciones individuales (Selección)

2021 The sea is empty of water, Oaklahoma Contemporary, USA.

2021 Beware of my sting, Source Art Gallery, Tipperary, Ireland.

2021 Valiant Dust, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland.

2020 There are no shadows, Aideen Barry with poet Doireann ni Ghriofa. Glucksman, UCC, Cork, There are no shadows, Collabora.

tive Publication Aideen Barry & Doireann Ni Ghriofa, curated by Chris Clarke & Dr. Fiona Kearney, Ireland.

  1. Oculto en una Infinidad de Pequeñas Cosas/Concealed in an Infinity of little things, curated by Ximena Moreno, Galeria Concrete, Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile, 21.11. 2018- 24.12.2018, Supported by Culture Ireland.

2017 SLICE, VAST, DEEP, DLR Commission Award, Solo at the Lexicon Gallery, Ireland.

2017 Not to be Known, Crawford Municipal Gallery Cork. 01.07.2017 -10.10.2017, Ireland.

2017 Morph/transform, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.(IRL)

2016 Brittlefield, Solo Survey Show, Royal Hibernian Academy, Ely Place Dublin.

2015 Possession, Wright State University, Stein Gallery, OHIO, USA.

2014 Strange Terrain, for CHANGING TRACKS, EU Public Art Commissions, (solo manifestations in Olot, Girona, Barcelona), Nothamptonshire, Northampton, Rushden (UK), Geenway Mayo, Ireland.

2012 Possession at Catherine Clark Gallery in San Francisco California, US.

2012 Nervous Notions and Menageries, Galarie Isabel Hurley Malaga, Spain.

2012 Flight Folly, BAC, Geneva, Switzerland.

2012 Minefield, Public art Commission, Ballina Art Centre, Mayo County Council, Ireland.

2011 On Tenterhooks, Millennium Court Art Centre, Portadown MCAC, Northern Ireland, UK.

2011 Flight Folly, Mothers Tankstation, Dublin.

2011 Ludique, Public art Commission, Gael Scoil Lios Na Og,Department of Education and Skills, Ireland.

2011 Possession, Galway International Arts Festival, Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUIG, Ireland.

2010 Morphology of the Other, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.

2009 ..the disjoined and the morphological, Mermaid Arts Centre. Solo Show, Ireland.

2008 Stomper, Louise T. Bloudin Institute, London.

2009 ..of hypothetical evolutions of {an}other, curated by Maeve Mulreannan, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland.

Exposiciones grupales (Selección)

2019 After Modernity, Kaunas 2022 City of Culture, Lithuania (Con un proyecto de residencia en 2022)

2019 Welcome Home, comisariado por Rebecca Belly-Fry, Elephant Gallery & Elephant Magazine feature, Londres.

2019 Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair, Katzen Art Centre, The American Museum, Washington DC, EEUU.

2019 Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair, Glucksman House, NYU, Washington DC, EEUU.

2018 RHA Annual, Invited Artist, Royal Hibernian Academy.

2017 Strange Terrain, Danube Cultural Conference Screening programme, Pecs, Hungary.

2017 In Consequence of Everything, comisariado por Mirra Goldfrad, Random Access Gallery, Syracruse University, Syracuse, NY.

2017 The Way things Go, respuesta a Fiscilli and Weiss work, Butler Gallery, Ireland.

2017 RHA Annual, Artista Invitada, Royal Hibernian Academy

2017 The Museum of August Destiny, at the Pearse Museum, Dublin (Touring project).

2016 A Different Republic, Centenary show at the Lab, encargado por Fire-Station, Ireland.

2016 The Museum of August Destiny, Lismore Castle, Lismore, Co. Waterford. Invitada por Eamonn Maxwell, Ireland.

2016 By Association, IMMA Commission, una respuesta performativa a Carol Rama, Irlanda.

2016 COE Selected, Proyecto grupal comisariado por Helen O Donoghue, Claremorris Open, Irlanda.

2016 Hints Invited artist, Eigse, by Visual’s Emma Lucy O Brien, Carlow, Ireland.

2015 IGNITE touring Award 2015, Ireland.

2015 The Gallery of Wonder, comisariado por Irene Brown, as part of and Arts & Heritage UK Commission.

2016 RCA Annual, Invited Artist March 30th to April 30th, RCA London.

2015 The Past Presence, The Dock Art Centre, Roscommon, Ireland.

2015 The Gallery of Wonder, Touring Curated Project, The Arts & Heritage Trust, UK.

2014 Changing Tracks, EU Public Art Commission, Northampton (UK), and Catalonia (España), Mayo (Irlanda).

2014 Force Majore, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, USA.

2014 Hold your Breath, Lauren Kelley & Aideen Barry, Two person Show in ASC Projects, San Francis, USA.

2013 Dangerous Beauty, Graffit Gallery, Bulgaria.

2013 ÓR, Curated by Robert Hayes and Vera Markevich, Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

2013 Pallas Periodical Review, seleccionada por Eamonn Maxwell and Padraig E. Moore, Pallas ProjectSpace, Ireland.

2013 ARCO Art Fair, Madrid, España.

2013 ART OMI, International residency, Artist in Residency at the Beamish Centre, New York, EEUU.

2013 NINE, Curated by Liz Coman, The Lab, Dublin, (traveling to Galway Art Centre in 2014), Irlanda.

2013 The Poetry Project, Comisariado por Gemma Tipton to mark the EU Presidency, Ireland.

2013 Fire station Studios residency and project exhibition, Dublin, Irlanda.

2013 Gems from the Collection, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.

2012 Beautiful Decay, printed publication, curated by Amir H. Fallah and Nathan Larmendy, EEUU.

2012 The Island Within, comisariado por Hartwig Knack Kunsthall, Vienna, Austria, (AUT)

2012 Girls on Film, comisariado por Josephine Kelliher, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny, Irlanda.

2012 REMNANT, trabajos de performance comisariados, Ballina Art Centre, Co. Mayo, comisariado por Gaynor Seville, Ireland.

2012 Chance SF, Centre for the Book, San Francisco, USA.

2012 UndeSUBIRrtow, co-comisariado por Alice Maher, Ormston House in Limerick and The LAB Dublin, Irlanda.

2011 Apertures and Anxieties Royal Hibernian Academy & Trinity School of Medicine, Irlanda.

2011 Possession at The San Francisco International Film Festival 2011, USA.

2011 This Little Bag of Dreams, curated by Nathan Larramenedy, Catherine Clarke Gallery, EEUU.

2011 Who’s Afraid of Performance Art, Performance Project, Forde Galarie, Geneva, Suiza.

2011 Gravity, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Irlanda.

2011 Headlands Centre for the Arts, San Francisco, EEUU.

2011 Flight Folly, Mothers Tankstation, Dublin, Performance, Irlanda.

2010 Liste 15, “Performance Project”, The Young Art Fair, Basel, Suiza.

2010 “PBN”, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Irlanda.

2010 Terror & The Sublime, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Irlanda

2010 Only when the Tide goes out, Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow, Irlanda

2010 Sound Design for Future Films, The Wexner Centre, Ohio, (USA)

2010 Bizarre Bazaar, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin, Irlanda.

2010 Noughties but Nice, Visual, Carlow, Irlanda.

2010 Next Art fair, Chicago, EEUU.

2009 Futures, Royal Hibernian Academy Irlanda.

2009 Force Majeuire, The Lab, Dublin, Irlanda.

2009 Park Life, St. Anne’s Park and Gardens, Dublin City Council, Irlanda.

2009 Brochure, Ard Bia Gallery, Galway/Berlin, Alemania.

2009 FRA GIL, Bonnat Museum, Lyon, France.

2009 Notions of Capital, The Dock, CarrigonShannon, Leitrim, Irlanda.

2009 Sound Design for Future Films, Modern Musette, Suecia.

2009 Behind Smoke and Mirrors, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Irlanda

2008 After Beckett, The Banff Centre, Canada.

2008 LOOP Video Art Biennale, Barcelona, España.

2008 The Big Store, Temple Bar Gallery, Irlanda.

2007 City of Ideas, Tulca 2007, Galway, Irlanda.

2007 Never been to Tehran, Lower Manhattan Cultural Centre,Tehran, Iran, New York, USA.

2007 Heavier-Than-Air Flying machines are impossible, Contemporary Lab, Bang Kok, Thailand (TH) 2007 Stand Out Walter Phillips

Gallery, The Banff Centre, Canada.

2007 Alterity, Cavan Museum, Cavan, Irlanda.

2007 House Projects Galway, Dublin, New York, London.

2007 Visual Fictions, The Fenton Gallery, Cork, Irlanda.

2007 Convoy, Skaftfell Gallery, Seidisfjorder, Iceland.

2006 Navigations: Per Forma, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Irlanda.

2006 Folklore experiments, Tulca 2006, Galway, Irlanda.

2006 Concave,Convex The Berkley Gallery, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Irlanda.

2006 Lateral Inhibition, Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Irlanda.

2006 Anaxiphales Ard Bia Gallery, Galway, Irlanda.

2005 Interim, Tulca 2005, Galway, Irlanda.

2005 Whatgoesaroundcomesaround, Cork 2005 The European Capital of Culture, Irlanda.

2005 The First book of ideas, Arts Scene, Shanghai, China.

2004 Storm Reader, Claremorris Open Exhibition, Over all Prize winner, Mayo, Irlanda.

2003 What self imposed enigma did Bloom?, Bloomsday, Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris, Francia.

Bibliografía y publicaciones

2018 Palgrave Handbook to Contemporary Irish Performance Practices, Una Mannion, Palgrave

2018 An Artistic Approach to revisiting Architecture and discussing Amnesia through Performance and Lens Based Practise, Kaunas

University press, Kaunas City of Culture 2022

2014 Strange Terrain, essays by Sara Reisman, Charlotta Kotik and a short story by Robert Walser ISBN:9780992964108. HQ Design,

published by MM Art Books & Repo

2014 Performance Art In Ireland, Aine Philips, LADA Press

2012 Beatiful Decay, a printed project curated by Amir H. Fallah and Nathan Larmendy

2011 Creative Ireland: The Visual Arts, Contemporary Visual Art in Ireland 2000-2011

2011 Gravity, Limited edition publication with Crawford Municipal Gallery

2011 Mother’s Annual, 2011 with text’s by Luke Clancy and Catherine Morris

2011 Apertures & Anxieties, RHA/Trinity School of Medicine Associated Press c

2011 Mother’s Annual, ISBN 0-9554501-4-4 2010 2010 with text;s by Luke Clancy and Mai Blount

2010 Culture Hall, Silke Bitzer.

2010 Terror & The Sublime, Limited edition publication with Crawford Municipal Gallery

2010 Futures 2010/2009, Royal Hibernian Academy.

2010 Dystopian Domestic, Limited Edition, Artist Publication

2009 Noughties but Nice, ISBN: 0-9553668-9-5/978-0-9553668-9-5 LCGA Publications and Atelier, 2009 Behind Smoke and Mirrors

SBN 0-955668-8-7/978-0-9553668-8-8 LCGA and Atelier

2007 House Projects, ISBN: 978-0-9549844-2-7 Published by Atelier projects

2006 Brochure Limited edition, publication with Ard Bia Gallery.

2005 Annimacarrig, The Tyrone Guthrie Residency. 25 years of the programme with various contributors

2005 Representing Art in Ireland. Fenton Gallery, Nuala Fenton.


– Public Art Commission and Permanent Museum Collections

​- Art Omi Collection, New York

– The Butler Gallery Collection, Ireland

– European Union: Culture Fund CHANGING TRACKS Public Art Programme 2014

– Dublin City Council, Art in Children´s Libraries Public Art Commission

– CAC Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga, Spain

– Trinity College Dublin

– The Department of Education and Skills, Per Cent for Art Commission, Gael Scoil Lois na nog, Dublin

– Galway Country, Council

– Cavan County Council

– Mayo County Council

– Clare County Council