My practice revolves around the sculptural dimensions of film, photography, and expanded cinema, with a focus on lens-based mediums.
I am particularly interested in the narratives and histories inherent to specific locations, and use photography and film practices to explore these different perspectives and possibilities. My work is characterized by a contemplative and minimalist approach, drawing on the principles of slow cinema to create immersive and contemplative experiences for viewers. By inviting viewers to slow down and consider the deeper meanings and emotions present in the locations that I capture,I aim to create a more meaningful and impactful experience for viewer.
Shelagh Honan is lecturer and joint programme leader in BA Photography and Moving Image’ and in the MA in Fine Art in Limerick School of Art and Design (TUS).
Recent exhibitions include her solo exhibition ‘Water Witching’ in South Tipperary Arts centre in Clonmel. Her recent short film Aistear has featured in several film festivals in 2021 and 2022, winning a film award in the Indie online Film festival.
In 2019-2021 she exhibited Ends of The Earth as part of the wom@rts series, in Maribor (Slovenia), Vilnius (Lithuania), Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and Rijeka (Croatia), Angoulême (France) and Limerick (Ireland). In 2019 she was awarded Culture Ireland funding. In 2018 she completed a residency in Avilés (Spain). Passage of Sound featured in Feile Na Bealtaine (Dingle) 2018. ‘Passage of Sound’ also featured in Chicago’s Blow-Up Arthouse Film festival and several other film festivals in Ireland.
She was awarded Arts Council Funding in 2022 and 2021 and Culture Ireland funding in 2019.
She has curated several group exhibitions throughout Ireland including an event for ‘The Photography Ireland Festival’ in Faber Studios in Limerick.