'perhaps there is more sense in our nonsense and more nonsense in our sense than we would care to believe'

david bohm

pataphysics - the search for imaginary solutions!

Welcome and thank you for visiting my website - in part it documents work and also is a kind of mutating netart work in itself - don't take it too seriously or do if you want - :)



The work fuses a critical theory philosophy with absurdity and a surrealist/ realist/ abstract aesthetic. It seeks to address the strangeness, humour, harmonies alongside absurd divisions and hierarchies in life. He is intrigued by identities and tastes, power and ownership. To hold a belief, an identity or even to like something is to create the other - yet without them, what are we? His surreal (DIALECTICAL?) work with sculpture, film and text explores estrangement and harmony within and between the human, animal and nature in a world of online simulation and neo-liberalism. He creates parallel worlds where he strives to illuminate on societal phenomena to empower people to (NOT?) contribute to change. Playfully becoming part of the change, his surreal landscapes gives space for a disturbing synergy of conflict as harmony. 



                                                               Curriculum Vitae

                                                               Rory Joseph Harron


                                                              Solo Exhibitions:

2020                                          The Corridor, 2,04 Gallery, Pushkinaya10 Art Centre, St Petersburg

2019                                          The Train, Gallery Kazane, Tokyo, Japan

2016                                          Do Androids Dream of Electric Cats? Social Gallery Derry

2012                                          Exodus, PhD Show, Skypark, Glasgow School of Art


2013                                          PhD Forum for Critical Inquiry, Glasgow School of Art

2007                                          Masters Research Creative Practice, Glasgow School of Art

2004                                          Masters Fine Art, Manchester School of Art

1999                                          BA English - Politics, Queen's University Belfast

                                                             Group exhibitions/ Art Events:

2019                                           On The Other Side, Collaboration with Da In, TAKT Gallery, Berlin

2019                                           GlogauAIR Art Program Open Studios, Berlin

2018                                           Flugbahn, Pilotenkeuche, Leipzig

2018                                           Unheimlich, Alte Handelschulle, Leipzig

2018                                           Durch Das Haus, Ping Pong Gallery, Leipzig

2017                                           Art in Mini, Grouse Hall, Donegal

2016                                           No Jury, No Prize, Alley Arts Centre, Strabane

2015                                           Legacy, Performance with Open Door 77, Eden Arts, Derry

2014                                           Samhain, (with Open Door 77) Playhouse, Derry

2014                                           No Jury, No Prize, Artlink, Donegal

2013                                           Humble Market, Abandon Normal Devices/ FACT, Guildhall Sq, Derry

2013                                           No Jury, No Prize, London Street Gallery, Derry

2013                                           Emerge + See, London Street Gallery

2012                                           Over Your City Grass Will Grow, Beckett Festival, Enniskillen

2011                                           Bealtainne, Glue Factory, Glasgow

2011                                           Occupy installation, University of Glasgow Postgrad Centre

2010                                           Half Knowledge/ Half, Reid Gallery, Glasgow

2009                                           Gall Peters Mural, Glasgow School of Art

2007                                           Spectres, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow

2006                                           The Window, (street installation) Galway

2005                                           London Artist's Book Fair, London

2005                                           Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai

2005                                           Plaques, Cork Art Trail, European Capital of Culture, Cork

2004                                           Cigarettes and Tea, University of Salford Gallery, Salford

2004                                           MFA Show, Holden Gallery, Manchester

2004                                           Beckett, (Godot performance), Millenium Forum, Derry

                                                             Employment and experience:

2017 - 19                                     Leprechaun Philosophy Online store

2018/19                                      English Teaching, Tokyo, Japan

2000–19                                      Artist assistant, foundry technician and administrator for public artist Maurice Harron

2017                                            Artist Facilitator, Void Gallery, Derry and CCA Gallery, Derry

2016/17                                      North West Regional Collage Substitute Fine Art Lecturer

2016                                            Wonder Wagon (mobile vintage traveler wagon) sculpture and painting tutor

2014–16                                      Sculpture and Painting Tutor Bluebell Arts, Gasyard Centre, Derry

2013                                            Curator and lecturer at the London Street Gallery, Derry

2012-14                                       Member of OpenDoor77 Derry art collective

2005                                            Artist studio, Void Gallery, Derry

2003/04                                     Gallery Invigilator, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester


                                                             Curatorial work:

2014                                           No Jury, No Prize, Artlink, Donegal

2013                                           No Jury, No Prize, London Street Gallery

2013                                           Emerge + See, May, London Street Gallery

2012                                           Bealtainne, PhD exhibition, Glue Factory, Glasgow


                                                            Public Art Works:

2018                                           Our Hopes, Top of the Hill Park collaborative community steel art work, Derry

2017                                           Henry Swan, bronze memorial, Swan Park, Buncrana

2016                                           Our Memories, Irish Street Park collaborative community steel artwork, Derry

2005                                           Paddy ‘the Cope’ Gallagher, 8ft bronze, Dungloe, Donegal

2003                                           Saint Bernadette, life-size bronze sculpture, St Brigid's church,  Derry


                                                          Publications/ Writing:

2019                                           Art Outside The Gallery, Visual Artist's Ireland Newsletter

2017                                           Between A Dog and a Wolf, edited by Sarah Browne, CCA Derry

2015-2016                                  Szine, Derry Arts zine co-edited with George Doherty

2013                                           Derry, UK City of Culture Curator Review, Visual Artists Ireland Newsletter

2013                                           Towards a Non-Identity Art, Journal of Artistic Research

2012                                           Extremity and Excess, University of Salford



2016                                           Arts Council NI Funding for Wonder Wagon Project

2013                                           NI Arts Council Support for the Individual Artist Programme

2011                                           Glasgow School of Art bursary

2009                                           Glagow School of Art Bursary 


                                                         Positions of Responsibility:

2014–2016                                  Bluebell Arts Centre Art Strategy Board

2013 - 2015                                  Journal of Artist Research Peer reviewer

2013                                            London Street Gallery Board

2010-2012                                   PhD student representative, Forum for Critical Inquiry, GSA Board



2019                                            St Petersburg Artist Residency, Russia

2019                                            Glogauair Art Program, Kreuzburg, Berlin

2018                                            Pilotenkueche International Art Program, Leipzig, Germany