sally-anne kelly






Amid The Deepening Shades

Deer Park Hotel, Howth

Sunday 19th of October - Sunday 16th of November 2014


Saturday 18th of October at 18:00 with reception in the hotel bar

Opening hours:
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 - 18:00 and by appointment on weekdays excluding Monday
(please contact for bookings)


Sunday the 26th of October 16:00 - 18:00:

Falling Backwards: an afternoon of experimental music from Rachel Ní Chuinn and mvestle (TBC) from inside Deer Park's drained swimming pool.

Sunday the 16th of November 18:30 - 20:00:

Dementia 13: film screening of Francis Ford Coppola's debut feature film which was shot around the grounds of Howth Castle.


The Moonless Ocean Exhibition, CAI02, Comteporary Art Institute, Sapporo, Japan




'The Moonless Ocean' film and 'Being In The Twofold World' film and photograph series is being presented in a solo exhibition in the Contemporary Art Institute (CAI02) in Sapporo, Japan.

This exhibiton is run in conjunction with the Sapporo International Art Festival and is as a result of being awarded the Gran Prix from the Sapporo Pre-Biennale competition in 2011.

The Exhibition runs from 9th - 30th August 2014.
CAI02, Showa Building, B2 Nishi 5-chome, Chuo-ku, Odori, Sapporo City, Japan.

For More Information:
Contemporary Art Institure (CAI02)
Sapporo International Art Festival
Sapporo Bre-Biennale
Hacoren Gallery Network



'The Moonless Ocean' was supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.



'The Suffocating Heat Of the Forest' Photograph Series exhibited at Taipei Artist Village


Exhibition continues from 13th February until 9th March 2014 at Taipei Artist Village.

Taipei Artist Village, No.7 Beiping E. Road, Taipei


The Library Project


The Unnameable book is available at The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin. The Library Project is a collection of publications around Photography, the core of a public resource library already holding over 900 items from 180 publishers worldwide.

Click here for more information about The Library Project.


18th September 2013

An excerpt of The Moonless Ocean will be screened in the RHA Gallery in conjunction with The Poetry Project and Culture night 2013.

18:30-23:00 20th September 2013.
Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, Ireland

1st September 2013

The Earth rings in your ears
Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty / Kevin Gaffney & Sally-Anne Kelly / Ruth Le Gear /

Curated by Tracy Hanna
Preview: 7-9pm, Wednesday September 4th, 2013
Running until September 10th
Eight Gallery, 8 Dawson St., Dublin 2.

Opening hours,
Monday – Saturday
10.00 – 17.30
Sunday 11.00 - 17.30

Although we are tiny we feel the Universe.We see and hear the crash of a wave on the shore being pulled by our moon. Various waves come to touch our skin from all corners of the cosmos and our eyes extend infinitely. We feel the enormous size of things.

This exhibition presents three works that engage with the ocean. Each artist, in their individual approaches, listens to the mystical, mythical and extra-terrestrial forces that act upon and interact with water on Earth.

In answer to each step you take, the earth rings in your ears.
(from Eurydice, Arseniy Tarkovsky)

Sally-Anne Kelly and Kevin Gaffney have been collaborating on films and photography since 2009. Their work for this exhibition, The Moonless Ocean, is a short film exploring the presentation and manipulation of the self. The characters, masked in the likeness of their own faces and bodies, are fragments of the self, bound by the limits of their own transformation. Actively pursuing a transcendence of the self often has a performative and ritualistic element, and the characters are seen repeatedly simulating each other's actions in an incessant search for, or an attempt to erase, something unseen. Baths, pools and the sea act as motifs in which the psychology of the characters becomes physicalized. The title posits another physical existence, where the power of the moon over the ocean does not exist, acting as a reflection of the character's state of entropy.

Their work has been exhibited at Periodical Review #2 (selected by Padraic E. Moore) at Pallas Projects, Abandon Normal Devices at Cornerhouse, the Startpoint Prize at Museum Gavu Cheb and Wannieck Gallery, Big Screen at Latitude Festival, The Brighton Film Festival, and solo exhibitions at RUA RED (South Dublin Arts Centre) and the Galway Arts Centre. In 2011 they were awarded the Grand Prix from the Sapporo Biennale art competition to create a new project, Leaving a Vacuum in which Compasses and our Internal Navigation Systems Fail to Work, in Hokkaido for presentation at the 2014 Biennale in Japan.


19th August 2013 An excerpt from The Moonless Ocean is being presented as part of The Poetry Project from 19-25th of August 2013. Every week, from January 1st 2013, The Poetry Project uploads a video artwork and poem, in celebration of Ireland's literary and visual creativity. The Poetry Project is presented as part of the Culture Programme of the EU Presidency.

For more information about The Poetry Project click here.

To watch The Moonless Ocean contribution click here.


25th June 2013 The Unnameable book will be shown as part of the 2013 Book Award exhibition at Les Rencontres d'Arles. The Exhibition wil be held at Atelier de Chaudronnerie (Grande Hall), Parc des Ateliers from 1st July- 22nd September, every day from 10am-7.30pm.

More information available here.




5th April 2013 Installation shots of 'The Observer & I' an exhibition by Sally-Anne Kelly & Kevin Gaffney in The Galway Arts Centre. 8th March - 13th April 2013.















8th March 2013 'Nature Fertile' will be shown in the The Hungarian House of Photography's exhibition 'In The Kitchen, In Bed, In Public'. For more information click here.

6th March 2013 'The Observer & I', Galway Arts Centre. Preview 6pm Friday March 8th


18th January 2012 'The Observer & I', an exhibition of new works by Sally-Anne Kelly & Kevin Gaffney presented at the Galway Arts Centre. 8th March - 13th April 2013.

1st December 2012 A new work from 'The Observer & I' serieswill be shown as part of Periodical Review #2 which opens at Pallas Projects Dublin on 6th of December and runs until 26th of January 2013. For more information abotu the exhibition click here.
'Structured as an editorial review with a critical and discursive position, this unique, yearly survey of Irish contemporary art practices, looks at commercial gallery shows, museum exhibitions, artist-led and independent projects, publishing, and curatorial practices.'

pallas install shot

28th November 2012 The Unnameable Publication will be available at the Dublin Art Book Fair in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios from Friday 30th November– Sunday 2nd December 2012. Read more about the Fair below.

'Temple Bar Gallery + Studios has invited 30 of the most exciting publishers of art books from around the world to take part in the second edition of the Dublin Art Book Fair. The Fair will feature Irish and internationally based art book publishers, including publishers from Germany, Norway, UK, USA, Canada, Korea and Luxembourg.'

27th August 2012
Sally-Anne Kelly & Kevin Gaffney have been awarded a Film Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland to create a new short film that will be exhibited at the Galway Arts Centre in March 2013.

25th August 2012
The Unnameable will be screened at Abandon Normal Devices 2012 in Cornerhouse, Manchester. Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is an energetic regional festival of new cinema, digital culture and art. The festival takes place annually in Liverpool and Manchester on alternate years, with an extended regional programme. More information and ticket to the screening are available here.

AND festival

5th July 1012
The Unnameable will be shown Latitude Festival 2012 as part of 'Out Of This World', curated by Louise Colbourne, presents a selection of the surreal, abstracted, ethereal and other-worldly within moving image. Produced by Louise Colbourne with assistance from Jim Hobbs, Paul Burgess, DJ Harry K, and In association with Lux, Cine-city film festival and the Supernormal Festival.More information available here.

6th April 2012
Two of Sally-Anne & Kevin Gaffneys films will be presented at the Athens Video Art Festival, 18-20th May 2012. More information available here.

3rd April 2012
The Unnameable publication is now available in a limited edition of 200. four colour printed, 300gsm, 25 x 15 cm landscape hardbound embossed cover with jacket case. It is available for purchase online & in store at The Good Press Gallery, 12 Kings Road, Glasgow, G1 5RB. For more information visit


20th February 2012
Sally-Anne and Kevin have been selected as finalists for Arte Laguna 11/12 Video Art Prize with the film 'The Unnameable'. The exhibition will open on 17th March at the Arsenale, Venice, continuing until 1st April. supported by Culture Ireland.


17th February 2012 Fingal Arts Office in partnership with the Graphic Studio Dublin have announced Sally-Anne as the recipient of the Graduate Masterclass Programme. she will the unique opporunity to learn a range of printmaking skills under the tutelage of master printmaker Robert Russell..

16th January 2012
The publication to accompany Amharc Fhine Gall VIII will be launched at Draíocht after 'What Next?' professional development day on 20th january 2012. See the publication online here. with thanks to writer: Barbara Knezevic, designer: New Graphic, photographer: Denis Mortell.


15th November 2011 The Brighton Film Festival & Cinecity will be screening The Unnameable on 30th November at the Nightingale as part of a wider programme. buy tickets here.

14th november 2011 draíocht blog post: In the lead up to the opening of Amharc Fhine Gall VIII - Unknown Knowns, curator Ailve McCormack talks to artist Sally-Anne Kelly about the work she is exhibiting. here


11 November 2011 Sally-Anne is showing two new works as part of Amharc Fhine Gall VIII at Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown. Find out more information about the exhibition & read the curatorial statment here.

18th october 2011 article about recent Central Saint Martins graduates featuring sally-anne here.

24th september 2011 Sallly-Anne Kelly & Kevin Gaffney have recently completed a residency at the Cill Rialig artist retreat, co. Kerry, where they completed a new film 'The Observer & I'.

10th august 2011 'the unnameable' publication featuring images from the photograph series, film and text by kevin gaffney. available online here. support the publication printed edition here.

5th august 2011 'the unnameable'. sally-anne kelly & kevin gaffneys first solo exhibition as a duo runs from 13th august - 17th september 2011, gallery 2, rua red, south dublin arts centre, tallaght, dublin 24. more information.

30th july 2011 'the unnameable' will be screened as part of the 'i am not a poet' festival being presented by totalkunst gallery, edinburgh, from 7th - 21st august 2011. more information.

15th july 2011 photographs from the series 'nature fertile' by sally-anne kelly and sári ember will be exhibited as part of 'speak for itself' at the hungarian national gallery from 15th july - 4th september 2011. more information.

13th july 2011 sally-anne kelly & kevin gaffney have been awarded the grand prix at the sapporo biennale international art competition. their proposal will be realized in hokkaido, japan, for the 2014 sapporo biennale. more information on the award & more information on kelly & gaffney's proposal.

10th july 2011 hard cover: image perspectives has been published featuring images from 'the unnameable'. the book is available to buy at black dog publishing &

8th july 2011 blogs mention 'the unnameable' at the RCA graduate show. mrs tsk & victoria stone

8th july 2011
'the unnameable' will be screened at fest international film festival in espinho, portugal. It will be screened as part of the experimental film catagory at 22h00 on 30th july 2011. more information

1th july 2011 'the unnameable prologue' will be screened as part of 'cinematique', imax theatre, british film institute, london on 4th of july 2011.

22nd june 2011 'the unnameable' is being show at the royal college of art graduate fine art show. private view june 22nd. exhibition from 24th june - 3rd july. testbed 1, 33 parkgate road, london sw1 4np. more information

the unnameable website has been launched! visit it at

The Unnameable appeared in an exhibition in the entrance gallery in the Royal College of Art, London, as part of the battle of ideas festival on the 30th & 31st of october 2010. the exhibition was curated by david rayson, professor and head of department, school of fine art, department of painting, royal college of art. see the photos below. Click to enlarge.


The unnameable will be shown in south dublin city council's rua red gallery 2 in 2011.

Kevin & Sally-anne have been awarded a publication commission for the wandsworth newspaper art edition. the newspaper, featuring "the unnameable" text and photographs, will be distributed across london & the uk in september 2010 and can be dowloaded here.