Adrian O’Connell was born Derry, N. Ireland and received a B.A. (Hons) in Fine and Applied Art in 1998 from the University of Ulster, and a MFA in 2000 also from the University of Ulster.


Utilising mixed media, O’Connell creates video and sculptural installations that examine the human condition.


Through the amalgamation of video juxtaposed with multiple objects predominantly selected for their historical, cultural, and political metaphors, his installations explore the complex associations between the object and its meaning. The focus of his practice has been in response to the ever-shifting political landscape of local and international affairs, by drawing attention to the effects imposed on society by decisions implemented by government. Whether cultural, social or economical, the aim of the work is to create a means of open debate and exchange, to develop a visual language to map adequately the values underpinning the search for resolution. His current work is of no exception, as he transforms paintings into critical social commentary in an era of globalization and a growing new world order. The paintings examine the current trend of information gathering. In particular, the recognisable barcode is metaphorically used to convey how one’s data may be collated to track one’s movements, patterns of spending and possibly even indicate, whom one may vote for.


His narrative film work, unless specifically made for the purpose of exhibition, shifts firmly into the world of cinema i.e. Nailed (2006) O’Connell’s feature directorial debut. Released and distributed on DVD through Image Entertainment USA (2007) and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Australia (2007).


O’Connell has exhibited internationally in Berlin, London and New York. He partook in the Sydney Fringe Festival 2011, The Belfast Festival at Queens 2012 and Eva International Biennial of Visual Art 2012. More recently: Exploring Spaces, 2015 The Braid Museum, Antrim, N. Ireland. Play, Record, Rewind, 2015 The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland.

Still from Nailed Movie
Still from 'Nailed'

Curriculum Vitae


2000 M.F.A. University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1998B.A. (Hons) Fine and Applied Art. University of Ulster, Belfast, N. Ireland

Present Position

2002 - PresentLecturer. BA (Hons) Fine Art, (IADT) Institute of Art Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Solo Exhibitions & Film-works

2016BELFAST FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Nailed Screening, followed by a Q&A).
Ben Katz Productions. Image Entertainment (2007) USA (DVD release)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2007) Australia (DVD release)
2015PLAY RECORD REWIND (Corporatocracy)
Engine Room Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
2012 OFF-LIMITS (The Belfast Project) Video-Installation.
Platform Arts, Belfast, N. Ireland
2011LIBRARY Video-Installation. Eva International Biennial,
Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Republic of Ireland .
2011LIBRARY Video-Installation. Carriage-Works, Sydney,
Australia. In conjunction with the 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival.
2008ALOE VERA Screenplay. Director/Producer
Optioned by Luminous Productions
2006NAILED Feature Film. Director/Producer
Ben Katz Productions. Image Entertainment (2007) USA (DVD release)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2007) Australia (DVD release)
2005/6KEEP SCHTUM Feature Film. Writer/Director
Optioned by Broadsword Entertainment
2004OFF-LIMITS: Video-Installation. Gate P, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin.
2003COMMUNICATION IN CONFLICTSculpture/Video-Installation
The Context Gallery, Derry. The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast. N. Ireland
2002THE BEST LIE IS 99% TRUTH: (Daylighting the city) Video-Installation
Commissioned by National Sculpture Factory and Horsehead Intl.
City Hall, Cork, Republic of Ireland.
TOUCH WOOD Independently produced short film (R.T. 9:00) Writer/Director. Screened by Catalyst Arts Belfast, Northern Ireland
2001DISASSEMBLE Sculptural/Video-Installation produced in response to the changes evoked by the Good Friday Agreement. Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland.
2000THE COMMISSION Writer/Director - Independently produced short film
(R.T. 3:50) Screened by: The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
UK in NY. Grand Central Station, New York. B.I.F.F. Belfast, N. Ireland
1997 PASSAGE OF TIME The Foyle Arts Centre, Derry N. Ireland. The Arts Centre, Letterkenny, Republic of Ireland
1996-97 COMMUNICATION Touring exhibition sponsored by NUS/USI
The Arts Centre, Letterkenny, R.O.I. University of Ulster, Belfast, N.I. Queens University, Belfast, N.I. University of Ulster, Coleraine, N.I.
University of Leeds, Leeds, England

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016PLAY RECORD REWIND Video-Installation. The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast, N.I.
2014EXPLORING SPACES Video-Installation. Mid-Antrim Braid Museum, Ballymena, N.I. Centre of Contemporary Art, Limavady, N.I.
2004PERCEPTIONS OF THE SELF AND THE OTHER East & West. Sculpture/Video-Installation. Tenri Gallery, New York.
2003THE CHALLENGE Sculpture/Video-Installation. The Engine Room
Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, (Curated and partook)
2002CULTURAL FESTIVAL Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, USA
HAPPENSTANCE The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
2001FORTYSHADES & NOTIONS: The Donskoj & Company Gallery
Kingston, New York, USA

DESIGNS ON PEACE: Touring exhibition sponsored by The American Embassy. The Arts Centre, Killarney, ROI. The Arts Centre, Tralee, ROI. The Newcastle West Arts Festival, Limerick, ROI. The Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo, ROI. The Garter Gallery, Waterford, ROI. The Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, N. Ireland.
2000BRIDGES Sculpture/Video-Installation. Engine Room Gallery, Belfast,
CONSEQUENCES A thematic exhibition The Engine Room Gallery,
Belfast, N. Ireland
STATE OF THE ART 2000 (Millennium exhibition) The Engine Room
Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
CACHE: Thematic exhibition. Hales Gallery, London, England


Arts Council of Ireland Project Award – 2004
Arts Council of Ireland Project Award – 2003
Arts Council of Ireland Project Award – 2002
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Project Award – 2001
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Art Award – 2000
Arts Council of Northern Ireland 1991 Art Award – 1998 Recipient.
Arts Council/Aer Lingus Art Flight 1998
The British Arts Council Art Award 1998