Dr. Paul O’Neill is an Irish curator, artist, writer and educator. He is the Artistic Director of a new art organisation in Finland, formerly known as Checkpoint Helsinki, wher he begins in the Fall. He was until recently the Director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), Bard College from Julu 2013 until July 17 and is one of the main organisers of the Symposium: Curating After the Global. Paul is widely regarded as one of the foremost research-oriented curators, and leading scholar of curatorial practice, public art and exhibition histories. Paul has held numerous curatorial and research positions over the last twenty years and he has taught on many curatorial and visual arts programs in Europe and the UK. O’Neill is one of the most widely published authors in the field, most notably with The Culture of Curating, the Curating of Culture(s), published by MIT Press in 2012. He received his doctorate in visual culture from Middlesex University, London in 2007.
Paul has co-curated more than sixty curatorial projects across the world including: We are the (Epi)center, P! Gallery, New York (2016); We are the Center…, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, (2016-17); Open Fold, Series of public art projects, Lockleaze, Bristol (2014-17); The4th Moscow Curatorial Summer School, (2015); The Curatorial Timeshare, Enclave, London (2012-13); Last Day., Cartel, London (2012); Our Day Will Come, Part of Iteration: Again, Hobart, Tasmania (2011), and Our Day Will Come, Latitudes 53, Edmonton, Canada (2013-); We are Grammar, co-curated with Dave Beech, Pratt Institute, Manhattan Gallery, New York (2011); Coalesce: happenstance, SMART Projest Space, Amsterdam (2009); Making Do, The Lab, Dublin (2007); Coalesce: With All Due Intent, The Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo (2005); La La Land (2005)and General Idea: Selected Retrospective, co-curated with Grant Watson and AA Bronson, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2006); Tonight, Studio Voltaire, London, (2004); Are We There Yet?, Glassbox, Paris (2000); In Consistency, Artur R. Rose Gallery, London (1999) and Bez Paszportu, Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw (1998).
He is visiting international tutor on the de Appel Curatorial Program, Amsterdam since 2005, and was international research fellow with The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin between 2010-13. From 2007-2010, he was responsible for leading the major international research program looking at durational appraches to public art; Locating the Producers at Situations, University of the West of England, Bristol. He has previously held lecturing positions on the MFA in Curating, Goldsmiths, University of London and Visual Culture, Middlesex University amongst others. Between 2001-03, he was the Curator of London Print Studio Gallery, where he curated group shows such as Private Views; Drawn Out; Frictions; A Timely Place…Or Getting Back to Somewhere; All That is Solid and solo projects: 25 Years of Being Childish Billy Childish; Production: Anthony Gross; Phil Collins Reproduction Timewasted; Harrowed: Faisal Abdu’ Allah; and Locating: Corban Walker. He was Artistic Director of Multiples X from 1997-06; an organization that commissioned and supported curated exhibitions of artist’s editions at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin.
Paul’s writing has been published in many books, catalogues, journals and magazines and he is a regular contributor to Art Monthly. He is reviews editor for Art and the Public Sphere Journal and is co-editor of Afterall’s Exhibition Histories Series. He is on the editorial board The Journal of Curatorial Studies and FIELD – A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism. He is editor of the curatorial anthology, Curating Subjects (2007), and co-editor of Curating and the Educational Turn (2010), and Curating Research (2014) both with Mick Wilson, and co-published by de Appel and Open Editions (Amsterdam and London); Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art (Amsterdam, Valiz, 2011), co-edited with Claire Doherty and author of the critically acclaimed book The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s), (Cambridge, MASS., The MIT Press, 2012). His most recent anthologies, The Curatorial Conundrum…, and How Institutions Think are co-edited with Lucy Steeds and Mick Wilson and published with the MIT Press in 2016 and 2017 (forthcoming)). He recently curated the multi-faceted large scale exhibition project: We are the Center for Curatorial Studies for the Hessel Museum, Bard College (2016-17), and he is currently working on the co-authored Durational Aesthetics: Time and Contemporary Art (London, Bloombury Press, 2018).
Recent Reviews and Forthcoming Publications