Martina Cleary is a Dublin born visual artist, currently based in the West of Ireland. She attended NCAD Dublin and the Crawford College of Art and Design Cork, followed by postgraduate studies at The Finnish Academy of Fine Art and The Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture,  Helsinki.  Martina has exhibited nationally and internationally since the mid 1990’s, with support from the Arts Councils of Ireland and Finland, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Clare County Arts Office and a number of other organizations in both Ireland and abroad. Recently her work has been selected for the Format 2015 at Tiblisi Photo Festival Georgia,  the Procur:arte Flaneur Project, Lisbon (2015), Obscura Festival, Malaysia (2015), Impressions Fine Art Print Expo, Galway (2015), Athens Photo Festival (2015),  Format, Evidence, Derby (2015), Describing Architecture/Memory and Place, Dublin (2014), solo exhibition at the RHA, Dublin (2012,) and EV+A International, Limerick (2008). In 2008 she also participated in the Art@Work residency program in Roscommon, an experience which inspired a project for the CREATE Artist in the Community Scheme in 2010. Along with her work as an artist, in recent years Martina has also worked as a lecturer in photography, a freelance consultant and curator for a number of institutes and organizations including, The EU Urban Development Project and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki,  Burren College of Art, LSAD and GMIT in Ireland, Cardiff School of Art & Design in the UK, and  Moore College of Art and Design Philadelphia.


2017    PhD. The European Centre for Photographic Research, e(CPR), USW (pending).
2004   MEd. Aalto University of Art, Design & Architecture Helsinki. 
1995    MFA, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.
1993    BFA, Crawford College of Art and Design Cork.

2017  Flaneur New Urban Narratives, selected group exhibition at Format 2017, Derby, UK (pending).
2016  The Suitcase Archive, solo-exhibition at The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
They Glide Like Groups, Single And In Groups Over The Roads, solo exhibition at Glor Ennis.
Flaneur New Urban Narratives - Perspectives, selected group exhibition at Cité Internationale Des Universitaire de Paris.
2015  The Road Through Kilkeedy, collaborative Community Based exhibition, Clare.
Just Another Photo Festival, New Delhi. 
Tiblisi Photo Festival, Georgia.
Procur:arte Flaneur Project, invited artist Lisbon.
Obscura Festival, George Town, Malaysia.
Impressions Fine Art Print Expo 2015, Galway.
Athens Photo Festival 2015, Main Exhibitions at the Benaki Museum, Greece.
Doing The Rounds, exhibition with Sherry Erskine, Avenue C Studio, New York.  
Format 2015 - Evidence, Derby, UK.
2014    Describing Architecture, Memory and Place, Curated by Antoin Doyle, The Irish Georgian Society, Dublin.
Design of Teaching Hero Award 2014,  for the National Forum for Teaching & Learning.
2012   Turning Point , touring exhibition, Glor Ennis, the Watergate Theatre Kilkenny and Limerick Printmakers.
In Your Dreams, Photo Place Gallery, Vermont.
The 5th Annual G126 Members Show, Galway.
2011    Turning Point, solo exhibition, the RHA Ashford Gallery, Dublin.
The Outside is Inside, solo exhibition, the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
Rianta, Ground-Up Artists Collective group exhibition, Ennis.
2010    Invisible, Black Church Print Studios, Dublin.
2009   Art@Work Residency Exhibition, Cruachan Ai Heritage Centre, Roscommon.
Stone Gallery Summer Show, Dublin.
Monster Truck Gallery at IMOCA, Dublin.
2008    Things That Go Bump, Solo Exhibition, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin.
Impressions 2008, Galway.
Talbot Gallery Christmas Show, Dublin.
Leopardskin Shoes - Live at 8. Bar no.8, Galway.
The Dublin Art Fair, with Monster Truck Galleries, RDS Dublin.
EV+A 2008, Limerick City Gallery.
Transducers,  group show at Limerick Printmakers.
G126 Gallery, Members Show, Galway.
G126 Presents, Catalyst Arts, Belfast.
2007    G126 at The Galway Arts Centre.
2006    G126 Presents, two-person show with Anne Madden, Galway.
Gallery twenty-four, group exhibition as part of the Sommerwende International Arts Festival, Berlin.
Helsinki Artists Association Annual Show, Rantakasarmi Gallery, Helsinki.
2005   Babylon, Solo Exhibition at Gallery Vuoksi, Helsinki.
Taru II,  group exhibition at Lasipalatsi Media Centre, Helsinki.
Arteeki Artists Collective, Gallery Vuoksi, Helsinki.
2004   Transformation, solo exhibition at Lasipalatsi, Media Centre, Helsinki,.
City of Helsinki Artists House Annual Group Show, Vuotalo, Helsinki.
2001   365 Days 19 Hours,  solo exhibition at Porvoo Art Hall, Finland.
Kerava Artists Association Summer Exhibition, Kerava Museum, Finland.
2000   New Works, solo exhibition at Gallery Halvere, Oulu, Finland.
Analyste Young Artists Exhibition, The Kapel Factory, Helsinki.
Uudenmaan Artists Association 25 year exhibition, The Kapel Factory, Helsinki.
Meridian 363 Three Person Show, Annantalo, Helsinki.
1999   Images from Nepal, solo exhibition at Into Gallery, Helsinki.
Two Person Show, Kaisa International Culture Centre, Helsinki.
1996   Constantinople, touring group exhibition, Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Oulu.
1995   Kaamos, solo exhibition at The Finnish Academy of Fine Art Gallery, Helsinki.

2016  Clare Arts Office, Culture Night grant.  
Clare County Council, Artist in Schools Scheme Award.
2015    Clare County Council, Creating Space grant.
Clare County Council, Artist in Schools Scheme Award.
Clare County Council Arts Act grant.
The Arts Council of Ireland, Travel & Training Award.
Format 2015 Ideas Tap Award.
2014    The Arts Council of Ireland, Travel & Training Award.
Clare County Council, Artist in Schools Scheme Award.
Clare County Council Arts Act grant.
2012    Clare County Council Arts Act grant.
2010   The Arts Council of Ireland Project Award.
Clare County Council Exhibition Grant.
CREATE Artist in The Community, Phase 1 Research Award.
2009   Art@Work Residency 2009 from Roscommon Arts Office.
2008    Impressions 2008 Open Print Show, First Prize.       
2006   Belmont Mills, Offaly, International Residency Award. 
Cite Internationale Des Artes, Paris, Residency Award.

The Arts Council of Ireland Travel Bursary Award.
2003    Award of living and working space in the City of Helsinki 450 Years, Artist House.
2000   Analyste Young Artists Competition Helsinki, Acquisition Prize..
The Finnish Cultural Foundation Exhibition Grant.
The City of Kerava Exhibition Grant.
99-01   The City of Kerava Studio Grant
1995    CIMO grant for University teaching staff at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.
1994    The Arts Council of Ireland, Artflight Award.
1993    CIMO, grant for post-graduate research at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.
1992    NCEA Student of The Year at Crawford College of Art.
            Collins Prize for Academic Writing.

Articles and Reviews
The Clare People, 'History in the making', by Stuart Holly, 30.08.2016.
The Clare Champion, Reflections of Lange in new exhibition, by Trevor Quinn, 08.04.2016.
RTE News2Day, feature on The Artist in Schools Project just finished at Tubber NS, Co. Clare, 19.06.2015.
“One Must Assume the Feminine Role Deliberately” : Comparing Nancy Spero and Martina Cleary’s Mimetic Strategies – by Rachel Wariner, The Comparative Literature Association of Ireland Conference, UCC June 2012.
The Clare Champion, ‘A Turning Point for Mother-Daughter Relationships’, by Owen Ryan, 23.03.2012.
Prism Photo Magazine, Featured Photographer, Jan-Feb 2012.
The Clare Champion, ‘Photo Series Explores Domestic Violence’  by Dan Danaher, 17.06.2011.
RTE Nationwide, interview on the Art@Work Residency at Cruachan Ai, 19.05.2010
The Irish Arts Review, ‘OPEN/INVITED EV+a 2008, by Marianne O’Kane Baol, Spring 2008.
The Irish Times, ‘Artists in The House’, by Aidan Dunne, 12.09.2006.
HBL Helsinki Swedish Daily, ‘From Japanese Woodcuts to Girls Comics’, by Anne Rouhiainen, 16.11.2005. 
HBL (Cultural Supplement featured artist), ‘When Hunting The Ego’, by Annika Rentola. 28.03.2004.
The Helsinki Sanomat,’ The Process Based Art of Martina Cleary, by Anne Rouhiainen, 17.04.2004.
Ny Tid (Swedish Cultural Magazine), ‘Struggle for Insight’, by Bianca Gresbeck, 06.04.2004.
Uusimaa (Daily Finnish Newspaper), ‘From the Small Painting to the Installation’, by Maarit Uusikumpu, 05.06.2001.
Pohjolan Sanomat, ‘Looking at the Buddhist World View’, 15.04.2000, by Soile Seppa.
The Helsinki Sanomat, ‘The Spirit of Eastern Painting’, 04.12.1999, by Marja-Terttu Kivirinta

Academic Posts
Lecturer in Photography & Lens-Based Media, Limerick School of Art & Design, 2016 onwards.
Lecturer on the PME in Art & Design with Digital Media, Limerick School of Art & Design 2016.
Guest Lecturer, MIC University of Limerick, Spring 2016.
Guest Lecturer in the Dept. of Photography & Lens Based Media, LSAD Spring 2016.
Assistant Lecturer in Photography, GMIT, 2014-15.
Head of Photography and lecturer in Historical & Critical Studies, The Burren College of Art 2006-2016.
Guest lecturer in Art History, Moore College of Art & Design summer program, 2011 onwards.
Associate Tutor in Photography and Video, and vising artist in the Dept. of Printmaking and Photomedia, Cardiff School of Art & Design, 2009-13.
Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies, Limerick College of Art & Design, 2010-11.
External Examiner in CCS, Limerick School of Art & Design 2009 -10.
External Consultant for MFA GRO Bursary Award, Limerick School of Art 2009 & 2010.
Visiting Artist/Lecturer in the Dept. of Printmaking, Limerick School of Art & Design 2009.
Lecturer/Course Instructor in Drawing, Painting, Photography, Art History, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences 2002-05.
Visiting Lecturer, Helsinki City College of Technology, HELTECH 2003.
Visiting Artist & Lecturer in Drawing, Painting, Digital Media and Art History, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Finland, 1996-04.
Visiting Lecturer in Contemporary Art History, The Free Art School of Helsinki 1995-96.
Assistant Teacher in the Dept. of Painting, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts 1994-95.

Additional Professional Experience
Serving member on the Board of Directors, PhotoIreland.
Selected panel member for The National Forum For Teaching And Learning, Ireland 2015/16.
Director of the Summer School Program, Burren College of Art 2013-15.
Freelance Photographer for Clare County Council Arts Office, 2007-09.
Workshop facilitator for Mayo Arts Office - Digital Photography for Professional Artists 2008.
Board member, Taiteen Vuoksi, Artists Collective 2003-06.
Workshop facilitator for The Kassandra EU Urban Development Project, Helsinki, 2004-05.
Workshop facilitator at Annantalo Children and Youth, Cultural Centre Helsinki 1995-98.
Visual Art workshop facilitator at Our Lady’s Psychiatric Hospital Cork, 1993.

Curatorial and Collaborative Projects
Meridians and Parallels, collaborative workshop in photography, printing and booking, organised with Suzannah O'Reilly for students of LSAD and BYU, May 2015.
Transmigrators, collaborative project and exhibition, organised with Tracy Fahey as part of Locating The Gothic, Limerick School of Art and Design, Oct 2014.
Timespace,  an exhibition co-curated with Jerome O, Drisceoil, Green On Red Gallery, Dublin, presenting the work of Kevin Atherton, Damien Flood, Tom Hunter, Bea Mc Mahon, Dennis Mc Nulty, Aug/Sept 2010, BCA Gallery, Ireland.
Modal Worlds, an exhibition co-curated with Dr. Alice Correia,  Gimpel Fils London, presenting the work of Guy Ben-Ner, Susan MacWilliam, Callum Morton, Shana Moulton, Sista Pratesi, Lucy Stein, Edwin Zwakman , Aug/Sept 2009, BCA Gallery, Ireland.
Due North, an exhibition co-curated with Prof. Jan Kaila, presenting the work of Doctoral researchers at the Finnish Academy of Fine Art, including Pekka & Lea Kantonen, Pertti Kekarainen, Johanna Lecklin, Heli Rekula, Jan Svenungsson, Sami Van Ingen, Aug/Sept 2008, BCA Gallery, Ireland.
Flicker - New Media Artists from Dublin, Darren Bolger, Mark Cullen, Brian Duggan, Cliona Harmey, Niamh McCann Jan/Feb 2008, BCA Gallery.
Savays, Hanne Horte, Erkka Nissinen, Martina Cleary, MM.Timo Laiho, Pauli Laine, Max Savinkangas, at The Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Feb/March 1996.

Conference Presentations
‘The Photograph as a Site of Mnemonic Return, Using the Photograph to Preserve, Construct and Trigger Memory’, presentation at Research Seminar Art, Memory, Place, IMMA, Nov 2015.
'Playing with The Evidence: Reconstituting the Photographic Trace as an Act of Intervention, Disruption, and Political Agency', presentation at the international Format 15 conference, Derby, April 2015.
Walking the City at Night – The Gothic Undertow of Surrealist Visions of Paris in Andre Breton's Nadja and the Street Photography of Brassai’, a paper for the international conference Locating The Gothic, at Limerick School of Art and Design, Oct 2014.
Dorothea Lange’s Images of Ireland as Sites of Mnemonic Return’, a presentation at the University of South Wales, Annual Postgraduate Conference Cardiff, June 2014.
The PhD and The Studio: Sharing The Experience’, Symposium presentation at BCA, April 2013.
‘Digital Imaging, Memory and the Visual Art Student’, presentation at the International Symposium for Learning and Teaching in Studio Art, BCA, Oct/Nov 2012.