examined life - cornel west
Artist, Sculptor, Writer
Brian Hand is a graduate of NCAD, the Slade School of art and more recently DIT where in 2009 he was awarded a masters in third level learning and teaching. As an artist Hand has created many projects and exhibitions in time based media over the past 20 years and has spent much of the last decade working with the history of the suffragette movement in exhibitions such as A Decision to Love, Little War and most recently Anachrony. Hand has been commissioned and invited to write many essays down the years and was awarded a bursary in visual arts criticism in 1999 by the Arts Council. His most recent published work has ranged from a booklet for IMMA on participatory arts and a programme note for Arrah-na-Pogue at the Abbey Theatre. He has crafted several catalogue essays for a number of contemporary artists, in particular Anne Tallentire, Noel Sheridan , Daphne Wright, and Colin Darke. Hand was curator of the Arts Council’s Critical Voices programme in 2003 and has worked as a consultant for the council. Hand has contributed to a number of documentaries broadcast on RTE and TnaG including Get Collins, You cant win if you’re not in, Ireland’s Greatest (episode on Michael Collins) and CSí. Hand serves on the board of Visual: the national centre for contemporary art Carlow. He has lectured in art (theory, history and practice) in many colleges but since 2003 he has lectured and worked to create a new degree in art at the Wexford Campus School of Art and Design, Wexford. Hand was course director from 2003-2010.