Dobz O’Brien (Curator Feedback / Scaling Up / Large Scale Projects)
Dobz O’Brien is a curator and Head of Projects and Programmes at the National Sculpture Factory.
He has curated and produced a wide range of projects across an extensive variety of mediums, sites and locations mostly site specific artworks, placed in the public domain.
Over the years he has worked with international artists such as SuperFlex, (Denmark); Phil Collins, (England/Germany); Maddie Leach, (New Zealand), Bikvanderpol (Holland), Surasi Kusolwong (Thailand), Robert Curgenven (Australian); as well as Irish artists, Doireann O’Malley, Jesse Presley Jones, Anthony Haughey, Elaine Hoey, Alan Butler, Mark Garry. To mention but a few. He is presently co-curating GRAFT- an exhibition of 5 new site specific commissions placed in the heart of Cork City, a collaboration between the national Sculpture Factory and the Glucksman Gallery.
He was a co-curator of the Cork Caucus project in 2005 with Charles Esche, Annie Fletcher and Fergal Gaynor. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. At Via Farini, Milan and at “Big Social Game” Torino Biennale in Italy; Rraum02 and Gasthof in Frankfurt as part of Manifesta 4 and all across Ireland. He is the founding member of art group Art/ not art.
Area of Expertise
As both a curator and a producer of large art projects I can support artists engaging in those types of large artistic productions both inside and outside of the gallery space, with a special emphasis on off-site and site specific artworks. I can give advice on how to scale your practice up and how best to approach off-site production and realization. How to start on that development. What to look out for early on. what are the pitfalls. I can chat with the artists about specific projects they are working on or one’s they have in mind. And again this can cover every element of the planning, production and realization process.