Amanda Coogan is one of the most exciting contemporary Visual Artists practicing in the arena of Performance Art.   She is at the forefront of some of the most exciting and prolific durational performances to date. Her extraordinary work is challenging, provocative and always visually stimulating.

Coogan works encompasses a multitude of media; Objects, Text, Moving and Still Image but all circulate around her live performances. Her expertise lies in her ability to condense an idea to its very essence and communicate it through her body. The long durational aspect of her live presentations invites elements of chaos with the unknown and unpredicted erupting dynamically through her live artworks. Her work often begins with her own body presenting both solo works and group performances.


Coogan was awarded the Allied Irish Bank’s Art prize in 2004. She has performed and exhibited her work extensively including The Venice BiennaleLiverpool BiennialPS1, New YorkGaleria Safia, BarcelonaThe Irish Museum of Modern Art, DublinRoyal Hibernian Academy, DublinVan Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and theHugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Coogan’s practice is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.


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13 WOMEN is a new live performance by Amanda Coogan in collaboration with thirteen performers, it explores the Church Street disaster of 1913 and its parallel with contemporary Irish society.

This performance took place in the Hugh Lane Gallery over 12 hours. It was captured in this video using timelapse photography, the entire 12 hours resulting in a new 8 minute film.

Sound Design/Composition by Mike Glennon

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Artist Amanda Coogan in conversation with Patrick T. Murphy, Director, Royal Hibernian Academy. Filmed at the National Gallery of Ireland on 27 February 2014. Part of a special Anniversary Series organised by the NGI which featured a number of leading contemporary Irish artists discussing their work with a guest chair.


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