Kevin Gaffney


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Kevin Gaffney is an artist filmmaker whose work has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally. He graduated from Technological University Dublin with BA Fine Art (first class hons.) in 2008 and from the Royal College of Art’s MA Photography and Moving Image with distinction in 2011. In 2014 he was an UNESCO-Aschberg laureate artist-in-residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s residency in South Korea and his work was shown in two solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Institute (CAI02) in Japan (2014 & 2018). His work has been shown at the Cork Film Festival (2016 & 2018), the 10th Imagine Science Film Festival (New York, 2017) and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2021), where it is part of the collection. A monograph of his work, Unseen By My Open Eyes, was published in 2017.

Gaffney is lecturer for Photography with Video. He has previously taught on the BSc (Hons) Cinematic Arts at Ulster University and has guest lectured at the London College of Communication and Technological University Dublin and was artist-in-residence at the Marino Institute for Education. He is currently completing his PhD research on queer artist filmmaking practice at Ulster University. His PhD research has been published in the peer-reviewed Short Film Studies journal and was shown in a solo exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork.

Research Interests

Queer filmmaking practice, practice-led research, LGBTQ+ representation in cinema, archival film, experimental filmmaking, artist's film. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Royal College of Art

1 Sep 20091 Jul 2011

Award Date: 7 Jul 2011

Bachelor, Dublin Institute of Technology

1 Sep 20041 Jun 2008

Award Date: 25 Jun 2008

External positions

Peer assessment panel, Arts Council of Ireland

1 Feb 20181 Feb 2022

Panel of assessors, Grangegorman Development Agency, Grangegorman Development Agency

12 Dec 201713 Dec 2017

Visting Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology

15 Nov 201716 Nov 2017

Visiting Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin

1 Nov 20172 Nov 2017

Artist in Residence, Marino Institute of Education, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

1 Sep 201730 Jul 2018

Artistic Assessor, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

1 Aug 20171 Feb 2019


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