Joy Gerrard (b. 1971, Ireland) lives and works between London and Belfast, and graduated with an MA and MPhil from the Royal College of Art, London. Gerrard is known for multimedia work that investigates different systems of relations between crowds, architecture and the built environment. Her studio practice investigates protest crowds and occupation of urban spaces, archiving media images from the Trump Resistance, Occupy movement, Arab Risings and many more. Exploring the historical and iconographic qualities of these images, her work (re)presents them in detailed pen and ink drawings, and more recently large ink works on canvas.

Recent solo exhibitions include ‘shot crowd ’at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2017) and Protest Crowd, Peer UK, London (2015). Selected group exhibitons include: Graphic Witness at the Drawing Room, London (2017) MAC International, Belfast (2016) and In a Dream You Saw A Way To Survive and You Were Full of Joy; Hayward Gallery Touring show (2016) (2015). She has installed multiple public installations including major works for Facebook and Tideway in London in 2017/18 and also in the London School of Economics (Elenchus/ Aporia, 2009) and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (Assemble/Move/Map, 2012)


Artist Statement

What happens when democratic processes express, even produce, social and political divisions?  How are the outcomes of such processes – sometimes only narrowly won - resisted and critiqued?  How moreover, do such processes make use of visual-cultural means to, as the writer Rebecca Solnit puts it: ‘make injury visible’?  As a spectacle of resistance, public protest has a long history, but persists as a powerful form of expression in a time of conflict and instant, ‘citizen enabled’ global media.

Drawing on over a decade of image-making and research on themes of protest and urban space, Irish artist Joy Gerrard archives and painstakingly remakes media-borne crowd images from around the world.  Recent exhibitions in Dublin and London mark the latest development in this project, presenting an abstract film work alongside monochrome paintings and drawings of the Arab risings of 2011, anti-Trump demonstrations and ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests from 2016. Her crowds are viewed from above, suggesting the remove of media observation, while the fluidity and drama of their moment is expressed through precise, expressive mark-making. The large paintings allow a shift in scale, disrupting the photographic schema of the smaller drawings, thus allowing greater freedom from the original mediation of the image. These are set alongside the film ‘shot crowd’, produced as a small maquette in 2007 and remade in 2016. Here, Gerrard sets the historical specificity of her protest images against an abstract depiction of space and human movement. The perpetual flow of individual objects, apparently random and chaotic, is constrained and directed within a built environment.

The elemental simplicity of Gerrard’s Japanese ink drawings and paintings belies a more complex meditation on the contemporary circulation of images, the precarious freedom of protest and the contemporary relation between populism and representative democracy. In her work, the figure of the crowd comes to suggest the expression of collective agency. But these crowds are persistently contained within historical architectures that at once give them form and constrain them.  The ephemeral imagery of news media is thus figured against more fundamental and enduring human conditions, while the rescaling of images into dramatic, painterly forms disrupts their everyday meaning to provoke reflection on the place of art, witnessing and the politics of representation.

Joy Gerrard
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2008   Royal College of Art, London, M. Phil. Practice-based Fine Art Research
2001    Royal College of Art, London, M.A. Fine Art Print
1995    National College of Art and Design, Dublin, B.A. Fine Art Printmaking
1993    Crawford College of Art, Cork, Diploma, Fine Art Painting

Selected Exhibitions

2018    'falter', Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford (forthcoming)
2017    'shot crowd', Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and MCAC, Portadown. NI
2015    'Protest Crowd', PEER, London
2009    'Space, Fear and the Multitude', MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland
2007    'The Longest Day', Acava Studios, London
2003    'The Crowd Transfixed', Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin
2002    'Fractured Flow', Judith Wall Gallery, New York, Sara Pearce Fine Art, London

2017    Graphic Witness, Drawing Room, London
2017    Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London
2017     Royal Hibernian Academy, Summer Exhibition 2017. Invited Artist.
2016    MAC International. Exhibition and Ulster Bank Award (forthcoming) The MAC. Belfast
2016    In a Dream You Saw A Way To Survive and You Were Full of Joy. Hayward Gallery Touring show (UK) Curated by Elizabeth Price. 
2016    Royal Hibernian Academy, Summer Exhibition 2016
2016    Contemporary Curated, Sotheby's, London
2015    Contemporary Drawing, Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, China
2015    Royal Hibernian Academy, Summer Exhibition 2015
2015    Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London
2014    Permanent Rainbow, A site specific installation on Lough Derg, Terryglass, Ireland
2013    Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013, Jerwood Space, London and touring
2013    Project Space, material, Los Angeles
2013    Drawing Biennial 2013, Drawing Room, London
2012    182nd RHA Annual Exhibition, Invited Artist, RHA; Dublin
2012    Double Take, Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent
2011     Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, Jerwood Space, London and touring
2010    Research Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London
2009   Then and Now, Evolving Art Practices, Glucksman Gallery, Cork
2009   The Space Between, The Crypt, Kings, Cross, London
2009    1/2/3/4. Graphica Creativa 09, Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Finland
2008    AIB Award, AIB exhibition space, Dublin
2008    John Gerrard/Joy Gerrard, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
2007    The Aesthetics of Space, Ubu, Glasgow
2007    Mandscapes, The Ark, Dublin and touring
2007    The Great Exhibition 2007, Royal College of Art, London
2007    The Man Group Drawing exhibition, Royal College of Art, London
2006    The square root of drawing; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
2006    Small and Monumental, Municipal Gallery, Waterford
2006    Interim Research Exhib, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
2006    Dark in the Park, café gallery projects, London
2006    Passing Through, The Glucksman Gallery, Cork
2005    The Workroom Press, The Workspace, Dublin
2005    Garden of Earthly Delights, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin and touring
2004    Crawford Open 5, Crawford Gallery, Cork
2004    Three Artists, Galleria Harmonia, Jyvaskyla, Finland
2004    The Cracked Looking Glass, The Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2004    Art Futures, Contemporary Art Society, London
2003    Elsewhere from Here, The Workspace, Dublin
2003    Iontas, Small works exhibition, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo and touring
2003    Thy Neighbours Ox, Space Station Sixty Five, London
2002    Gach Ait Eile (Every Other Place), Belmont Avenue, Dublin


1999    Pepinieres Artist in Residence, Jyvaskyla, Finland
1997    Artist in Residence, Cork Printmakers, Ireland

Public Art Commissions

2017/18  And the ground shook, Wall Mural, Facebook, Oxford Circus, London
2016/17  Tideways Tunnel Commission, (Double Exterior Commission) Photographic and digital print), Blackfriars Bridge. London
2016       Mapping the Scene and Unseen. Perspex, Mural and Photographic, Facebook, Euston Road, London
2015       Centre, Move, Map, Sculptural Work, Percent for Art scheme, Borrisokane College, Tipperary
2014       Dawn/Dusk, Sculptural Glass work, and complementary 2D works for the Phoenix  Care Centre, Percent for Art Scheme. Grangegorman Development Authority, Dublin
2012      Assembly/450, and Assemble/Map/Move, Sculptural and Photographic work. commissioned by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital; London    
2008     Elenchus/Aporia, commissioned by the London School of Economics and the Contemporary Art Society; LSE, New Academic Building, Kingsway, London
2006     Crowd, Installation for Webworks Building, Cork.  Commissioned by Scott, Tallon and Walker Architects
2006     Strata, Percent for Art scheme, commissioned by the Office of Public Works; Installed Galway City Museum, Galway
2005     Flow, Percent for Art scheme, commissioned by Cork University Hospital, Cork
2003/5    Route, Floor based work, commissioned by Land Securities, Victoria, London
2003/4    Cloud, Sculptural work commissioned by the Office of Public Works; The Glen, Waterford

Third Level Lecturing

2003/5  Full-time Lecturer in Visual Art Practice (Print), School of Creative Arts, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland. 

Conferences/ Public Presentation/Visiting Lectures

2018    Sustaining your Practice. Panel Member. Bealtaine Festival. RHA school, Dublin

2017    Visiting Lecturer, School of Fine Art, Newcastle
2017    Course Leader, The Body Politic. Summer School. Drawing Room, London
2017     Protest Crowds and Precarious Freedom. Camberwell College of Art, London
2017     Artists in Protest (panel paper). Drawing Room, London
2017    'shot crowd' Visiting lectures. RHA, IADT, NCAD
2017    Masterclass. Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2017    Hermione Lecture, Alexandra College, Dublin
2017    Visiting Lecturer. School of Fine Art. Wexford IT.
2016    Protest Crowd, The Centre Cannot Hold. Architecture and Power, Calvert 22 gallery and University College London (Paper)
2016    Conflict, Presence and Absence. Urban Encounters. Goldsmiths University, London. In association with Tate Britain, Goldsmiths, Kingston and Falmouth Universities     (Paper)
2015    Precarious Freedom In conversation with Rut Blees Luxemburg, Peer, London
2015    Visiting Lecturer, Project and Process, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork
2014    Visiting Lecturer, National College of Art and Design, Dublin
2011     Visiting Lecturer, School of Graphics and Photography, Kingston University
2010    Visiting Lecturer, Space, Fear and the Multitude, Research Department, RCA
2008    Visiting Lecturer, Public Projects, London School of Economics, London
2007    Artist Teacher, Sculptors in Schools programme, ACAVA and Hammersmith Schools, Blechynden Street, London
2007    Visiting Lecturer, School of Architecture, Cambridge University
2001     Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art; Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall and School of Fine Art, University of East Anglia

Selected Awards

2016    The MAC International Award (shortlist), MAC, Belfast
2016    Visual Arts Bursary, The Arts Council of Ireland
2015    The ORTHO Mid Career Artist Award, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2011     Visual Arts Bursary. The Arts Council of Ireland
2008   The AIB Artist award, Shortlist and Exhibitor
2007    Winner, Man Group drawing prize, London, 2007
2006    Professional Training and Development Award, The Arts Council of Ireland
2005    Professional Training Award, The Arts Council of Ireland
2005/7 Research Bursary, The Royal College of Art
2005    Arts Bursary, Dublin Corporation
2002    Travel and Mobility Award, The Arts Council of Ireland
2001    The D.L.A. Graduate Art Award, Finalist, D.L.A., London
2001    Lattice Award for Sustainability, The Lattice Group, London    
2000   Michael Byrne Award, The Arts Council Of Ireland
1999    European Artists Pepinieres Award, Jyvaskyla, Finland (six month residency)
1995    Materials Award, The Arts Council Of Ireland
1995    One Year Tuition and Maintenance Scholarship, Il Bisonte, Florence, awarded by S.D.Space Design, Japan

Selected Bibliography


2017    Gemma Tipton. Women Artists reclaim History. The Irish Times. September 28th 2017. [link here]
2017    Cristin Leach, Standing out from the Crowd.The Sunday Times. February 12th, 2017 [link here]
2017    Declan Long. Joy Gerrard, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Frieze. March 2017. [link here]
2017    Gemma Tipton. Joy Gerrard. I was thinking about how crowds react to a space of fear. The Irish Times, Feb 1, 2017 [link here]
2017    Aidan Dunne. Shot Crowd. Joy Gerrard . The Irish Times. February 22nd 2017 [link here]
2017    James Merrigan. Devil. February 2017. [link here]
2016    Lawrence Mackin. Healing Art Award shortlist announced. The Irish Times. March 22nd 2016. [link here]
2016    Joy Gerrard, Explosion, Response and Aftermath The Centre Cannot Hold. New Monumentality, Neo-Modernity and Other Zombie Urban Utopias. The Fringe Series. UCL press, London
2016    Joy Gerrard, Protest Crowd, Text and Image, (cover image), Cultural Politics, Duke University Press
2015    Hatice Utkan, Special Report; Contemporary Drawing, Joy Gerrard, Contemporary Istanbul Magazine (CI MAG). [link here]
2015    Gemma Tipton, Cultural playlist for 2015, The Irish Times, December 19
2015    Caspian Frail, Joy Gerrard at Peer. [link here]
2015    Cristin Leach Hughes, Widen the Circle, The Sunday Times, June 7, 2015
2014     Aidan Dunne, Anarchy and the Art of Survival, The Irish Times, December 7, 2013
2013     Joy Gerrard, Material Press, Art making, Memory, Work and Practice. [link here]
2013     Gemma Tipton, Portrait of a City, The Irish Times, February 13, 2013
2012     Double Take, The Art of Printmaking, Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman Building
2011     Eliza Apperly; The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, This is Tomorrow, Contemporary Art Magazine
2009    Joy Gerrard, Space, Fear and the Multitude, MCAC. Essay by Fiona Kearney
2008    Aidan Dunne; Tales that are both everyday and exotic, infused with a sense of magic. Joy and John Gerrard at Temple Bar Gallery. May 21, 2008
2008     Sculpting Space. LSE Magazine. Winter 2008
2008     Riann Coulter: The AIB Prize. Irish Arts Review, Summer 2008
2008     Marc O'Sullivan: Artistic Visions. Irish Examiner, June 05, 2008
2007     Sandra Kemp: Research RCA. Royal College of Art, Summer 2007     
2007     Joy Gerrard, Strata, Galway City Museum
2006     Marianne O'Kane: Cultural Collaborations. Irish Arts Review, OPW 175th Edition, 2006
2005     Aidan Dunne: Effective and colourful use of space, November 9, 2005
2004     Gemma Tipton: Elsewhere from Here Circa Spring 2004
2003     Aidan Dunne: Alienation once again. The Irish Times, December 29, 2003
2003     Aidan Dunne: Seeing a pattern. The Irish Times, December 5, 2003
1999      Elina Puranen: Cities of Paper, Ink and Metal. Kesleisuomalainen, Jyvaskyla, Finland, September 9, 1999


The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Ireland
The Ark, Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Docklands Authority, Ireland
Urban Initiatives, Dublin, Ireland
The Department of the Environment, Dublin, Ireland.
Office of Public Works, Dublin, Ireland
Allied Irish Bank, Dublin, Ireland
The Bank of Ireland, Ireland
The Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
The Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland
University College Cork, Ireland
Standard Life, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Museum of Central Finland, Jyvaskyla, Finland
Il Bisonte International Centre of Graphic Art, Florence, Italy
The D.L.A. Group, London, UK
The Lattice Group, London, UK
W.J.P Chiltern, London, UK
Facebook, London, UK
Bazalgatte PLC, London, UK