Orla Ryan Academic Texts

Family photograph (Jean) unknown street photographer late 30s

Books and Creative publications

Thug siad oíche ar guairdeall dom-They left me wandering all night.  (2016)Limited Edition Book with CD. ISBN9780993577000.An artist book by Orla Ryan, Alanna O’Kelly and Brian Hand, designed by Eilis Murphy and published by Folded Leaf. Printed in a limited edition of 500 numbered copies, comprising five hand-bound sections and the CD ‘Tom Tailor Waterwitch’. The book has 80 pages, 150x235mm, and the sound works on the CD are arranged and produced by Orla Ryan, Alanna O’Kelly and Brian Hand and mixed and mastered by Pól Brennan.

Mosquito Press. 2 Editions- April 2016 and October 2016. Co-Authored with Alanna O’Kelly and Brian Hand as Stormy Petrel/Guairdeall. Designed by Eilis Murphy.

“A Visual Essay in Memory of PW”  in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Considering comparative film studies:in Memory of Paul Willemen, Special Issue Editors Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Kim Soyoung, Volume 14 Number 1, March 2013

The Glass Eye: Artists and Television, edited by Maeve Connolly and Orla Ryan, Dublin: Project Press, 2000: 42-53. ISBN 1872493181. A collection of artists’ texts and projects by Matthew Buckingham, Valerie Connor, Ania Corcilius, Michelle Deignan, Bettina Funcke, Andrea Geyer, Brian Hand, Lana Lin, Dennis McNulty, Andrea Ray and Eva Rothschild, among others. The Glass Eye is available to by from Project Arts Centre.

Artist Page Je Veux, One Star Press 2003. In honor of the invitation extended to onestar press by the Palais de Tokyo in September/October 2002, onestar press has created a special event called: “Je Veux.” “Je Veux.” has been composed by more than twenty artists/ editors. Each artist has invited other artists to contribute a one-page project. The “Je Veux.”

Artist Page Charley 1, Les Presses du Reel Edited by Maurizio Cattelan, Bettina Funke, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick. 2002

Super Umbau, Newspaper for the Passionate Urbanist. Artist newspaper- Ania Corcilus “Up On the Angel’s  Shoulders” in, Spring Edition, New York 1997.

Selected Writing 

Article on Stormy Petrel/Guairdeall Project written with Brian Hand for VAI , October-November 2016, 2016 pp28-29.

Guest editor Art-in-Sight, Filmwaves 29. 2005

Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival Catalogue, 2004. Editor. Writing on the following artists – Maoliosa Boyle, Matthew Buckingham, João Penalva, Laila Pakalnina, Mairead McClean, Ania Corcilius, Steven Eastwood, Mark O’Kelly.

CIRCA 106, “Retelling History from Lost Sources.” Winter 2004

CIRCA 100, article on Pearl Union, Glasgow. Summer 2002

CIRCA 97, In Conversation with Sarah Pierce director of Arthouse. Autumn 2001

CIRCA 96, Review of Dublin (Margaret Corcoran and Mark O’Kelly).2001

Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism Feature article “Between Lost and Found: The Films of Matthew Buckingham.” Vol.28 No 5 2001.Click to Download: In Between Lost And Found – The Films of Matthew Buckingham

“Teratology and the Televisual in Manhunter” in  The Glass Eye  Co-editor with Maeve Connolly (Project Press,Dublin). 2000

Contributing text on the work of Xavier Veilhan for the exhibition catalogue Vivre Sa Vie,Tramway,Glasgow. Curated by Tanya Leighton. 2000.

Contributing text on the work of Xavier Veilhan for the exhibition catalogue Vivre Sa Vie,Tramway,Glasgow. Curated by Tanya Leighton. 2000.

CIRCA 89 “Meaningful Instances and Laguna Lacunae”, article on the Venice Biennale. Autumn 1999

Liveartmagazine No. 23 Review of Anne Tallentire/John Seth “Trailer”. Dec 1999

Review /Article of EV+A 1998 in Variant volume 2, number 7. Winter 1999

CIRCA 86 Review of Maolíosa Boyle’s exhibition “Slide”. Winter1998

Review Article Hungry Ghosts, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Variant No. 6. Autumn 1998.


Stormy Petrel /Guairdeall. Published for the exhibition at The Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Hanoi. Part of the official Centenary programme. (2016)

Caoímhin Mac Giolla Leith, Small Steps, Context. (2000) Click to Download: Small Steps Catalogue excerpt ‘Orla Ryan’

Francis McKee, If I Ruled the World CCA, Glasgow. Collaborative project with Rose Thomas and Brian Hand.(2001)

John Hutchinson Utopias, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. (1999)

Lynn MacRitchie Works Perfectly, Rear Window, London. (1994)


Aislinn O’Donnell  Exile: the Transubstantiation of Women’s Bodies ,(VAN Nov-Dec 2016 p7)

A sound sculpture staged at Dublin’s GPO Witness History Visitor Centre is entitled ‘Women of 1916 — Stormy Petrel/Guardeall’, writes Richard Collins, Irish Examiner 9 May, 2016

Peter FitzGerald, “Dublin II”, (review of the Glass Eye publication) CIRCA 95 2000.

Cristin Leach,  The  Glass Eye – RTE Arts website, 7 December 2000

Neil Mulholland “If I Ruled the World” Frieze, issue 44, 2000.

Marianne Hartigan,TheSunday Tribune,(review of Utopias) 29/8/1999.

Aidan Dunne, “Reflections on a Less than Perfect World’, The Irish Times, review  of Utopias) 18/8/1999.

Tim O’Brien, “Screen Clichés of Urban decay are ‘stigmatising’”, The Irish Times, (review of talk on cinema and Ballymun)11/8/1999.

Suzanne Geraghty, The Sculpture Society  magazine, (review of Utopias) September 1999.

The List, (review of EuroCentral, Transmission, Glasgow) 22 Oct 1998.

Diane Shamash -Texte zur Kunst (review of Kiosk Project, Downtown Arts Festival, New York)Vol. 7 No. 28 Nov,1997, p.136.