About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

Filter Artists:

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/2930
  • First Name: Mark
  • Last Name: Curran
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1964
  • Place of Birth: Dublin
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Photographs
    • Artists' Books
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Landscape / Portrait
  • Represented By: Galerie Buro fur Fotos, Cologne, Germany.
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 3
  • Manuscript Material: Yes
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Other


2000 Development Bursary, Dublin.
2001 AIB Prize.
2001 Voies Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie.
2001 John Kobal Award, National Portrait Gallery.
2002 Selected to represent Ireland at the Singapore Arts Festival.
2002 Work presented Paris Photo.
2003 Travel Mobilitty Award, The Arts Council of Irelland.
2003 Cultural Relations Committee Bursary.
2004 The Arts Council, Dublin Travel Mobility Award.


2004 Curran, Mark, Southern Cross, Exhibition Catalogue, Gallery of Photography.


1990 University of Calgary, Canada, BA Sociology.
2001 Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin.
2003 Dublin Institute of Technology, Mphil Photography / Visual Media.


Curran is concerned with the relationship between the labouring body and the built environment. The subjects he portrays are often alienated from the spaces in which they work. Curran has exhibited extensively in solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases and images of the artists work.