Nigel Rolfe

Nigel Rolfe's work encompasses many media that include sound and audio production, video and photography. His primary reputation for the past thirty years is working live, making performances throughout Europe, and the former Eastern Block, North America and Japan. 

In the 1980s and 90s he worked with the pan-European group Black Market International. Since the late 1990s he has made solo performances in Ireland at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork in 1998, the Cork Film Centre in 2002, The Church Gallery, Limerick in 2003 and Mount Shannon, Co. Clare in 2004 both as part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s National programme.

In 2004 he took part in the European Performance Art Festival in Lublin, Poland and made a performance in the Images 04 Festival in Vevey, Switzerland. In 2010 he took part in the EPAF 2010 at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw. In 2011 as part of an evening of new works, created and directed by Nigel Rolfe, Nigel Rolfe performed along side Mary Nunan and Oscar Mascarenas together with dancers Lisa Cahill, Mihaela Griveva, Laura Murphy, Amy Prendergast and Cathy Walsh in the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. 2012 saw Rolfe's work in Guangzhou Live 3, China, Contexts 2012 - Sokolovsko Festival of Ephemeral Art and Remnant - A Performance Art Symposium which took place in Ballina, Co Mayo. In 2013 he took part in Infr'Action in Venice and Live Action, Sweden's leading annual international performance art festival.    

He has exhibited in Biennales in Kwangju in 1997 and Sao Paulo in 1998. His retrospective Archive was shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1994, and Nigel Rolfe Videos 1983 – 1996 was exhibited as an installed retrospective at The Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1996. He has also had one person exhibitions of works with photography and video in Ireland, New York, France and Germany.

He is Visiting Professor in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in London, and Senior Visiting Critic to postgraduate fine art courses in the United States and Europe.

Born in the Isle of Wight in 1950, Nigel Rolfe lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. 



The Burning Frame, 26 Aug - 23 Oct 2015
The Dark End of the Street, 30 May - 06 Jul 2012
European Dream, 01 Sep - 01 Oct 2010
Dust Breeding, 04 Sep - 03 Oct 2008
Many Silver Things, 30 Jun - 29 Jul 2005


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