Dan Shipsides, is an artist based in Orchid Studios in Belfast and also teaches at the Belfast School of Art. Since 2004 many projects have been co-authored with Neal Beggs (Shipsides and Beggs Projects / SBP) based in northern France with whom he shares a love of art, mountains, music and creative madness. He (inc SBP) has exhibited nationally and internationally including; International touring moving image projects (Difference Screen and Figuring Landscapes); Le Bel Ordinaire, Pau (No Shooting in this Area); ACCA, Melbourne (Desire Lines); The MAC, Belfast (Still not out of the woods); Aliceday Gallery, Brussels (Vigil | Star); South London Gallery (Games & Theory); Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (Radical Architecture); Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (Elastic Frontiers); Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden (Under plattan, ängen!); Platform Guranti, Istanbul (Hit & Run); Confederation Gallery, PEI, Canada (Beauty Queens); HEDAH, Maastricht (Rochers à Fontainebleau); Riga Sculpture Quadrennial, Latvia (European Space); Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (Beta); Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (Pioneers); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (Sporting Life); Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (Endure); Melbourne International Biennial, Australia (Signs of Life).
Dan Shipsides was awarded the ACNI Major Artist Award in 2004, in 2000 the Nissan Art Award IMMA (Bamboo Support) Dublin and 1998 won the Perspective award, OBG, Belfast (The Stone Bridge).
port | river | city
Dan Shipsides is interested in augmenting or distorting the visual and in exploring the encounter between artistic endeavour and unusual or inhospitable space. Adopting an experimental approach to developing material for his new moving image work Three points down to Zero, Dan undertook an experiential journey, hauling, dragging and shunting a cart around Dublin and spending time camping overnight in three different locations around the city. In each location, he installed a large temporary star sculpture as a kind of provisional waymark, or, as he says, a distraction. The locations Dan occupied, which descend from the highest to the lowest point in Co. Dublin might be initially thought of as points within a triangulation but this linear conceit soon collapses against the granularity of each location and the subsequent tangential musings drawn from the experience and through the editing process.
Another core feature of port | river | city is Dan Shipsides’ mobile T5 Field Cinema. Designed to bring artist and experimental moving image works to remote locations, this mobile cinema uses a converted T5 generation VW van to screen works selected to respond to or inform the environment in which they are shown. T5 will pull up to two different locations on two dates over the course of the project to screen two custom-made programmes – including Dan’s own new film work – hopefully drawing attention from an audience made up of both the curious onlooker and the avid spectator.