Artist Biography

Stormy Petrel/Guairdeall

Stormy Petrel/Guairdeall is a collaboration between Orla Ryan, Alanna O’Kelly and Brian Hand exploring feminism and the formation of the State. The name of the collaboration refers to parallel research into the associative links between the forgotten metaphor of the stormy petrel and the forgotten history of the revolutionary women couriers of 1916. This research delved into the metaphor of the stormy petrel and the folklore associated with the world’s smallest sea bird now more commonly known as the storm petrel. In the 19th century the symbolism attached to this little bird is of a radical revolutionary, heroic in the face of extreme danger and an ‘announcer of the storm’. Stormy Petrel / Guardeall were awarded a temporary Public Art Commission by An Post / GPO Witness History Museum April 24th – May 2nd 2016. Their work was exhibited in the Vietnamese Women’s Museum as part of the Official Ireland 2016 programme supported by The Irish Embassy in Hanoi and Culture Ireland  (May-June 2015) and in Visual Centre for Contemporary Art (Nov 2016- January 2017). In February 2017 Have You Forgotten Me Mr Haynes? screened in Close-Up Cinema London.

Sourced from Orla Ryan on Dec 31st 2016