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Michael Holly is an artist, filmmaker, researcher and lecturer in documentary filmmaking at the University of Sussex.

Selected Press & Interviews

Podcast Interview: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Field Works- Janine Armin & Michael Holly on Men Who Eat Ringforts. January 8th, 2024

Podcast Interview: The Weekly Wheatley Podcast, December 20th, 2023

Radio Interview: Mieke Vanmechelen and Michael Holly on Hungry Hill, RTÉ Arena, September 26th, 2023

Newspaper Article: Hungry Hill: 'You can live on a farm in Beara and make art that's meaningful'. Irish Examiner, 9th August, 2023

Podcast Interview: Delightful Docs- Visions Du Reel, Hungry Hill. June 2nd, 2023

Newspaper Article: From ringfort to ring road: The destruction of Ireland’s fairy forts. The Irish Times, March 13th, 2021

Selected Films/ Artworks


Lily of the Valley. Short film. Collaboration with Mieke Vanmechelen. Produced by Askeaton Contemporary Arts.

Adrian Duncan's Little Republics. Short Film. Produced by Askeaton Contemporary Arts.


The Parish. Solo exhibition: Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre. 2 April to 12 May 2022

The Parish. Solo exhibition: South Tipperary Arts Centre: May - June 2022

Hungry Hill. Feature documentary. Collaboration with Mieke Vanmechelen. Galway Film Fleadh 2023, Irish Film Institute (IFI) Documentary Festival 2023, Offline Film festival 2023, IndieCork Film Festival 2023, Kerry International Film Festival 2023, Chicago Irish Film Festival 2024, Ethnograf Film Festival Paris, 2024 Feature documentary about endangered farming practices on Beara Peninsula, Ire.


Like a Mouse. (with Mieke Vanmechelen) Supported by Kerry County Council Artist Bursary 2021. Chicago Underground Film Festival 2021

Seanie Barron: Only in Askeaton. Produced by Askeaton Contemporary Arts. Winner: Audience Award, Cork International Film Festival 2021

Lucy Lippard & Jo Melvin: Imagine Being Here Now Produced by Askeaton Contemporary Arts:


Smoke Rises Among Exotic Trees Tulca Festival of Visual Arts 2020:The Law is a White Dog

A Weary Man's Space Travel. Moving Magazine.

Men Who Eat Ringforts. Published by Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Ireland


Cairn G. ETNOFF Festival of Ethnographic Film. Skopje, Macedonia

Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival, Cork, Ireland


There Can Be No Freedom Outside Of Activity, large- format photograph, Skibbereen Arts Festival 2018, Ireland

M7, Video and Audio Installation, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland


Culture Is The Inversion Of Reality, Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Art Manoeuvres , Series of performative curatorial projects in partnership with artist Sheelagh Broderick. West Cork, Ireland


Strategy Against Signposts, Exhibition, Performative Lecture and Walking Tour, Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Ireland


Those Who Swim (in) The Forest, Collaboration with Ross Cochrane and Alan James Burns Y Galerii, Tartu, Estonia

The Kingcat of Keshcorran, Documentary Video Installation. Collaboration with Liam Byrne and Sean Lynch, Roscommon Arts Centre, Ireland

Our Lady of Oxmanstown, Video and Sound Installation. St. Marys Abbey, Dublin, Ireland

Developing Creative Practice Across Borders, County Hall, Cavan, Ireland


The Remembering Game, Video, Sound and Object Installation. Siamsa Tíre, Tralee Co. Kerry, Ireland

Everything Created In Paris, performative lecture, Moks, Mooste, Estonia

Drone Comet, performative reading, Foaming-At-The-Mouth, Dublin, Ireland

Rocks of Bawn, performance, with Amanda Ralph, Modern Art Oxford


Liturgical Orientation, Abhainn Rí Festival, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Liars Poker, The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Excursions And Visits To Places That Have No Reason To Exist, St. Johns Theatre and Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland


The Sand Beneath Our Feet,
Video and sculptural installation, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Project 30: Emerging Views Of Ireland, Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland


Winter Seen, Edmonton International Film Festival, Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Seeing Hysteria, A Case, A Study, Womens Studies Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Selected Writing

Journal Article: On the particularities of experience and spectatorship in Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s Commensal as experience and Caniba as story Studies in Documentary Film. November 25th, 2023

Review Article: Xenogenesis, The Otolith Group at Irish Museum of Modern Art, curated by Annie Fletcher Moving Image and Art Journal (MIRAJ). November 14th, 2023

Article: Men Who Eat Ringforts Visual Artists Ireland Newsheet. October, 2020


2018-2022 PhD Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
2012-2014 MA Visual Arts Practice. Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
2002-2004 Commercial Photography. Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology