Fwd: [spectre] NOEL SHERIDAN 1936-2006

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From: EAF Director <[email protected]>
Date: Jul 23, 2006 6:37 PM
Subject: [spectre] NOEL SHERIDAN 1936-2006
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It is with sadness that the Experimental Art Foundation announces the
death of its inaugural Director, Professor Noel Sheridan.

Born in Dublin in 1936, Noel studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and
Columbia University in New York. He was a painter, and a conceptual
artist, often working in video and performance. He was deeply
committed to the development and promotion of contemporary arts.

In 1974 Noel was invited to Adelaide to be the Experimental Art
Foundation's first Director. He was already a leading exponent of the
conceptual and post-object art beginning to flourish, in Sydney
particularly, in the late nineteen sixties. In this area he will be
remembered, particularly in Adelaide, for the work 'Everyone Should
Get Stones', a work of great intellectual energy and humour, touring
and testing many styles of philosophical approach to 'reality' with a
relativist's panache indebted to the avant-garde Irish literary
tradition of Becket, Joyce & Flann O'Brien. The work was published in
book form by the EAF and shown as a gallery installation at the Art
Gallery of South Australia.

Noel took up the position of EAF Director with unbridled enthusiasm
and energy, wit, charm and humour. He quickly gave the Foundation an
international profile and exposed the local community to
extraordinary art and performance.

Much of Noel's career was in education where, as Director of the
National College of Art & Design in Dublin from 1980 to 2003, with a
four-year hiatus to direct the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
in Australia 1989-1993, he influenced generations of artists and arts

In 1994 Noel was awarded an Emeritus Medal for his cultural
contribution by the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2001 the Royal
Hibernian Academy, Dublin, held a retrospective exhibition of his
work and, in conjunction with, this Four Courts Press published a
book, 'On Reflection', which includes an autobiographical account and
contributions from many others, including Donald Brook and George

Noel Sheridan died in Fremantle, Western Australia, on 12th July, aged 70.

A two-minute silence was held by the Irish Parliament to note his passing.

EXPERIMENTAL ART FOUNDATION curates its exhibition program to
represent new work that expands current debates and ideas in
contemporary visual art. The EAF incorporates a gallery space,
bookshop and artists studios.

Lion Arts Centre North Terrace at Morphett Street Adelaide * PO Box
8091 Station Arcade South Australia 5000 * Tel: +618 8211 7505 * Fax
+618 8211 7323 * [email protected] * Bookshop: [email protected] *
http://www.eaf.asn.au * Director: Melentie Pandilovski

The Experimental Art Foundation is assisted by the Commonwealth
Government through the Australia Council, it arts funding and
advisory body and by the South Australian Government through Arts SA.
The EAF is also supported through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy,
an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

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