Caelan BristowOn 17 September 2022 by Deej_Fabyc1
Caelan has been involved in art and architecture for three decades. Educated at the
American University in Paris, the Architectural Association London and the Southern
California Institute of Architecture Los Angeles, she’s worked in a range of disciplines for
architects Frank Gehry, Nasrine Seraji and Don Bates as well as American artists Bill
Viola, Jeff Koons, Mary Miss and Peter Erskine.
On moving to Ireland in 1999, she gained eco-architecture experience with Solearth
Ecological Architecture (Dublin) and since 2004 runs her practice incorporating
ecological principles into residential and public commissions throughout Ireland.
Alongside her architectural work, she has made art projects and curated & designed
installations for many decades (see www.caelanbristow.com). In the late 1990s, she
exhibited “Dead Horse” in Los Angles and New York. In Ireland, she exhibited “Clop”
(2006) at the Birr Arts Festival and “Dong” (2006) at the Electric Picnic. She curated the
Birr Arts Festival from 2004-2006, designed & managed the 160th anniversary Student Art
& Design show at Ulster University Belfast in 2009, project-managed the Irish Showcase
at Dutch Design Week 2015 and developed community art projects with Open House
Limerick Education (2012-2017), “Re-possession” for Eva Biennal Limerick (2012), and
“Slowweave” with Slow Architecture (2010-2011). Current art/design facilitation projects
include working with the community of Kilcormac, Co. Offaly on a Creative Ireland
Climate Action Project, “ReImagine Workers Villages” and developing a walking trail of
environmental projects from the past 4 decades of Limerick’s Eva Art Biennal.
Since 2017, she’s been renovating a 200 year old 3-storey stone house in Cloughjordan,
Co. Tipperary. She’s a member of the RIAI Sustainability Task Force and of Irish
Architects Declare, as well as Treasurer of Live Art Ireland.