Artist Profile -  Maria Tanner Cohen
Interview with exhibition curator Maria Tanner Cohen

Maria Tanner Cohen



2010:    MA Vis, IADT (Contemporary art practices/specialising in art critical writing)

2005:   BA, (Hons) in Fine Art and Combined Media, Limerick School of Art & Design.

2003:   HDip in Fine Art, Limerick School of Art and Design.



2022   Clochán Snáithíneach/ Fiber Hut

In calloboration with US fiber artist Cynthia Ohern & US sound artist Jason Snell. Installation sound component,Singing in the Irish language & Gregorian chant to evoke the ancient soundscape of Skellig Michael, Funded by Iowa Arts Council.

2022    Deasgnáth Crua/Hard Ritual

Artistic collaboration with US (Iowa) Artist Cynthia Ohern,Temporary Art Intervention/Ancient Site Activation,Gaulstown Dolmen,Kilmeaden,Co Waterford.

2021    The Silent Stones, Solo Show,Vision Center, Cork City.

2020   The Unquiet Stones, Grainstore, Ballymaloe, Co.Cork

2019    Ether and Verse,Solo Show,The  Mall Arts Center, Youghal, Co.Cork

2018    Three Eyes Drawing,Solo Show, Old Market House Arts Center, Dungarvan

2017    KFEST Matter by Mind,Visual Arts Festival, Killorglin, Co Kerry

2016    KFEST Ormus,Visual Arts Festival, Killorglin, Co Kerry

2016   Dancing The Dark  in colloboration with Siobhan De Paor,Sophie Vature, supported by Feile Ná Bealtaine, Dingle, Co. Kerry.

2005   Soft School Video performance in collaboration with Martin Boyle, Georges Quay    Limerick. (Nominated the circa critics’ choice for 2005)                     

2005    Lithium and Sound Group Show The Boathouse, Kings Island, Limerick.

2005 Vice by Public Rumor Interdisciplinary exhibition of visual art curated by artist Martin Boyle,Sculpture Dept,LSAD Limerick



2014: It is not on any map true places never are a site specific, multidisciplinary exhibition of Contemporary Visual Art, Clifden Youghal Co.Cork. I curated the work of 16 artists both national and international, as well as running reading events, screenings, discussion groups and live performances. Funded by the Irish Arts Council, Cork Co. Council Arts Office, Arts and Health HSE South, Youghal Credit Union


2012: Idionumina, a site specific, multi disciplinary exhibition of Contemporary Visual Art. I curated new installation work by 17 artists in an old hotel at No 15 Hughes, Graigunamanagh Co kilkenny. The exhibition was funded though a sucessful online fundit campaign.


2011:  Sites of Interrogation, (Addressing colonized and communized histories) I organised and chaired a panel discussion between Fiona Goggin of Station project Belfast (NI) and Bartek Nowak of Id project Gorzow, (PL) Galeria Boguslawa , Poland. Public discussion venue, The Lab, funded by Iadt invited lecturer fund.


2010:   Man’s B…est, Ubiquitous Un-desired Friend, Janet Mullarney, The Lab, Dublin 1


2010: Plinth (for a King and Queen), Berkeley Library, Trinity College, Dublin.


2010: Shifting Practices, Shifting Roles, Desperate Optimists Panels 2001, Joe Lawler, and Christine Molloy. Dr. Quirkeys O’ Connell St Dublin 1 and The Lab, Dublin



2015: ...   An breather... VERBUM … THE WORD… המילה, A research /performative text presented in conjunction with the exhibition - The Milk Of Israel, with artist Colette Lewis  at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co.Cork.


2014: Present Continuous, Catalogue Essay. It is not on any map; true places never are, funded by Irish Arts Council, Cork Co. Council Arts Office, Arts and Health HSE South, Youghal Credit Union


2014: What happens when two artists explore the forsaken? A text presenting the work and research of artists Marie Brett and John McHarg. Exhibition and text launched at the Triskel Arts Center, Cork. Kindly Supported by the Triskel Arts Cork


2013: Residual Character. Newspaper Article- Visual Artists News sheet Issue 4.


2013: Numen Inest Idionumina, Catalogue Essay, Public launch Hughes Hotel, Main Street Graiguenamanagh, Co.Kilkenny.


2012: Becoming Ghosts? (Structuralism to post Structuralism a vital and vivid fragment in history.) Journal Article,


2012: Sustainable Spaces Profiling-Bridge House - BANK studios, Co. Waterford’s new art space. Visual Artists News Sheet, Issue 6.


2012: Revolt and Agonism, (Virtual Democracy and the question of Post Identity in The work Of  Tanja Ostojic.) MART (media art Uk, Irl) catalogue essay. Internationally artist Tanja Ostojic collaborated in the editorial process for this text.


2012: The Hellfire Club curated by Michelle Horrigan, Askeaton Contemporary arts.

Paper Visual Art Journal, Exhibition Review.


2011:Transitions and Ambitions Maria Tanner Profiles AR+=Adding an International collaborative Project, Szczecin Poland.Visual Artists News Sheet, Event Review.


2011:Vectors of the Possible Catalogue Essay,Ar+=Adding/Sz+uka=Dodawanie, International collaborative project, 2010, Poland.Funded by Culture Ireland and KUNST the Danish Arts Agency,Szczecinskie Centrum Renowacyjne and Szczecin 2016


2010: Mark Cullen’s Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in Space curated by the Black Mariah, ESB Substation Cork, Occupy paper Issue Five, Exhibition review.



2021: Beyond Room 313 (offbeat Films & Emerging Folklore) Symposium/Interview with Author Thomas Sheridan and Jason Robba -When The Spirit Meets The Canvas.


2013: Beyond the Frontier  Invited critic as part of a panel discussion with artist Mary Ruth Walsh, Wexford arts officer Sinead Barden, addressing the new media exhibition curated by Wexford Co.Co Arts consultant Deidre Southey, Funded by New Ross Arts Office and JFK homecoming.


2011: Life Loop In Knife Mode Member of panel discussion on sound performance, Life Loop In Knife Mode with curator Bartek Nowack, artists Yevan Terelliu and Seamus O’Donnell of Berlin’s Salon Bruit, held at Columba 4 Gallery, Stettin, Poland.


2010: Sz+uka=Dodawanie,AR+=Adding Writers Residency, International collaborative project Szczecin, Poland,funded by Culture Ireland, Kunst Danish Arts Agency, and Szczecinskie Renowacyine.


2010: On Air Public Space, I chaired discussion on the issues raised by artists run initiatives that work in buildings of politically charged histories, Fiona Goggin (former RUC police station Belfast) and Bartek Nowack ( former communist administration building.)

- presented online in vox-pops-writers curated by Chiara Liberti.



2014 Arts Council of Ireland Project Award

2014 Cork County Council Arts Office Arts Grant Scheme

2013 Youghal C.U Community Development Fund

2013 Art and Health Fund, HSE South

2010Writers Residency supported Culture Ireland Travel Award in conjunction with  Sz+uka=Dodawanie,AR+=Adding Curated by Bartose Nowack



2022 Loughrea Community Radio,April 3rd

2020 Dungarvan Leader, Sept 7th

2020 East Cork News,August 30th

2020 Dungarvan Observer,August 28th

2019 Irish Examiner, Nov 21st

2019 Waterford Live,Interview Nov 20th - Click Here

2019 Dungarvan Observer,Nov 18th

2019 East Cork Journal,July 14th

2019 CRY FM,Radio,Ether & Verse, Interview with Will Mc Goldrick  July 10th - Click Here 

2019 Dungarvan Observer,Portrait of An Artist,by Donal Buckley,May 31st pg 51 Click Here 

2019 Youghal Click Here

2014 East Cork Journal- Aug 17th

2014 CRYFM radio interview with Justin Barrett – Aug 24th

2014 East Cork Journal – Aug 28th

2014 Youghal News –Sept 3rd

2014 Dungarvan Observer  –Sept 10th

2014 Youghal online interview Sept 5th   Click Here 

2012 Idionumina KCLRFM Arts Show - Oct

2012 Irish Times book it list - Nov



Revenue Commissioners, Limerick.

Leblanc Architects, Laval France.

Cognum Financial Consulting Ltd. Tel Aviv



Member of Visual Artists Ireland