Danny McCarthy has been presented with a Cork Person of the Month award to mark his pioneering work in sound and performance art over the decades. Danny, who lives in Midleton and grew up in Mallow, was one of the very first in Cork to use sound as an art. Sound art can include acoustics, electronics, noise music, audio media, environmental sound, or film and other aspects of the current discourse of contemporary art.
“Danny’s body of work over the years has been enormous. He continues to make art and curates numerous exhibitions and projects around the world. His work both delights and challenges his audience, as all art should, and he has shown great bravery, persistence and creativity in establishing sound and performance art to a wider public, both at home and abroad.” said Cork Person of the Year awards organiser Manus O’Callaghan.
Danny McCarthy’s name now goes forward with the other persons of the month chosen this year, for possible selection as Cork Person of the Year, at a gala awards lunch on January 18th 2019, before an invited audience of 250 people representing all aspects of Cork life.
Danny McCarthy originally studied at the National College of Art & Design and was a founding director of Cork’s famous Triskel Arts Centre, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. He was also a founding director of our National Sculpture Factory and is a director of the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh and also involved with art travel festivals. He lectures in sound art in the School of Music & Drama at UCC. He has received numerous awards and bursaries from the Irish Arts Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and Culture Ireland to allow him represent Ireland abroad as our pioneering artist in sound and performance art. His work is available in books, DVD’s, CD’s and is often featured on Irish radio and TV. The Crawford Art Gallery has commissioned a series of exhibitions and installations from Danny over the years, such as his Book and Exhibition “Beyond Silence: A Bell Rings in an Empty Sky”.