David Beattie

David Beattie is an artist and lecturer in Art and Research Collaboration at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology and TU Dublin, Ireland.

Beattie’s artistic practice explores the material world through experiential, physical engagements with objects and non-objects. Recent projects have focused on the social and environmental impact of digital technologies, agroecology, psychoacoustics and the communal listening experience. He was awarded the Harpo Foundation Award in 2010 and was a recipient of the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA collection, 2016.

In recent years, he has been commissioned to produce a number of temporary and permanent public artworks including VOID Commissions, Derry (2021), Reflectors, Bray, Co.Wicklow and Patterns of Illumination, Griffith Barracks Multi-denominational School, Dublin. Exhibitions include The Glucksman (2019), Berlin Opticians (2018+2019) TULCA Art Festival, Galway (2017), CCA Derry-Londonderry (2017), Irish Museum of Modern Art (2017+2013), Rubicon Projects, Brussels (2013) All Humans Do, The Model Sligo and Whitebox, New York (2012), The Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh (2010), Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2010). Current work includes Future Light from Distant Stars, the focal point of which is a large greenhouse which is utilised as a growing environment, a meeting place, and a workshop space.

In the past number of years, Beattie’s practice has shifted from gallery production to a more collaborative, research focused practice that involves co-producing projects with engineers, artists, scientists, educators, food producers, architects, writers, local communities and designers, producing work that has found form in exhibitions, printed publication, public art and temporary public events. Increasingly, through these co-produced projects, Beattie is seeking an audience beyond an art audience, positioning the work and engagements as part of a wider discussion on social change and climate action.

Image: Slowtime, 2021-22