Duncan Campbell | Bernadette

Bernadette by Turner Prize winner Duncan Campbell curated by Linda Shevlin was exhibited at Roscommon Arts Centre.

One of a trilogy of films, it focuses on female Irish dissident and political activist Bernadette Devlin. In 1969 she became the youngest woman ever elected to the British Parliament and she personified the young radical Catholics of Northern Ireland at the onset of the modern troubles.
Bernadette presents an unravelling, open-ended story. In it Campbell fuses documentary and fiction in order to assess both the subject matter and the mode of communicating it.
Bernadette is the Irish iteration of the three part International Project ‘Radical Actions’ curated by Linda Shevlin. Supported by Culture Ireland, Roscommon County Council and Galway County Council, the ‘Radical Actions’ exhibition featuring Kennedy Browne, Duncan Campbell, Jesse Jones and Seamus Nolan was presented in RMIT Gallery, Melbourne in September 2016.
Artists Biography
Duncan Campbell completed the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 1998 and a BA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster in 1996. He lives and works in Glasgow. He has been awarded the 2014 Turner Prize and was one of three artists representing Scotland at the VeniceBiennale as part of Scotland + Venice 2013 (Corin Sworn, Duncan Campbell, Hayley Tompkins). In 2012 Campbell took part in Manifesta 9 curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina, Katerina Gregos and Dawn Ades, Belgium and in 2010 he took part in Tracing the Invisible, Gwangju Biennale. Recent solo exhibitions include Duncan Campbell, IMMA, Dublin; Duncan Campbell, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Arbeit, HOTEL, London; Make it new John, Artists Space New York (all 2012) and Chisenhale Gallery, London, touring to Tramway, Glasgow (2009-11); The Model, Sligo; Belfast Exposed, Belfast; Bernadette, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; HOTEL, London and Baltic, Gateshead (all 2008–9); 0–60, ICA, London (2006); Something in Nothing and TART Contemporary, San Francisco (2005). Recent group exhibitions include Year of Cooperation, curated by Christabel Stewart and Anke Kemkes, Broadway 1602, New York and Critique & Clinic, Berlin Film Festival, Berlin (2012); British Art Show 7, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham and Hayward Gallery, London (2010).


The final part of this project took the form of a seminar in the historic setting of King House, Boyle. This seminar looked at the legacy of revolution & activism in Ireland and the artists’ role in shaping future states with speakers including Professor Luke Gibbons, artists Sarah Browne, Jesse Jones, Gareth Kennedy & Seamus Nolan, film maker Treasa O’Brien and photojournalist and videographer Paula Geraghty of Trade Union TV.

The seminar also featured a screening of the film Eat Your Children directed/written by Treasa O’Brien & co-directed/written by Mary Jane O’Leary. Eat Your Children documents the evolution of protest in modern day Ireland.



Linda Shevlin has curated, facilitated and managed both large and small-scale visual arts projects including the 53rd Venice Biennale where she was project manager for the representative artists Gareth Kennedy & Sarah Browne and is Tulca Festival curator for 2018.

In 2017 she was the invited curator for the Hennessy Art Fund, purchasing new works for the IMMA collection and also curated the visual art programme for Bealtaine Festival 2017/2018 where she developed projects, commissions, residencies & exhibitions. with numerous Irish artists including Vivienne Dick, Kathy Prendergast, Kevin Gaffney, Pauline Cummins and Frances Mezzetti.

In 2016 she curated Radical Actions at RMIT Galleries, Melbourne as part of Culture Ireland’s 2016 International Programme ‘I Am Ireland’. The exhibition featured works by Duncan Campbell, Jesse Jones, Kennedy Browne and Seamus Nolan.

Other recent independent curatorial projects include Americana: Future Rural featuring John Gerrard (IE), Brian Duggan (IE), Kim Shively (USA) and M12 Studio (USA) at The Dock, Leitrim and Amharc Fhine Gall X commissioning Ella de Búrca, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Morriarty.

She has been awarded the Arts Council of Ireland’s Visual Arts Curatorial Residency award for three consecutive years (2013 – 2016) and in that time has produced a series of events and exhibitions in County Roscommon including newly commissioned works by Maria McKinney (IE) and Sean Lynch (IE); public art projects by Sean Rafferty (AUS), Ruth E. Lyons (IE) and Deirdre O’Mahony (IE), exhibitions by Martin Parr (UK), Duncan Campbell (IE) & Eamon O’Kane (IE) and a symposium titled The Workers with contributions from Adam Sutherland of Grizedale Arts (UK) & M12 Collective (USA) among others.

Shevlin is currently curator in residence with Roscommon Arts Centre & Solstice Arts Centre.


Linda Shevlin
Tivanagh School
Co. Roscommon
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