Alannah Robins has an interdisciplinary artistic practice based between Ireland and Sweden where she regularly participates in and curates both solo and collaborative projects.
A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Robins has won several commissions and awards for her artwork, including a public commission for the Waterford Institute of Technology, Tyresö Kulturstipendium, Helge Axeson stipend and bursaries from the Irish Arts Council and Galway County Council. She has exhibited, among other places, in the RHA, Dublin; London’s Dialogue Cultural Space; Pasaj Independent Arts Space, Istanbul; Galleria Lapinlahti, Helsinki and in Sweden’s Tegen2, Detroit Stockholm, Galleri CC and Kiruna Stadshus.
Robins uses familiar, domestic objects and simple materials like cut paper in her artistic investigations and ‘problem-finding’. Themes of displacement and migration are constantly recurring in her work, as is man’s relationship to nature. Her interdisciplinary work has drawn her into collaborations with both classical and experimental musicians, notably HOT, A Swedish Circus on Merciful Inferno by Opera factory Sessions in Stockholm’s Supermarket Art Fair and New York Electroacoustic Music Festival and En Timme Natt, with Göran Fröst and Jakob Kellermann. In 2020 she coordinated a massive pan European participatory project. Carrying the Songs saw a story travelling from Inis Mór to Istanbul, like chinese whispers/visklek/ rikkinäinen puhelin, all across Europe passed from person to person via zoom. The story was told by 404 people, in 50 languages throughout 29 countries. A drawing makes the same journey.
She is the founder and director of Interface and a member of Detroit Stockholm’s Collective Studio, Tyresö Konstnärer, Visual Artists Ireland and Fylkingen.