transartArt Forms:

Curate, Visual Arts, Art in Public, Exhibitions, Pop-up Shops, Participatory Arts, Painting, Print, Drawing, Photography, Installation, Sculpture, Film, Dance, Spectacle, Performance, Arts and Disability, Interventions, Street Art.


Areas of Interest:

Art in Public, Arts Community, Play, Experiment and Create



trans-art is a non-profit platform for contemporary art in Cavan established by Joe Keenan,  Siobhan Harton and Sally O’Dowd in 2011. We commission and showcase work by artists who are committed to pushing the boundaries in their practice. We see Cavan town and its environs as a platform for showing multi-disciplinary work by emerging, early career and established artists.

trans- in the title trans-art is as prefix meaning across, beyond and through.

trans-art represents many art forms, and attempts through diverse practices, to bring art closer to the people.


Along side Cavan Town Council and County Council trans-art 2012 was awarded the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards for Sustaining the Arts.

In 2013 we transformed a terraced house at No. 61 College Street into an exhibition space showcasing drawing, painting, print, installation, immersive art, performance and video. With a shared audience of the Life Of Reilly Festival, on August 24th we curated performance art and a contemporary street spectacle for the busying unsuspecting public.

‘The Pensive Spectator’ was a solo show by Laura O’Connor at 61 College Street for Culture Night 2013. The exhibition was of new work considering the representation of women in media through film and projection, a theme Laura will further explore in her PhD at University of Ulster, Belfast.

In November 2013 Edwin Lynch presented a solo show of painting and installation at 61 College Street.


trans-art hub was the base for Cavan Theatre festival and hosted a performance over 4 four days led by artist Sally O’Dowd in July 2014.

Konik Art Studio held an Exhibition of work in trans-art hub July 2014.

‘Healy Times’ September 2014 trans-art in conjunction with the Gonzo Theatre curated and hosted a tribute exhibition to the late Dermot Healy visited by the minister of arts for Culture Night weekend.

‘In-Between’ an exhibition of Interior Architecture end of year Degree show IT Sligo opened by the minister of arts Heather Humphrey.

We have held three Pop-up shops at 61 College Street between October and December 2013 and December 2014.

 We received support and funding from International Fund for Ireland Culture Cavan, The Gathering, Cavan Town Council and Cavan County Council Arts Office.

Assisted by Cavan Arts, IFI Culture Cavan, Cavan Town Council and The Gathering, 61 College Street has become our temporary art residence.

trans-art featured heavily in the VAI News Sheet Regional review Cavan: Resources & Activities - trans-art Festival Nov-Dec 2013, and in VAI News Sheet, The Art of Communication by Yvonne Cullivan, Nov-Dec 2012.





Contact information and further details:



Culture Cavan:


Sally O'Dowd 085 1250696

Joe Keenan 086 2902493

Siobhan Harton 087 1901590