Pádraic E. Moore is a writer, curator and art historian. He holds a BA in History of Art and English Literature from University College Dublin (2004), an MA in Visual Art Practices from IADT, Dublin (2007) and completed CuratorLab, the postgraduate programme at Konstfack University, Stockholm (2010). Moore is a former resident of the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (2014-15). His practice is shaped by the belief that visual art enables alternative modes of interaction in a world increasingly led by technological rationality. Moore’s curatorial methodology is meticulous but subjective and is informed by an acute awareness of the artist’s individual position. He is particularly interested in the format of the group exhibition as a platform for making collective, critical statements. In recent years he has initiated and overseen several significant new commissions. Moore is currently curating Communal Enthusiasm, a group exhibition celebrating 75 years, the Jan van Eyck Academy.
Moore is interested in cultural manifestations of spiritual commitment. Since 2009 his research has focused upon the influence that esoteric philosophies have had upon the literary and visual arts. Several projects have explored how organisations such as the Theosophical Society offered a vital catalyst for change in late 19th and early 20th century art. Moore’s projects often examine how contemporary culture has embraced aesthetics and ideals informed by such esoteric traditions. Chronicling the work of artists who refer to or follow these traditions is also an integral aspect of his practice. Recent projects include: Tour Donas by Lucy McKenzie at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2021), The Great Invocation, Garage Rotterdam (2021), The Museum of Ancient History, UCD, Dublin (2020), Heavy Metal Parking Lot, Garage Rotterdam, Orgonomics, Garage Rotterdam (2019) The Last Great Album of the Decade. The LAB, Dublin (2019), Letters of Last Resort, Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels (2018) and The Width of a Circle, W139, Amsterdam (2018).
Moore has participated in several residencies including the One-to-One residency at Cove Park, Argyll and Bute (2016), 1646 project space residency, The Hague (2015), Israeli Centre for Digital Art Research Residency, Holon (2012), Young Curators Residency Programme at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2011) Curatorial Studio Award at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2009/10) and Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt Residency Programme, Berlin (2007). Moore is a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) and IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art). He writes extensively for exhibition catalogues, websites, magazines and journals.