Visual Artist and Scenographer working with Production Companies and Arts Projects to design and manufacture for performance, art and public projects by collaborating and contributing unique creations. Dempsey has exhibited artwork and designs internationally throughout the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Finland with Stage Productions, Festivals, Museums, Publications, Art Fairs and a Quadrennial. He has founded an Artist-led Production Group and been awarded "Best Student Exhibition Experience" prize and the Prague Quadrennial 2019.
 
Born in Northern Ireland, UK, lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

Involved Shows

2020
Travelling Light, City of Light Jyväskylä, Finland
Phantom of Normality, Theatre Academy, Helsinki, Finland & LMTA, Vilnius, Lithuania
Sublime Humility, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
 
2019
Superwood Festival, Hotel Rantapuisto, Helsinki, Finland
There's no room for my Wings, Helsinki Festival, Cirko, Helsinki, Finland
Kolo, Finnish Student Section, Prague Quadrennial, Industrial Palace, Prague, Czech Republic
Cramp, Academy of Fine Arts, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, Finland
Sites and Situations - Floating Peripheries Conference, Lapland University, Rovaniemi, Finland 
 
2018
Large/Vulnerable, Kallio Stage, Helsinki, Finland
DEMO - Digitalising Performance, Kallio Stage, Helsinki
Ihmemaa, Sibelius Music Academy, Gloria Stage, Helsinki

 
2017
Heartbroken House, Escape Room Helsinki, Finland
Hubris, RUA Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
YAOI, Independent Films, Copenhagen, Istanbul and Watermill Center, Long Island, U.S.A
 
2016
Are you Satisfied? ARK Books, Copenhagen, Denmark
Festival of Endless Gratitude, KPH Volume, Copenhagen, Denmark
Winter Open Exhibition, RUA Red Gallery, Dublin
NotYetSet, Hotel Pro Forma, Copenhagen
 
2015
Selfish Shellfish Salty, Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Art Cinema 3.5, Habitat, Svendborg, Denmark
 
2014
Float Art 2014, OXO Bargehouse, London, UK
Contemporary Art Fair, Old Shire Hall, Durham, UK
The London Show, Truman Brewery, London
Newcastle Fine Art Degree Show 2014, Newcastle University
 
2013
Compound Communities, Brandt’s Passage, Odense
Affect, Brandt’s Museum, Odense

Education

2017 - 2020
Design for the Performing Arts, Master of Arts Degree - Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.
2010-2014
Fine Art, Bachelor of Art Honours Degree - Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

2013
Bachelor of Arts BA Contemporary Art, Det Fynske Kunstakademi, Odense, Denmark

Prizes/Awards

2019
Awarded "Best Student Exhibtion Experience" Prize, Prague Quadrennial 2019, Czech Republic
2016
Winner of RUA Red Gallery Winter Open, Dublin, Ireland

Texts

  • “Sublime Humility: Exploring the Sublime through large wearable objects”, Aaltodoc, Aalto University, Helsinki, June 2020

  • Extract from “To store Latte”, Are you Satisfied? Oscar Dempsey, November 2016

  • Tender Bodies Zine, Praxis Gallery, Newcastle, Papaya Press, June 16

  • ’interv()l, Degree Show Edition Publication, Newcastle University, Staple Press, May 2014

  • Issue 7, Northumbria University, The Edge Magasine, March 14