Adrian Duncan is an artist and award-winning writer based in Ireland and Berlin.
His debut novel Love Notes from a German Building Site was published by The Lilliput Press and Head of Zeus in 2019. It won the 2019 John McGahern Book Prize. In 2020 he was shortlisted for the Dalkey Literary Awards Emerging Writer. Duncan's second novel A Sabbatical in Leipzig was published by The Lilliput Press in 2020. It was shortlisted for the Kerry Novel of the Year Award. It will be republished in the UK in late 2022 with Tuskar Rock Press. His collection of short stories Midfield Dynamo was published by The Lilliput Press in March 2021 and was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize.
His third novel, The Geometer Lobachevsky, was published in April 2022 with The Lilliput Press (IRL) and Tuskar Rock Press (UK).
In 2020/21 he exhibited, in collaboration with Feargal Ward, a large-scale film/sculptural installation work titled The Soil Became Scandinavian, at VISUAL, Carlow. In 2019 they co-directed a music video for Joy Division's Day of the Lords as part of the Unknown Pleasures Reimagined project. In 2020 his and Ward's film Tension Structures received its North American premier at Hot Docs, Toronto. In 2022 Ward's and Duncan's short film Lowland was selected in competition for Cork International Film Festival.
In 2022/23 Duncan will present a new body of work and writing about his long-term research project on the subject of Bungalow Bliss. This will appear as a book titled LITTLE REPUBLICS: The Story of Bungalow Bliss, published with The Lilliput Press and a solo exhibition in the Irish Architectural Archive curated by Askeaton Contemporary Arts.
From 1995 Duncan studied and worked as a structural engineer for over a decade in the UK and Ireland. He received his chartership from the IEI (Irish Engineering Institute) in 2007, before returning to study fine art at IADT, Dún Laoghaire in 2008. He received a 1st class MA (Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, Dublin) in 2011.
He has guest tutored and guest lectured at UCD School of Architecture, Dublin; UCC School of Architecture, Cork; NCAD, Dublin; and Crawford College of Art, Cork.