Adrian Duncan is an Irish artist and writer.

His debut novel Love Notes from a German Building Site 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 shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2020 and was republished in the UK in late 2022 with Tuskar Rock Press. His collection of short stories Midfield Dynamo was published in March 2021 and was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. His third novel, The Geometer Lobachevsky, published in April 2022 was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2023.

His films have screened in competition and in official selections at IFFR, Karlovy Vary, HotDocs, IDFA, RiDM, Las Palmas IFF, Cork IFF, Dublin IFF. In 2023 he received an Arts Council Reel Art Film Award.

He has exhibited at EVA International and VISUAL Carlow, among others. In early 2023 Duncan presented a new body of sculptural works and writing about his long-term research project on the subject of Bungalow Bliss. This appeared as a book titled LITTLE REPUBLICS: The Story of Bungalow Bliss, published by The Lilliput Press (October 2022) 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.

He is a contributing editor to PVA Books (IRL/DE).


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