Séamus Kealy is Director of the Salzburger Kunstverein. From 2008 to 2013, he was Director of The Model, Sligo, Ireland, which he took through a major redevelopment. From 2005 to 2008, he was Curator at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto. From 1996 to 2005, Séamus practiced as an artist with a concentration in painting and photography. He studied Fine Arts (BFA), including photography under Jeff Wall, and later Art History: Curatorial Studies (MA) at the University of British Columbia. Kealy has held artist and curatorial residencies in Canada, Chile, Ireland, Austria, and France. He has lectured at universities world-wide and is also a regular Visiting Lecturer for the Higher Institute for Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium. Awards and acknowledgements include the Curatorial Writing Award in 2007 by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and Museums, „Top Exhibition in Austria in 2014“ (Punctum), and „Number Four Exhibition in Austria in 2016,“ (The People’s Cinema); both by Profil Magazin. He writes regularly on contemporary art and has a background in activism.