The Unnameable

















The Unnameable was filmed on location in France and in an abandoned nursery for disabled children in London. The title is a reference to both H.P Lovecraft and Samuel Beckett’s “Unnamables,” stories that melt in and out of reality and psychosis. Their characters fear what they know and what eludes them. The Unnameable was kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.



Kevin Gaffney and Sally-Anne Kelly have been collaborating on films and photography since 2009. Their work has been exhibited at “Periodical Review #2” at Pallas Projects, Abandon Normal Devices at Cornerhouse, the Startpoint Prize at Museum Gavu Cheb and Wannieck Gallery, Big Screen at Latitude Festival, The Brighton Film Festival, a solo exhibition at RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre, and a solo exhibition at the Galway Arts Centre.

In 2011 Gaffney graduated from the Royal College of Art's MA Photography & Moving Image. In 2012, he received the Little White Lies Award from the London Short Film Festival, and an Artist's International Development Fund from the Arts Council of England & the British Council for the Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists residency in Prague.

In 2011 Kelly graduated with an MA in Performance from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London. In 2010 
she studied experimental scenography and movement at the Jacques LeCoq School of Theatre in Paris. In 2012 she took part in the DIT Summer Project Studios and a residency at Graphic Studio Dublin, supported by Fingal County Council.



The Unnameable; Exhibitions & Film Festival:

- Arte Laguna Prize 11/12, Nappe of Arsenale, Venice, Italy. March 2012. Supported by Culture Ireland.

- Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists, Gavu CHEB, Czech Republic. January- March 2012.

- The Unnameable, Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Ireland. August- September 2011. (Solo Exhibition)

- Screening & Discussion, The Lab, Dublin City Council, Ireland, August 2011.

- The Brighton Film Festival, Cinecity, the Nightingale. 30th November 2011.

- Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists, Wannieck Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic. October-December 2011. Supported by Culture Ireland.

- Showtime, Central Saint Martins, The Cochrane Theatre, London. 23 September 2011.

- Islington Exhibits, Rowan Arts Trust, Old Fire Station, London. August 2011.

- I'm Not a Poet, Total Kunst Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2011.

- Cinematique, British Film Institute, IMAX Theatre, London. July 2011.

- FEST; International Film Festival, Portugal. July 2011.

- RCA SHOW 2011, Royal College of Art Graduate Show, Battersea. June 2011.


The Unnameable; Publications:

- The Arte Laguna Prize, exhibition catalogue, 2012.

- The Unnameable, solo publication, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland & Rua Red, 2012.

- Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists, 2011. ISBN: 978-80-87164-80-8

- Hard Cover; Image Perspectives, Royal College of Art & Black Dog Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-1907-317-415

- Wandsworth Art Newspaper, commissioned feature, September 2010.



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