Visual Artist Paul Tarpey has maintained a practice as a Irish based socially engaged worker and educator since graduating from the National Collage of Art and Design (Sculpture BA) in 1989. He completed a MA in Visual Communications in NCAD in 2007 with the Audio Visual project on the unbaptised Childrens Graves of Knock Co Mayo.  The piece, 'A History of Forgetting’, is held by Knock Museum, Mayo.
Paul is currently co-director of the SpiritStore art project with Marilyn Lennon and is a Joint Programme Leader of the MA in Social Practice and The Creative Enviornment at Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick Institute of Technology. Here he is also a Lecturer in Lens Based Media in the Dept. of Visual Communication. His previous posts included the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and The Athlone Institute of Technology.
A primary aim of his current education practice is an emphasis on off-site student participation in Limerick city spaces including Slack Spaces where he curates Design projects. These are undertaken to offer undergraduate experiance within social studio situations. www.fashionation.ie.  See more here
He has exhibited as a photographer drawing on the theme of the represenation of a Social Landscape in the west of Ireland. This ongoing series of photographic imagery has been exhibited at ev+a 1992 / Arts Council Offices Dublin 1993/ The Linenhall Gallery Castlebar 1993 / The 411 Gallery Shanghai China 2006/ Impact Gallery Space Limerick 2006.
He has a working relationship with The Olympic Boxing Club, Galway as a short film Director. A recent film made by the group -‘The Maggot’, won 2nd prize in 2009 in The Western Region Drugs Task Force anti-drugs competition . See more here
With the electroacoustic composer John Lillis he maintains a collaborative audio visual art practice in investigating enviornments using a combination of mapping techniques for performance material. The two works ‘Dialled in from the Future’ 2009 and ‘Hidden Hearing’ 2010 were Limerick based projects in conjuntion with the SpiritStore, performed at CATDIG, ev+a 2010.
Since 1998 The Limerick site www.cheebah.net has been a platform and archive for social based commentary generated from an interest in Dj culture. An ongoing project is a psychogeographical exploration of Irish popular music. Nominated for Irish Best Blogger Award 2008. See more here