Michael Flaherty

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Michael Flaherty, b. 1978, St. John's, Newfoundland.

Michael Flaherty was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, and subsequently spent much of his childhood getting lost in the woods. As an adult he has lived alone for three months on a deserted island, crisscrossed Canada and the United States by bicycle, and inhabited abandoned communities in his home province, all as part of his art practice.

Flaherty studied ceramics at NSCAD University (BFA) and University of Regina (MFA). His work was recognized nationally when he was a semi-finalist for the Sobey Art Award (2011) and a finalist for the RBC People's Choice Award (2013). Flaherty won the Large Year Award from Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador in 2013.

Flaherty resides in Port Union, Newfoundland, where he has established Wild Cove Pottery. He also works as faculty at Haliburton School of Art and Design. His studio activities are varied, including pottery, sculpture, installation, and performance.