b. London.  Lives and works in London.
Joe Sweeney is a conceptual artist dealing with themes of human isolation and communication in the context of the contemporary age.
With his work rooted in a personal and wider observed struggle to communicate, Sweeney's visual language often subverts Britain’s passion for nostalgia and a sardonic tone to explore notions of time, memory and permanence through sculpture, print, video and installation. Within this, Sweeney is fascinated in seeking the universal in both the particular and the peculiar, and more specifically the banal, he reimagines the detritus of modern day life as relics and ruin. His work offers an alternative perspective on our fast changing times and seeks to archive a certain truth behind the theatrical veil of human existence. Through quick observation of British idiosyncrasies, the artist encourages a pause for thought on the daily interactions that we don’t always pay attention to.
In 2019, Sweeney launched ‘+44 leave a Message for Europe’ - a public, part digital and part physical project which centred around live web cam stream of a sculpture of a telephone box installed on Dungeness beach, Kent. The public were invited to call the sculpture online, no matter what their opinion, and leave their voice messages for Europe during the 28 day lead up to Britain's original departure date from the EU, 29th March 2019. The project was extended into April and the full archive of voice messages is available to listen to at www.leaveamessage4europe.com. Collating both the footage and the voice archive, Sweeney developed the project into a time-based media work titled 28 Days in March….
Joe Sweeney graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Times Are Hard For Dreamers, Cob Gallery (2023); Still Life, Cob Gallery, London, UK (2021); +44 Leave a Message for Europe Dungeness Beach, Kent, UK (2019); VACANCY, Cob Gallery, London, UK (2019); Loose Change, Cob Gallery, London (2017); Take Away, Cob Gallery, London, UK (2016). Group exhibitions include: ReCOVER, UnCOVER, Masa Galeria, Mexico City, Mexico (2020); An Exquisite Mess, curated by India Dickinson, London (2018); FOURTH, London, UK (2016); Quality Produce, London, UK (2016).  Presentations include 28 Days in March.. which debuted at Frieze London 2019.

2013 BA (Hons) Sculpture, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK
2023 Times Are Hard For Dreamers, Cob Gallery, London, UK
2021 Still, Life, Cob Gallery (online), London, UK
2019 VACANCY, Cob Gallery, London, UK
2019 +44 Leave a Message for Europe, Supported by Arts Council England, Dungeness, Kent, UK
2017 Loose Change, Cob Gallery, London, UK
2016 Take Away, Cob Gallery, London, UK
2024, Sin Centre, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK
2020 REcover/UNcover, Masa Galeria, Mexico City, Mexico
2017 An Exquisite Mess, curated by India Dickinson, London, UK 
2016 FOURTH, curated by India Dickinson, London, UK 
2016 Quailty Produce, London UK 2014 PseudoCrem, London, UK
2014 Over and Out, Imperial Works, London, UK
2014 ThunderFlux, HaHa Gallery, Southampton, UK
2012 Resembling Ham in Taste, Mori + Stein Gallery, London, UK 
2012 COMM, Bussey Building, London, UK (curator)
2011 And Forget, St. Pancras Church, Crypt Gallery, London, UK 
2011 10, New Gallery, Camberwell, London, UK
2019 28 Days in March, Screening and artist talk supported by The Standard Hotel, Frieze London, UK
2021 Still, Life, published by Cob Gallery, London, UK
2017 Loose Change, artist book with contributions from Gilbert & George, published by Cob Gallery, London, UK