Curriculum Vitae


Sinéad O’Donnell

Lives & Works Belfast, Northern Ireland.





2003 – 2004
MA (hons) Visual Performance & Time Based Art Practices, Dartington College of Arts, England

1996 - 1999
BA (hons) Fine & Applied Arts, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland

1995 - 1996
Certificate Foundation Studies, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland

1994 – 1995
Certificate in Art, Design & Craft (Fibre Arts), Ballyfermot, Senior Art College, Dublin, Ireland.




'erasing HER history', Nan Arts Festival, Thailand.

'Body & Time', Performance and residency, Patani Contemporary Art Gallery, Pattani, Thailand.

'Body & Politic', Performance, Northai Art Gallery, Chiang Rai, Thailand.


'Gift', group show, Arts & Disability Forum, Belfast, Northern Ireland, curated by Hugh Mullholland.

'SHE DEVIL in Belfast, curated by Jackie Barker, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Voracious: The last Supper, with Children of Guts, Uppsala Castle/Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden.

TIPA, This is performance art, curated by Nikki Milican, hosted by Peacock Visual Arts Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Vanishing Futures: Collective histories of Northern Irish Art XII', curated by Peter Richards, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

'Poznan/ Warsaw, artistic collabortive development residency with Zofia Kuligowska, Poland.

Performing Identity, Curator, Caroline Pugh & Arif Ayab, PS2 project space, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Performance art + Northern Ireland, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Perfo , Strong women in performance art, Tempere, Finland.

Art of the Lived Experiment, ‘Gravity’ collaborative work with Hugh O’Donnell, DISART festival, The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.



Art of the Lived Experiment, ‘Gravity’ collaborative work with Hugh O’Donnell, DISART festival, The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.

Art of the Lived Experiment, ‘Gravity’ collaborative work with Hugh O’Donnell, Dadafest, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, U.k.

Creative Time Summit, Milennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland.

Outside the lines, Disability / Arts in the wilderness, panel disacussion, The Dock, Carriag on Shannon, Ireland.

Voices Travel (group show) Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

ArTrend International performance art festival, Tainan, Taiwan.

Palimpsest (group show) Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Body Plasticity International performance art event, Beijing, China.

Friction International performance art festival, Uppsala, Sweden.

Mind in Flesh, female bodies in performance art, artist talk, Limerick, Ireland.

Access All Areas: Live Art and Disability (NYC edition), Live Art Development Agency, 'talking heads' commission video, Abrons Arts Center, 
New York, USA.

Scope (group show) International contemporary art fair, New York, USA.

Glue (group show) International Survey Exhibition of Contemporary Collage, curated by Breandan Jamison, Georgia & Florida, USA.


Asiatopia, Nan, Chang Rai, Bangkok, Thailand.

TransArt, Cavan, Ireland

Perform Chinatown, Los Angeles, USA

My Earth Festival, Staglinec, Croatia (guest artist and curator)

Duo Days, Bbeyond performance art event, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Performance O Mor, In Situ Festival, Chihuahua, Mexico

In Between Time, Bristol, UK

M21, From Medieval to the 21st Century - Live Art Interventions by Disabled Artists in Much Wenlock, Live Art Development Agency/Artsadmin, London, UK (guest speaker)


Asiatopia, Performance Art Festival, Bangkok / Korat, Thailand.

Perceptions of balance, SHAPE arts, London, UK.

CAUTION lead artist and cuaror for an Unlimited commission as part of the London 2012 Festival, produced by ArtsAdmin.
Exhibition and peformances involving six international artists at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast and Southbank Centre, London, UK.
Rain curated by Hugh O'Donnell as part of Squared Sundays at PS2 project space, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
My Earth International artists meeting, Staglinec, Croatia.
Blackmarket International, the art of encounter, Bbeyond, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
PALS, Stockholm, Sweden.
Mapping : Performance Art in context curating Boris Nieslony and Gerhard Dirmoser, PS2 Project Space, Belfast, Curator in residence award.
PAN Performance Art Network, Block T, Dublin, Ireland.
RITES, Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore.
Mobius, Performance Space, Boston, U.S.A

Live Art Development Agency Artist in Residence, London

LUPA  Lock-Up Performance Art, London

Labyrinth of Living Exhibits curated by Aaron Williamson for Arts Catalyst, Hunterian Museum, London

Trashing Performance Performance Space, London

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary exhibition of shortlisted artists, SHAPE, London

FIX performance art biennale Catalyst Arts, Belfast

MY LAND performance art festival, Staglinec, Croatia

LIVE performance art festival Vancouver, Canada

Violent performance series Grace Space, New York, USA

Liminal Space A-N & AXIS performance lecture curated by Sonya Dyer, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales


FADO performance art exhibition, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

Chaos lead artist &curator, international artists’ exchange and exhibition of Canadian performance art with Bbeyond, Belfast.

DaDafest lead artist & curator for international artists’ residency, Bluecoat, Liverpool.

Territories Art No.11 residency, Japan.


ArTrend performance art festival, Taiwan.

Vertigo performance art event, Northern Iowa Art Centre, Iowa, USA.

PAVES a British Council Creative Collaborations project curated by Anne Bean, produced by Artsadmin involving exchange with artists from Croatia, UK, Ireland, Iraq and Israel.

PAVES project space, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

NRLA National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Scotland.

Perfopeurto lead artist & curator for Irish performance art exchange, Santiago, Chile.


Domestic Engineering performance series, a Bbeyond project exchange with Finland hosted at Catalyst Arts, Belfast, and Taidehali Contemporary Art Gallery, Helsinki, curated by Elina Hartzell.

ZAZ Festival of Performance Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, curated by Tamar Raban.


Domestic Engineering performance series, DIMENSIA Performance Art Festival, Lithuania.

Gravity collaborative project with Hugh O’Donnell commissioned by the Mermaid Art Centre, County Wicklow, Ireland.

I.M.A.F Performance Art Festival, Odzaci, Serbia.

ARES Co-curator/artist for international performance art exchange between ETNA foundation, Transylvania, Romania and Northern Ireland.

SOS Tierra Performance Art Festival, Bunenos Aires, Argentina.

Material Measure Cardiff Art In Time (CAT SHOW), Cardiff Art School, Wales.


Depicting Actions Project curated by Jamie McMurray, organised by Powderkeg Contemporary Performance hosted by the 18th Street Art Centre, Santa Monica, Los Angles, USA.

ARES Co-curator/artist for international performance art Inter-Regional Transit Residency Exchange with ETNA Foundation, Catalyst Arts and Strule Art Centre, Northern Ireland.

Rencontre International Performance Art Festival, Le Lieu, Quebec.


Anulat Bbeyond Open Relations II, Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast.

Greed Group Show, La Sala Naranja Gallery, Valencia, Spain.

Exposition Silence performance research project and series of performances in residency at the Etna Foundation, Transylvania, Romania.

Gravity, TraceInstallation Space, Cardiff, Wales. Collaboration with Hugh O’Donnell.




Body & Politic , collaborative teaching workshop with Chumpon Apisuk, Chiang Rai Rajabhat Univeristy, Chiang Rai, Thailand.


ArTrend International Performance Art festival. One week intensive performance art workshop themed on notions of 'headspace'.


In Between Time Festival, art of begegnung comes tomorrow slowly, workshop followed by performance, Bristol, UK


Asiatopia art of begegnung comes tomorrow slowly workshop, Korat Art School, Thailand

School of the Museum of Fine Arts Visiting Lecturer & Woekshop teacher, Boston, USA

PS2 project space, Belfast work-session and mapping residency for students of University of Ulster as part of a curatorial project producing Boris Nieslony’s performance art in context map and live performance

RITES performance art workshop, Substation Art Centre, Singapore


ZAZ performance art festival, guest artist workshop with students in Tel Aviv, Israel


Gravity performance art duo workshop, through Perfopuerto group, Santiago, Chile


Vertigo performance work-session with students of the Northern Iowa University


Queens Street Studios led artist workshop in performance art and site specific interventions, Belfast, Northern Ireland


Fine Art School, Iasi, Romania led artist performance art workshops




Arts Council Northern Ireland, S.I.A.P.

iDA (Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists) scheme.


Arts Council of Northern Ireland, S.I.A.P

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Travel Award

Arts & Disability Ireland Award, Individual Artist Award


Unlimited Commission for London 2012 Festival funded by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council

Belfast Media Group, Top 40 Under 40 Award - celebrating young high-achievers for accomplishment and endeavour in Northern Ireland


Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Travel Award


Artsadmin Artists' Bursary

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Travel Award


Arts Council of Northern Ireland, S.I.A.P Award


Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Travel Award, S.I.A.P Award

Bbeyond, support to travel and produce live work


Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Travel Award, S.I.A.P Award

VSTOP PROST / Free Admission support to travel and produce live work, Slovenia

DIMENSIJA 0.99, support to travel and produce live work. Jonas Mekas Centre, Lithuania


Powderkeg Contemporary Performance USA, support to travel and produce live work

Bbeyond, support to travel and make work in Québec


British Council, grant to research Action Art histories past and present in the Transylvanian region, Romania

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Travel Award


Socrates Erasmus (Dartington College of Arts), Visiting Artist at University of Art, Iasi, Romania


Arts & Humanities Research Board, award for postgraduate study, Dartington College of Arts, UK

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Travel Award




Asiatopia, artist in residence, Nan, Thailand.


Black-Kit performance art archive, Cologne, Germany.


Artist in resident ‘The Guest House’, Cork, Ireland.


Artist in Resident, Studio +, Outland Arts, The Model Arts Centre, Sligo, Ireland.


Zoukak Theatre and Cultural Centre, Beirut, Lebanon.

Black-Kit performance archive, Cologne, Germany.

Live Art Development Agency, London.


PS2 Project Space, Belfast, Curator in Residence.


DaDafest Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool.




‘Voices Travel’ exhibition publication, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, first published Kaohsiung, Tawian, 2014 ISBN 978-986-04-2958-9.

‘Wall Street Journal’, Saturday/Sunday, March 8th and 9th, Arts section weekend, Sinéad O’Donnell at the ‘Scope’ international contemporary art fair, New York, reviewed by Rebecca Bradburd.


‘Zarez’, Croatian visual arts newspaper, Sinéad O’Donnell’s performance art and curatorial practice - reviewed by Suzana Marjanic, Pg 30/31, issue 359, published in Zagreb, Croatia 2013.

‘Umjetnost performansa iz Azije Performance Art from Asia’, exhibition publication, Staglinec, Croatia, first published Croatia, 2013, ISBN – 9789535610144. (guest curator)


CAUTION by Sinéad O’Donnell, first published in the UK 2012 by Artsadmin, edited by Cheryl Pierce. ISBN 978-0-9565621-5-9

CAUTION reviewed by Colin Hambrook, Disability Arts Online, 6 September 2012, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London


Access All Areas : Live Art & Disability published by Live Art Development Agency

In Alien Couch Territory – a dialogue with Aaron Williamson.

Unknown Territories Sinéad O'Donnell & Manick Govinda in conversation The Visual Artists' News Sheet (Nov-Dec 2011 edition).

A response to the work of artist Sinéad O’Donnell by Gillian Wylde, currently on the ‘blog’ section of - to be published in Total Art Journal editor Natalie Loveless.

Liminal Space A-N online publications. Sinéad O’Donnell at the Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff, Wales. By Sonya Dyer.


Perfopuerto post exhibition publication, Catalyst Arts Gallery, Tonic Design, Henry Moore Foundation, Belfast.

Circa Art Magazine, Ireland, interview with Slavka Sverakova


Perfopuerto Arte de Performance en Chile, Pg 127, Pg. 99

Circa Art Magazine article, ARES International Performance Art Exchange Northern Ireland / Transylvania

The CAT show Cardiff Art in Time, International Performance Art book, Pg. 40-43, Reviewed by Sam Hasler, Edited by Andre Stitt, published by Trace: Samizdat Press, Cardiff, Wales


Recontre Internationale D’Art Performance De Quebec, Le Lieu, Inter Editeur, Reviewed by Sebastien Dulude & Andre Marceau

Trace Installation Artspace, 00-05, edited by Andre Stitt, Pg 113, published by Seren Books, poetry Wales Press Ltd


Circa Art Magazine, Ireland, Performance art issue 111, Spring 2005, pg 60-61


Circa Art Magazine, Ireland, issue 103, Spring 2003, pg. 90, reviewed by Helen Sharp.

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