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Sinéad O’Donnell

Sinéad O’Donnell works in performance, installation, site and time-based art. Based in Belfast, Sinéad studied sculpture at the University of Ulster, textiles in Dublin and visual performance and time-based practices at Dartington College of Arts. She was the lead artist and curator for an ‘Unlimited’ commission entitled CAUTION as part of the London 2012 Festival. She is currently a Flax Arts Studios artist, Belfast, Northern Ireland receiving the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Major award in 2017.

Her work explores identity, borders and barriers through encounters with territory and the territorial. She sets up actions or situations that demonstrate complexities, contradictions or commonality between medium and discipline, timing and spontaneity, intuition and methodology, artist and audience. She uses photography, video, text and collage to record her performances.

She often uses her body to investigate both her own and cultural boundaries, particularly in relation to the restrictions placed on women. Despite deliberately avoiding the sensationalisation of the body, her works often promote strong reactions and emotions.

Sinéad’s practice is nomadic and travel has broadened her cultural perceptions and influenced her artistic sensibilities regarding time and space. She is active on the Belfast performance art scene working with local organisations to foster performance art activity and supporting emerging artists in her community.

Curating artists, exchanges, projects and exhibitions of performance between Northern Ireland and Canada, Chile, Croatia, Germany, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Japan, Iraq, Montreal, Peru, Transylvania region Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Poland, Peru, Montreal and U.S.A.

Recent work has been presented at Millennium Court Art Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland (2019), Subte Contemporary Art Space, Montevideo, Uruguay (2018), ‘Future Histories, Kilmainham Goal, Dublin, Ireland (2016), ’‘TIPA’ this is performance art, Peacock Visual Arts center, Aberdeen, Scotland (2015), ‘Art of the Lived Experiment’, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, ‘Voices Travel’, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2014), ‘Asiatopia’, Bangkok Arts & Cultural Centre, Thailand (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, (2013), Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, (2012), Southbank Centre, London (2012).

Main image: Sinéad O’Donnell, ‘Yemaya’, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2018. Photo shot: Manuela Aldabe Toribio

Small image: Sinéad O’Donnell, ‘Violent’, Bangkok Arts & Culture Centre, Asiatopia Performance Art Festival, Bangkok, 2013.  Photo shot – Jason Lee.