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First published in 2019 by Millennium Court Arts Centre.
William Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland. BT62 3NX

Copyright © for text: remains with the authors.
Copyright © for images: remains with the artist.
Copyright © for the exhibition: Millennium Court Arts Centre.
ISBN 978-0-9928266-3-5

Crossing Permissions

BOOK / £7.00


This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Crossing Permissions by Sinéad O’Donnell 2019, which took place at Millennium Court Arts Centre from 1st February until 27th March 2019.

The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Millennium Court Arts Centre.

Design by Johnny Cordner.
Printed in Belfast by Minprint.
Edited by Sarah McAvera.

The writers and all the images listed in the List of illustrations (p33) are hereby identified as the authors and illustrators of this work in accordance with section 77 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The authors, artist and Millennium Court Arts Centre have asserted their moral rights. This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not by way of trade or otherwise be circulated without the publisher’s consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published.

A4 size / 34 pages.

About the publication:

Crossing Permissions is the title that I used to describe a process. A process that was like an unravelling of self, art, and others through, or driven by, feminist feelings through my performance practice. The process looked at my practice and the wider world of art that I placed myself within. As a project, Crossing Permissions, for me, was about mutual exchange: living and working alongside women in Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Thailand and Uruguay and Indonesia; I shared my stories and they shared theirs. In each of these countries, the permissions differed from culture to culture, community to community, artist to artist, woman to woman.

Through the year and residencies I saw commonalities across the continents of women silenced, women mistreated, women uncomfortable in their bodies and shamed by their femininity, women trapped by their reproductive ability or shamed for their inability. I have tried not just to give a voice to all of these concerns, but to give an empowering voice.

My performances have a history of giving a voice to women or subjects that have been stifled and prevented from being heard. I have not always been heard. I have dyslexia and I have been trapped by my inability to share what’s in my head in a coherent way that can be understood by those outside. Performing allows me to present an exchange of ideas in a non-verbal way that transcends language.

A book about a year-long project was always going to be a challenge for me, but I have approached it in the same way that I approach my work, in a spirit of sharing and collaboration. Dr. Chérie Driver has written an essay seeking to place my work within a theoretical context and other shorter texts describing my performances have come from women in the various cities that I performed. While it is true that this project could not have happened without the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and their major award, it is also true that this project could not have happened without the kindness, support and collaboration of women across the continents. Thank you.

Selected Performances 

DVD / £20.00

Sinéad O’Donnell is one of Northern Ireland’s foremost performance artists, with an international profile through numerous residencies and performances both nationally and internationally. 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, timings and spontaneity, intuition and methodology, artist and audience. 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.

This DVD features 32 selected videos in various different formats made from 1999 – 2017 giving the viewer a closer insight to a practice that has led Sinéad on a journey across the globe. It has been produced as one of O’Donnell’s strategies for offering audiences outside the real-time performances access to her solo work.

Running time: 3 hours.

Every effort has been made to ensure that this DVD is compatible with all computers and DVD players, however, compatibility cannot be guaranteed.

ISBN 9780992826642

Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Millenium Court Arts Centre.




CAUTION brought together six international performance artists to collaborate on a project that explored invisible disability through ‘living art’ practice. This publication details the creative journey experienced by lead artist and curator Sinead O’Donnell with the participating artists Sylvette Babin, Mariel Carranza, Paul Couillard, Poshya Kakil and Shiro Masuyama.

For this publication, each artist was invited to contextualise their experience of a project that aimed to re-examine their art practices and personal ideologies. Additional perspectives are provided by the project mentors Aaron Williamson and Boris Nieslony. CAUTION includes one DVD of video works and one CD of talking text.

This book is published to coincide with the opening of the exhibition CAUTION at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

Artsadmin, 2012, London. 63 pages, 19cm x 30cm.Paperback with colour photos throughout. 1PAL DVD & 1 CD

ISBN: 978-0-9565621-5-9


Golden Thread Gallery