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Christine O'Brien

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Christine O’Brien is an established arts practitioner based in Waterford. She is a founding member and co-curator of Group 20ten artist collective and Gallery 20ten, Waterford. Over the past thirty years she has used both traditional and contemporary art forms - painting in a range of media, photography, printing, sculpture, installation and performance art work.

Natural and philosophical boundaries that link, divide, contain and reveal are recurring themes in her work. The on-going 'weave' series explores ways in which arts practice can raise awareness of our ecology and mindful responsible living.

Her socially engaged environment based installations use materials that are recycled, harvested locally or home-grown specifically for permanent or temporary artworks in both private and public spaces. Locations include: Forêt des Maures, Provence, France (2015); Charleville Castle, Ireland (2014); Värmland, Sweden (2013).

Solo shows: Taking Leave, GOMA Gallery of Modern Art, during Sonic Dreams International Festival of Experimental Arts (2015); Boundary Lines at Solstice, Waterford Museum of Treasures (2010); Dreamcatcher, Index Gallery, Waterford, (2008). (See CV for more information).

Her MA Arts & Heritage Management thesis 'Exploring Creativity in the Library: The sustainable use of local resources for local needs' offered an opportunity to reflect on sustainable socially and ecologically aware professional arts practice, promoting a theoretical and critical perspective on creative facilitation.

Areas studied for her Diploma in Fine Art included video, installation and performance Art, photography and printing. As part of certification in Reality Therapy by the Institute of Reality Therapy in Ireland in 1991 her personal research included art as therapy and working with early school-leavers. She was co-owner - director of web design company 'Concept' from 1992 to 2012.

Arts facilitation

An experienced arts facilitator, Christine's creative workshops locally and abroad, including Waterford Council's Secondary Schools Arts Participation Programmes. Exhibitions of student work include: 'Hanami' Gallery 20ten (2017); ‘The Same but Different’ Soma Contemporary Gallery, (2012); '100 Ways of Seeing' Index Gallery, Waterford (2013).

Chris teaches privately and in second level schools and colleges. She was awarded the Waterford City Council ECO Grant to facilitate their TY Programme in 2011. Now focusing mainly on painting and art appreciation workshops, she has previously taught pottery and photography.

In late 1980s she trained as a therapist and worked in a number of government sponsored community and co-operative development programmes, facilitating early school-leaver programmes and art workshops in psychiatric day-care centres.


Christine and sound artist miXile, Michael Shanahan, undertook a number of short and long term creative collaborations between 1985 and 2013. In 1992 they founded concept, a web site design company, and supported the Arts in Waterford including art, music, film, theatre and comedy festivals.

She is a member Group 20ten, VAI (Visual Artists Ireland) and a former member of Waterford Arts Forum.

Former member of Save Viking Waterford Action Group (SVWAG) highlighting the international signifigance of the Viking settlement at Woodstown.
As National Vice President of Network Ireland, the Organisation for Women in Business, the Professionals and the Arts, Chris co-hosted a Joint Meeting of the Finnish Delegation from South West Finland, Aisapari and Network Waterford in 2004.

'Volunteer' May 2010
Performance at
10th anniversary
No Soul For Sale –
A Festival of Independents

in the Turbine Hall,
Tate Modern, London.

Origin oil on canvas 2012 cobs
Origin, oil on canvas, 2012

remnant cobs
Remnant, oil on canvas, 2011

Zlendi Cove, photo 2008
Zlendi Cove, photo, 2008


© Christine O'Brien 2006- 2018 | all images, paintings, photographs © Christine O'Brien