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Christine O'Brien

visual art

Curriculum vitae | Christine O'Brien

Selected Recent Group Shows

2017: Genius loci, Imagine Arts Festival, Gallery 20ten, 18a, Lombard St. Waterford, Ireland.
2017: Summer & Winter Collections, Gallery 20ten, 18a, Lombard St. Waterford, Ireland.
2016: Viewport, Imagine Arts Festival, Gallery 20ten, 18a, Lombard St. Waterford, Ireland.
2016: Summer & Winter Collections, Gallery 20ten, 18a, Lombard St. Waterford, Ireland.
2015: In aice le Peig, Sceitse, An Blascaod Mór, Co. Kerry, Ireland, (co-curator).
2015: Sacred Grove, Group 20ten, Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
2015: Nemus: Sacred Grove, Group 20ten, The Red Stable Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
2014: Christmas Show, Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford, Ireland.
2014: Nemus: Sacred Grove, Group 20ten, Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford, Ireland.
2013: NOVA | Art@Aoife’s, Aoife’s Gallery, Waterford, Ireland, (co-curator).
2013: Summer Collection, Group 20ten, Avenue Festival, Index Gallery, Waterford, Ireland.
2013: Scattering-Gathering, 20ten, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford | Kilkenny Castle.
2012: The Same but Different, Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford, Ireland, (co-curator).
2012: Scratching the Surface, Imagine Arts Festival, Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford.
2012: Culture Night, Central Hall, Waterford | WHAT Art Lotto, W.H.A.T., Waterford, Ireland.
2012: Within & Without, Group 20ten, Old Markethouse Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Waterford.
2012: Samhraidh: of summer, Curator, Tramore Coastguard Centre, Tramore, Co. Waterford.
2011: Within + Without, Group 20ten, Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre, Co. Waterford.
2009: Punchinello, SprÓg, Spraoi, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland.

Open Submission Exhibitions

2017: GOMA Members Exhibition, Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford, Ireland.
2015: What Land and Country is this? Bealtaine, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland.
2014: Art on the Wall, New Street Gardens, Waterford, Ireland.
2013: Winterport, HIVE Gallery & Artists Studios, Michael St., Waterford, Ireland.
2012: What kind of old do you want to be? Bealtaine Festival, Garter Lane Arts, Waterford.
2011: Beautiful Future, HIVE Gallery & Artists Studios, Bank Lane, Waterford, Ireland.

Solo Exhibitions

2015: Taking Leave, Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford, Ireland.
2010: Boundary Lines at Solstice Waterford Museum of Treasures, Waterford, Ireland.
2008: Dreamcatcher, Index Gallery, Waterford City Central Library, Waterford, Ireland.
2008: Unfamiliar Territory, Immrama Travel Writer's Festival, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

Recent Art Installations

2017: Hanami, Gallery 20ten; part of Waterford Councils Schools Arts Participation Programme.
2016: Contour, Cill Rialaig, Bolus Head, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
2015: Taking Leave, Sonic Dreams Festival, Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford, Ireland.
2014: Woven, Castlepalooza, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland.
2014: Nine Nests, Bishop's Palace, Waterford, Ireland.
2013: Treelines, Forest Festival, Värmland, Sweden.
2012 & 2011: WEAVE, Treeline, Ambiosonic Festival, Forêt des Maures, Provence, France.
2010: Window Dressing Art in a …temporary art space, Harvest Festival, Waterford, Ireland.
2010: Weave, Gateway Festival, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
2009: Phoenix, SOMA Contemporary Gallery, The Mall, Waterford, Ireland.

Curatorial work

2016-> 2017: Open Submission Exhibitions, Gallery 20ten, Lombard St. Waterford, Ireland.
2011-> ongoing: Group 20ten Exhibitions in Waterford City & County, Kilkenny, Dublin, Ireland.
2012: LEAP, guest curator, HIVE Gallery & Artists Studios, Bank Lane, Waterford, Ireland.
2011: Reading the Landscape, guest curator, Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery, Waterford.
2009: Selected Works, and official opening Index Gallery, Central Library, Waterford, Ireland.

Selected Collaborations

2016: The Joy of Painting in Watercolour, with Waterford artist Jack O'Hare, (b. 1920).
2015: Re-imagining Beckett with Animated State Dance Theatre Company, City Hall,
2014: Inter-Generational Project, with Manor Street Youth Project, Waterford, Ireland.
2013: Generations Arts, with Libby Seward, dance artist in residence, Garter Lane Arts Centre.
2010: Volunteer, with Green Papaya, No Soul For Sale, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, UK.
2010: Rain Forest Aviary, photos, miXile, ignite 4, Science Gallery, Trinity, Dublin.
2010: Noosa Sunrise, Artwork & Video Installation, with miXile event, SOMA, Waterford.
2008: Live Art, with Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford College of Further Education, Waterford.
2007: Dialogue, with sound artist miXile, Waterford, Ireland.
2006: Bike, Bend It Like Beckett, with miXile, curated & produced by Danny McCarthy.

Recent Arts Facilitation

2016: 30 years / Artists / Places, guest workshop facilitator, Greyfriars Gallery / Arts Council.
2012->2017: Creative Workshops, Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre, Co. Waterford.
2016: Creative Workshops, Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre, Co. Waterford.
2015: Invited Response: Culture Night talk on '21 Recent Acquisitions + Abstract & Contemporary Works' from the Municipal Art Collection at Greyfriars Gallery, Waterford.
2015: Anamáit, Creative Workshop, Ambiosonic Festival, Provence, France.
2015: Exploring the: Sacred Grove, Old Markethouse Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Ireland.
2014: Guest speaker Visual Artist Ireland (VAI) 'Get-Together', IMMA, Dublin, Ireland.
2011 & 2014: Slow Art Day, Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery, Waterford, Ireland.
2014: Still Life Jim, but not as we know it, GIY Gathering & Harvest Fest, Waterford City Hall.
2013: Gable End Tours, Avenue Festival, Waterford City Council commission, Waterford.
2013: Pop-Up ‘Common Room’ Café with Visual Artists Ireland (VAI), Waterford.
2013: Capturing Sunshine, Artist-led workshop, Index Gallery, Central Library, Waterford.
2013 & 2012: Slow Art Day, Garter Lane Arts Centre & Theatre Royal, Waterford, Ireland.
2013: Artist Talk, Scattering-Gathering, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland.
2012: Take another look, Municipal Art Collection, Culture Night / Waterford City Council.
2012: Treeline, Ambiosonic Festival, Forêt des Maures, Provence, France.
2011: Reading the Landscape, Curator's Talk, Municipal Art Gallery, Waterford, Ireland.
2011: Painting the Forest, Ambiosonic Festival, Forêt des Maures, Provence, France.

Publications

2016: The Joy of Painting in Watercolour, co-author with artist Jack O'Hare.
2015: Waterford Estuary Area: Community-led Mapping and Audit of its Natural Resources, 2014. Co-author Ray McGrath.
2013: VAN Featured artist in Visual Artists Ireland Newsletter.
2009: Fenor Bog, Photographic journal and poetry, inspired by Fenor Nature Park.

Artist Residency

2014: Imbolc to Bealtaine, GOMA (formerly Soma Contemporary Gallery), Waterford, Ireland.

Mentoring

2011-2015: Soma Contemporary Gallery, 6 Lombard Street, Waterford.
Conceived and developed the Artist Workspace at Soma Contemporary Gallery; assisted with development of Outreach, Community and Education Programme; and SOMA Life Drawing Group.
2011-2013: Hive Gallery and Artist Studios, 2 Bank Lane and Michael Street, Waterford
Co-curated inaugural exhibition, mentoring thereafter re exhibition management.

Bursaries & Awards

2017-2018: Waterford City & County Council School's TY Arts Participation Programmes.
2016-2017: Waterford City & County Council School's Arts Participation Programmes.
2016: Waterford Council Publishing Grant re collaborative project with Jack O'Hare.
2014, 2013: Waterford City Council Secondary School's Arts Participation Programmes.
2014: Waterford Arts Office Professional Development Grant re Group 20ten (touring).
2011, 2012: Waterford City Council Transition Year Arts Participation Programme.
2009, 2012: Waterford Arts Office Materials and Professional Development Grants.

Public Collections

Municipal Art Collection.

Other Activities

2011-2018: A founding member & co-curator of Group 20ten, www.20tenartgroup.com.
2013-2015: Regional contact for Visual Artists Ireland (VAI).
2010-2014: Arts representative on Waterford City Council's Community, Social & Cultural Development Strategic Policy Committee (SPC).
2009-2014: Member, Waterford Art Forum.
2002-2007: Committee, Imagine Arts Festival.
2004: National Vice President of Network Ireland: the organisation for women in business, the professions and the Arts at national and international events.
2003: President of Network Waterford, the organisation for women in business, the professions and the Arts.
1997-2012: Concept: company director, web design, publishing, graphic design, administration.
1990-1996: Art Therapy: Early School Leavers, Presentation Secondary School (1995 -96); Belmont Park, Waterford (93-95); Brookfield Psychiatric Day-Care Centre ‘90 -‘91.
1985-1995: Art, Craft and Design Teacher: Mt Sion Secondary School, Waterford.

cobs, May 2010 |Origin, oil on canvas, 2012 | Remnant, oil on canvas, 2011 | Zlendi Cove, photo, 2008

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