Curator Biographies

Speed Curating


Christine Donnelly (morning only)

Christine Donnelly studied Theatre and Media at the Ulster University and completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art London in Theatre Design. Spending the early part of her career as a freelance stage designer in theatre and film in London, Germany and Holland, she also worked as a property maker in the commercial industry. After a period of travel she returned to Northern Ireland to work in Education and Tourism facilities management before taking up post as Creative Development Officer with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council based at the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre. She is the current Curator of the Market Place Gallery and programmer of the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre programme of creative workshops. She also coordinates a number of annual creative events in Armagh city and works as part of the council’s signature Arts and Tourism events team.


Clare Gormley (morning only)

Clare Gormley is a curator, researcher and writer. She is Assistant Curator at the MAC, Belfast and also maintains an independent curatorial practice. She is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art and is an alumnus of the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive programme. Previously, Clare was a Co-Director of Catalyst Arts and before this was based in London where she worked for TATE as a writer and research project assistant on ‘Performance at Tate: Into the Space of Art’ and co-ordinated Tate’s major international conference, ‘The Place of Performance in the Museum’. From 2011-2014 she was Gallery Manager at Pangolin London, where she delivered a wide-ranging exhibition programme of modern and contemporary sculpture.


Jes Fernie (morning only)

Jes Fernie is an independent curator and writer based in Essex, UK. She works with galleries, architectural practices and public realm organisations on public programmes, exhibitions, commissioning schemes, publications and residency projects in the UK and Europe. Working primarily beyond gallery walls, she is interested in an expansive idea of contemporary artistic practice which encompasses dialogue, research, engagement and serendipity. She has worked with a broad range of organisations including Firstsite, Tate, Peer, Serpentine Gallery, Focal Point Gallery, Lund Cathedral, RIBA, ACE London and the RCA.



Mary Cremin (morning only)

Mary Cremin is the Director of Void Gallery, Derry and Co-Artistic Director of the Treeline Project, Dublin. She was previously Programme Curator of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  As part of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture, she is one of the Visual Arts Programmers and is the curatorial consultant of Dublin City University Art Collection. She is a member of International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.

In 2015, she was Curator of TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Seachange, which included over 30 national and international artists. She has delivered large scale exhibitions and commissions such as Magnetism, Hazelwood Estate, Sligo, (2015), Richard Mosse, The Enclave, Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, (2013). She holds a degree in Art History and Geography from University College Cork and graduated with a Masters in Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin.


Declan Sheehan (morning only)

Declan Sheehan is Visual Arts Manager at Nerve Visual in Derry. A curator with experience in many gallery, offsite, public art, residency, studio and film projects across Ireland and Europe, he has engaged primarily with lens-based practices, digital technologies, site-specific projects, social innovation and related practices, developing projects for Nerve Visual, The Young Foundation and Holywell Trust, Ulster Museum, Void Gallery, Artlink Fort Dunree, TULCA, Irish Film Institute and others sites including: A Trojan War Horse (Friel Festival Derry 2017); Future Artist Makers 2016/17 (Nerve Visual/ Ultra Lab & Media Lab Prado, Madrid/ FabLab Limerick); Shelter – Anne Tallentire 2016 (Nerve Visual/ Ulster Museum/ FabLab Limerick); #Making History 1916 (Ulster Museum 2016); The Social Studios and Gallery (Derry 2014/5); UK City of Culture 2013 projects – Resonance FM residency broadcast across Derry & London, community photographic archive Portrait of a City, Open The Shutters/Picturing Derry (Derry/ Berlin/ Dubrovnik) featuring photojournalism archives and Camerawork, Fondation Gilles Caron, Willie Doherty, Sean Hillen, Victor Sloan, Kai Weidenhoffer; The Glass Album (Derry/ Donegal) featuring work from Matt Collishaw, Eoghan McTigue and photographic archives from NMNI and private collections; The Starry Messenger (Void/IFI 2014); Arts Council 2013 Visual Arts Curator Residency (commissioning Susan Philipsz, Liam GIllick, Frances Hegarty, Padraig Timoney, Vivienne Dick); Moore Street Lending Library (FireStation/ Dublin Fringe 2005).


Brendan Fox (all day – both morning and afternoon)

Brendan Fox holds a BA Hon’s Degree in Fine Art Media from The National College of Art and Design. Fox works as both a theatre practitioner/director/visual artist and curator. In 2012 Fox was shortlisted for Block T’s Undergraduate Award, The Talbot Gallery most Promising Graduate Award and then went on to win the International Undergraduate Awards 2013.

A published writer, Fox has also facilitated theatre and contemporary art based lectures and workshops with The National College of Art and Design, VTOS Adult Education, LSAD and has recently been invited by UCD and Trinity College Dublin to host workshops with PHD students at The Innovation Academy. He has worked as part of Dublin City Council’s innovations office The Studio as video documentary producer and as documentary director/producer for TFE research facility Cologne in association with NCAD.

Fox is on the judging panel for the International Undergraduate Awards and is head of the Foundation Arts Awards panel. In 2015 he was projects co-curator at NAG Gallery, Dublin, that same year saw him working with the Irish Museum of Modern Art curating work from their permanent collection for his large scale curatorial project Quantum Leap. In 2016 Fox was invited lecturer and curator at Limerick School of Art and Design and was resident curator at Talbot Gallery and Studios, Dublin. As Co-founder Director/Curator of Foundation Arts Festival his practice has seen him curating the work of hundreds of Irish and international artists. Fox is currently devising a large scale offsite exhibition ahead of this next years Foundation Project in association with the National Arts Council of Ireland.


Emer McGarry (all day – both morning and afternoon)

Emer McGarry is a curator with over ten years’ experience and has curated solo exhibitions with artists such as Phil Collins, Elizabeth Price, Susan Hiller, Sean Lynch and Mark Garry, as well as group exhibitions featuring Joachim Koester, Maria Loboda, Rossella Biscotti, Clodagh Emoe, Gulsun Karamustafa, Susan MacWilliam and many others.  She has produced exhibitions and publications with a range of Irish and international artists including Omer Fast, Jaki Irvine and Harun Farocki. Emer has a curatorial interest in how histories are reflected in contemporary art and particularly in the history of alternative and esoteric thought. She is currently Acting Director of The Model, Sligo.


Hannah Watson (all day – both morning and afternoon)

Hannah Watson is the Acting Curator & Gallery Manager at Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery. She graduated from the Belfast School of Art in 2013, and since then has been involved in developing, programming and managing the exhibitions, events and artists talks at Belfast Exposed. Hannah has curated exhibitions at Belfast Exposed, the International Belfast Photo Festival, the Belfast Photo Fringe and PSSquared Gallery. Hannah also facilitates photography education workshops and has lectured in Photography at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University.


Zelda Cheatle (afternoon only)

Zelda Cheatle is a well-known curator and editor of photography. After some years taking photographs, she began a gallery career at the Photographers Gallery, London 1982 – 1988, working with internationally renowned photographers and emerging British and European artists using photography. From 1989-2005, the eponymous Zelda Cheatle Gallery exhibited important work; including Helen Chadwick, Eve Arnold, a Century of Russian Photography, Imogen Cunningham, Sarah Moon, Manuel Alverez Bravo, Lee Miller, James van der Zee, Robert Frank, Abbas Kiarostami and Mari Mahr amongst many illustrious names. The ZCG consistently showed young and emerging artists, whilst acknowledging the importance of the history of photography and exhibiting iconic work from across the 20th century.


Maeve Mulrennan (all day – both morning and afternoon)

Maeve Mulrennan is the Head of Visual Art and Education in Galway Arts Centre since 2006. Galway Arts Centre is a multi-disiplinary contemporary arts centre with a remit for Galway City and County, through English and Irish. GAC’s Visual Art programme focuses on new work from Irish artists in all visual media. It also partners with Galway International Arts Festival, and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. The Education programme includes the successful Burning Bright programme for older people and Red Bird Youth Arts Collective, both of which engage visual artists. GAC is currently developing a partnership project with NUIG, Galway City Museum and the Royal Astronomical Society. Maeve lectures in Curation, Education Policy and Visual Art as part of the MA in Arts Policy & Practice in NUI Galway. She was the programmer for the 2017 Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

Interested in: Emerging Irish artists for group and solo exhibitions, mid-career/ established artists interested in exploring new elements in their practice. GAC also curates exhibitions with children as the primary Audience as part of its partnership with Baboró international arts festival for children. GAC facilitates Red Bird Youth-led collective to work collaboratively with visual artists and architects in all mediums. Previous exhibiting artists include: Alice Maher, Sean Lynch, Michelle Browne, Gareth Kennedy and Aideen Barry.


Deirdre Morrissey (all day – both morning and afternoon)

Deirdre has extensive experience working as a curator and project manager for the last 10 years. Deirdre has been working as Gallery Manager and Curator at MART since 2016 and currently divides her time between Dublin and Belfast. She received a BA In Fine Art from DIT and an MA Vis in Visual Art Practices from DLIADT. She was a co-founder and co-director of The Market Studios; an artists studio provider in Dublin from 2008 – 2014, where she also managed their exhibition programme. She has also been involved in many offsite and independent projects and was awarded Dublin City Council’s Emerging Curator Award in 2011. Following the closure of The Market Studios she moved to Belfast where she was a co-director at Platform Arts from 2013- 2015 and then worked as Administrator at Creative Exchange Artists’ Studios.

Patricia Fleming (all day – both morning and afternoon)

Patricia Fleming is a curator and Director of Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow. Born in Ayrshire, Fleming studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. After graduating in 1990, Fleming moved to Glasgow and established the groundbreaking initiative Fuse, an arts charity providing free studios, exhibitions and a monthly stipend to support contemporary artists living and working in Scotland. It ran from 1991-1999, supporting over 500 artists including Martin Boyce, Will Bradley, Jacqueline Donachie, Douglas Gordon, Jim Lambie, Ross Sinclair, Simon Starling, Mary Redmond, Eva Rothschild and Richard Wright. During this time Fleming established Fly – the first contemporary art gallery in the East End of Glasgow (now Market Gallery). Following this she worked as a curator at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow. In 2003, she was the first curator for Wales at the Venice Biennale (2003) with the critically acclaimed exhibition Further – Cerith Wyn Evans, Bethan Huws, Paul Seawright and Simon Pope.

Patricia Fleming Projects represents 8 of the UK’s leading contemporary artists; Jacqueline Donachie, winner of the inaugural Freelands Award (2016), Christine Borland, Turner Prize nominee (1997) along with Ilana Halperin, Steff Norwood, Kate V Robertson, David Sherry, Jane Topping and the estate of Kevin Hutcheson.

Fleming is founder Director of Art Car Boot Glasgow at SWG3 an annual event for artists and visitors to meet and buy art. Fleming is one of the selectors of New Art West Midlands (2018). She has been a guest lecturer at Strathclyde University Dept of Architecture, Manchester School of Art, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts Rennes. In 2013 she stepped down from the board of Directors at WASPS (Workshops and Artists Studio Provision Scotland) where she served 22 years.


Sacha Waldron (all day – both morning and afternoon)

Sacha Waldron is a writer, curator and artist who is currently Curator at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool. Sacha was previously Curatorial Fellow at Arnolfini in Bristol and Curator of Crate Project Space in Margate. She writes articles, criticism and makes interviews for several online art platforms and magazines. She completed her MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London.


Stephanie Gaumond (afternoon only)

At Void Gallery since 2015, Stephanie holds a M.Litt in Fine Art Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Art from University of Denver. Her interest lies in multidisciplinary work and exploring boundaries between current events and historical ideas. She is currently employed at Void Gallery, Derry/Londonderry alongside managing a number of freelance projects with various arts organisations including Arts Care. She is a board member of Derry Print Workshop.


Peter Richards (afternoon only)

Peter Richards is an artist and curator, born Cardiff in 1970, based in Belfast since 1994. He spent two years between 1996-1998, as a director of artist-run Catalyst Arts working alongside the likes of Phil Collins, Mark Orange, Niamh O’Malley, Susan Phillipsz, and Dan Shipsides. Whilst at Catalyst Arts he began to share time between his studio practice, and creating contexts and opportunities to explore the works of others, a way of working that he continues to this day. He became Gallery Director at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, in 2001, and has devised its artistic program since, realising solo and group exhibitions in the gallery and at venues across China, USA and Europe.


Ben Crothers (afternoon only)

Ben Crothers is the Curator / Collections Manager of the Naughton Gallery at Queen’s University Belfast. He holds an MA in Art History and Film Theory from the University of Essex, and has curated projects and exhibitions locally and internationally at venues including Ex Elettrofonica, Rome, and SOHO20, Brooklyn.

With a particular interest in zines, comics and artists’ books, Ben was the 2014/15 recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES Award for Curatorial Practice, developing his research in collaboration with NURTUREart, Brooklyn and Comic Arts Brooklyn. He also completed a curatorial residency at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum in Columbus, Ohio, in May/June 2016.


Peter Mutschler (afternoon only)

Peter Mutschler is an artist, curator and director of PS², Belfast, an artist-run project space and studios. His interest is in art and cultural production which is socially relevant, experimental, unconventional, risk taking and artistically brilliant.

He tries to link society and art through work and processes which connect with people’s everyday lives, be it inside the art space or at outside locations. He stubbornly works on two long term projects with artists and communities in the small village and former British Army site of Ballykinler and PeasPark at an interface area in North Belfast.


Catalyst Arts (afternoon only)

Siobhán Kelly (b. 1994 in Dublin) graduated from the National College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Sculpture and Visual Culture. Her practice is based in research, performance, collaboration and installation. She has participated as both performer and organiser in Dublin based live-art events such as Livestock, Dublin Live Art Festival and Finding Comfort in the Anti-Climax.

Conor Mullan (b. 1992 in Belfast) is an artist currently based in Belfast. His practise explores the use of new media drawing techniques as well as traditional printmaking and sculpture. He studied fine art at the University of Ulster and graduated in 2015, being awarded the award for outstanding graduate and has exhibited internationally. Since then he has volunteered in multiple arts organizations in Ireland.


CLINICS – Monday 6 November


Marguerite Nugent

Marguerite Nugent is Curatorial Services and Programme Development Manager at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Responsible for programming and collections development at the gallery for the past fourteen years, Marguerite has led an acquisitions programme which embraces both historical and contemporary art in a variety of media as well as leading on the CAS Special Collections Scheme at Wolverhampton. Wolverhampton Art Gallery also holds a major collection of art related to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Marguerite teaches on the MA Gallery Studies at the University of Essex and contributed to Pop Art Book (Black Dog, 2007), a publication produced for the re-display of the Pop Art Collection at Wolverhampton.