Second Collective Introduces: a series of online events aimed at female artists facing barriers to the arts – 9 and 10 Apr

Second Collective are delighted to be hosting a series of online events where we will be chatting to a selection of female arts professionals based on the island of Ireland. Running over two days we will offer 4 events; all events are free and open to everyone, however we believe these events will offer the most benefit to mature female artists, who are currently finding it difficult to dedicate time and energy to their own practice.

Second Collective is an organisation dedicated to supporting mature female artists by providing paid exhibition opportunities for fine artists, offering practical and mentoring support to these artists and by promoting learning opportunities and skill sharing opportunities for women in the fine art sector and beyond.

The events will take place on Zoom on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th April.


Friday 9th April:

@12.00pm – Introducing Second Collective

Cathy Scullion and Sinéad O’Neill-Nicholl will give an introduction to Second Collective; who they are, why they set up the collective and what their aims for the future are.


@2.00pm – Introducing The Angelica Network: 

Jane Morrow and Moran Been-Noon will introduce The Angelica Network. Angelica aims to amplify the voices of artists based on the island of Ireland who identify as women or minority gender, from underrepresented cultural or ethnic backgrounds.


Saturday 10th April

@12.00pm – Introducing Amna Walayat and Jayne Cherry: 

Amna Walayat is originally from Pakistan and was a resident in both the UK and France before settling in Cork, Ireland. She has an M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art, History, Theory and Criticism from University College Cork (2015) and M.A. in Fine Arts from University of the Punjab, Lahore in Pakistan (2002). She recently established the Ireland-Pakistan Arts Exchange (IPAE) to bring art communities from both countries together by creating opportunities for networking and exchange.

Jayne Cherry is an artist living and working in the countryside of Co.Down, Northern Ireland.  Jayne graduated from the University of Ulster in 2011 and has exhibited widely and engaged extensively in performance art both nationally and internationally.  She received the Arts Council NI General Arts Award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 as well as the ADF award in 2012, 2014 and 2016.


@2.00pm – Introducing Sally O’Dowd and Samantha Brown:

Sally O’Dowd is a freelance visual artist and curator with a socially engaged practice that responds to political and societal positions. Her longer-term research is concerned with identity; in particular intimate female ritual and investigating the roles – both self-selected and enforced – of women in contemporary Irish society.  Sally was the founding Creative Director of Townhall Cavan Arts Space since 2011 and is a founding member of Vault Artist Studios in Belfast.

Samantha Brown is a photographer and visual artist who studied fine art at Camberwell Arts London before moving to Ireland.  Returning to study Multi-Disciplinary Design in 2008 at Ulster University led Samantha to explore different media, such as collage, cyanotype, digital and analogue photography.  Samantha’s project ‘Botany of Silence’ was exhibited at Photo50 in the London Art Fair in 2020 and she is currently participating in the Centre for Creative Practices program, ‘New Voices of Ireland’.


These events have been made possible by the support of Imagine Festival 2021 through funding from Arts Council of Northern Ireland and DfC

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