The online curator and artist talks is an opportunity to hear from a wide range of individuals working in our sector on a range of topics related to their practice. They share their expertise, exchange ideas and collaborative practices.
Dr Laura O’Connor is a visual artist, researcher and festival co-ordinator based in Belfast. O’Connor’s work combines performance, sculpture, installation, video and digital media to look at the representation of “women” in the media and through cultural narratives. Recent works include Cultural Methods an ongoing project researching the digital surveillance of fertility and its links to cultural narratives and the treatment of reproductive autonomy in Ireland; Uncomfortable State (2017-2019) a series of live performances, sculptural works and video installations based around abortion rights in Ireland; The Druthaib’s Ball, with Array Collective. Array won the Turner Prize in 2021. O’Connor is also co-director of WANDA:Feminism and Moving Image, an organisation that exhibits moving image works by and about Womxn and works alongside industry organisations and individuals to expose inequality and underrepresentation in the film industry.
Recent exhibitions and residencies include, The Druthaib’s Ball, with Array Collective, at Herbert Gallery Coventry 2021, Galway Arts Centre 2022 and, Ulster Museum 2023; HUMAN, group show at 126 Gallery, Galway, 2020; Rapid Residency with Science Gallery Dublin and Provost’s Academic Development Fund from Trinity College Dublin, 2020; Wish You Were Here, 2020, interactive film project with Grace Sweeney as part of Future Screens NI Rewriting the Narrative scheme. O’Connor has a PhD with practice from Ulster University (2018), MFA Ulster University (2011), BA Sculpture and Combined Media from Limerick School of Art and Design (2008). Her work has been funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Freelands Foundation and Cavan Arts Office
We look forward to you joining us at the VAI Northern Ireland Offices in Belfast.
Event: Live Event: Artist Talk with Laura O’Connor
Format: Live in-person : 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF
Date: Thursday 6 April, 2023