Originally from Dublin and based in Belfast since 1995, Sinéad graduated from the University of Ulster in 1999 and received a fellowship from AHRB to take a Masters programme at Dartington College of Arts from 2003-04 where she graduated with distinction. She studied sculpture in Ulster, textiles in Dublin and visual performance and time-based practices in England. Her work has been presented in Asia, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, North and South America and supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland, Socrates Erasmus, the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Council.
Sinéad’s performance practice is nomadic and travel has broadened her cultural perceptions and influenced her artistic sensibilities regarding time and space. She is also highly active on the Belfast performance art scene working with local organisations to foster performance art activity and supporting emerging artists in her community.
The critical and artistic core of Sinéad’s solo work explores identity through immediate and mediated encounters with territory and the territorial. Recent performances have been presented at the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow (2010), Art No.11 experimental residency Japan (2010), ArTrend performance art festival Taiwan (2009), Gt Gallery project space Belfast (2009), Shelter 209, Israel (2009), My Land performance art festival, Croatia (2009), Glassbox exhibition space, University of Ulster (2009). Sinéad continues to be part of PAVES, initiated by Anne Bean and crossing borders between London, Belfast, Zagreb, Tel Aviv and Erbil since 2009.
Below is documentation of time-based performances and installation works created by Sinéad O'Donnell as part of CAUTION.