Socially Engaged Art & Research

 My practice develops through processes of social engagement using the vernacular materials, practices and spaces of everyday life.


2017 Port Walks Dublin Port Company, Port Perspectives Commission.

2017 Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Arts Project Award with art manoeuvres 

2016 Arts Council of Ireland, Artist in the Community Project Realisation Award managed by Create, the National Agency for the Development of Collaborative Arts

2016 Incidental Traces Residency Clonakilty Community Arts Centre supported by Cork County Council Arts Office

2015 Arts Council of Ireland, Artist in the Community Research & Development Award managed by Create, the National Agency for the Development of Collaborative Arts

2015 Artist Residency at Uillinn – West Cork Arts Centre

2011 Finnish Academy of Fine Arts International Summer Academy for Artist Researchers

2010 Arts Council of Ireland Arts & Health Connect Mentoring Award managed by Create/Common Ground (Mentor Marie Brett)

2009 Arts Council of Ireland, Travel & Training Award

2009 Arts Council of Ireland, Artist in the Community Project Realisation Award managed by Create

2009 ABBEST Scholarship, GradCAM, Dublin Institute of Technology

2008 Arts Council of Ireland, Artist in the Community Research & Development Award managed by Create.


2020/2021 Urban Orienteer  with  Cork City Council commission supported by Creative Ireland and the Heritage Council of Ireland.

2018 Immram commission by DIT, Create & Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre as part of What is an Island? Art & Archipelagic Thinking in 21st Century

2017 Port Walks, Dublin Port, Port Perspectives Commission

2017 art manoeuvres, with Michael Holly, Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Project

2016 Incidental Traces, Clonakilty Community Arts Centre

2016 Waiting Room (work in progress), in association with Cork County Council

2015 Urban Explorer (work in progress)

2015 Elevation(s) Skibbereen Arts Festival

2012 Indexical Transfiguration, Kings College London

2012 Piecing Together, Critical Perspectives And Creative Responses To Experiences Of Trauma And Distress Conference, UCC

2011 CT Scan 6, Dec 2011 Dialogues Arts + Health National Exchange Day, Rua Red Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin

2011 mac – medicine as culture, Faculty of Medicine, UCC

2009 A Cosmopolitan Cosmology, Axis Arts Centre Ballymun, Dublin

2009 Cape and I, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen

2008 The Epiphany of Mulroy Bay II, temporary installation Baltimore


2015 PhD, Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media, Dublin Institute of Technology, supervised by Dr Tim Stott (DIT) and Prof Declan McGonagle (NCAD)

2009 B.A. Visual Art, Dublin Institute of Technology

2008 Higher Diploma (Healthcare Management) Royal College of Surgeons Dublin

1997 M.A. (Sociology) University College Cork

1987 Higher Dip. Computer Science University College Cork

1986 B.A. (Sociology) University College Cork


2018 Guest Lecture Limerick College of Art & Design

2017 Mentor for Artist in the Community Research and Development Awardee

2015-2017 Extern, Crawford College of Art, Cork Institute of Technology

2015 Selection Panel, Artist in the Community Scheme, Managed by Create

2014 Mentor for Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary

2013 – date Review Academic Articles for  Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice

2006 Project Manage Capital Funding application for new West Cork Arts Centre


August 2021 And Much More Besides  essay concerning socially engaged project at Ushers Island, Dublin Other Peoples Practices

Sept 2018, Expanded Art Manoeuvres, Paper Visual Art

May 2018, Traces of a Transient Community, Visual Artists News Sheet

Jan 2016, Critical Reflection  Making Cork Ignite Special Issue of Create News 20

Nov 2015, Profile Essay The Wow Factor Visual Arts News

June 2013, Catalogue essay Something Happens for e.gress by Marie Brett with Kevin O’Shanahan and the Alzheimers Association of Ireland

Dec 2011, Witness Writer, Text developed for the National Dialogue Arts + Health Conference RUA RED, Tallaght, Dublin

Sept 2011, To Evidence or Not to Evidence?  Opinion Piece for website

Jul 2011, Hale & Arty first published in the 2011 July / August edition of the Visual Arts News

June 2011, Arts Practices in Unreasonable Doubt? Reflections on Understandings of Arts Practices in Healthcare Settings, Arts & Health: International Journal of Policy, Research and Practice


June 2015 Cork SummerFest, PERFORUM; A Conference On Research and Practice In the Creative Arts, University College Cork, Becoming PhD; Other Whys, Other Wise

April 2015, Opening of Dulce Domum, curated by John McHarg & Marie Brett, Wandsford Quay Gallery, Cork

Oct 2014,  Arts and Mental Health Learning Exchange Day , HSE South, Reorienting Perspectives

August 2014, Thesis presentation Critical Theory Beyond Negativity; The Politics and Aesthetics of Affirmation, University Of Utrecht

July 2012,UK/Ireland Association of Medical Humanities Annual Conference, University College, Cork. mac an arts project for health professionals?

May 2012, Sustainable Creativity in Healthcare, Arts Care 21 Anniversary Conference, Belfast, Interpreting Arts & Health: How Do You Do?

Mar 2012, Department of Art (Pori Unit), Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland Medicine in Art: Illness as Creative Inquiry,

Dec 2011, Panelist at Dialogues Arts + Health National Exchange Day Rua Red Arts Centre, Tallaght

Sept 2011, Conference Presentation Social Pathologies Of Contemporary Civilization University College Cork From Aesthetic To Anaesthetic: Trajectories For Arts Practices In Healthcare Settings In The Context Of Cognitive Capitalism ?

Sept 2011,Conference Presentation Making Sense Of Health Illness & Disease, Oxford, UK Sense And Sensibility; Arts Practices As Modes Of Inquiry In Health, Illness  And Disease,

Aug 2011, Summer Academy For Artist Researchers, University Of Helsinki Finland

June 2011, Conference Presentation, Keeping Up: Enthusiasm, Anxiety And Well-Being Toronto, Canada Illustrating Grey Matters: Arts Practices In Healthcare Contexts 

June 2011, Public Interview Create / Common Ground Arts & Health Mentor Award

May 2011, Invited Participant : Where Does Arts And Health Research Belong? (In Academic Terms) , Dept of Nursing ,Trinity College Dublin

April 2011, Invited Speaker : Arts & Health Exchange Day, South Tipperary Co Council

Sept 2010, Public Interview With Katherine Atkinson, Create National Networking Day, Axis Arts Centre Ballymun