Justine McDonnell (b. 1992, Dublin, Ireland) lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She completed a masters in Fine Art at the University of Ulster, Belfast, 2017 and her BA in Fine Art at the Dublin School of Creative Arts in 2015.  Having served on the board of Platform Arts, Belfast she was appointed as chair of the board. She is a co-founder of a sound collective Oscillate and the live performance platform Stance.

Selected exhibitions include, We Speak Silent, PS2, Belfast, Curated by Clare Gormley, Transmit, Platform Arts Belfast, 2017; Oscillate (live performance), pssquared, Belfast, 2017; Belfast International Performance Festival, Belfast 2017; Stance, live performance, Pollen Studios, Belfast 2016 ; Gallimaufry, live performance, Platform Arts, Belfast, 2016 ; Fix Festival, live performance, Platform Arts Belfast, 2015 ; Democracy, ArtBox, Dublin (solo), 2015 ;  Spit, Spit, Scrub, Scrub, Live performance in collaboration with Amanda Coogan. Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2015; Smoking in Bolero, Live Collision Festival, Live performance in collaboration with Amanda Coogan, Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, 2015. 

McDonnell was selected for The 2017 MAC Curatorial Directions Programme, Belfast. She is a recipient of the Flax Arts Studios Graduate Residency Award 2017 and the British Council, Steward Fellowship Award at the Venice Biennale.


Exhibitions:

Solo:

2018, Golden Thread Gallery, Project Space, Belfast

2015 ‘You and Me’ Live performance as part of ‘Democracy’ ArtBox, Dublin

Group:

2018, Green Rooms, London

2018, RAW Labs, Bow Arts, London

2017, 'We Speak Silent', Curated by Clare Gormley, PS2, Belfast

2017, MFA Final Year Show, University of Ulster.

2016, Transmit, MFA, final year interim show, Platform Arts Belfast.

2016, PXVI, Members Exhibition, Platform Arts, Belfast.

2016, Live performance with sound collective Oscillate, Pssquared, Belfast

2016, Live performance for the launch of ‘Stance’ Pollen Studios, Belfast

2016, Belfast International Performance Festival, University of Ulster, Belfast.  

2016, Oscillate, Live Performance, Belfast Open Studios, University of Ulster.

2016 'Split' Live performance as part of MFA show 'Gallimaufry' Platform Arts, Belfast

2016 ‘Split’  Live performance in collaboration with Amanda Coogan and Sonic Arts, Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

2015, ‘You and Me’ live performance, Fix Festival, Platform Arts Belfast.

2015, ‘Spit, Spit, Scrub, Scrub’ Live performance in collaboration with Amanda Coogan ‘I’ll Sing you a song from around the Town’ Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.. www.rhagallery.ie

2015, ‘Smoking in Bolero’ Live Collision Festival, Live performance in collaboration with Amanda Coogan, Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin. 

2015, ‘Breaking The Rule of Silence’ live performance for ‘The Lives We Live’ Culture Night, Grangegorman, Dublin 7

2015, ‘Lift Off’ Graduate Exhibition, Dublin School of Creative Arts, Grangegorman, Dublin.

2015, ‘Bundles of Mysteries’, Performance with Livestock, The Mart Gallery, Dublin.

2014, ‘Perceive’ Broadcast Gallery, Dublin Institute of Technology, Portland Row, Dublin

Education:

2011-2015

BA Fine Art, (DIT) Dublin School of Creative Arts

2015-2017

Masters of Fine Art, University of Ulster, Belfast School of Art.

Awards:

2017

Venice Art Biennale, British Council Steward Research Fellowship Award. Spending One month in Venice. Invigilating the British Pavilion four days per week and use the remaining time to undertake a research project inspired by the British Pavilion exhibition as part of a wider response to the Biennale theme Viva Arte Viva.

Flax Art Studios, Belfast, Graduate Residency Award.

Curatorial Directions Programme, The Mac, Belfast: Selected as one of eight emerging curators to engage in a week of lectures, discussions, workshops and excursions examining certain key issues and ideas regarding contemporary curatorial practice.

Board Positions:

2017

Chair of the Board, Platform Arts, Belfast.

2016

Co-Director, Platform Arts, Belfast

 

Facilitator:

2015- ‘An Exercise in Seeing’ by Clodagh Emoe, Dublin School of Creative Arts, Dublin.

Curatorial Experience:

2017, Curatorial exchange with Engage Studios, Galway. (Upcoming)

2016, ‘A Place To Go’ Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast Culture Night, curated on behalf of Platform Arts Belfast.

2014, Dublin Institute of Technology, Graduate Exhibition, Portland Row, Dublin.

2014, ‘6ix Degrees’ by Naomi Sex held at IMMA residency, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

2014, ‘Perceive’ Broadcast Gallery, Dublin.

Artist Talk:

2017, Inchicore College, Dublin

2016, Conor Lecture Theatre, University of Ulster

2014, Irish Museum of Modern Art Studios, Dublin.

Teaching Experience:

2014, Irish Museum of Modern Art Studios, Dublin.

Artist Assistant:

2015, Assistant and photographer for Naomi Sex performance “Cheek by Jowl”, Dublin School of Creative Arts, Dublin..

2015, Assistant for Naomi Sex, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. 

Articles/ Online Publications:

2015, Qualia Dublin Magazine & featured as cover artist for their issue “Identity”

2015, DIT, Dublin School of Creative Arts Degree Exhibition, Lift Off.

Media:

2015, Featured in RTE, The Works as part of I’ll Sing you a song from around the town ,

Amanda Coogan Retrospective, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin 3

Online Publications:

2016, Written response of my experience performing as part of ‘I’ll Sing you a song from around the town , Amanda Coogan Retrospective, Royal Hibernian Academy, for Dr. EL Putnum blog ‘in : Action’

https://inaction.ie/2016/02/17/spit-spit-scrub-scrub/

Collectives:

2016, Co- Founder of ‘Stance’, Live art platform, Belfast.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/stancebelfast/

2016, Founder of sound collective Oscillate, Belfast.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/OscillateSoundCollective/