Cian Donnelly

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Cian Donnelly | Catalyst Arts | Thursday 3rd | 21:00

Cian Donnelly  (b. Dublin, 1974) received a BA in Fine Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast (1997), an MA in European Fine Art from Winchester School of Art (2001), and was awarded a Fellowship in Fine Art at The British School at Rome (2007­2008). Donnelly’s practice spans painting, sculpture, performance, video, writing and electronic music. His live works stage the self as psychosexual ghost story, through a series of intensely composed vignettes that blend Hallucinatory Theatre, Artist’s Cabaret and baroque Spoken Word. He has been nominated for two international awards in 2014, Live Works Performance Act Award, (Centrale Fies/Viafarini Milan, Italy) and the MAC International Prize (MAC, Belfast, N. Ireland). Previous exhibitions and performances include Voices Travel, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan (2014),Experimentica, Chapter Arts, Cardiff, Wales (2013)Memory Theatre, Vancouver Film School (2013), Palace of The Biscuit Tin, CCA, Derry (2012), Kunstfilmtag, Theatersaal des Künstlerverein Malkasten, Dusseldorf (2012), and Cuntstone and Clown, Five Years, London (2012). He has received a number of awards including Bursary Awards from The Arts Council of Ireland, and an AHRC Scholarship for Postgraduate study

Bleach Box is a 25 minute Live Work which blends elements of poetic horror with adventure story melodrama; by way of talking fish, an enchanted weaponised gherkin, bloodied children in peril, a shaved muff in a ventilation shaft, and an improvised high­energy disco tune exploring the notion of debt forgiveness as psychosexual ghost story.