Hugh O’Donnell

ABSENCE-Performance at Performance Space London 2015-photo Bean.


Hugh O’Donnell b.1978 Dublin. He moved to Belfast to do a degree and a masters degree all in fine art. He has a studio in Platform Arts Belfast. He is a mentor for artists’ with a disability for Fire Station artists’ Studio’s Dublin 2015/16. Hugh also works as an audio describer and out-reach officer for The Arts and Disability Forum Belfast. He has been in receipt of many bursaries/grants and awards from Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Ireland, Fire Station Artists’ Studio’s Dublin, British Council, Arts and Disability Forum Belfast, Arts and Disability Ireland, Arts Council of England and the Open College Network Scotland.

His work is of an auto-personal nature dealing with issues of human rights/sexuality/disability and he is interested in found objects and appropriating meaning upon them.

His work can be abstract and absurd. He works mainly in performance art, drawing, installation and photography and most recently has been using the medium of video for a collaborative project called ‘Community as Artist’ were collaboratively has been documenting the lives of a Trans-Gender couple. The out come will be exhibited in several different galleries in Belfast and beyond.

He has exhibited his work on a national and international level and has completed many different residencies both national and international. He also has facilitated many performance art and drawing workshops on a national and international level. Some of these workshops have been collaborative with other artists’.

Part of his practice is collaborative with his sister Sinead and together they make performances/actions/interventions/drawings and videos together under the title ‘GRAVITY’. And have completed many different commissions for places like TRACE: Installaction Arts Space Cardiff Wales and The Bluecoat Arts Centre Liverpool U.K Animal Gallery Chile South America, Northern University of Iowa U.S.A

Hugh is also an advocate for animal rights and the welfare of animals.