About

Household is public art organisation that develops and shares inspiring and thought-provoking art projects with people in the public realm.

We produce activities for and with communities of visual artists, writers, curators, residents of – and visitors to –Belfast that take place across the city. Household focuses on telling untold stories, asking unspoken questions, and revealing hidden narratives through creative visual arts programming.

We have worked with emerging and established practitioners in creating new public projects in domestic spaces, city neighbourhoods, parks, empty offices, football stadiums, streets, and other unexpected places. In addition, Household organises events that encourage networking, shared learning and art sector development.

 

Our events have included the delivery of two art festivals (Household Festival 2012 & 2013) in over 80 domestic spaces and public sites in collaboration with over 170 artists and local organisations; a six-week art and residency programme across disused city-centre premises for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival; a series of citywide interventions, talks, commissions and events in collaboration with local and international partners such as Belfast City Council, British Council, Arts Council Northern Ireland, PLACE (Belfast), Creative Time (New York), Art Angel (London); Checkpoint Helsinki, and creative practitioners for Out in the Open (2015); and a range of presentations, discussions, debates and get-togethers in Belfast and elsewhere in partnership with organisations such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) and the Visual Arts Workers Forum 2015 (Limerick).

Household was nominated for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Award in 2013. Most recently, in partnership with Belfast City Council, we presented The Imagined City, a programme of public events considering the role of art and artists in urban environments. The Imagined City included new commissions from Belfast-based artists, and presentations, a masterclass and discussions featuring speakers such as Claire Doherty (Situations, Bristol), Sarah McCrory (Glasgow International), Alistair Hudson (mima), Kamiel Verschuren (BAD/NAC Rotterdam) and John Wakeman (East Street Arts, Leeds).

 

    • Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell

      Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell is an artist and curator specialising in interactive installation. She is currently based between Belfast and Rotterdam, as she completes studies for a MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute. She studied Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art, and has both organised and created work for large scale theatrical art events including ‘PROCEDURE’(Belfast) and ‘GAMES NIGHT!’ (Glasgow). From 2008-2009 she co-curated ‘residence’, a rolling program of artist residencies, exhibitions and outreach work in domestic spaces in Belfast, and has also previously worked as co-director and Studio Manager at Platform Arts, Belfast.

    • Eoin Dara

      Eoin Dara is based in Belfast and currently works as Curator at the MAC, having previously worked as Co-director at Catalyst Arts. He most recently curated Felix Gonzalez-Torres: This Place, the largest presentation of the artist’s practice in Ireland to date. In his capacity at the MAC he has also worked on commissioning new projects from artists such as Mariah Garnett, Stuart Brisley, Kara Walker, Johanna Billing, and Mary McIntyre, as well as delivered exhibitions of work by Andy Warhol, Robert Therrien, Sophie Calle and Bas Jan Ader.

      He has delivered lectures, talks, and contributed to panel discussions at the invitation of institutions such as Independent Curators International New York, Tate, University of Ulster, Manchester School of Art, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and regularly organises public programmes developing discourse on contemporary art.

    • Ciara Hickey

      Ciara Hickey is a curator at Belfast Exposed Photography. She previously worked at Ormeau Baths Gallery where she designed the public programmes. In 2013 Ciara completed a Masters at NCAD, Dublin entitled ‘Art in the Contemporary World’, where one of her key areas of research was the domestic space as a site in which to make and experience art. Before co-founding Household Collective she co-curated Space Delawab in her home in Belfast from 2008-2010.

      Ciara sits on the board of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and writes regularly on art. She has produced catalogue essays for the Naughton Gallery, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Ormeau Baths Gallery, University of Ulster and has contributed to journals such as Collected, Visual Arts Newsletter and Paper Visual Arts.

    • Alissa Kleist

      Alissa Kleist is a curator and writer based in Belfast and Derry. She is Curator (Exhibitions) at CCA Derry~Londonderry and was a co-director of Catalyst Arts (Belfast) from 2011 to 2013, where she worked with local practitioners and international artists on exhibitions such as In A Certain Light (2013); P.O.V. (points of view) (2013); FIX International Performance Arts Festival (2013); Fata Morgana (2012), and has curated projects in a variety of contexts. She is a founding member of the PRIME collective, with whom she runs The Bath House project in Belfast. From 2013 to 2015 she worked for Source Photographic Review, and regularly writes for a number of publications. She also works as an independent curator and in 2013/14 was the recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland ACES award for Curatorial Practice. She holds an MFA from Ulster University.

    • Kim McAleese

      Kim McAleese is a curator based in Belfast and Birmingham. She was co-director of Catalyst Arts from 2009-2011, and curatorial consultant at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s in 2012. She is co-founder and curator of domestic visual arts space, Satis House and the Associate Curator of Grand Union. McAleese recently completed a six week curatorial residency at SOMA, Mexico City, and was one of the participants in the first European Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in 2013. She was the first recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Career Enhancement Scheme for Curatorial Practice, and is completing Curatorlab at Konstfack, Stockholm.