Ciara Hickey was recently appointed Adult Programmes Producer at Hillsborough Castle. In her previous role as Curator of Belfast Exposed Photography she curated and managed numerous gallery exhibitions and public programmes, including the Belfast Exposed Futures programme, which supports photographers working in Northern Ireland by developing and promoting their work internationally. Recent exhibitions/commissions include Welcome to Belfast (Martin Parr), and Beyond Maps & Atlases (Bertien van Manen).
She writes regularly on art and photography, and previously designed the public programmes at Ormeau Baths Gallery. 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.