Ciara O’Malley

Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Holywell Hospital

Since 1989, I have seen myself primarily as an installation artist, creating installation pieces. Each installation piece is sculptural in nature and comes to life through the use of sound, light, film or movement,

The inspiration for these installations has tapped into themes or stories which act as similes for my own experiences and are designed to reach out to audiences on many different levels.

More recently, as an installation artist I am exploring the use of technology in creating multi-sensory, interactive pieces. I aim to open new doors in visual art by using technology to incorporate the use of touch, smell, sound and light which will not only inspire the art viewing public but will make my work more accessible to a broader audience on many sensory levels.

At present, I am learning the effective use of digital technology, software applications and specific programming. In time, I aim to develop innovative hard and software applications to choreograph the various sensory elements and their associated technology in order to produce original and hopefully groundbreaking new works.


Lives in the Belfast and works in both the North/South of Ireland

Born Newtownhamilton, Northern Ireland

1985 – 1986 University of Ulster, Belfast Foundation Course in Art and Design

1986- 1989 Sheffield City Polytechnic, South Yorkshire
BA(Hons) Fine Art

1989-1990 Leeds University, Bretton Hall Higher
Education Corporation, West Bretton, W. Yorks


2006/2007 Forthcoming- Dates to be confirmed

Sim, Reykjavik, Iceland

Engine Room, Belfast.

Lagan Weir, Belfast

Queen Street Studios

2006 Dublin Fringe Festival- Lantern Installation,

The Quays, Dublin
Queen Street Studios Website Launch and

Showreel ‘ 06

2005 Catalyst Arts Group Show

Postcard 2005, Temple Bar Studios, Dublin

Super 8, Triskel Art Centre, Cork

24 hours, Tigh Fili Gallery, Cork

Queen St Studios Showreel ‘ 05

6×6 Tri Showcase, 2005 in Hangzhou / Shanghai / Beijing, China

‘The First Book of Ideas’ Art Warehouse Scene

Gallery, Shanghai, China

‘Art of the Imagination’, London

2004 ‘Full Circle’ Temple Bar Studios, Dublin

‘Marking the Underpass’, The Vaults, Dublin

2002 ‘Art space’, Siamsa Tire, Tralee

1999 Catalyst Arts, Group Show Belfast

1998 City Arts Centre, Edinburgh

1997 Catalyst Arts, Group Show, Belfast

1996 Catalyst Arts, Group Show, Belfast

1995 Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

1994 City Arts Centre, Edinburgh

W.A.S.P Art Studios Group Show, Edinburgh

Collective Gallery, Group Show, Edinburgh

1993 ‘Irish Artists in Britain’ Hackney Museum, London

Northern Irish Business Centre, London

1992 Leeds Arts Space Society Group Show, Leeds

Northern Irish Business Centre, London

1991 Group Show, The Piece Hall, Halifax, W. Yorks

Artlink Residency, The Elizabethan Gallery, Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

One Person Shows

1997 ‘Resonance’, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

1991 Leeds Arts Space Society, Maris St. Leeds

Walkley Art Centre, Sheffield

Artlink, Leeds, West Yorkshire

1989 Newry Arts Centre, Newry, Co. Down

Awards and Commissions

2004-2006 ‘Streets – hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future’. An interactive video/light/sound installation for the Luas Line at Connolly St Terminus and 20 interactive glass pavoirs for the new Luas stops at the I.F.S.C.

2003/2004 ‘Artist in the Community Award’, Fire Station Artist Studios, 9-11, Buckingham St. Dublin 1.

1998-1999 Northern Ireland Government Commission to create two interactive large-scale sculptural pieces for the new play park at Stormont, Belfast

1997 N.I. Arts Council Commission to create an Interactive sculptural installation outside the Waterfront Hall, Belfast for the ‘In Concert’ International Conference titled ‘Resonance’

1994 Awarded ‘Artist in Residence’ to create a permanent interactive sculptural piece for the courtyard of Gorgie Special School, Edinburgh by Lothian City Council, Edinburgh


From 2006 Artist in Residence at HMP Maghaberry, Lisburn, Co. Down, N.Ireland Artscare Artist in Residence for Homefirst -Larne/Antrm/ Ballymena/ Cookstown/ Newtownabby Borough Councils

Artist in Residence at Sim, Reykjavik, Iceland (dates to be confirmed with exhibition to follow)

2005/2006 Digital Arts Residency at Queen Street Studios, Queen Street, Belfast.

2004 ‘Artist in Residence’ at Aosog Family Centre, Dublin funded by City Arts Centre, Dublin City Council and

2003/2004 ‘Artist in the Community Award’ at Fire Station Artist Studios, 9-11, Buckingham St, Dublin

2002/2003 The Ark – ‘Artist in Residence’ at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin

Projects and Publications

Since 1990 As a multi-media artist, I have had extensive experience of initiating, facilitating, managing, teaching, tutoring, mentoring, advising and delivering a wide range of arts projects with people of all ages, abilities, disabilities and social backgrounds from a multiplicity of environments throughout Ireland-North and South, England, Scotland and overseas. Some of which are:

2006 ‘ Identity’ bronze sculpture to be sited in Jubilee Gardens, Belfast with Clarawood +50’s group New Belfast Community Arts Initiative, Belfast ‘ Artist in the Built Environment Project’ for North West Belfast Trust and funded by PROJECT. Major exhibition on completion at Feile and Place Belfast with publication

2004-06 ‘ Streets- interactive video/light/sound projection for the Luas Line Terminus at Connolly Station. 26 groups and 20 individuals, staff and community leaders participated from North Inner City Dublin. Funders-Luas, Vodafone, Dell, NEC Europe/Digisound, Fire Station Artist Studios and Community Foundation,

2004 Aosog Residency ‘ Give us a Game’ Exhibition at The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin. On completion – ‘ Give us a Game’ DVD has been screened at youth festivals and at the Multiplex, Parnell Street, Dublin in 2005 .

2002 Co-ordinator of ‘ Open Windows’, a Foundations Project exhibition . Nine homeless groups created thirteen painted windows for the C.D.V.E.C. building Parnell Square which were illuminated during December.

2002-‘ 05 Art Facilitator for Soilse Drugs Rehabilitation and Educational Programme, Dublin

2002-‘ 03 Artist on the ‘ Mapping’ project at St. Michael’s Parish Youth Project, Inchicore. ‘ Mapping was a 3 Year action research project bringing together three youth projects from the canal communities in partnership with IMMA and Common Ground. A publication is being printed at present.

2002 ‘ East/West’ a pilot project for Galway Arts Centre with an active retirement group from Gort, exhibited in Galway Arts Centre and on their web-site.

Since 2001 IMMA’s artist panel facilitating a range of projects- Focus On, talks, training, mentoring, research. Many Projects on completion have had public exhibitions in the Studios.

2000 – 2001 Co-ordinator of the’ Dwellings’ project, A Wheelworks Belfast, rural arts project, with 5 youth groups from Ballyronan, Maghera and Magherafelt which led to an exhibition of 15 large Scale interactive ‘ Dwelling’ sculptures in the Burnavaon Arts Centre and Theatre, Cookstown. On completion , Wheelworks produced a publication.

1996 – 1998 Projects Exhibited – Glenveagh Special School,
Newtownabbey Borough Council, Wheelworks, Sense N.I., Fleming Fulton Special School, Mencap, Clarawood Special School, Open Arts and Lisburn Borough Council.

1994 – 1996 Projects Exhibited – Community Arts Forum, Belfast, Crescent Arts Centre, Dumbarton Borough Council, Glasgow, Slide Workshop & Drake Music Project, Edinburgh, Lothian City Council, Edinburgh, North Yorks Council,

1991 – 1994 WHALE, Edinburgh, Leeds University, Lancaster Lancaster University, Leeds City Council, Yorkshire & Humberside Arts, Commonwealth Institute and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

All the above have being publicised locally, regionally and nationally in newspapers, newsletters and journals .