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    I am a Dublin based artist, writer and lecturer at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). My arts practice is committed to exploring and responding to systemic power relations and inequalities, through long-term collaborations with diverse individuals, groups and organisations. Since 2004 I have worked closely with Rialto Youth Project, on a series of durational projects with young people and adults, co-producing multiple public works including the What Does He Need? public poster project and audio (with Brokentalkers, in partnership with The LAB, 2020-21), Stevie (2020), Natural History of Hope (with Brokentalkers, Project Arts Centre, 2016), Policing Dialogues (The LAB, 2010) and The Day in Question (IMMA, 2009), much of which is documented in my critical memoir TEN: Territory, Encounter & Negotiation (2014).  Currently I’m working on two projects: What Does He Need? with Rialto Youth Project and Brokentalkers, and Multi-Story – Creative Engagement for Housing Change, in collaboration with artist Feidlim Cannon and Housing Action Now. Multi-Story Act 1: The Apology was presented in early 2022 online and at The Seanad. My writing focuses on the complex relationality, labour and ethical challenges of collaborative arts practice and includes co-writing with sociologist Kevin Ryan, in a collective writing platform ‘Two Fuse. See Freedom? (Cork University Press, 2018) and Beating the Bounds of Socially Engaged Art (Field Journal, 2016). As an educator, I am committed to the professional development of artists with participatory and collaborative practices, teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level at NCAD. From 2013-19, I was joint coordinator of the MA Socially Engaged Art and Further Education in the School of Education, and since 2019, I’m programme leader of the ‘Dublin 8 Neighbourhood Residency’ in the School of Fine Art. In 2019, I received my PhD at the Centre for Socially Engaged Practice-Based Research at TU Dublin, for my thesis Reconfiguring Systemic Power Relations: A Collaborative Practice-Based Exploration of Inequality with Young People and Adults in Dublin.

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