Approved: 25.05.2013

Tonya McMullan

Artist

Approved: 25.05.2013

Tonya’s practise revolves around the exploration of everyday life in the public space through context-specific, process-based, participatory and performative interactions and interventions within a place. The running themes often center around the everyday experience and the work draws on the unique qualities of a space sometimes relying on public interactions to complete the work. The work manifests

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Biography

Tonya’s practise revolves around the exploration of everyday life in the public space through context-specific, process-based, participatory and performative interactions and interventions within a place. The running themes often center around the everyday experience and the work draws on the unique qualities of a space sometimes relying on public interactions to complete the work. The work manifests in a documented experience either in or informed by an encounter in a public place such as a phone box, street corner, retail environment or a clothes shop changing room. Essentially Tonya uses personal experience and autobiographical references as material to make work that explores the context of her working environment and its confines in an attempt to both challenge and touch the participant/ viewer. Tonya works in a range of media including textiles, photography, video, text and installation.

CV & Education

CV Tonya McMullan
tonmcmullan@gmail.com
www.tonyamcmullan.co.uk

Education:
Diploma in foundation studies: - U.W.E, Bristol, Sept 2000 – June 2001
BA Sculpture: - Edinburgh College of Art, Oct, 2001 – June, 2004
Art in Conflict: - Belfast social theatre lab, Sept 2009 - January 2010
Wide Open Art School, Hayward Gallery London: - Workshops with Suzanne Lacy and Jeanne van Heeswijk, Maaike Engelen and Johan Siebers, July 2012

Exhibitions/Performances:

2017
Exhibition and performance, ‘Pragressive Ruin’ Black Box, September

Poetic Surveillance, Visual Art Gallery, Carlow, Ireland, June

Glasshouse, Flax Art Studios Group Exhibition , Shankill Road Library, May

2016

City as Gallery, Temporary public art installation and collaboration with homeless community, Place Centre for built environment and Belfast City Council,  September

Double Take - series of workshops with young people on performance/photography and artist talk at the Harn Museum, Centre for European Studies, Florida, United States, March

2015

Sit Down Cross Legs Link Arms, exhibition and performance at the Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry, December

Rapture, curated by Jayne Cherry, Pollen Studios and Gallery, Belfast, October

Under The Radar, curated by Michele Horrigan, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, June

2014

Palimpsest, Group Show, Golden Thread Gallery, July Curated by Sarah McAvera

Scope Art Fair, Group show at the Scope Art Fair, New York, represented by The Golden Thread Gallery.

Points of View. Group show, Monstertruck Gallery, Dublin. Curated by Peter Prendergast and Alissa Kleist

2013

FIX Festival of Live Art, September, Organised by Catalyst Arts, Belfast

Artist in residence, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Curated by Household, Belfast, May

Points of View (POV), group show, Monstertruck Gallery, Dublin Curated by Peter Prendergast and Alissa Kleist, May

Visualise 20/20 Public Art Commission, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan,Curated by Niamh Smyth, PEACE III Project, April

Drawing More, James Madison University New Image Gallery, Virginia, U.S.

An international video project curated by Anne Beck and Dietmar Krumrey of The Lost Coast Culture Machine, California

2012

SPILL Live Art Festival, Ipswich, England, Curated by Robert Pacitti, SPILL Festival is the UK’s premier artist-led festival of experimental theatre, live art and performance, November

Alongside, Belfast Festival at Queens, Curated by Shan McKenna, a major piece of performance art  as part of this year’s 50th Belfast Festival at Queens.

Television, video art exhibition, Tactic, artist led exhibition space, Cork , Curated by Sarah Lundy

A creative approach, in partnership with the East Belfast Arts Festival, Delivered by the PRIME Collective (Charlotte Bosanquet, Alissa Kleist and Tonya McMullan) Prime will use a creative approach to archive and documenting a building in East Belfast whose function is changing. The collective made work in response to the building and make these responses available to view at the local library. PRIME proposes an alternative creative method for historical archiving.

 

Curatorial Projects- selected

Cache, CCTM project in abandoned carpark in Belfast, January 2015
Against the Light, CCTM project working with artists working with climate changeFIX, Live Art Festival, Catalyst Arts, 10th - 15th November 2011
Vicinity, Group show, Catalyst Arts, March 2012

 

Collaborative Projects - selected

SoAM - Sister of Another Mama is a collaborative group of artists, part of the ACNI corners project and the 2015 Belfast Arts Festival. www.cornersofeurope.org

Cache Curated with Colm Clarke, a day of intervention and interaction by artists in a modernist car - park on Tomb Street, Belfast. 2014

Surrender Yourself with Colm Clarke, interactive public installation, part of the Household Festival of Contemporary Art, Belfast. 2013

Curators in Residence with the PRIME Collective, PSsquared, Belfast. 2012

Give and Take, Transatlantic collaborative project between N. Ireland, Scotland and the U.S. Show took place at the Lost Coast Culture Machine, California and PSsquared, Belfast. 2012

A creative approach, in partnership with the East Belfast Arts Festival, a PRIME Collective Project. 2012

 

Awards:

Arts council for Northern Ireland, ACES award, 2014
Arts council for Northern Ireland,Support for individual artists award, 2012
Arts council for Northern Ireland, Travel Award, 2012
Arts council for Northern Ireland, Travel Award, 2010
Arts council for Northern Ireland,Support for individual artists award, 2010
Culture Ireland Travel award, 2010
Edinburgh visual arts and crafts award, 2009
Scottish arts council curatorial fund, 2008
Edinburgh visual arts and crafts award, August, 2006