EVENT02.06.2023 / 3.00pm5.00pm

Sinéad O’Donnell


Sinéad O’Donnell performs in Present to Presence, a performance art laboratory including Indonesian and UK-based artists. Presented as part of Melati Suryodarmo’s exhibition Passionate Pilgrim (17 May – 3 September 2023).


Panel Discussion: Melati Suryodarmo and Present to Presence artists
Sunday 4 June, 6.30pm–7.30pm
Free, booking essential
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About the artist

Sinéad O’Donnell (b. 1975, Dublin, Ireland) has worked in performance, installation, site and time-based art for the past 25 years. Her work explores identity, borders and barriers through encounters with territory. O’Donnell sets up actions or situations that demonstrate complexities, contradictions or commonalities between medium and discipline, timing and spontaneity, intuition and methodology, artist and audience. She uses photography, video, text and collage to record her performances.

Based in Belfast, O’Donnell studied sculpture at the University of Ulster, textiles in Dublin and visual performance and time-based practices at Dartington College of Arts, UK. She was lead artist and curator for CAUTION, an Unlimited commission as part of the London 2012 Festival. O’Donnell received a Major Artist Award in 2017/18 from Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

This exhibition is supported by Bagri FoundationBritish Council through the Connections Through Culture grants programmeBirmingham City University, University of Leeds, and the Melati Suryodarmo Exhibition Circle: A.I. GalleryShanghART, Tanya Michele Amador and Michiel Verhoeven; and Michelangelo and Lourdes Samson.

It is developed in collaboration with Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Event Details

Events Room, First Floor.

Free entry, donations welcome.

No need to book, just drop in.

Suitable for all ages. Seating available.

Information on Ikon Gallery’s accessibility is available here.

For additional access enquiries please contact education@ikon-gallery.org

This event is being photographed and filmed. Please speak to the photographer or filmmaker if you prefer not to be included.


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Image Credits
1. Sinéad O’Donnell, Violent (2021). Performed at R-Space, Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 2021. Photo credit: Hugh O'Donnell. Courtesy of the artist 2. Sinéad O’Donnell, Grounding (2021). Performed at Lagan Meadows, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2021. Photo credit: Marta Dyczkowska. Courtesy of the artist.


Events/Talk04.06.2023 / 6.30pm7.30pm
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Melati Suryodarmo and Present to Presence artists 
Panel Discussion
Join Melati Suryodarmo and artists who have participated in the Present to Presence performance art laboratory for a panel discussion, during which they discuss their experience of taking part in the project and their concluding performances.  
Events/Performance22.06.202331.08.2023 / 2.00pm5.00pm
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Kleidungsaffe (Clothes Ape) is a delegated durational performance, first performed and created by Melati Suryodarmo in 2006. For three hours, a performer wraps their legs and arms around a tree of clothes – a 6.2 metres high pillar wrapped in colourful garments donated by Collection 4 Clothes, a West Midlands ethical recycling organisation.

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