Current Board

Thomas Wells is an artist originally from Manchester. They explore parallels between cities, and their connections to other post-industrial sites, in particular how Queer people have assimilated, hidden and thrived in these environments of gender binary ‘role play’. This is explored through a variety of ways; devised performances integrate video, audio and archive through movement, gesture and conversation developing a personal narrative rooted in context of time and place. Now based in Belfast they graduated from The Glasgow School of Art (2009) and hold an MA in Education from King’s College London (2014). As well as Catalyst, Thomas is a member of the Array Collective and a contributor to public art organization Household.

Thomas Wells is an artist originally from Manchester. They explore parallels between cities, and their connections to other post-industrial sites, in particular how Queer people have assimilated, hidden and thrived in these environments of gender binary ‘role play’. This is explored through a variety of ways; devised performances integrate video, audio and archive through movement, gesture and conversation developing a personal narrative rooted in context of time and place. Now based in Belfast they graduated from The Glasgow School of Art (2009) and hold an MA in Education from King’s College London (2014). As well as Catalyst, Thomas is a member of the Array Collective and a contributor to public art organization Household.


Thomas Wells

Emma Brennan is a visual artist and curator between Dublin and Belfast. She graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art Media from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2016. Curating and exhibiting in numerous group and solo shows during her time there, she has also participated in a number of live art festivals including Livestock and the Dublin Live art Festival, as well as curating the inaugural NCAD Live Graduate Performance Showcase in 2016. In 2018 she was awarded the role of the resident artist of the Draoicht, Blanchardstown on the back of which she featured work in the Dublin Fringe Festival 2018.

Emma Brennan is a visual artist and curator between Dublin and Belfast. She graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art Media from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2016. Curating and exhibiting in numerous group and solo shows during her time there, she has also participated in a number of live art festivals including Livestock and the Dublin Live art Festival, as well as curating the inaugural NCAD Live Graduate Performance Showcase in 2016. In 2018 she was awarded the role of the resident artist of the Draoicht, Blanchardstown on the back of which she featured work in the Dublin Fringe Festival 2018.

Emma Brennan

Leah Corbett is an artist from Tipperary, currently based in Belfast. In 2016 she graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design and was subsequently awarded the CIT Arts Fest Prize and the Ciaran Langford Memorial Bursary. Since then she has continued to exhibit her work as well as participating in socially engaged projects including Public! (2017) and Common Ground (2018/19.) Most recently she was awarded the Tipperary Arts Office Residency Award 2018 and is working on a community based project to be presented in 2019. She has previously worked with arts organisations such as CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and Tactic Cork before taking on her current role as co-director of Catalyst Arts.

Leah Corbett is an artist from Tipperary, currently based in Belfast. In 2016 she graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design and was subsequently awarded the CIT Arts Fest Prize and the Ciaran Langford Memorial Bursary. Since then she has continued to exhibit her work as well as participating in socially engaged projects including Public! (2017) and Common Ground (2018/19.) Most recently she was awarded the Tipperary Arts Office Residency Award 2018 and is working on a community based project to be presented in 2019. She has previously worked with arts organisations such as CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and Tactic Cork before taking on her current role as co-director of Catalyst Arts.

Leah Corbett

Anne Mager works as a curator, arts manager, university lecturer and author. She organizes and realizes exhibitions, festivals and cultural events and holds a Master degree from the University of Münster, Germany in Communication Science, Art History and Cultural Studies as well as a Master in International Arts Management from the Art Academies in Cologne and Düsseldorf. As a curator she focuses on site specific multimedia arts installations and the topics of borders and social change. She managed the interdivisional arts festival ‘new talents – biennale cologne’ from 2008 until 2017 and worked for a variety of other projects and institutions such as the exhibition program at Quartier am Hafen Cologne in 2013, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Fuhrwerkswerkswaage Kunstraum, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen and Kunsthaus NRW. In 2016 she moved to Ireland and initiated the ongoing interdisciplinary project series “the corridor“ in Belfast, Dundalk and Dublin.

Anne Mager works as a curator, arts manager, university lecturer and author. She organizes and realizes exhibitions, festivals and cultural events and holds a Master degree from the University of Münster, Germany in Communication Science, Art History and Cultural Studies as well as a Master in International Arts Management from the Art Academies in Cologne and Düsseldorf. As a curator she focuses on site specific multimedia arts installations and the topics of borders and social change. She managed the interdivisional arts festival ‘new talents – biennale cologne’ from 2008 until 2017 and worked for a variety of other projects and institutions such as the exhibition program at Quartier am Hafen Cologne in 2013, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Fuhrwerkswerkswaage Kunstraum, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen and Kunsthaus NRW. In 2016 she moved to Ireland and initiated the ongoing interdisciplinary project series “the corridor“ in Belfast, Dundalk and Dublin.

Anne Mager

 
Edy Fung (b. 1989 Los Angeles, CA) is a multidisciplinary artist and curator who experiments with installation, video, digital image, sound and text. Her work explores both ends of the spectrum of the human civilisation – appropriating the leftovers of past mythologies and alternate histories as well as speculating the societal changes implied by the latest cultural and technological shifts.  She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art where she focused on the expanded field of architecture. She has practised in London, Tokyo, Lisbon, and Hong Kong before moving to Northern Ireland.

Edy Fung (b. 1989 Los Angeles, CA) is a multidisciplinary artist and curator who experiments with installation, video, digital image, sound and text. Her work explores both ends of the spectrum of the human civilisation – appropriating the leftovers of past mythologies and alternate histories as well as speculating the societal changes implied by the latest cultural and technological shifts.

She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art where she focused on the expanded field of architecture. She has practised in London, Tokyo, Lisbon, and Hong Kong before moving to Northern Ireland.

Edy Fung

Liam McCartan is currently a PhD student in the Sonic Arts Research Centre of Queen’s University Belfast. His research concerns the borders, bridges and practices of experimental electronic music. In regards to his own practice, it consists of composition, performance, sound art and design that explores the concepts of genre deconstruction and sonic history. This work has been presented in concert halls, clubs, galleries, specialist-acoustic spaces, theatres, fashion shows, and contemporary music festivals. Liam is also an Organiser, Resident, and Writer of the Belfast ’club-art hybrid’ event/collective RESIST, which fuses avant-garde electronic music performances and immersive visual art of a digital aesthetic.

Liam McCartan is currently a PhD student in the Sonic Arts Research Centre of Queen’s University Belfast. His research concerns the borders, bridges and practices of experimental electronic music. In regards to his own practice, it consists of composition, performance, sound art and design that explores the concepts of genre deconstruction and sonic history. This work has been presented in concert halls, clubs, galleries, specialist-acoustic spaces, theatres, fashion shows, and contemporary music festivals. Liam is also an Organiser, Resident, and Writer of the Belfast ’club-art hybrid’ event/collective RESIST, which fuses avant-garde electronic music performances and immersive visual art of a digital aesthetic.

Liam McCartan

Peter Glasgow (b. 1991) is a visual artist who lives and works in Belfast. He studied at Wimbledon College of Art and the Royal College of Art where he completed his MA in 2015. He was selected to be part of Catalyst Arts Student and Recent Graduate Show “Very Good Waves Now” in 2016. Recent exhibitions include “Laboratory of Dark Matters”, a group residency at Guest Projects London, and “It’s not the digging, it’s the dirt”, a programme of live work broadcast as part of Art Licks Weekend 2016.

Peter Glasgow (b. 1991) is a visual artist who lives and works in Belfast. He studied at Wimbledon College of Art and the Royal College of Art where he completed his MA in 2015. He was selected to be part of Catalyst Arts Student and Recent Graduate Show “Very Good Waves Now” in 2016. Recent exhibitions include “Laboratory of Dark Matters”, a group residency at Guest Projects London, and “It’s not the digging, it’s the dirt”, a programme of live work broadcast as part of Art Licks Weekend 2016.

Peter Glasgow

 
 

Previous Directors

Siobhan Kelly, Conor Mullan, John Macormac, Michael Edgar, Alessia Cargnelli, Emily McFarland, Joey O’Gorman, Edel O’ Reilly, Mitch Conlon, Mary Stevens, Michaela Butler, Jane Butler, Phillip McCrilly, Brígh Strawbridge, Iain Griffin, Amy Brooks, Alice Clark, Rob Hilken, Katrina Sheena Smyth, Alissa Kleist, Ruaidhri Lennon, David Mahon, Emmanuelle Nègre, Tonya McMullan, Eoin Dara, Nathan Crothers, Catherine Neill, Kim McAleese, Mark De Conink, Anne McAuley, John Cashin, Charlotte Bosanquet, Aideen Doran, Kate McCullough, Johanna Leech, Fionnuala Doran, Sara o Gorman, Rachel Brown, Brighdin Farren, Caelan Bristow, Colm Clarke, Benjamin de Burca, Fuyuka Shindo, Leo Devlin, Helen Sharp, Lucy Edwards, Jude Bennett, Meabh O’Donnell, Kim Montgomery, Brendan O’Neill, Phil Hession, Lurach Bredin, Cian Donnelly, Clive Murphy, Allan Hughes, John Mathews, Ursula Burke, Deirdre McKenna, Elina Medley, Justin McKeown, Cherie Driver, Fiona Ni Mhaoilir, Niall Mc Cabe, Julie Bacon, Grainne Cullen, Seamus Harahan, Elina Medley, Joanna Fursmann, Keike Twisselmann, Jane Anderson, Stephen Hackett, Stella d’Ailly, Phil Collins, Heather Allen, Ruth Jones, Dan Shipsides, Brian Patterson, Niamh O’Malley, Angela Darby, Eoghan Mc Tigue, Peter Richards, Susan Phillipz, Toby Dennet, Duncan Campbell, Dougal Mc Kenzie, Sandra Johnston, Siofra Campbell, Robert Peters, Derval Fitzgerald, Karen Vaughan, Eillis O’Baoill, Mark Orange