Sinéad O'Neill-Nicholl is a multi-disciplinary artist using a range of new media to create installations and performance art, using light, audio, still images and video and who engages in live art performance to explore contemporary themes of gender, identity, truth and justice. Examining the power structures at play within language and the methods used to silence the voice of the 'other', Sinéad's recent practice involves the creation of spatial audio environments using the agency of sound as a method of resistance.
Working at the intersection of contemporary fine art and technology, Sinead is a current member and the Chair of Vault Artist Studios having received the 2021 University of Atypical DDAF Award, 2021 Kfest Screaming Pope finalist and the 2020 Catalyst/Kilkenny Exchange Award. In addition, Sinéad received the University of Atypical Graduate Award in 2020 as well as funding from both Arts Council NI and Freelands Foundation in 2020.
Sinéad’s practice is informed by a wide range of influences from academic theory, history, mythology and popular culture. Drawing from a bank of collected sounds, field recordings, story stelling and reading aloud, she creates atmospheric experiences in gallery settings and site specific locations and is primarily interested in working in unusual and overlooked spaces. Using both abstract and representative techniques, Sinéad has recently been drawn to consider the everyday and the small moments and continues to capture and collect these events as part of her art practice.