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Research Associates 2021


Each year five CCA Research Associates are selected through an open call (with at least two from Northern Ireland) for emerging research-based practices. Over a two-year tenure Research Associates have the opportunity to access to our archives and networks with the potential to develop longer-term projects with CCA and our wider Programmes. An annual event brings the associates to CCA to share their practices with each other and our audiences through workshops, performance, lectures and more. CCA also acts as a critical friend and supporter to help them develop their practices.

Meet our Research Associates for 2021:

Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, Chinasa Vivian Ezugha, Marie-Andrée Pellerin, Ben Weir, Frances Whorrall-Campbell.

The new cohort join the 2020 Research Associates:

Renèe Helèna Browne, Alessia Cargnelli, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Borbála Soós and Katharina Stadler.

Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell investigates ways of engaging people in creative expression through co-operative play. This kaleidoscopic practice includes interactive installations; performance and curating. Born and based in Belfast, she is a member of Bbeyond, the Array Collective and #WeShallNotBeRemoved. Sinéad works as a curator for Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive, developing live cinema projects using the Ulster Television archive.

Chinasa Vivian Ezugha is a Nigerian-born artist living and working in Hampshire. Her work looks at the transition of Black women and their identity within culture from colonised subjects to emancipated figures. Vivian works predominantly in performance, using the medium to decontextualise and reconstruct what it means to be alive in this present time and to protest for a world where we are all allowed to dream. She is the founder ofLive Art in Wymondham, a one-day site-specific series of events that aimed at bringing emerging artists working in live art to rural Norfolk. Her work has been presented in venues across Europe, America and the UK, including In Between Time Festival (Bristol, 2017), SPILL Festival (Ipswich, (2018) and Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival (Chicago, 2015). She is the winner of the New Art Exchange Open Main Prize (2019), and a recipient of the Santander Universities Post Covid-19 Performance Making Enterprise Award (2020), supported by Santander Universities and ICCE, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Marie-Andrée Pellerin is an artist from Montreal (CA) currently based in Linz, Austria. Her artistic practice deals with different language-related themes such as: political speech, science fiction literature, words’ acoustics and linguistic worlds, mostly through video and sound installations and performances. Since 2017 she is a phd researcher at the Kunstuniversität Linz in the department of Art and Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on feminist science fiction in relation with the concepts of language fluidity and nomadic subjectivities.Marie-Andrée is also involved in the artist-run space bb15 in Linz, and is currently a guest lecturer at the Kunstuniversität in the Department Time-based Media. Her work was presented in different art venues such as the Kunstforum in Vienna, D21 Kunstraum in Leipzig and Studio XX in Montreal. She was hosted in residency in several locations, including BPS22 Museum in Belgium and the Center for Contemporary Art in Glasgow.

Ben Weir works within the discipline of architecture. He draws, writes, researches and builds spatial interventions. His work discuss the situation of the contemporary city, blending fiction, commentary and productive critique. He is interested in potentiality, the non-specific and the un-finished. He dissects, re-presents and interrogates specific existing urban artefacts through additive processes in order to find out something new about their current condition, situation, or relationship to us.Ben has recently been an artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, and with the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona. He teaches part–time in the Masters in Architecture program at Queen’s University Belfast. Ben works between Belfast and Schiedam in the Netherlands.

Frances Whorrall-Campbell is a researcher, archivist, and creator of text-based performances based in England. Their practice is engaged in articulating the conditions that surround various forms of knowledge production (and reception) and imagining an alternative by turning these exclusionary structures inside out, dismantling and distributing them using the tools of their own manufacture.Towards this end, they are one of the curators of Conversations Across Place, a writers’ and artists’ workshop promoting queer and decolonial approaches to landscape, and a specialist with Banner Repeater on the Digital Archive of Artists’ Publishing.