Artist Residency at BOOM! June 2015

During my month long residency in BOOM I am focussing on creating a radio play, recordings, paintings and films in response to music and sound.

Everyone is very welcome to the following opening events: 

Opening event -4th June, 6 -9 pm

Artist's talk - 6th June, 12pm

Closing exhibition event - Life Performance - 25th June, 6-9 pm.  

Venue: BOOM! 80 Main Street, Bangor, BT20 5AE, County Down

The residency runs alongside BOOM's participation in ForM an open air exhibition in the Walled Garden, Bangor. I will be taking part in this by interviewing visitors to the garden and seeking their thoughts and responses to sounds....



 Above: Radio Play recording with life audience participation.



Above: Audience participation; creating sounds with found objects.  



 Above: studio view



An aspiration of sorts realised. My painting included in this Guardian article by Steven Poole. Click on the image below for a link to the article.




Scoil an Droichid

Recent commission to paint murals and playground art for Scoil an Droichid.





Boom! Collective   March 2015 

This weekend I took part in Boom! Collective's #weeresidencies event. A number of different artists were each given a 2 hour residency in Boom Studios. Artists used an alloted studio space to work on projects which were open to the public in Bangor town centre.  

A current theme in my work is responding to sound. For the 2 hour residency I decided I would explore this using the sounds of the surroundings as inspiration. I am also interested in surveillance and peoples reactions to being recorded or filmed. I placed a microphone in the next room (in the centre of the room so that it was not hidden in any way), an amplifier in the studio I was in, played a live feed of different noises and conversations.The painting I created was in some sense an attempt to document my response to the noises picked up in the next room.  People's reactions were interesting when they entered the room and heard the amplifier they did not initially recognise it as conversation and sound from the adjacent room. The penny dropped for most when they recognised some of of their own words the had spoken moments before on the painting. 

 Boom! Collective is a group based in Bangor (County Down) offering a vibrant and independent space to work. Based on the top floor of the former Clinton Cards building, 80 Main Street, Bangor.

Boom Studios themselves are well worth a visit as they are brilliantly bright and with fantastic views. With potential for exhibition and workshop space, Boom is exactly the sort of thing Bangor and quite a few other places need. This initiative was set up by Marianne Kennerley, Kate Mitchell and Jo Hatty.  




Happy 2015! 


To end the year...a communist rabbit. Obvs. 
Recently finished commission which is now in its new (rabbit dominated) home. Happy January.




Belfast Open Studios 2014

My studio at Creative Exchange Artist Studios is as tidy as it is ever going to be, ready for the launch of Belfast Open Studios 22nd - 26th October. 14 Artists studios all over the City are opening their doors to the public for 5 days. A great opportunity to have an intimate look at artists working environments. This event is organised by Visual Arts Ireland, more info at

Venues include: Flax Art Studios, Creative Exchange, Paragon, QSS Bedford Street and Platform Arts.






Belfast Culture Night 2014

I was invited to do some live painting in response to the music of Scream Blue Murmur in the Black Box on the 19th September as part of Belfast Culture Night 2014.

 Live painting is tricky... Beers and exuberant dancers make it trickier. Great fun though, not sure where the painting went in the end.  #CNB14








 I worked alongside the pupils of Scoil An Droichid Oifigiúil to create 'UISCE' an exhibition of work on the theme of water. Each of the pupils (over 150) from Naíscoil to Rang 7 contributed to this exhibition.

The exhibition opens Thursday 19th 7pm at An Cultúrlann and continues to 30th June 2014. We are also fortunate to have had the very talented Joe Laverty Photography on hand to document the children making the work. Exhibition continues to June 30th. All welcome. 








W.E.B.S at Gallery 40, May 2014.

I am currently in Brighton to show some of my work alongside Wayne Pilling, Emily Rose Croucher and Bryony Devitt

Private view Tuesday 27th May 5-7pm with ale and music!

Exhibition runs from 27th May to 1st of June 2014. 

Venue: Gallery 40, 40 Gloucester Road, North Laine, Brighton, East Sussex.




















The Jazz of Shapes to Come Solo Exhibition. March 2014

Exhibition Preview: 6 - 8pm Thursday 6 March 

Venue: Gallery 2, The Waterfront Hall, Belfast. 

 Exhibition runs to 31st March 2014.

This exhibition showcases new body of mixed media paintings. The show will comprise of 26 works, A-Z, which have been created as a response to a musician/band. 



Thanks to the lovely people at The Thin Air for the opportunity to share some thoughts about my exhibition and the music behind it. Thanks to Joe Laverty Photography for the great photographs.


Interview link. 





Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art X

Golden Thread Gallery 

84 Great Patrick StBelfast


Preview: Thursday 24th October 2013 7-8pm

End Date: Saturday 30th November 2013 17:30

 This is a WAB project in collaboration with Colm Clarke. We were invited to take part in Catalysts Art's Collective Histories project curated by Dr Cherie Driver which aims to show an archive of Northern Irish Art from 1945 to present. 

For more information please see the WAB page. 




Culture Night Belfast - September 2013

Thanks to Catalyst Arts for including my piece in their window exhibition at the Waterfront Hall as part of Culture Night 2013  #cnb13




Art in the Eastside - September 2013 

'There's nothing for us in Belfast' will be making an appearance on a billboard during the East Belfast Arts Festival as part of the art in the Eastside project. Keep an eye out. Up to 50 art works around East Belfast during September.





 Catalyst Members show - August 2013

Here's an image from of my painting in the current Catalyst Arts, Belfast members show.. (Painting on left). Some great work on display.





Poetic Perspectives - June 2013

I was invited to take part in 'Poetic Perspectives', group exhibition (as part of Belfast Book Festival) June 2013 at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Below are some paintings featured in the show. 

Geraldine O'Kane, an up and coming Belfast poet, leads an exciting evening of multi-disciplinary responses to her work. Featuring live contemporary dance, painting and performance, this is an opportunity to relish the experimental side of the new Belfast poetry scene. Artists included in the happening are Colin Dardis, Amos Gideon Greig, Jenny Cleland, Peter Francis Fahy, David Armitage, Mimi O'Holloran, Anna Donovan, David Yates, Patricia Locker, Laura Kidd, Paul Kopal, Graeme McAllister and Stephen Millar. Works from the event will be on show at the Crescent throughout the week of the Festival. "It's not her words I envy, It's a life that soaks onto thepage, A living work of art."- Authoress Envy by Geraldine O'Kane

Book tickets for the launch at:

A number of artist were invited to create pieces inspired by the poems 





This Monday I will be at Art & Home for this year's Holywood May Day celebrations. I will be manning a Creation Station for enthusiastic young painters. We will be painting 'May' the May Day Cow...I have been assured she is not a real cow. and we will also be making a BIG Comic. So come have a look and bring little artists with ye. 11am to 3pm.


Video by Art and Home - Holywood  




Art in the Eastside September 2012 
My painting appears periodically in this short film 'Art in the East Side' bill board project.Feels a a bit like you're sitting on a bus...but with paintings :) Have a look.give Creative Exchange Artists a like to keep tabs on this years goings ons.


"Art in the Eastside Billboard Project, managed and produced by Creative Exchange Artists, featuring Stephen Shaw, Stephen Millar and Triona Tríona White Hamilton. The project was one of the largest of it's kind within Ireland and formed the main visual arts aspect of the inaugural East Belfast Arts Festival"Art in the Eastside 2012 - Albertbridge Road BillboardsShort film from last years Art in the Eastside Billboard Project, managed and produced by Creative Exchange Artists, featuring Stephen ShawStephen Millar and Triona Tríona White Hamilton. The project was one of the largest of it's kind within Ireland and formed the main visual arts aspect of the inaugural East Belfast Arts Festival.





 The talented Sean Duncan of Redcap Productions - Music Videos / Documentaries / Films used my exhibition as a backdrop for this music video.