Mairéad McClean’s work disrupts and restructures events from the past highlighting the unreliability of official recorded history. By examining the sound and image connect, material evidence is opened, evaluated and interpreted to create a new vantage point. Using archive footage, sound recordings and self-filmed sequences, she produces work that touches on the themes of memory, identity and migration.
In 2017, she was commissioned by The Wapping Project to produce a new body of work entitled ‘Making Her Mark’, using the poetics of performance to explore the concept of borders from multiple view points: from actual borders crossed, to imagined borders being constructed, to borders torn down, to new ones being drawn. The work will be filmed on The Outer Hebrides and in Northern Ireland and be presented at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre in the summer of 2018. She also was the recipient of a Major Individual Artist Award by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland in September 2017.
In 2016, she had a dedicated screening programme at The Belfast Film Festival with other films shown in the USA and across the UK in that year. In Feb 2017, she was invited to present her first retrospective screening in London in association with The Whitechapel Gallery and Sheffield Fringe at Close-Up Cinema. Her video work No More, won the inaugural MAC International Ulster Bank Art Prize in Oct 2014.
She lived and worked for 25 years in London completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at the Slade School of Art in 1991. She held the position of Reader in Film and Video Arts at the University of Greenwich, until October 2011.
McClean, currently works between Northern Ireland and Bath, UK.