Mairéad McClean works across film, video, sound and photography using material from a diverse range of sources. Found footage, historical and family archives, filmed performances and televisual media, appear in many of her single screen films and multi-media installations produced over the past 25 years. Her practice challenges official versions of history and explores how it differs from those remembered through lived experience. This perspective allows for close reading of what is being remembered, how it is remembered, why it is being remembered and by whom. Her most recent solo show Making Her Mark (2018) at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, Scotland, was commissioned by The Wapping Project, London and supported with a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
McClean has received a number of awards for her work both in the UK and Ireland. Her piece No More (2013) exploring questions around the introduction of internment without trial in Northern Ireland in 1971 won the inaugural MAC International Art Prize in 2014 and was exhibited at the MAC Belfast that year. No More was acquired for the National Collection of Ireland by The Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2017. Other notable recent exhibitions and screenings include CCA Glasgow (2015), Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2016), The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival: Faces of Conflict, Pittsburgh, USA, (2016), The Now & After Exhibition, Video Art Festival and Exhibition, Fabrika, Moscow (2017) and Solas Nua, Washington DC, USA (2019).
McClean, currently works between Northern Ireland and Bath, UK.