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After six exhilarating years in China I continue to focus on landscape and portraiture, with light and transparency being a signature of my work. Since my arrival, I have also explored textile installation art such as: When I was 11, the Pillar of Time, the Hair Skull and the Hair Lock and other projects such sound performance . I have been co-curating exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai with Irish Wave for a number of years (see bigsmallartists.com) the most recent being “Birth of a Nation 2016” at NING SPACE in 798 and “Identity” at EARC in 798 and “Struggle” in San Wei Arts Centre in Shanghai. Also recently participated in Hangzhou Library with “Intimate Transgressions” in April 2016 where “The Hair Lock” and a collaborative work with Fion Gunn “Inside Out” was on exhibit.
I was co curator for the Beijing “Intimate Transgressions” show on October 2015. Please click here for the post on Oct 2016
In August 2014 I had a solo show at the wonderful ancient building of Dong Yue Art Museum next to Dong Yue Temple, Beijing. On March 29th 2015 CCTV news (China’s national TV English channel) broadcast the 30 minute documentary.
Biography Niamh Cunningham (born in Dublin), visual artist living in Beijing
*Has participated in all 3 “Intimate Transgressions” exhibitions todate, in September 2015 WhiteBox Art Centre New York City, in October 2015 at InterArt Centre, 798 Beijing and most recently April 2016 at Hangzhou Library .
* Work has been exhibited at various galleries in 798, Beijing: Siemens art Space, WithSpace, Nuo Art Gallery, Creative Crossover China 3C, InterArt Centre , NING SPACE, Emerging Arts Creative Research centre and in Shanghai Loftoo Gallery and San Wei ArtCentre M50, Tushanwan Art museum and Shanghai Grand Theatre and Shanghai University Art Museum.
*Has participated in several workshops in Dubai, including pigment rubbings with visiting artist Gerhard Ruhenstroth, abstract drawing with Val Kwann and textile printing with Jill Hoyle.
* Has wide-ranging curatorial experience with the preparation, selection and hanging of collaborative, cross cultural group exhibitions with BIGsmallartists and IRISH WAVE in Beijing and Shanghai.
* Solo exhibitions have been held in Dubai, Ireland and Dong Yue Art Museum in Beijing.
*Has presented artist /artist-curator talks in the Art Departments of Henan Business College, Zhengzhou and the China Women’s University, Beijing and Canvard College -Beijing Technology and Business University and other schools in Beijing.
Work has been sold in Europe, America, Australia, the Arabian Gulf and China and are part of collections in Emirati royal households (Abu Dhabi) and various institutions, including Dubai Duty Free, Tamani Hotel Marina and Grosvenor Hotel Dubai, the Department of Tourism Trade and Commerce Dubai, the Emirates Environmental Group, the Irish Embassies in Abu Dhabi and Beijing.
This website features documentation of artworks and exhibitions, downloads of publications and regular updates on upcoming projects.
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Address: Datun Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing , China
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1988-1989 University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, MSc. Biomedical Sciences
1985-1988 University of Ulster at Coleraine, Northern Ireland, BSc. Medical Laboratory Sciences
2017 Infinite Entities- Life and Nature, with fellow artist Gengxin, Dong Yue Art Museum, ChaoyangmenWai, Beijing, April
2016 Female Artists Nomination Exhibition, Dayuntang Art Museum , Wangjing, Beijing , December
2016 Intimate Transgressions, Taipei Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, November
2016 The Painted Thread with artists Gulistan and Fion Gunn, at Joy Pavillion, Jinhui Road CBD , Beijing, September
2016 Monotype- The China Workshops Art Gallery of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, June
2016 Intimate Transgressions Hangzhou Public Library, April
2016 Struggle San Wei Arts Centre Shanghai, March (IRISH WAVE 2016)
2016 Identity Emerging Arts Research Centre, 798, March (IRISH WAVE 2016)
2016 Birth of a Nation NING SPACE, 798, March (IRISH WAVE 2016)
2016 Visual – Female Exhibition Dahua 1935 Xi’an March 8th
2016 International Representational and Abstract Art Jiujiang Jiangxi, January.
2015 Recombination and Gene Mutation,University of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, December
2015 Intimate Transgressions Beijing, Inter Gallery , 798 , Beijing, October
2015 Reciprocal Plane , (2 artist show with Shanghai artists Huang A Zhong) Dong Yue Art Museum , See previous post Reciprocal Plane
2015 Sailing to Byzantium, Leyden Gallery, London,UK October
2015 Intimate Transgressions NYC, White Box Art Centre, New York City, USA September
2015 Red and Green- International Female Art Exhibition:
Ningbo City Cultural Centre March -April (note: for this exhibition I am listed with my Chinese name Rui Lian瑞莲)
2015 Intimate Perspectives, Shanghai Grand Theatre, March
2015 Small World, San Wei Art Centre, M50, Shanghai, March
2015 A Meditation in a time of War, Dong Yue Art Museum, March
2015 Golden Fleece, Inter Art Centre, sevenstar mainstreet, 798, Beijing March
2014 Zhangjiajie International painting residency
China International Art Fair (CNIAF), Linyi, Shangdong, December
2014 An Eastward Calling , (solo)Dong Yue Art Museum , Beijing, September
2014 Nature, Patty Hudak’s group exhibition , 66 Art Space , Sanyuanqiao, Beijing, May
2014 Shadows, 228 China Central Mall, JianGuo Road, Beijing, March
2014 Material World Loftoo Gallery, M50 , Shangahi , March
2014 Convergence 3C space, 798, Beijing March
2013 Gather and Remade TuShanWan Museum, Xuhui Shanghai, March
2013 Legacy Shanghai University Fine Art Museum, Shanghai, March
2013 Baby Baby Irish Centre Shanghai, Central Plaza, Huangpi Road, March
2013 Ireland -China in View Yan Chao Collection Gallery, Guo Mao, Beijing, March
2013 Walls and Borders C 3 Creative Space, 798 , Beijing, March
2013 Tale of Two Cities Dublin-Beijing Nuo Art , 798 , Beijing March
2013 Women L’ eau Art Shanghai : BK3/111 M 50 Moganshan Rd,Shanghai 4 portraits
2012 Intimate Revolution Siemens Art space, 798, Beijing, March
2012 Instruments of Pleasure National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing, March
2012 Hidden Meanings –Yan Chao Collection Gallery, Guo Mao, Beijing March
Performance art collaboration 2012: At all three above Irish Wave exhibitions I invited contemporary music composer Grainne Mulvey to compose rhythms for clapping, this exciting collaboration was performed by a team of five professional musicians: Maisie Wu (sound engineer), Wang Gang(composer),Yin Hao (singer) JinShan (singer) Catriona Crimmons (violinist) and myself.
2009 From Dubai to Carlow, (solo)
Carlow, Ireland, George Bernard Shaw Room, Carlow County Library, June
2008 Beyond Al Khor (solo)
Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai, UAE June
2008 Art Avenue-Jan- Feb 2008 patronage of Dubai Cultural Council, UAE
Selected works of Creek Series displayed with XVA gallery during Dubai Shopping Festival on Al Seef road.
2007 In Vivo – The Creek Series (solo)
Art Attack Gallery, Dubai, UAE Nov 2007
2007 British Embassy Dubai, UAE Nov 2007
Showcased by Black Sheep Studios with British artists in the UAE, Dubai
2007 Colourful Cares Dubai Womens Association Deira, Dubai, UAE
Showcased by Dubai Cultural Council in aid of Dubai Cares Charity Oct 2007
2007 Enterprise Ireland Dusit Hotel Dubai UAE June 2007
2007 Art Attack Gallery, Dubai, UAE, March 2007
Group Exhibition participating during Gulf Art Fair.
2006 Lakes Clubhouse Meadows, Dubai, UAE. June 2006
Showcased part of Creek Series alongside work of sculptor Alan Meyburgh
2006 Royal Dublin Showgrounds Dublin Ireland August 2006
Camio showcased works from Creek Series
2006 Cobalt Cafe and Gallery Dublin Ireland October Nov 2006
Four works showing alongside work of Siobhan Ni Shithigh
2006 Burjuman Art and Fashion Festival Dubai UAE Nov 2006
2005 Dubai International Art Centre Annual Exhibition Dubai UAE May 2005
2005 Burjuman Art and Fashion Festival, Dubai UAE Dec 2005
2004 Eigse exhibition Carlow Ireland June 2004
2002 Group exhibition on hiragana calligraphy Shibuyia Tokyo Feb 2002
Infinite Entities : Life and Nature
Female Artists Nomination :
Painted Thread , CBD , Beijing :
Intimate Transgressions Hangzhou:
IRISH WAVE 2016 “Birth of a Nation” :
Group exhibition in Jiujiang – International Representational and Abstract Art January 2016
Intimate Transgressions October 2015 Beijing
Intimate Transgressions, White Box Art centre NYC September 2015
Reciprocal Plane 2 artist exhibition
CCTV News– My China – An Eastward Calling, a 30 minute documentary on preparing for solo exhibition at Dong Yue, Beijing.
MetroStyle, A bilingual fashion and lifestyle magazine Weixin September 5 ,2014
Fenghuang News (Hong Kong online publication) August 31, 2014
Beijing Evening News 2, September, 2014
China Daily : National English Language Newspaper
China Edition, page 5, June 8, 2014
China Daily, European Edition, page 29, June 13-19, 2014
Red Gate: online magazine Sunday, p24, March 11, 2012
The Nationalist, regional weekly newspaper, Ireland,May 22nd 2009
Carlow People, local weekly newspaper, Carlow artist with a unique perspective, Ireland, May26th 2009
The National, daily newspaper in UAE: School exposes children to art, July 24 2008
The National, Arts and Life. A farewell to Al Khor June 10 p2
Dubai Irish Society Year Book 2008 p77
Cultural Horizons (Dubai Cultural Council) p28 Feb 2008
Cultural Horizons p25 Dec 2007
Time Out (Dubai) p72 Nov 15-22 2007
Gulf News, Tabloid p8 Nov 20 2007.
Dubai Eye Radio Interviewed by Lisa Ball-Lechgar Nov 19th 2007
City Seven TV News Nov 21st 2007
Canvas Guide p29 Nov/ Dec 2007
Gulf Today Nov 2 2006 Artists gather to create breast cancer awareness
Gulf News, Tabloid p5 Dec 3, 2005.
Bigsmallartists –board member: a community interest company which engages informal cross collaboration with European and Chinese artists .
Member of Visual Artists Ireland
Emirates Fine Arts Society
Dubai International Art Centre
Emirates Environmental group
Artist Talk- Get involved, Participate and Find you Tribe . Opening ceremony for Spring Semester for Beijing 55 HighSchool , Feb 2017.
Artist Talk– Poetic Vision. Facilitated and co presented an evening discussion of art and WB Yeats poetry hosted by the Embassy of Ireland in Beijing with artists Fion Gunn,Patty Hudak and major Yeats translator Prof Fu Hao March 25th , 2015
Artist/Curator talk: Canvard College – Beijing Technology and Business University, Songzhaung
Artist Talk: Off the Wall Informal talk at China Womens University Dec 2012
Artist Talk : Henan Business College Art Department May 2013
Irish Wave exhibitions supporting and co curating exhibitions in Beijing 2012, Beijing and Shanghai 2013, 2014 , 2015 and 2016
Workshop for migrant school at Irish Centre Shanghai, March 2013
Summer school Workshop for migrant school Xingzhi in Daxing, July 2012
Workshops with START a humanitarian art foundation -Al Alfia government school, Al Qusais, Dubai April 2008
START Summer School July 2008 held at Jam Jar – oil painting workshop for youth of various talent and needs.
World Wildlife Fund, Greeting card catalogue 2007
Flight of the Falcons public art project with Artworks, Dubai Jan 2006.
Designed and painted ‘Jupiter’ a small falcon sculpture displayed at The One and Only Royal Mirage in March 2006.
Artist Jam event by Jam Jar at Burjuman Centre Dubai, October 28th 2006Artist Jam in aid of Safe and Sound Breast Cancer Awareness
Arabian Horse public art project with Artworks, Dubai Feb 2005.Painted ‘Godolphins Rainbow’ , displayed outside the Godolphin Gallery at Nad Al Sheba Racetrack, Dubai, UAE