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Household Collective

Founded 2012


Household is a curatorial collective that encourages audiences to re-negotiate how they view and interact with art in urban and domestic spaces. The collective aims to create opportunities to experience new work in unrestricted, non-commercial and non-institutional contexts. 


Over the past two years Household have produced two festivals of contemporary art in South Belfast and are currently working towards a major new project for 2015. Household collective curated the 2013 visual arts programme for Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and were involved in The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON at CCA Derry/ Londonderry. Also In 2013 Household collective were nominated for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award.


Household are: Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Eoin Dara, Ciara Hickey, Alissa Kleist and Kim McAleese



Platform Arts, July-August 2013


This 2 month long programme of exhibitions, workshops and events explored a variety of learning models and the relativity of information. Through education formats that ranged from the traditional to the challenging, the LEARNING EXPERIMENT explored how we share and utilise information, giving participants the chance to progress towards an ideal citizenship. Each week in August a teaching model was trialled within our dynamic multifunctional learning environment.


This project was curated by Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Hannah Shepherd and Dorothy Hunter for Platform Arts.


The interactive learning environment was conceived and created by Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Richard Martin and Hannah Shepherd.



The Glue Factory, July 2012


GAMES NIGHT! was a collaborative project that saw twelve artists transform an old glue factory into a spectacular multifaceted game. Split into two teams, attendees were first turned against each other and then coerced into competing their way through a carnival of games, tests, and tournaments where the house always won. It was conceived and organised by George Thompson, Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Richard Martin and Claire Biddles. 




Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, Claire Biddles, Lorraine Hamilton, Alex Harvey, Richard Martin, Euan Ogilvie, Jen Sykes, George Thompson, Helen Tubridy, Thomas Wells and James Stephen Wright



The Station, 2011


"You are required to attend STATION for PROCEDURE on Saturday 19th February 2011. 

You will progress through the STATION undergoing psychological tests, completing challenges and facing temptation to determine your status.

PROCEDURE was held in a derelict building in Belfast which was formerly a Children's Hospital (late 1800s) and a RUC barracks used for interrogation (1933-1997).

PROCEDURE was created by:

Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, George Thompson, Heather Purcell, Euan Ogilvie, Richard Martin, James Stephen Wright, Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, Helen Tubridy and Jamie Clements.




'residence' was organised by Sighle and Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell in spaces provided by SHAC Housing Association. It was an artist-led experiment in how space changes and stays the same through its use by different people and activities. With each new project the boundaries between living, working, private and public changed.


Projects included:


 'Flat 1' and 'Flat 4' - a series of events, exhibitions and artist residences in social housing flats in Belfast City Centre. 


'HOUSE/HOME' - thirteen international and local artists lived and worked together for a week in a large Victorian house on the Shore Road 

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