Art Forms: 

Visual Art, Curator, Participatory Arts, Performance, Spectacle, Drawing and Illustration

Youth Art, Art in the Community, Art in Schools

Sally O Dowd


Areas of Interest:

Performance Art and Drawing

Working in Collaborations with theatre, dance and sound

Art in the Community


Sally O'Dowd


Sally O’Dowd a visual artist with a socially engaged and participative practice. Her solo work takes form as performance, movement and live drawing. The artist’s drawings focus on the economy of production through movement and take form in loose and detailed line drawing. The artist’s research is politically aware, concerned with identity and in particular intimate ritual and investigating the role - self selected and enforced - of women in contemporary Irish society.

Sally O’Dowd is also a curator with trans-art who have devised and programmed contemporary arts interventions in County Cavan since 2011.  In this role she is an enabler, curator and facilitator of other artists and wider community engagement with the arts across all disciplines. Alongside Cavan Town Council and County Council her co-curated trans-art 2012 project was awarded the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards for Sustaining the Arts.

Sally received a Masters of Art and Process from Crawford College of Art in Cork, a BA Honours from Middlesex University, London and a BTEC Foundation from Ledri School of Art & Design, Cyprus. She has further arts work and study experiences in London and Cyprus.

Recent recipient of Tyrone Guthrie Bursary Award, Leonardo residency to Tartu Paper & Print Museum, Estonia, Arts Council Ireland’s Create Artist in the Community Award. Previously awarded among others: Travel and Training Arts Council Award, annual Cavan Arts Award and Arts Council Ireland support.

Production credits include: Article 2: How to Fold A Sheet (Cavan Theatre Festival 2014), Non-Parade Parade (for IFI Culture Cavan, Cavan Town, 2013), Sugar Walk (FIX 13, Catalyst Arts, Belfast and Unit 1, Smock Alley, Dublin, 2013), There is No Grass Under my Feet (GrenzART Performance Art Festival, Kirschau, Germany 2011), SHIPS Live Art Participatory Project (at Bluewall Gallery and Flatlake Festival, 2010), Purple Live (performance for the Gonzo Theatre’s Tales from the Heart and Other Body Parts, 2010), The Black Gaffa Tape Experiment (Rag Factory, London, the Royal Standard, Liverpool, 2009).


Non Parade Parade

Contact information and further details:




Phone: 085 1250696

Port of Cork 2013


Article 2: How to Fold A Sheet - Commissioned Performance for Cavan Theatre Festival, context for performance: UN Legislation on Women’s Rights and Other Related Material explored with the Ladies K-Club women’s group who are based in my hometown, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan; 4 performers, 4 days, 4 hours per day - excerpts:


Non-Parade Parade - street spectacle made in collaboration with Jessie Keenan and trans-art colleagues involving over 50 participants including Cavan Rugby Club, Un Veterans Association and Theatre Lab Cavan - excerpts:

Short Review of Non-Parade Parade by Geoffe O’Keeffe:


11’11’11 In Remembrance - Drawing as documentation –

Under the banner of 'made in art' ~ Michael Mayhew brought together 11 of the UK’s most questioning, curious and audacious artists into one location in Manchester to perform 11 new performances that ‘attempt to re-acknowledge, re-address, re-surface, re-action, re-speak the remembrance’ of past events and past lives on this day of ‘remembrance’. Sally O'Dowd was selected to document all performances in drawing form.


Sugar Walk – film presented alongside live performance for final Masters Outbox exhibition - excerpt:


Saliva Records Canary Wharf Excerpt:

Sally O Dowd