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Performance art event in Writer’s Square

A new performance art event exploring how the pandemic has changed people’s lives takes place in Writers Square in Belfast this Saturday June, 25

Internationally renowned performance artists artists Marta Bosowska from Poland, Sinead O’Donnell from Ireland and Selina Bonelli from England are collaboration on Tairsearch
Internationally renowned performance artists artists Marta Bosowska from Poland, Sinead O’Donnell from Ireland and Selina Bonelli from England are collaboration on Tairsearch

Tairsearch, which is Gaelic for Threshold or Próg in Polish, is a collaboration between internationally renowned performance artists Sinead O’Donnell from Ireland, Selina Bonelli from England, and Marta Bosowska from Poland.

The three have been working together online since March and are spending this week visiting various parts of Belfast collecting material and ideas before their public performance on Saturday.

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Belfast-based Sinead, who is co-ordinating the project said: “We are three disparate female and non-binary performance artists coming together to find new ways of continuing to make art in a post-pandemic world and to develop new and innovative methodologies that can be used by us and other artists.

“This project is about not just adapting and managing but acknowledging that the world has changed and that our practices will never be the same. We want to use this project to develop new ways of working that encompass the past and the pandemic, but that adapt to us and our future.”

Damien Coyle, Chief Executive of the University of Atypical, added: “The Tairsearch project addressed an important aspect of disabled people’s experience during the Covid pandemic, while developing new creative approaches for disabled artists, blending online and live elements. The work evolved during the pandemic and this final performance takes place as we cross the threshold from lockdowns and isolation into a new beginning.”

Both Marta and Selina have worked in Belfast before the pandemic and are excited at the prospect of collaborating on a new work drawing on their memories of the city and how it has changed since Covid-19.

The performance takes place on Saturday June 25 from 2-6pm in Writers Square, opposite St. Anne’s Cathedral Belfast.