Ceara Conway is an independent award-winning contemporary vocal and visual artist. She creates experiential compositions and performance works that utilise song, testimonies, texts and forms of visual art (photography, sculpture and video) to explore social issues such as migration, the ecological crisis and feminist concerns. An area of her practice includes a specific interest in the utilisation of traditional and contemporary lament as a way to explore at how we, as individuals, communities and societies express and experience loss and grief in response to social and humanistic issues.
Ceara has shown and performed work widely internationally and in Ireland, including the Museum Of Fine Art, Florida (2024), Stable Gallery, Washington (2023), the Katzen Arts Centre, Washington, the Barbican, UK, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum (2015), Galway Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Ireland.
Select works include Weathering with Mary Wycherley and composer Jurgen Simpson (2023), CAOIN (2022), GOL with Brú Theatre (2021), Bealtaine Festival ‘Of Scent and Song (2021), Viriditas, Galway ECOC & Saolta Arts (2020), Dóchas/Hope, Oireachtas na Gaeilge & Waterways Ireland (2019). The Feminist Supermarket, Ormston House, (2021), Pocahontas Opera House Residency, West Virginia, USA (2022 & 23).
2023/24 - Commissions/Projects/Live Performances
Someone decides Hawk of Dove live performance composed by grammy nominated singer Iarla O'Lionaird, commission by Niamh Mc Cann, July 27th, Old bridge House, Meath. 2023, Stable Gallery, Washington and the MAC, Belfast 7th Dec
Cape Clear Festival, West Cork, 12th August, 2023
Museum of Fine Art, Florida, Jan 2024
Maynooth University Exhibition Jan, 2024
Pocanhontas Opera House, Residency, West Virginia, May 2024
crex crex - Research Project with Ormston House and LIFE Corncrake Conservation
Galway Folk Festival June 17th, 2023
RTE Folk Awards Nominee 2022
Weathering, Mary Wycherley & Composer Jurgen Simpson- Dance Limerick - 30th March: https://marywycherley.com/work-continues-weathering-ahead-2023-performances
SALT by Vanessa Earl - Ensemble Vocalist May 2023 - https://vanessaearl.com/projects/
Ceara works with the Arts Council as a Creative Associate Artist.
For commission/work related inquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘’Her respect for tradition, her embrace of innovation, all mark her out as a unique portal in inter-sectional cross-disciplinary art practice in this country at the moment.’’ Alice Maher
Photo credit: Dragana Jurisic