Brigid Mc Leer is an Irish artist based in London. She trained in Fine Art at NCAD, Dublin, University of Ulster, Belfast and Slade School of Art, London. She recently completed a PhD by practice in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London. Currently she works as a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University.
McLeer is interested in ideas around contingent subjectivity and the public-political and works in various media/modes including video, performance (live and to camera), photography, drawing and writing. Her work has been shown in galleries, public sites, as online projects and on the page.
Recently she has begun to produce more collective and participatory performance events. Her performance lecture The Triumph of Crowds was selected as winner of the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers in 2016, and was performed by theatre company The Relationship at Downtown Art, New York in December 2017 directed by Fiona Templeton. The script was published by Litmus Press, New York in 2019.
Previous solo exhibitions include One + One, at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and Wexford Arts Centre, Ireland, Horizontal Ontologies Art Currents Institute, New York, Isoli [cont.], Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry, and Vexations, Site Gallery Sheffield, UK. Group exhibitions include ‘Diagrams’ curated by Niamh McDonnell, Pallas Projects, Dublin and QSS Gallery, Belfast, Platform, In the Making, Site Gallery, L’Ulitma Cena, Reffetorio di San Michele, Pescia, Italy, Beyond Fontana, curated by Stephanie Moran, Studio 1.1, London and Unspeaking Engagements curated by Steve Dutton and Brian Curtin, Chulalongkorn University Gallery, Bangkok and LGP Coventry.
She is currently working towards a commission for the British Textile Biennial in 2021.
McLeer has also published critical and art writing and her essay “Returning in the House of Democracy” was published in the book The Creative Critic: writing as/about practice edited by Dr. Emily Orley and Katja Hilevaara (Routledge 2018).