Michelle Browne is an Irish artist and curator.
Her work looks at what it means to live together; how society organises itself - socially, politically and spatially - and how these relationships play out in the public arena. Michelle likes to bring people and their stories into the work, looking at society through people’s lived experience. She often makes artworks through collaboration and participation with groups that are formed through a shared interest or concern or because they live in the same place. She likes to work site-specifically using performative methods; she creates events and situations that engage people in active, embodied ways. Michelle likes to tap into the skills and knowledge of diverse groups to make art that questions our shared experiences. Her work over the past 10 years has encompassed a diverse range of media, including live performance, public interventions, video, sound, sculpture, writing, and collaboration.
She has performed and exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently taking part in 21st Century Ireland in 21 Artworks, Glebe Gallery, Ireland (2019) and Engaging Places, Tate Liverpool, UK (2018). She has also curated a number of exhibitions including: The Citizen Cycling, a series of collaborative commissions and audio guide for the city, looking at mobility and the future of Dublin city (2019). From 2017 – 2019 Michelle was part of Creative Producers International, a three year global talent development programme aiming to encourage a new kind of conversation with creative communities, citizens and city authorities to effect change in their cities, with a focus on the power of play to create new civic imaginaries. She is a lecturer in the Department of Sculpture and Expanded Practice at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
Learn more about Michelle Browne’s 20 minute presentation Good Enough for Do The Right Thing! - DAI's 3 day marathon of acts, lectures and performances of July 2015 in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Learn more about Michelle Browne's written MA thesis: The Search for Arte Útil