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Stiofan O'Ceallaigh


Stiofan O’Ceallaigh is a multi-media artist curator born in Ireland, currently working between the USA and Europe, O’Ceallaigh is both an artist and curator, also founder of Balaclava.Q - An international Queer Arts Project & Collective (Established 2016)..


Working internationally exhibiting mainly across Europe and N/S. America O’Ceallaigh’s focus is an exploration of the understanding of a queer aesthetic, if indeed, there is one. A personal journey and an acknowledgement of flux, O’Ceallaigh’s works seek to emancipate those who know it, simply by promoting discourse around areas such as HIV, queer art censorship, body politic and internalised shame/stigma>pride and fundamentally and effort to reduce hate ... in all its forms.

Recent features and interviews include: OUT and DAZED.



1999-2002 Graduated with First Class Honours in BA (Hons) Fine Art with Drama & Theatre studies (including outstanding achievement award in the 2002 Arts faculty) – Liverpool University

1998-1999 Foundation Certificate in Fine Art (Distinction) – University of Ulster



2018 Retro Activo- La Generación SilenciadaEn el Local Santurce, Artspace (Puerto Rico, USA)

2018 SEXtopia - Imagining the Future of Queer SexDa Vinci Art Alliance (Philadelphia, USA)

2018 [KWIR] Identities The Chapel Galleries, (Manchester, UK)

2017 CUMSLUT & DEEPTHROAT screened as part of HIVideo across 4 continents in 22 venues on World AIDS Day including: Museum of Contemporary Art (Puerto Rico), La Mutiniere (Paris, France), The Rainbow Project and Foyle Arts Centre (Ireland), University of Falmouth, University of Falmouth and Powerhouse Gallery (Manchester, UK) and The Tom of Finland Foundation (Los Angeles, USA).

2017 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: Neon versus Nature Romantso Gallery Athens (Greece)

2017 JUEGO SUCIO: MUESTRA DE POSPORNO Artspace Mexico (Mexico)

2017 QUEER ART SHOW #5 Penthouse NQ, Manchester (UK)

2017 THE QUEER ART SHOW Oslo Town Hall,for Oslo Pride (Norway)


2017 HE: QUESTIONING & QUEERING MASCULINITY Last Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, California (USA)

2017 HOW DO I LOOK? Shifting Representations of Queer Identities DVAA Gallery, Philadelphia (USA)

2016 There & Not There (Nirtogen) screened as part of HIVideo at Art Karoo (South Africa), LGBT Foundation (Manchester, UK), PARC (Toronto, Canada), Capone Fine Art (California, USA), Les Motes A La Bouche (Paris, France) and El Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico).

2016 A Day With(out) Art at OffRoad Productions Studios, Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA)

2016 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: Poetry & Porn at pop-up gallery at Heroes Bar (Greece)

2016 Wicked Gay Ways Digital Fringe Festival at CRUXSpace, Philadelphia (USA)

2014 Queer Art Show #4, Penthouse NQ, Manchester (UK)

2013 Queer Art Show #3, Canal Street, Manchester (UK)

2012 Eat Your Heart Out, Contact Theatre, Manchester (UK)

2010-12 Staff Room #1, #2, #3 at Z-arts, Manchester (UK)

2007 The Mantele Peece Was Heer at Ballyhurgley Lough (Northern Ireland)

2004 Re-Appropriate at Urbis Gallery, Manchester (UK)

2003 10X10 at Eggspace Gallery to coincide with Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (UK)

2003 Taxi! at Urbis Gallery, Manchester (UK)

2003 The Space Around The Flame Where Nothing Exists at Collect Gallery, Liverpool (UK) – funded by the Arts Council of England.

2002 There & Not There at The Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool (UK)

2001 First Prize in Wade Smith Painting Competition, Liverpool (UK)


2018Co-Curator for QUEERING THE SOUTH (a partnership between Queer Art Network and Balaclava.Q), Alabama (USA)

2017 Co-curator for HE: Questioning and queering masculinities at Last Projects (2017), Los Angeles (USA)

2016-18 Chief Curator for HIVideo - A global screening of HIV/AIDS related video art on World AIDS Day’ across 4 continents.

2016 Founder & Director of Balaclava.Q – An International Queer Visual Arts Project

2013 Don’t Feed The Artist #1, #2 and #3 at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester (UK)

2012 The N.E.W. (New Experiments In Writing), Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester (UK)

2010-12 Staff Room #1, #2 and #3, Z-arts, Manchester (UK)


2003 Collect Gallery, Liverpool (UK)

2002 School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester (UK)


2016 White Man Love You Long Time (buy-bye-bi Me) WOOF! – The Musical! (Intervention), INSP Magazine (Issue No. 13 – RE:APPROPRIATE)

2004 Eastside (mural), Urbis Gallery (Manchester, UK)

2004 Schematic (mural), Urbis Gallery (Manchester, UK)

1998 Knock (mosaic), Our Lady’s & St Patrick’s College, Knock (Northern Ireland)