Christoff Gillen has worked in performance, installation and time based art for the past 20 years.

He studied sculpture at the University of Ulster, Belfast graduating with a BA (Honours) in 1998 and following this he undertook a MA in ‘Art & Public’ University of Ulster, Belfast in 2009.

Gillen feels that performance art allows a freedom of experimentation. His work is cathartic challenging the viewer to engage in personal, political, religious and social forms of dialogue. His actions are a commentary on themes relating to Northern Ireland and contemporary cultural politics.

Gillen is active within the performance and visual arts community in Belfast since 1994, he is a member of the performance collective Bbeyond and a member of Queen Street Studios, Belfast.

Recent work has been recently presented at ‘Bel-Esse Exchange 2014’ in Essen, Cologne, Brussels, Lisburn and Derry,
‘Bel-Mad Exchange Places 2014’ at Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast,
‘IMAF 2013’ Serbia, ‘TransArt 2013’ in Cavan Town, Ireland,
‘Duo Days 2013’ at Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast,
‘Rain 2012’ at PS2 Project Space, Belfast,
‘Tick Tock 2011’, ‘Art Rebels 2010’ at Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast,
‘Imagine a city of =’ and ‘Black mountain’ at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast 2009,
‘I AM 2008’ Polish/Irish Performance Art Exchange, Belfast,
‘Art Trail 2007’ in Cork, Ireland.
















QSS Members' Exhibition 2016


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