- cv/bio

McConnell’s intriguing socially engaged creative practice is driven by 4 key components; people, place, objects and archives, brought to life by the social connections between.

Led by detailed research, her process-driven methods develop engaging public experiences to reveal the complexities of human interaction through time, in place. This approach directly informs the methods, materials and responses which she employs, building on the visual, experiential and often conceptual references which interweave her multi-disciplinary work.

Commissioned for the Art in Manufacturing for the National Festival of Making and as a Research Artist for Dementia & Imagination, McConnell has also worked in-residence with many socially engaged place-focussed organisations, including In Certain Places, In-Situ, Art Gene, Heart of Glass and Halton Heritage Partnership.

Her artists’ book making skills, evident in the Tate and National Library of Wales collections led her to work on the Homeless Library, a north west focussed project which launched at the Houses of Parliament in 2016. 

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Creative Professional Development
  • 2008-2010 | DISTINCTION | MA Site, Place & Archive Interventions, UCLan, Preston
  • 2005-2008 | FIRST | BA (Hons) Fine Art, Wirral Metropolitan CollegeBirkenhead
  • 2004-2005 | DISTINCTION | Art Foundation, Priestley CollegeWarrington

Residencies
  • Working Lives (2014-16), Exploring Halton's Collections, Runcorn & Widnes
  • Dementia & Imagination - Research Artist (2014-16), North East England
  • Fort Walney Uncovered (2014-15), Art Gene - Walney Island, Barrow in Furness
  • in-situ in-residence in-pendle (2013), Brierfield, Lancashire
  • Bright Beginnings Community Nursery (2013), Adswood, Stockport
  • Exploring Halton’s Collections (2008-2010), Norton Priory, Runcorn Town HallWidnes Library & Catalyst Chemical Museum
  • Elevate: Scratch the Surface, Dig a Little Deeper (2008) in Pennine Lancashire
  • Stockton Heath Primary School (2006-2008), WarringtonCheshire
  • Dining Out on George (2017), Canal & River Trust
  • from Cordwainers & Curriers (2017), Super Slow Way
  • Art in Manufacturing for National Festival of Making (2017) 
  • Tell it to the Water (2016), Canal & River Trust on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal for #LL200
  • Table Manners (2016), Halton Heritage Partnership
  • You Are Here (20160, Halton Heritage Partnership
  • This will never happen, performance for LADA and Heart of Glass, St Helens
  • #sharethespace (2015), Canal & River Trust, Blackburn
  • When I think of you I think of Sundays (2015), Performance for 2020+, Manchester
  • Going Home (2015) Performance workshop with Geraldine Pilgrim, LADA at AND Festival
  • Wandering the Green Ways of West Bank (2015), Halton CCG
  • Table Manners (2015), Runcorn Town Hall for Halton Heritage Partnership
  • The Homeless Library (2015), Stockport & Manchester with arthur+martha
  • A Million Maybes (2015), performance for HOST exhibition, Warrington
  • Inspired Responses (2015), Wade Deacon High School, Widnes
  • Poetic Projection (2014), St Maries Church, Widnes
  • Tontine Trading (2014), St Helens Market
  • Super Slow Way (2014), in-situ along the Liverpool-Leeds canal
  • Inspired Responses (2014), St Chad’s School, Runcorn
  • stonepaperwater, and us (2013): Not A Drop, London
  • Sharing our History, Stockton Heath (2013) for Purple Flag
  • Thirty Instruments Loaned by Ladies (2013), The Harris MuseumPreston
  • The Miners Cathedral (2013), St Augustine’s Primary, Pendlebury
  • Inspired Responses 8 (2012), The Heath School, Runcorn
  • Inspired Responses 8 (2012), Cronton 6th Form College, Cronton
  • Inspired Responses 7 (2011), Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy
  • Wiggsters Reunited (2011), Friends of Wigg Island, Runcorn
  • Stories of Chat Moss (2011), Salford Museum & St Mary’s Primary, Cadishead
  • Walking through History (2011), CUE & The Oldham Academy North
  • Teacup Talks (2011), Norton Priory - Runcorn: Bridgewater Canal
  • Telling Tales on Bridgewater (2011), 4-mile Bridgewater Canal performance
  • Table Talk (2010), Runcorn Town Hall
  • Salt Lines (2010), 17-mile cycle ride: Northwich - Widnes
  • Sorting Out (2009): Catalyst Chemical Museum display, Widnes
  • Talking with Strangers (2009), VeniceItaly
  • Playful Order (2009); Halton Town Hall, Runcorn, Cheshire
  • A Floating Museum (2009): Bridgewater Canal, Halton, Cheshire
  • Green Field Art (2008); Stockton Heath, Cheshire
  • Talking with Strangers (2008), BerlinGermany
  • Real People (2008), Williamson Art GalleryBirkenhead

Solo Exhibitions:
  • Playful Order (2010), The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn
  • Rivers, Canals & Crossings (2010), Catalyst MuseumWidnes
  • Norton Priory Museum (2010)

Exhibitions
  • Focus (2018), Norton Priory, Runcorn
  • Interval Two (2018), Orsdall Hall, Salford
  • Interval (2017), The Brindley, Runcorn
  • Landmarks & Boundaries (2016-7), The Gallery at St Georges House, Bolton
  • Fort Walney Uncovered (2016), Art Gene, Barrow in Furness
  • Landmarks & Boundaries (2016), The Brindley, Runcorn
  • Knitted Curiosities (2015), Hazlehurst Studios, Runcorn
  • Inspired Responses (2015), The Brindley, Runcorn
  • HOST (2015), The Gallery at Bank Quay House, Warrington
  • Sheffield Sculpture Trail (2014)
  • Cabinets of Curiosity (2014), The Colonnades, Albert Dock, Liverpool
  • Colonize, Liverpool (2014)
  • Colonize, Jamestown, New York (2014)
  • Right Here, Right Now (2014), Brierfield, Lahore & Houston
  • Canalology (2014), POST London 
  • The Imaginary Museum (2014), The Tetley, Leeds 
  • From the Curious to the Contemporary (2014), Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
  • Artists & Archives (2014), World of Glass Museum, St Helens 
  • Inspired Responses (2014), The Brindley, Runcorn
  • Heritage Detectives (2013), The Brindley, Runcorn
  • I am Awaiting the Arrival of Night (2013), The Gallery at Bank Quay House, Warrington
  • Chester Open Art Exhibition (2013)
  • Curiosity Acquired (2013), 2021 Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
  • Inspired Responses 8 (2013), The Brindley, Runcorn
  • Warrington Contemporary Art Exhibition (2012)
  • There is something disconcerting about a dead zebra (2012), Warrington Museum
  • There is something disconcerting about a dead zebra (2012), The Brindley, Runcorn
  • Hide Bird Magnet (2012), Walthamstowe, London
  • An Exchange with Sol le Witt (2011), New York
  • Wirral Spring Exhibition (2011), Williamson Museum & Art Gallery, Birkenhead
  • Halton Open Exhibition (2011), Norton Priory Museum
  • This is England (2010); LahorePakistan
  • The Drawing Show (2009), Brindley, Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Postcards from Home (2009); Rossendale Valley Artists Exhibition
  • Wirral Spring Exhibition (2009); Williamson Art GalleryBirkenhead
  • Wirral Spring Exhibition (2008); Williamson Art GalleryBirkenhead
  • A Show (2008), Williamson Art GalleryBirkenhead
  • Best of Merseyside (2008); National Conservation Centre, Liverpool
  • Wirral Homes (2007); Birkenhead
  • diherent (2007), Pacific Road Arts Centre, Birkenhead
  • Wirral Open Art/Photography Exhibition (2006): Highly commended
  • WildArtExpo (2006), Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Chester
  • Breasts, Chests & Boobs (2006), Westbourne, Hampshire
  • ArtatWork (2006), Trader Digital Media Group, Newton-le-Willows
  • Chester Open Art Exhibition (2006)
  • Priestley College (2006), Art Foundation Exhibition
  • Blueprint Design (2006), Warrington

Collaborative Space (with Hannah Elizabeth Allan)
  • At the Edge of Darkness (2013), Performance, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
  • Looking at the Gates of Paradise (2013): performance, The Harris Museum, Preston
  • Looking at the Gates of Paradise (2012): Performance commission for In Certain Places as part of Preston Guild Celebrations
  • The Bright Unknown (2012), Warrington (led outdoor performance & guided walk)

Other
  • 30 Instruments Loaned by Ladies article in Royal Photographic Society Magazine (2014)
  • Artists Book Fairs in LondonManchesterLeedsLiverpool (2007-14)
  • BBC Bristol filmed for Original Features with Nick Knowles (2010)
  • a-n Blogger of the Month, July 2009

Public & Private Collections & Commissions:
  • Artists’ book held in Tate Collection, London, Leeds Art College & National Library of Wales
  • Artists’ books, drawing, paintings and conceptual work held in private collections

Employment
  • 2011-2013 Research Assistant to Charles Quick, Professor of Public Art Practice, UCLan (p/t)
  • 1991-2014 Working full time and from 2003 part time in the IT industry in a variety of customer facing, process driven project roles, managing teams, individuals and processess (18 years at Fujitsu)

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