Brenda is a multidisciplinary artist with a practice centred around domestic practices, ideas of community and collaborative care. Drawing on previous experience as a cook, fishmonger, student of anthropology and ongoing ceramic work, she creates projects which prompt conversation, collaborative curiosity and exchanges of ideas. She also incorporates ethnographic research in her methodology, particularly in the areas of craft, education and cultural heritage. She is currently a studio artist at the Model, Sligo (2022- 2024) in the north-west of Ireland.

Brenda is a founding member of Fairland Collective, a socially-engaged art collective based between Ireland, the UK and France; they produce art projects that recognise and encourage creativity in daily life. These projects often use cooking and meals to engage networks of people and communities, offering poetic and lively interruptions to ordinary life. Through art and action, the collective’s work facilitates encounters that imagine and create new common ways of working and living together.

Recent commissions and invited residencies include 'John, Is This Your Cup of Tea?' (Age & Opportunity Artist in a Care Setting, Dublin, 2018/19), ONE POT (Sefton Council Libraries and Arts Council of England, Liverpool, 2017 - ongoing) and 'Wild Weeds', a collaborative animation and biodiversity project for children with artist and animator Fergal Brennan. She was also a commissioned artist on various Grizedale Arts projects, including A Fair Land (IMMA, 2016) and The Dream Of Kiwanasoto (Japan, 2017 - ongoing). She is currently working on Small Seeds, a Creative Ireland-funded project exploring themes of restfulness, care and biodiversity. She is also in the final stages of editing ‘Bread that Smiles at the Moon’, a digital publication of recipes and writing due for sharing in late autumn 2023.

Contact: Brenda.kearney@gmail.com