Bren O’Callaghan is Curator, HOME with an independent practice as a producer, curator and artist, based at artist studio collective Paradise Works in Salford. His work and interests stem from collaboration, creative compulsion and supporting artists whose work may be overlooked by formal routes within contemporary exhibition and performance. Recipient of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Inspire awards for his work on the BBC Public Space Broadcasting network and with a career spanning production, programming, journalism and commissioning for a wide spectrum of audiences, his priority remains the widest possible access for varied and diverse audiences who may otherwise feel excluded.
Curator, Martha Colburn: My Secret Shame; John Walter: CAPSID; David Bethell: Fleeting Flights; AL + AL: Incidents of Travel in the Multiverse; Rachel Maclean: Wot u :-) about?; Bruce LaBruce: The Haus of Bruce LaBruce; Cockadoodle: The Erogenous Art of Maurice Vellekoop. Producer for David Lynch: My Head is Disconnected, the first large-scale solo show of artwork by the iconic director and artist in the UK; UK Producer for Peaches Christ’s immersive cinema presentations; producer and assistant director for a range of artist moving image works, including John Walter, Rachael Maclean, AL + AL, James Richards, Jamie Shovlin and La JohnJoseph. Founder of the Manchester Open, the inaugural edition of which will open in January 2020 featuring 500+ works by artists drawn from a pool of 2.8 million residents across the Greater Manchester region.