Bren O’Callaghan is Curator at HOME in Manchester, England. He also operates an independent practice at artist studio collective Paradise Works. 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.
An experienced commissioner within the field of artist film, both short and feature-length, his credits range from producer and assistant director upon artist moving image works by John Walter (A Virus Walks Into A Bar), Rachael Maclean (It’s What’s Inside That Counts), AL + AL (The Creator), James Richards, Jamie Shovlin (Rough Cut) and Lauren John Joseph. 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. Founder of the Manchester Open, the inaugural edition of which drew audiences in excess of 35,000 and will now become a biannual fixture of the city.
Current projects for 2020-21 including Joy Yamusangie: Blue Glass Fortunes, Nick Burton: Our Plague Year, MSR FCJ: Bubbling Pitch and producer for Dir. Clara Casian and composer Robin Richard’s new artist feature, The Earth Asleep – a HOME co-commission with Arts Council England and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.