Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

028 9262 3555

Northern Ireland

Browse Archive

Artist of the Month, December 2019 – Mairead McCormack

Monday 2nd December 2019 at 4pm

Quell the Creativity, Textile (Found Fabric – Linen, threads) Image: Quell the Creativity, Textile (Found Fabric – Linen, threads)

Mairead McCormack is a textile artist from Randalstown. She was drawn to textiles from an early age, having grown up in an area with a rich textile heritage, and with many of her family members having worked in the Old Bleach Linen Factory. She graduated from Ulster University in 2016 with a First Class Honours Degree in Textile Art, Design and Fashion, and went on to become the Artist in Residence at Ulster University in 2016-17.

She has since exhibited across Northern Ireland, and also in the United States and Canada. Mairead is inspired by artefacts from the past. She explores the fragile beauty in the disintegration of tangible paper objects such as books, letters and money and aims to highlight the pace at which society is evolving, which has resulted in the intangibility of these objects.

Quell the Creativity is part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection. The piece was made as part of collection of textile pieces and collages during Mairead’s residency at the Ulster University from 2016-2017. The idea behind the collection was to question the digital world in which we live in today. The piece is made from found fabrics, and makes reference to the increase in digital technology and in particular how it is used and interpreted by younger generations, effecting their ability in some ways to remain care free. 

Further information about Mairead’s work can be found at