Marie Barrett is an artist and cultural director. She is a founder/director of North-55, a socially engaged visual arts organisation that engages divergent communities on civic issues on a cross-border basis, fusing cultural and aesthetic pursuits with community development processes. Across the region, Marie and North-55 work to establish coalitions with other arts, community and statutory organisations through long-term partnerships to create a cultural corridor, where innovative ideas are visualised and articulated. Her work has taken place nationally and internationally, and has included Sitework public art project, Orchard Gallery, Derry, the International Studio Programme (P.S.1.), New York, and the Artists Work Programme, Irish Museum of Modern Art. She has been the recipient of several national and international awards including the Alice Berger Trust Award (Berlin), and the Cultural Relations Travel Award (Quebec). Barrett has previously carried out extensive research into socially engaged art practice, through the Arts Council’s Community Arts Development Scheme.
Marie has on-going involvement in international conferences and seminars that address issues relating to socially connected ways of making art. These included New Zones for Critical Practice in Art Salford 1994, Chimera, Sydney 1995, Littoral, Dublin 1998 and InSite, San Diego/Tijuana, 2001. www.north-55.com / Photo Credit: Tanya Doherty.