Cherie Driver
  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

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Dr Chérie Driver trained as a painter at Ulster and a Social Anthropologist at Queens University Belfast before completing her PhD on the ‘The writings of Griselda Pollock, Ireland, the ‘feminine’ and visual representation’ at Ulster in 2005. Before this in the mid 1990s, she worked for the Irish Wheelchair Association facilitating creative arts practices with vulnerable adults and as an event’s organiser for the African Cultural Project in Dublin promoting African culture across the island of Ireland. As a researcher from 2005, she has worked on several collaborative research projects in ‘art and its locations’ and specializing in art in contested spaces and art and documentation, including the DSD funded project ‘ON THE GROUND Growing Public Art in West Belfast and Greater Shankill A STRATEGY FOR ENGAGEMENT 2007’. Appointed Lecturer in Art Theory in 2010 Chérie taught in, and was course director of the BA (Hons) Fine Art before being appointed as Associate Head of Belfast School of Art in 2021 where she also supervises PhD Research Projects within the Research Institute of Art & Design. Chérie’s artistic and research interests concern the rebuilding, restoration and preserving of contemporary visual art archives in Northern Ireland and the creative and theoretical exploration of materiality and subjectivity in the expanded field of painting. She curated the Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art X which was the tenth instalment of Golden Thread Gallery’s Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art Series, a project that forms a significant archive of Northern Irish Art from 1945 to the present. The exhibition centred on the artist led initiative established in 1992. She continues to lead on the restoration and preservation of several Archive Projects in Northern Ireland to preserve contemporary research and practices since the 1970s for the future. She wrote the essay ‘Penumbra: Painting Materialising in the Almost-Shadow’ for the F. E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio exhibition Penumbra, (2020) curated by Dr Louise Wallace and Dr Riann Coulter. The exhibition Penumbra can be understood in relational distance to a matrix of exhibitions of works by contemporary female artists from across the island of Ireland. These exhibitions and the essay that accompanied it, had sought to address the invisibility of such work. She is co-editor (With Dr Sandra Johnston and Dr Paula Blair) on the book Actional Poetics – ASH SHE HE: The Performance Actuations of Alastair MacLennan, 1971-2020 (published September 2021 by Intellect Press.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice

21 Sept 201021 May 2012

Award Date: 2 Jul 2012

PhD, The Writings of Griselda Pollock, Ireland the feminine and Visual Representation.

21 Sept 200127 May 2005

Award Date: 27 Jun 2005

Master, MA in Social Anthropology, Queens University, Belfast

21 Sept 200021 Sept 2001

Award Date: 14 Dec 2001

Bachelor, BA Hons Fine and Applied Art (with first class honours)

21 Sept 199821 May 2000

Award Date: 26 Jun 2000

National Diploma in Art, Waterford Institute of Technology

21 Sept 199221 May 1995

Award Date: 18 Jul 1995

External positions

External Panel Member Undergraduate Courses Re-Approval, Gray’s School of Art

30 Sept 2023 → …

External Expert Promotions Board, National College of Art and Design, Ireland (NCAD)

20 Sept 2023 → …

External Examiner, Liverpool Hope University

Sept 2020 → …

External Examiner, GMIT Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Sept 2019 → …

Subject Reviewer, Waterford Institute of Technology

17 Jan 2019

External Examiner, Dublin Institute of Technology

17 Feb 201631 May 2018

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, The Higher Education Academcy

22 Jun 2012 → …


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