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. As a researcher she has worked on a number of collaborative research projects in the area of ‘art and its locations’ and specializing in art in contested spaces and art and documentation.
Recently 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. The exhibition examined the role mainly Belfast based artists, collaborative projects and performative actions and events have played in dissolving individualistic notions of the artist, pushing boundaries of contemporary art practice, and appropriating curation as an artistic practice and critical collaborative process.
Cherie’s research is related to Feminist theory and practice in the visual arts, contemporary Irish art criticism, theory and practices, art and its locations, art in public, art in contested spaces. She continues to lead the Catalyst Arts Archive Project which seeks to organize, digitize and preserve the organisations 20 years of documentation and material, for the future.