Moira McIver was born in Scotland and is an Associate lecturer in fine art within the Belfast School of Art.
McIver was one of the first cohort to complete a practice-based M. Phil. postgraduate research degree in Ulster University in 1996. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Her previous research interests have been photographic and video art projects based on historical events from a contemporary female perspective. Projects have included subject matter such as: The Second World War, female sailors in the 18th and 19th century, Irish female heroines in the 1798 rebellion in Co.Down. N.Ireland.
Research methodology includes first-hand interviews through to examination of popular local myth. Her work often focuses on the interplay and tension between social history and the individual and how our sense of the physical body remains central to this discourse. In more recent artwork, McIver uses historical photographic techniques as part of her research into social, political and gendered perspectives on early Irish photography.
Shadow Catcher: Explorations in Historical Photography, Solo Exhibition, Ards Arts Centre, November 2016.
Vanishing Futures: Collective Histories of N.Irish Art’, Group Exhibition, GT Gallery, Belfast, 2015.
‘To Camera..’ Group Exhibition, GT Gallery, Belfast Photo Festival, 2015.
Northern Ireland: 30 years of Photography, Group exhibition, MAC Gallery, Belfast, 2013
Reviews of Artwork in Books and Journals
Art and Architecture of Ireland, Volume 3: Sculptors 1600 – 2000
Royal Irish Academy and Yale University Press, 2014.
Korper in Uniform’, Warshots, Krieg, Kunst & Medien, ‘Matthais, Agnes and Jürgen
Kirchoff, Annegret, Verlag und Datenbank für Giesteswissienschaften, Weimar 2006,
Artworks in Collections
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Royal Armouries Museum, Contemporary Art Collection, Leeds
British Telecommunications, Belfast.