small acts &collaborations - ongoing.
one act plays
individually diverse            
building to a larger
creating a whole.              

Container of Gathering - a zine (2020)

A collaborative zine made with Joanna Kidney. During a research trip to Iceland in 2019 Joanna and I spotted a convergence in the way we document our connection to the natural world and its objects. This zine celebrates those connections, that location and this creative friendship.


Find - a public art project

FIND was a series of temporary artworks/installations/events in and around the town of Castlebar, Co Mayo.  The works are installed within walking distance of each other and found via the maps included in the brochure or by attending the guided artist tours.  The Linenhall Arts Centre acted as central headquarters/studio for participating artists and audience alike. 

These artists also had the opportunity to be mentored and supported by International profile artists Alice Maher and Aideen Barry during the development and realisation of their ideas.

The theme of FIND is experience of temporary work, and documentation and legacy of temporary work.  Artists were encouraged to consider discreet or ‘hidden’ works that will be ‘unravelled’, or be revealed, via the event tour, and maps – encouraging the audience to search out the work.
This project was the first collaboration of the Linenhall Arts Centre and the Mayo County Council Public Art Programme, curated by Gaynor Seville.  2014

The Mayo artists who were selected for the commissions are Ian Wieczorek, Amanda Rice, Chris Leach, Nuala Clarke, Alice Dixon and Joanna Hopkins

"woven found" collaborative site specific commissioned installation. Images by Nuala Clarke; textual components by Crystal Gandrud.

30 linen flags flew over Castlebar's Castle Street, honouring the “boom times” of the local linen industry (1700's). Hand painted images and printed text both celebratory of and elaborating upon the profound story of the manual production of linen.

Numberless Dreams: A Yeats Day Exhibition

“I bring you with reverent hands
The books of my numberless dreams.”

Between Spaces- an installation.
The difference between awake and asleep is the weight and opacity of gossamer. A perceived veil, perhaps imaginary, perhaps imaginary. And what, we wonder, is the difference? It is there, between, that our curiosity ventures. We wait. We see. And we gather. Then we wake from a dream; dream while awake; fall asleep both to dream and wake up. As if peeking sideways through glassine, it reveals the invisible inferences and spaces where we create both automatically and purposively. And also in that space we do nothing; we witness and we are delighted.
Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
Helen O’Leary
Shawn Dulaney
Steven Corsano
Helen O’Toole
Crystal Gandrud and Nuala Clarke

Text: W. B. Yeats. Phase Fourteen, A Vision

photographing the photographer  2015.
I saw Bill Cunningham at the new Whitney Museum.
I happened to be next to him as he asked the guard to pose.
The guard tried disuading him. I sidemouthed to the guard that he might just pose as the photographer was famous and that he could be in the NY Times.
After Bill got the shot he thanked me for helping him.