Catherine O’Brien (Catherine)
Community engaged arts, Contemporary visual arts, Creative Industries/ cultural+ social business, Literature/poetry/ storytelling
Capacity building for arts sector, Disability/ inclusion, Economic opportunity, Occupational skill / vocational training
I am an Australian who has been living in Vientiane, Laos for over 15 years. In 2007-08 I opened i:cat gallery, in Vientiane; I thought it was “ a good idea”. The gallery is a space for exhibitions, events, workshops , collaborations, performances & ideas. We welcome local artists who are inspired to showcase their work & contribute to the community of artists; through exhibitions & workshops. We provide opportunities for artists to develop skills as art workers & collaborators . Curating exhibitions & events is an extension of my practice as a poet, writer & reader. It is what I do best.