Notes on a Confinement

Mary o’Neill
Invited Artists: Will Buckingham, Raimi Gbadamosi, Guilherme Gerais, Johanna Hällsten, Netta Laufer, Arjen Mulder
19th – 30th April 2021

confinement, n.

  1. The action of confining, or (more usually) the fact or condition of being confined, shut up, or kept in one place; imprisonment.
  2. a. Restriction, limitation (to certain conditions).



   †3. An obligation, a personal tie. Obsolete.

  1.   spec. The being in child-bed; child-birth, delivery, accouchement. (The ordinary   

    term for this in colloquial use: see confine v. 6. The Middle English equivalent was

   Our Lady’s bands, bonds, or bends: see band n.1 1c, bend n.11d, bond n.1 1c.)



Mary O’Neill will be confined in Leicester Gallery from 19th – 25th April.

This project asked artist, writers, and performers from different continents to join in a discussion of how their thinking has altered over the last year as a result of their confinement. Initially the invited participants were asked to go for a walk and record their thought.

Leicester Gallery will be closed to the public but the first week of the exhibition but the performance can be seen through the windows and through online events.



Will Buckingham

Will Buckingham is a writer and philosopher. He is originally from the UK, but currently based in Bulgaria. Will is the author of twelve books, and his forthcoming title, “Hello, Stranger: How We Find Connection in a Disconnected World”, is out from Granta Books in July 2021.

Will first trained as an artist before going on to take an MA in anthropology and a PhD in philosophy. He runs Looking for Wisdom, a project exploring global philosophy, and co-directs Wind&Bones, a social enterprise exploring the meeting-places of writing, creativity and social change.

Social Media

Twitter: @willbuckingham

Facebook: @willbuckinghamwriter

Instagram: @drwillbuckingham

Personal website:

Looking for Wisdom:


Raimi Gbadamosi

Raimi Gbadamosi is an artist, writer and curator. He is a member of ‘Black Body’ Group, Goldsmiths College, London. He is on the Editorial board of the Journal of African Studies, Open Arts Journal and SAVVY, and on the boards of Elastic Residence, London and Relational, Bristol. He is currently Head of Fine Art, De Montfort University, Leicester.

Recent national and international shows and events include: Aardklop, Potchefstroom 2018; Words Festival, NIROX 2017, South Africa; Romulus, Rebus, Priest Gallery, Johannesburg 2017, Cemetery, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa, 2014; Banquet, South Hill Park Bracknell, United Kingdom, 2011;

Publication contributions Include: African Futures, Kerber 2016; Representing Enslavement and Abolition on Museums, Routledge 2011; Black British Perspectives, Sable, 2011.


Guilherme Gerais

Guilherme Gerais’ photographs, video, sound, sculptures, books, and installation are permeated with nature, technology and science. Born in 1987 and based in Brazil, his work employs layered storytelling, fiction characters, built-up scenarios, weird situations, and it is composed of a rich, tactile assortment of compositions, forms, textures, light, and creations of his own vivid imagination. His main interest lies in confounding semi-fictional narratives and expected conclusions about reality.  His latest work “The Best of Mr.Chao” was exhibited in BackLightFestival – Finland; Breda Photo – The Netherlands. It was a finalist at PHMuseum Grant and shortlisted for the Unseen Dummy Award.


Johanna Hällsten

Dr. Johanna Hällsten is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, and Course Leader for BA Fine Art at London Metropolitan University. She works primarily with text, sound and performance, where the work focuses on translation between different cultures, species, and forms, to address the interrelation between sounds and environments. Her work was recently performed at Nottingham Contemporary as part of InDialogue by Juxtavoices, and has been exhibited in e.g: Personal Structures, Venice Biennale, Translation Zone(s): Constellation Hong Kong, Sze Chi Ching Exhibition Gallery, ANTI festival, EV+A. She has published in e.g. The Front Edge of Environmental Aesthetics, Contemporary Aesthetics, Somatechnics, EUP journal, and in n.Paradoxa.


Netta Laufer

Netta Laufer (b. 1986, raised between Jerusalem and New York) lives and works in Tel Aviv – Yafo. Her work deals with the tremendous postcolonial impact of artificial, human-made borders on the fauna and flora. Through an in-depth research Laufer carefully distinguishes between the various ways in which nature and wilderness have been altered and domesticated throughout the Anthropocene.

Arjen Mulder

Arjen Mulder (1955) is a Dutch writer living in Amsterdam. He published 15 books in Dutch and 4 in English, including Understanding Mediatheory (2004), From Image to Interaction(2010) and The World According to Plants (2020).


Mary O’Neill

Mary O’Neill is an Irish born artist who now lives between France and the U.K. O’Neill’s work address issues related to ephemerality, narrative, memory, loss and failure. Working with text, images, and performance, the work is ‘slight’, leaving little physical presence and in many cases only exists in memory. The text-based works are often incomplete encompassing loss and failure in both content and form. She has published on a diverse range of subjects, both fiction and non-fictions. Most recent projects, Foreignhood and Unnamed Heroines, focus on the state of being ‘other’. She has exhibited extensively and her work is included in national and international collections.


Christine Parker

Christine Parker is a filmmaker, artist and researcher and Associate Professor of Art Practice at the University of Derby, UK. Her shorts and feature Channelling Baby represented New Zealand at dozens of International Festivals and competitions. Since relocating to the UK she continues to write, make films and installations, including Quickening, (Sichuan IFA, and Pickford House Museum, Derby 2016/17),  Her UK short The Carer (2016) won eight international awards including an Humanitarian Award of Distinction from US based Best Shorts Competition and the Premio Labor 2017 Award from Festival Internazionale Immagine d’Autore.  She has several new projects in development.


 Pablo Santamaria Pastor

Born in 2000, Barcelona, and currently studying a BA in Fine Art in England. His work consists of large painting canvases depicting seascape images. His interest on the subject lies on how the sensuous pictorial experience resembles the encounter between the individual and the sea, creating a new space in which the viewer can contemplate and see he/herself reflected in.

Bridget Tempest

Bridget Tempest lives in North Yorkshire, draws and explores printmaking. Between 2001 and 2007, she ran a programme of cultural dialogue for artists in Turkmenistan, including exhibitions at Wimpole House in 2004 and at Asia House in London and The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate in 2007.

Now she stays put, working in her studio, making equivalents for her experience in the surrounding familiar landscape.