As a visual artist, Debbie Guinnane has recently been awarded a Research Studentship at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne to pursue a Practice Based Ph.D.; after completing her Master’s Degree in Visual Arts from IADT, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland in 2013. In 2008 she graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design with an Honours Bachelor Degree in Sculpture & Combined Media.
Guinnane is a member of ‘pre form’, a performance group founded in 2012 to practice live, improvised, collaborative performance art. pre form’s work space is currently being supported by RUA RED Arts Centre in Tallaght. pre form have also been awarded the Dublin City Council Incubation Space Award 2013.
Guinnane has written and performed both nationally and internationally. Most recent achievements to date are 'Drafting’ an explorative two day event of performances in the Baltic 39, Newcastle, UK; 'GastroPODa’ performance for SPILL Festival of Performance, as part of their 2014 National Platform, Ipswich, UK; 'Her, Subject, to Ellipse’ performance for exhibition 'Self Made’ at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, IE, 2014; 'Counterfoil’ performance at RUA RED Gallery, 2014, Tallaght, IE; 'FLOWS’ at ]performance space[ London, UK; 'Between Us’, pre form group performance at the LAB, Dublin, IE; 'ESB: The Experimental Sounding Board’, two collaborative sound and writing performances with John M. Bowers, curated by Lorah Pierre, Brighton, UK; and ‘Run Computer Run’, as part of Glitch Festival, a collaborative project with John M. Bowers, RUA RED curated by Nora O’Murchu, Tallaght, IE.
Writer in Residence for 'FIX ’13 International Festival of Performance Biennial’, Belfast, NI; Writer in Residence at ‘SPILL Festival of Performance’, London and Ipswich, UK; Writer in residence, and participating artist for ‘IPA Istanbul Performance Art’ Workshop and Festival, Istanbul, Turkey.
Guinnane has published online reviews, essays and articles for 'MAP: Media, Archive, and Performance’, a German produced e-journal; 'Exeunt Magazine’ online performance magazine; 'thisistomorrow’ contemporary art magazine; and 'SPILL Festival of Performance’ website and archive.