Lian graduated with a BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Scenography from Central St. Martins, London, and has also studied Visual Arts Practice at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. For over 15 years Lian has worked as a set designer, arts manager, and artistic collaborator with some of the most significant arts organisations and contemporary performance makers in Ireland.
Her interest is in contemporary, devised performance and dance where she can help form part of a collaborative creative team. She has worked with artists including Louise White, The Corn Exchange, Moonfish Theatre, junk ensemble, Brokentalkers and Rebecca Walter of Catapult Dance. Many of these performances were site-specific, including a busy city junction, a disused doll factory, and the tower of St. Anne’s Church in Cork city. Her designs have been seen across Ireland, and in the UK, USA Spain and Poland.
Lian was Exhibition Coordinator for Ireland’s first exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial 2007. She was Project Manager of the Stage and Screen Design Ireland website for Irish Theatre Institute in 2015, and is a member of the Advisory Committee of IETM international network for the contemporary performing arts.
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing The Corn Exchange Set Designer: Lian Bell Lighting Designer: Sinead Wallace Costume Designer: Katie Crowley Sound Designer: Mel Mercier Photograph: Fiona Morgan
Mother You Louise White Set Designer: Lian Bell Lighting Designer: Kevin Smith Costume Designer: Ana Novacic Sound Designer: Alma Kelliher Photograph: Emilia Krysztofiak
Drinking Dust junk ensemble & Brokentalkers Set Designer: Lian Bell Lighting Designer: Sinead Wallace Sound Designer: Alexis Nealon Photograph: Lian Bell
Did I Make You Up?
Did I Make You Up? Catapult Dance Set & Costume Designer: Lian Bell Lighting Designer: Aedín Cosgrove Composition: Hugh O'Neill Photograph: Lian Bell
Silver Stars Brokentalkers Set & Costume Designer: Lian Bell Lighting Designer: Sarah-Jane Shiels Video Designer: Kilian Waters Photograph: Colm Hogan
This Is Still Life
This Is Still Life Brokentalkers Set & Costume Designer: Lian Bell Lighting Designer: Sarah-Jane Shiels Sound Designer: Peter Morrow Video Designer: Killian Waters Photograph: Lian Bell
You Are Here
You Are Here Catapult Dance Set & Costume Designer: Lian Bell Sound Designer/Composition: Hugh O'Neill Photograph: Lian Bell