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Borders Intro
Border-Fictions Special Issue 

Amid the Air and Earth

Amid the Air and Earth Intro
Atmospheric States
Stories of the Air / Spéirscéalta
Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary
Wet / Land / Dwellers


Geopower Intro
Self-Organisation Against Injustice

Kin Intro
Becoming Animal
Dolls Play

a place of their own is the art + spatial research practice of Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy. Through art and spatial practice, we interrogate and propose within entanglements of climate, capital, technology and politics. We operate as a collective, a couple, with our children, and through collaborations with others.

About and Contact


a place of their own is the art+spatial research practice of Paula McCloskey (Republic of Ireland) and Sam Vardy (UK). 

Our transdisciplinary, collaborative, research projects critically investigate entanglements of geopolitics, art, and the climate crises, through an intersectional, anti-colonial approach and feminist praxis.  We are interested in the collaborative creation of new imaginaries, and have co-produced site-specific performances and installations, videos and publications concerning borders, wetlands, geopower, extraction, kinship and ecology.

Our work has been shown in Ireland, Europe, the UK & US, and was included  in the ASEF culture360 Creative Responses to Sustainability, UK Green Guide 2021.   

Dr Paula McCloskey is an artist, artistic researcher and teacher, School of Arts, Derby University, UK.  Her transdisciplinary, collaborative research in contemporary art practice, critical theory and social engagement sits at the intersections of art, geopolitics/climate and maternity/kinship.

Dr Sam Vardy is an architectural researcher/educator and artist, exploring spatial politics and possible worlds between art and architecture and the alternate practices of architecture they might reveal. 

a place of their own
Performance walk as part of Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary, London, 2019


Paula McCloskey 
e: paula_at_aplaceoftheirown_dot_org

Sam Vardy
e: sam_at_aplaceoftheirown_dot_org