POST_ is a new audio work commissioned by Saolta Arts in partnership with Saolta University Health Care Group and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, part of a programme of new works called The Deepest Shade of Green that explores connecting our hospitals with the world outside, and the importance of listening to and learning from those who use them. Made for, with, and about the hospital community, The Deepest Shade of Green creates spaces for a diversity of voices to be heard by one another.


Perishable Picnic, Peig McManus Performance, Photograph Brian Cregan 2017.
  1. The Perishable Picnic was the outcome of Deirdre O’Mahony’s residency in Lynders’ Mobile Home Park, Portrane County Dublin for Fingal Arts Office’s Resort Residency and celebrated the history of fruit growing in North County Dublin. A giant ceramic, strawberry jam pot made by Glasgow-based artist Garnet McCulloch was the centrepiece for a feast of strawberry foods, drinks, and conversation about the history of fruit farming in the area with a particular focus on Quaker Farming practices, ethics and investment in the area and an industry that once played an important role in the local economy and community.
  2. Research on residency at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) in 2017, began for Deirdre O'Mahony with the proposition, is 'carbon-neutral' beef possible? Scientists are currently testing the effect of different kinds of forage such as Sainfoin, on animal and soil health and on levels of methane produced by livestock. This art film project, supported by the Wellcome Trust investigated historical references to forages like Sainfoin in the museum archives and reviewed some of the extensive collection of documentary films produced to teach and promote increased efficiency in agriculture
  3. Deirdre O’Mahony’s research and curatorial output for the CERERE public artwork has taken several forms. A discussion process called Mind Meitheal that provides public space for a multi-actor, culturally driven knowledge exchange, a specially commissioned artwork from artist Sadhbh Gaston and three short films that have documented some of the engagement process.
  4. 2000's The Persistent Return The Persistent Return is a moving image installation first presented at VISUAL in Ireland in June 2018 and subsequently at the Natuurmuseum Fryslân as part of the 2018 European Capital Of Culture. The installation represents the culmination of O’Mahony’s research-led project SPUD (2009 - 2019) and was a partnership production between cultural producers, Workhouse Union and VISUAL Carlow and an Arts Council Project Award.

Speculative Optimism was produced while on the Welcome Foundation Livestock residency at the Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading. Research began into the proposition is ‘carbon-neutral’ beef possible? Sainfoin, a variety of forage once used extensively in the south of England, is being investigated for its beneficial effect on animal health and methane production. It also grows in near drought conditions, is highly beneficial to bees, and fixes nitrogen in the soil. Read more


The Persistent Return 

A film-based artwork was commissioned by Workhouse Union and co-produced with VISUAL Carlow.

It was funded with generous support from The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíonn. The film marks the concluding phase of the SPUD project and was exhibited in June 2018 at VISUAL Carlow, and in October in the Natural History Museum, Leuwaarden as part of the 2018 European Capital of Culture Programme.

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