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, Ceramic Strawberry 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 This art film project, supported by the Wellcome Trust investigated historical references to forages like Sainfoin in the museum archives and reviewed some of the extensive collection of documentary films produced to teach and promote increased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. X-PO started life in 2007 as a public art project in the former post office in Killinaboy, County Clare. It was initiated by Deirdre O’Mahony as a social, cultural and community exchange where different forms of knowledge - farming, artistic, local, place-based - could make unexpected creative connections. In the first year working with different groups and individuals the artist collaborated on a series of archival exhibitions that reflected different aspects of rural life today. Beginning at the most local level X-PO showed how collaborative exhibition-making can give a voice to, and make visible often disregarded, tacit, local knowledge.

2020 Publications

SPUD (2009 - 2019) Book documenting 12 projects made between 2009 and 2019 for the SPUD project.

Essays/Texts: Catherine Marshall, Deirdre O’Mahony and Sinead Phelan. Design: Cian Brennan,  hardback with colour and b/w illustrations. 210 x 148 mm.


UNTITLED Publication with Askeaton Contemporary Arts


Text: Deirdre O’Mahony and Sean Lynch, Design: Wayne Daly.         

Generously funded as part of an Arts Council Project Award