Deirdre O’Mahony is a visual artist whose practice is informed by a deep interest in rural sustainability, farming, food security and rural/urban relationships. For more than two decades she has investigated the political ecology of rural places through public engagement, archival and moving image installation, critical writing and cultural production.

Her projects include “X-PO”, a former rural post-office in the west of Ireland revived as a social space that has since been recognised as an exceptional socially engaged artwork. Her project SPUD spans over a decade, developed through collaborative public events to facilitate discourse on agricultural issues and tacit knowledge. SPUD included The Persistent Return, a moving image installation at VISUAL Carlow that toured to the European Capital of Culture Leeuwarden. Her other projects include CERERE, as part of Horizon 2020, Grasslands, for European Capital of Culture Aarhus and Speculative Optimism as a selection for the first Welcome Trust residency at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), UK.

Deirdre has been selected for residencies at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, IMMA, Museum of English Rural Life, and Askeaton Contemporary Arts. In 2018 she received the Irish American Cultural Institute O’Malley Award, an Arts Council bursary, Arts Council project awards, and an international Pollock-Krasner Award. 

Deirdre O’Mahony was born in 1956 in Ireland and attended St Martins School of Art London (BA), the Crawford College Cork (MA) and the University of Brighton (PhD). She lived and worked in Clare until 2017 and is now based in Callan County Kilkenny. 

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