Deirdre O'Mahony Biography

Deirdre O’Mahony's public art projects include X-PO, a former post office re-purposed as a social and cultural exchange space. The project was the 2007 artwork in Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks and is included in Tania Bruguera’s Arte Útil Archive. More recently, arising from research in X-PO  SPUD  examines ideas of sustainability, food security and rural/urban relationships, through potato projects in Ireland, USA, Spain and the UK and concludes with a film, The Persistant Return, currently in production as part of the Callan Workhouse Guild Project curated by Hollie Kearns and Rosie Lynch for Callan Workhouse Union and supported by the Arts Council//An Chomhairle Ealaíonn project award, 2016.

In 2016 further public projects took place, or are in development. A research residency for Grizedale Arts' A Fair Land at the Irish Museum of Modern Ar  called A Village Plot, a Iarsma: Artist and the Archive a collaboration with Rionach Ní Néill, Tim Collins and Nessa Cronin in response to Tim Robinson's archive in the National University of Ireland Galway, What Would Kathleen Say? for Mayo County centenary celebrations curated by Catherine Marshall, First Citizens Speak commissioned by Bealtaine  as part of VOLTage in association with Clare County of Culture and glór and supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíonn,  Resort Residency  for Fingal County arts office and Grasslands, curated by Birgitte Kristensen and Lene Noer for Aarhaus Capital of Culture, Denmark which took place during 2017

O’Mahony has published and been written about extensively, had numerous national and international gallery and museum exhibitions, and been awarded fellowships and residencies including a Pollock-Krasner Award and Arts Council of Ireland bursaries. She is also an academic and lecturer at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, GMIT, Galway and completed a PhD New Ecologies Between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice at the University of Brighton in 2012. Her recent research is focused on spatial politics and the relationship between the social, natural and political ecologies of rural and urban 21C life.

Deirdre O'Mahony Biography

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.

Forthcoming projects include POST_  a commissioned audio work for Saolta Galway Hospital Arts Trust and Galway 2020, FOREST CULTURE for Lismore Castle Arts’ A Space for Lismore, a book, SPUD (2009 - 2019) and an Asketon Contemporary Arts publication, UNTITLED, all in 2020.

Previous projects include “X-PO”, a former rural post-office revived as a social and cultural exchange space that has since been recognised as an exceptional socially-engaged artwork. SPUD a project on food security, seed sovereignty and mêtis, tacit knowledge, concluded with The Persistent Return a moving image installation at VISUAL Carlow and exhibited with an archive and film installation Trial+Error, in the Natuurmuseum Fryslan, for the EU Capital Culture Leeuwarden (2018). She produced and curated a Horizon 2020 project, CERERE for Teagasc, the Irish agricultural research agency in 2018 and in 2017 made  Groundworks for Grasslands, as part of Aarhus ECOC.

Selected residencies include the Kilkenny Arts office residency award at the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris (forthcoming 2020); research award from Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2019). She produced a film, Speculative Optimism from research conducted during the the Wellcome Trust foundation residency at the Museum of English Rural Life in 2017 that was later exhibited at Galway International Art Festival (2018). In 2016 she was part of Grizedale Arts' A Fair Land residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Fingal Arts Office's Resort Residency. Askeaton Contemporary Arts Welcome to the Neighbourhood international residency and Workhouse Union Callan Residency were both completed in 2015.

Awards and fellowships include the Irish American Cultural Institute O’Malley Award (2018), Arts Council bursaries (2018, 2010, 2006, 2001, 1997) project and travel awards, and an international Pollock-Krasner Award (1996).

Deirdre was born in Ireland and attended St Martins School of Art, London (BA), the Crawford College Cork (MA) and the University of Brighton (PhD). She was a lecturer in contemporary art at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (1999 – 2018) and lived and worked in Clare until 2017 and is now based in Callan, County Kilkenny.

Deirdre O'Mahony Biography

 

O’Mahony has published and been written about extensively, had numerous national and international gallery and museum exhibitions, and been awarded fellowships and residencies including a Pollock-Krasner Award and Arts Council of Ireland bursaries. She completed a PhD New Ecologies Between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice at the University of Brighton in 2012.

Her recent research is focused on spatial politics and the relationship between the social, natural and political ecologies of rural and urban 21C life.