Deirdre O’Mahony is an artist, academic and lecturer at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, GMIT, Galway. She completed a PhD through practice-based research in 2012 and her research is focused on the relationship between politics, ecology and activism within the rural public sphere.
Public art projects include X-PO, a former post office re-purposed as a social and cultural space included in Tania Bruguera’s Arte Útil Archive, SPUD which examines ideas of sustainability, food security and rural/urban relationships, through potato projects in Ireland, USA, Spain and the UK .
In 2016 several public projects are underway: SPUD: Capital, a new film for the Callan Workhouse Guild curated by Hollie Kearns and Rosie Lynch with a Project Award from the Arts Council; a research residency for Grizedale Arts’ A Fair Land at the Irish Museum of Modern Art; a film-based commission First Citizens Speak; Performing Landscape aa collaboration at the National University of Ireland Galway and What Would Kathleen Say? for the State centenary celebrations.
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.