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Deirdre O’Mahony


Deirdre O’Mahony is an artist and lecturer in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Her practice is situated in the Burren Region in the West of Ireland and she is presently completing a PhD at the University of Brighton.

Recent research explores three themes concerning the relational dynamic between the local/rural and the national/global, the creativity of tacit, practice-led knowledge and ideas of ‘belonging’ in rural communities. A new project Mind Meitheal is a process that makes use of the cultural resonance of the Irish word ‘Meitheal’ - the practice of rural collectivity - as a generative catalyst for locally-based think-tanks. Based on the premise that different knowledge forms have parity in the design of creative, sustainable strategies for the future, Mind Meitheal process seeks to link situated, place-based knowledge with academic, cultural and institution-based knowledge and enable an open, transdisciplinary exchange.

Solo exhibitions include
Abandoned Clare
; X-PO 2011, re-presentations; the BCA Gallery 2009, Viscqueux; GAF 2006, Wall; Context Gallery Derry 2002 and WRAP; Galway Arts Centre, 2000.

Selected group exhibitions include
Hybrid Denver USA 2012, TRACE LCGA Limerick 2012, 10,000 to 50, IMMA 2008 and Eire/Land McMullen Museum Boston, 2003.

Public art projects include
T.U.R.F (Transitional Understandings Of Rural Furures), ongoing, Mind Meitheal, ongoing, Abridged: 0 – 20 Abandoned Clare, 2010-11, X-PO 2007-8 both Arts Council Project Awards, and Cross Land, 2007.

Fellowships include
Pollock-Krasner Foundation 1995, Arts Council Visual Arts bursaries; 1997/2001 and 2010.

Recently published Family and Community: (Re)Telling Our Own Story, co-written with Anne Byrne for Family Relations, SAGE, 2011.

Deirdre will present research at Mapping Spectral Traces International Conference in NUIG in Galway, Ireland in April 2012 and is an invited participant in the ESF Workshop, Conceptualising European Landscapes Across Languages, Cultures, and Disciplines in Ávila, Spain in May 2012.

http://www.land2.uwe.ac.uk/omahony.htm

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