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Méadhbh O’Connor, Artist’s C.V.

Born 1984, Dublin, Ireland. 



Oxford Web:

CURRENT: Artist in Residence (long distance) at the Advanced Nanoscale Engineering Group, University of Oxford  

STUDIO: Pallas Projects and Studios, The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, Ireland.


2020 MFA (Oxon) Fine Art, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. United Kingdom. Alma Mater: Linacre College.

Tutor: Prof Samson Kambalu. Course led by Prof Katrina Palmer and Prof Oreet Ashery.

2009 BA (Hons) Visual Arts Practice, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin, Ireland.


2024 Sky Walkers, online exhibition as part of Nature and Place Commission by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in partnership with Coillte Nature and Dublin Mountains Partnership. SOLO. Link to online works.

2024 Talamh agus Teanga: Land and Language in Contemporary Irish Art, Museum of Fine Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA. Curated by Dr Kristin Dowell.

2023 On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous. An exhibition featuring Catherine McDonald and Méadhbh O’Connor, Glór Arts Centre, Ennis, Co Clare. Two-person show.

2023 UCD Parity Studios Artists in Residence Exhibition at Municipal Gallery, dlr Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin IRL. [Fully installed, cancelled on opening night]

2022 Exhibition at EPCOS, art intervention at the European Phase Change and Ovonics Symposium, Wolfson College and University of Oxford, UK. Invited by Prof Harish Bhaskaran. SOLO.

2022 Parklife: Biodiversity in Irish Art, The Glucksman, Cork, IRL. Curated by Christopher Clarke and Prof Fiona Kearney.

2021 Essential Travel, co-produced by Cutlog and SSA, at the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, Edinburgh, UK.

2021 Woman in the Machine ARTWORKS, co-created by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival, VISUAL Carlow.

2021 Woman in the Machine 72 hour lost weekend, co-created by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival, former Braun factory, Carlow, IRL.

2021 Ark Life Auction, fundraiser for artists and eco-focussed groups, Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin, IRL. Organised by Celina Muldoon and PP/S.

2020 New Era, Exploring Climate Change, Solstice Arts Centre, Meath, IRL. Curated by Brenda McParland.

2020 Recharge, Gallery 126, Galway, IRL. Curated by Simon Fennessy Corcoran. Two-person show.

2020 Humaea Ecoliteracy Course for the Arts, participant in inaugural programme by Dr Cathy Fitzgerald and Dr Nikos Patedakis.

2019 Pallas Pre Assembled, City Assembly House, Dublin, IRL. Invited by Irish Georgian Society.

2018 Climate Simulator, Earth Institute, University College Dublin, IRL. Curated by Emer O Boyle. SOLO.

2018 Eco-connectivity, Berlin Science Week, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany. Curated by mp warming. 

2018 Art Moments: The Universal Sea Budapest Festival, Mikve, Budapest, Hungary. 

2018 Sea Change: 21 Years of IADT, invited as outstanding alumnus, DLR Lexicon, Dublin, IRL. Curated by Oonagh Young.

2018 What is Life?, Wexford Arts Centre and Trinity College Dublin, IRL. Curated by Deirdre Southey, Catherine Bowe and Prof. Cliona O’Farrelly.

2018 Sustainable Futures, Sirius Art Centre, Cobh, Co.Cork, IRL. Curated by Claire Ryan.

2018 Adaptation, Cork Photo Festival (Main Pavilion), Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork City, IRL. Curated by Louise Maher and Naomi Smith. Two-person show.

2017/18 Future Proof, The LAB, Dublin 1, IRL. Curated by Emer O Boyle an Sheena Barrett.

2017 Antarctic Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale of Art. Selected by

Alexander Ponomarev, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Hani Rashid, Sheikha Hoor al-Qasimi & Nadim Samman.

2017 Biosystem, Grizedale Sculpture, Forestry Commission, Cumbria, England. Curated by Hazel Stone. SOLO.

2016 TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway, IRL. Curated by Dr Daniel Jewesbury.

2015 2039, ArtBox, James Joyce St., Dublin, IRL. Curated by Dr Hilary Murray. Two-person show.

2015 Welcome Disturbance, The LAB, Dublin 1, IRL. Curated by Emer O Boyle an Sheena Barrett.

2014 Dublin Biennial (DB14), CHQ, Dublin 1, IRL. Invited Artist. Curated by Maggie Magee.

2014 Towards A Dialogue of the Possible, Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow, IRL. Curated by Eilis Lavelle.

2014 Unknown Shores, O’Brien Centre for Science, University College Dublin, IRL. Curated by Emer O Boyle. SOLO.

2013 Things in Translation, Highlanes Municipal Gallery, Drogheda, Co. Louth, IRL. Curated by Aoife Ruane and Helen Horgan.

2013 Sites for Temporary Witness, Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo, IRL.

2013 powerS +  √ roots, Pallas Projects/Studios, D8, IRL. Selected by Gavin Murphy and Mark Cullen. Two-person show.

2012 Power Structure, The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7, IRL. Curated by Miranda Driscoll and Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll. Two-person show.

2012 Inaugural Exhibition, Avenue Road Gallery Portobello, Dublin 6, IRL. Curated by Jennette Donnelly.

2011 Biosphere, Monster Truck Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, IRL. Curated by Peter Prendergast and Dr Alexandra Murphy. SOLO.

2011 Christmas Xtravaganza VI, Monster Truck Gallery, Temple Bar, D2, IRL. Curated by Peter Prendergast.

2011 Making Do With Paper Crowns, Moxie Studios, Pembroke Row, D2, IRL. Curated by K Bear Koss.

2011 LFTT Library Project, Broadstone Studios, Adelaide Road. D2, IRL. Invited by Helen Horgan.

2011 Void:Volume, Galway Arts Centre, Galway City, IRL.

2011 The Spectrum of Activity, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City, IRL. Curated by Padraic E. Moore and The Black Mariah.

2011 One or Several Wolves, Moxie Studios, Pembroke Row, D2, IRL. Curated by K Bear Koss.

2010 NLA: The New Living Art Exhibition, IMOCA, Lad Lane, D2, IRL. Curated by Claire Feeley and K Bear Koss.

2010 The Great Redundant, Sebastian Guinness Gallery, D2, IRL. Curated by Jennie Taylor and John Kenny.

2009 Dublin Art Fair, RDS, D4, IRL.

2009 RDS Student Art Awards, which travelled to RDS Concert Hall, D4; Rua Red, D24 and

Regional Arts Centre, Co. Donegal, IRL. Selected by Dr S.B. Kennedy, Rachel Joynt and Martin Gale.

2009 Graduate Show, IADT Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, IRL.

2009 Sculpture at The Hallward, Hallward Gallery, D2, IRL.

2006 RDS Student Art Awards, which travelled to RDS Concert Hall, D4; 

Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, IRL and Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, N.I./U.K.


2022 Visual Arts Bursary Award, The Arts Council of Ireland.

2021-2023 Artist in Residence with Prof Harish Bhaskaran, Department of Materials, University of Oxford, UK. [Current]

2021-2022 Visiting Scholar. Elected by Fellows of Wolfson College, Oxford, UK.

2021 Project Award, The Arts Council of Ireland.

2020 Visual Arts Bursary Award, The Arts Council of Ireland.

2018 Arts Grant, Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council, Ireland.

2017 Visual Arts Bursary Award, The Arts Council of Ireland.

2017 Neville Johnson Award, University College Dublin, IRL.

2017 UCD College of Science, Artist In Residence, Dublin, IRL. Awarded by invitation.

2015 Fire Station Sculpture Workshop Award, Dublin IRL.

2013 UCD College of Science, Artist In Residence, Dublin, IRL.

2009 Royal Dublin Society Student Art Awards. Winner of the Tyrone Guthrie Residency Bursary.


2024 Restituer l’émerveillement : les dispositifs contre-cartographiques de Méadhbh O’Connor, Prof Valérie Morisson, British and Irish Civilisation, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier. Forthcoming article in Interrogation–a special issue on the idea of wonder.

2024 ‘Contemporary Irish Art and the Environment,’ by Dr Kelly Sullivan, Director of Graduate Irish Studies, New York University. In the forthcoming volume The Handbook of Irish Art published by Routledge.

2023 On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous, critique by Gianna Tasha Tomasso, Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet (Sept/Oct).

2022 Parklife: Biodiversity in Contemporary Irish Art, review by Cherry Smyth, Art Monthly (Issue 457, June 2022).

2021 On Mark Making: An artist’s impression from inside Oxford’s Bhaskaran Lab, by Méadhbh O’Connor, University of Oxford (News Feature).

2020 Scríobh Issue 7 (Confinement Dossier, Learning from the Artist), Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation (ICLO-NLS).

2020 The Mountain Way, MFA dissertation by Méadhbh O’Connor, University of Oxford.

2018 Sustainable Futures, by Luke Clancy for Art Review.

2018 Sustainable Futures, review by Kirstie North, Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet (Mar/Apr)         

2018 Culture File: Méadhbh O’Connor’s Earth, radio interview with Luke Clancy,  RTÉ Lyric FM. 

2018 Growing warnings about our place on earth, full feature, Ellie O’Byrne, The Irish Examiner.

2018 Fantastic Beasts and unlikely heroes, the best visual art this week, Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times.

2018 ‘What Is Life’ exhibition continues in two venues, Maria Pepper, Irish Independent.

2017 President’s Bulletin #157, Professor Andrew Deeks, University College Dublin.

2017 Fomo-ers guide to the Venice Biennale, Mary Nally, The Irish Times.

2017 The Antarctic Biennale: a crazy idea becomes reality, Anna Somers Cocks, The Art Newspaper.

2017 16 Things to do in Cumbria and the Lake District this Easter,

2015 Gemma Tipton’s 2015, by Gemma Tipton, The Irish Times.

2015 2039 Exhibition, by Sebastian Stephenson. Dublin Creative Review (Ep 14, Pt II).

2015 Sustained Engagement, by Jason Oakley. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet, May/June.

2015 Capriccio: A Synthesis of Thought. Essay by Méadhbh O’Connor (Welcome Disturbances). 

2014 Meeting of Minds. The Natural Affinity of Art and Science. Commissioned article for Julie’s Bicycle (U.K.), by Méadhbh O’Connor.

2014 What the devil is the Dublin Biennial?, Shower of Kunst, by Jim Ricks.

2014 RTÉ Arena, Dublin Biennial, by Declan Long.

2014 Meet the Artist, DB14, Hunt Films.

2014 Unknown Shores, by Prof. Lorraine Hanlon, UCD School of Physics.

2014 A Collaboration Between Art and Science, UCD Today.

2013 Red Stables Summer School, 2013. Publication. 2013 Things in Translation, review by Niamh Dunphy. Paper Visual Art Journal.

2012 I.A.D.T. Cometh, by Jennette Donnelly, Art for Art’s Sake. Review.

2011 Spectrum Of Activity, by Adrian Duncan, Paper Visual Art Journal. Review.

2011 Spectrum of Activity, by Jonelle Mannion, Review. 2011 Monaghan Mushrooms and Dublin Indoor Gardening Supporting the Arts,

2011 Biosphere, by Tara Jones, Totally Dublin. Review.

2011 Biosphere, Le Cool, Dublin (June 3rd) by Zach Joyce, Le Cool. Review.

2011 Biosphere, Séan O’Sullivan, independent curator and writer. Exhibition text.

2009 RDS Student Arts Awards, Exhibition Catalogue.

2009 Synaesthesia and The Arts, Undergraduate Thesis, by Méadhbh O’Connor.

2006 RDS Student Arts Awards, Exhibition Catalogue.



2021~ With Harish Bhaskaran, Professor of Nanomaterials, Department of Materials, University of Oxford.

2016-2017 With mathematician Prof Miguel Bustamante, UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics. 

2012-2014 Collaboration with plant biologist Dr Tamara Hochstrasser (UCD SBES)

2012-2014 Collaboration with marine biologist Dr Emmanuel Reynaud (UCD SBES)

2011-2016 ‘Power Structure‘ collaborative project with artist Dave Madigan (IRL).



2024 Artist’s Talk. Talamh agus Teanga: Land and Language in Contemporary Irish Art. Museum of Fine Art (MoFA), Florida State University, USA. Link to recording.

2020 Invited speaker. VAI Visual Artists’ Café: Focus on Climate Change.

2015–2019 Lecturer. Creativity in Science and Art. College of Science, University College Dublin (UCD). Devised, taught and led by Méadhbh O’Connor.

2015–2019 Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Project Management and Leadership (coordinator Prof Joe Carthy). UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics, IRL.

2018 Invited speaker. Urgent Enquiry, Wexford, Fingal and Dublin City County Councils. IRL      

2018 Panelist. Sustainable Futures, Sirius Art Centre, Cork. IRL

2016 Invited speaker. Green Talk, Raising the City. Presentations on the occasion of COP21, Paris. Alliance Francaise, Dublin, IRL.

2015 Chair and Organiser. Pathways Towards Sustainability: A Collective ConversationPanel discussion at The LAB Gallery, Dublin City Council, IRL              

2014 Digital media co-ordinator for UCD Parity Studios, University College Dublin, IRL

2014 Invited artist. Sustaining Creativity Environmental DATA Lab. With Julie’s Bicycle (U.K.) and Watershed/Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol, UK

2014 Panelist. Creative Practice and the Environment: Art, Science and Nature. Dublin Biennial 2014 and Dublintellectual. IRL.

2013 Tutor. Art and Science Module (coordinator Dr Emmanuel Reyanud), University College Dublin, Dublin, IRL. Tutoring science and arts students.

2013 Public talk. A Dialogue on the Values of Nature. With Dr. Tamara Hochstrasser for The Red Stables Art and Ecology Summer School, IRL

2013 Visiting Lecture. Tunnelling Art and Physics, IRL. Undergraduate module for UCD Physics and NCAD Fine Art students.

2012 Presentation. UCD Science AIR Presentations. Presentations by Artists In Residence and academic staff at UCD College of Science, IRL.

Open Studio events for Culture Night Ireland in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018.