Margaret O’Brien

BA, MFA, MPhil



2015-2016 Irish Research Council, PhD Fellowship award

2015 Artist Bursary, South Dublin County Council

2014 & 2013 Travel & Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland (also awarded in 2001)

2014 HIAP Artist Residency Bursary, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin

2013 & 2010 National College of Art & Design, Development Fund Award

2012 - 2015 Trinity College Studentship, PhD award, Dublin

2012 The Red Stables Studios award, Dublin City Council

2012 Crookshank-Glin Prize MPhil Thesis, Trinity College Dublin. Area of research: Contemporary Art

2008 - 2010 Artist Bursary, Arts Council of Ireland – 3 year bursary

2008 & 2003 AIB Art Award, Dublin (shortlisted on both occasions)

2007 & 2006 Artist Bursary, Arts Council of Ireland

2004 Adrian Carruthers Award, The Slade School of Fine Art, London (short listed)

2003 - 2004 Arts and Humanities Research Board, London

2003 Mary Farl Powers Award, Arts Council of Ireland

2003 & 2002 Professional Development & Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland

2003 & 2002 The South Square Trust, The Slade School of Fine Art, London

2002 - 2004 Euan Uglow Scholarship, The Slade School of Fine Art, London

2002 Artist Bursary, Dublin City Council

2000 Artist Bursary, Arts Council of Ireland


2015 Irish Museum of Modern Art, Artist Residency Program, Dublin

2015 RHA Studio Residency, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

2014 – 2015 The Good Hatchery Artist in Residence, Co. Offaly, Ireland

2014 HIAP & TBG+S International Artist Residency Award, Helsinki, Finland

2013 - 2014 Dublin City Council Artist Residency Award

2013 Artist-in-Residence, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

2008 - 2011 Artist-in-Residence, Fire Station Artists Studios, Dublin

Solo exhibitions

2016    No Through Road, Galway Arts Centre

2016     tbc, nag gallery, Dublin

2015    Without a Future, MART galleries 1 & 2, Dublin

2014    Othering, Platform for the Arts, Belfast

2013    Nonknowledge, nag gallery, Dublin

2008    I live in the cracks in the walls, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin

2007    White Picket Fencing, The Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Ireland

2007    The Long Goodbye, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Ireland

2005    Sea of Unknowing, Pallas Heights, Dublin, Ireland

2004    No Man’s Land, West Cork Arts Centre, Co. Cork, Ireland

2002    Dirty Trash, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Ireland

Curated exhibitions

2016    Activating Pangea, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, curated by MART gallery

2016    Glitch, curated by MART, Rua Red & MART galleries, Dublin

2015    Santa Monica Art Studios Gallery, Los Angeles

2015    Instinct, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art, Los Angeles

2014    Winter Open curated by Cliodhna Shaffrey, Jennie Guy and Matthew Nevin, Rua Red, Dublin.

2014   +Battery-, Foundation 14 Arts Festival, Offaly County Council in association with The Arts Council of Ireland, directed and curated by Brendan Fox.

2014   Re-Framing the Domestic in Irish Art curated by Amanda Coogan, Jane Humphries and Aoife Ruane, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

2013   Ouvert Atelier in conjunction with Traces of Peter Rice, Centre Culturel des Irlandais, Paris

2013   Repeat Please, nag gallery, Dublin collaboration with artists Olive Barrett, Louise Marlborough and musician Mark Ellis

2012    New Living Artists III curated by Tactic Cork, Moxie Studios and Steambox, Dublin

2012    Television, Tactic, Cork

2011    Invite or Reject, Flux Factory, New York

2011   Myles Away From Illustration: The Influence of Flann O'Brien on the Visual Arts, University of Vienna, travelling to Strabane, Northern Ireland in 2012

2011   Polemically Small curated by Zavier Ellis, Edward Lucie-Smith, Max Presneill & Simon Rumley, Torrence Art Museum, Los Angeles and Charlie Smith Gallery, London

2010   Materials Worlds curated by Riann Coulter, FE McWilliam Gallery, Co Down. An exhibition of contemporary sculpture by 8 artists from Ireland and U.K.

2010 & 2009   The Gatekeeper Project II & I curated by Naomi Sex, Five Lamps Arts Festival, Dublin and St. Stephens Green in 2009

2010    Wildly Different Things, contemporary art from New York and Dublin at The Observatory, Dublin

2010   Invisible, 27 artists in 8 venues across Dublin city including Irish Museum of Modern Art, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Project Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Ireland.

2009    Preponderance of the Small, a Gallery 3 project at Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

2009    Dumb Waiter curated by Fieldgate Gallery, London at James Taylor Gallery, London

2009    New London School curated by Charlie Smith Gallery, London at Galerie Schuster, Berlin

2008   Soot from the Funnel curated by Fieldgate Gallery, London at LOKAAL01, The Netherlands

2008    Parallax curated by Richard Ducker at Fieldgate Gallery, London

2008    Walking through Walls curated by Eli Zafran at Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv

2008 & 2007   The Future Can Wait curated by Charlie Smith Gallery, London at Old Truman Brewery, London

2007    Sound:Space, Sound Symposium, Bracknell, UK

2006    Black: Implication Flooding, Colony Gallery, Birmingham

2004    Young Gods, Clapham Art Gallery, London

2003    Glocale, Machida Municipal Museum of Prints, Tokyo

2002    Semi-Detached, Original Print Gallery, Dublin

2001    2. World Festival of Art on Paper, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2001    Print / Estampe 2001, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

Curatorial Projects & Conferences

2013 Repetition Exhibition, curated by Margaret O’Brien with Niamh Ann Kelly as part of the Black Church Studio exhibition program. A multi-venue site-specific exhibition featuring 17 artists from the U.K. and Ireland.

2013 Paradox Fine Art European Forum Biennial Conference, University of Granada, Spain.Presenting under strand B ‘Viewing Time-based Practice through Time.’

2010 Invisible exhibition, co-curated by Margaret O’Brien, Oliver Dowling and John Graham. 27 artists in 8 venues across Dublin city including Irish Museum of Modern Art, Temple Bar Galleries, The Project Arts Centre, The National Gallery of Ireland and others.

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