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Niamh O’Malley was born in County Mayo in Ireland (1975). In 2022, Niamh O’Malley represented Ireland at the 59th Venice Biennale in the solo

exhibition, ‘Gather’. After its success in Venice, her work travelled across three institutional locations in Ireland in the spring of 2023: Temple Bar

Gallery & Studios, Dublin (2023); The Model, Sligo (2023); Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2023). Recent solo institutional exhibitions include Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, IE (2019); John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK (2019); Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, IE (2019); Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, AT (2018); Bluecoat Liverpool, UK (2015); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, IE (2017). O’Malley has been recipient of multiple residencies and awards, including Funen Art Academy, DK (2014); HIAP, Helsinki, FI (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IE (2008); Firestation Artists Studios (2005-8); International Studio Programme Residency at PS1, MoMa, USA (2003/04); and the Northern Irish Fellowship at The British School at Rome, IT (2000). Niamh O’Malley’s work is included in numerous private and public collections such as the The Hugh Lane, Dublin City Gallery; Irish Museum of Modern Art; the Arts Council of Ireland, Office of Public Works, Ireland; Stefan Stolitzka Collection, Graz; FRAC Méca-Nouvelle Aquitaine, France and Galleria Arte Moderna, Turin. 

Publications include, ‘Gather’ (monograph) 2022, texts by Eimear McBride, Lizzie Lloyd, Brian Dillon, Niamh O’Malley, Published TBG+S, Dublin.

‘Niamh O’Malley’ (monograph) 2019, texts by Claire Louise Bennett, Isobel Harbison, Published Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. ‘Niamh O’Malley’

(monograph) 2015 foreword by John Hutchinson, essay by Rebecca O'Dwyer, ‘Niamh O’Malley’(monograph) 2013 essays by Luke Gibbons, Matt

Packer, Patrick Murphy, published Linenhall Arts Centre, Co Mayo, Ireland; ‘Viewfinder’, essay Chris Fite-Wassilak published Centro Cultural

Montehermoso,Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Torch (monograph) 2008, essay Brian Dillon, design Robin Watkins, published TBGS, Dublin; ‘Window’

(monograph) 2006, essay Maeve Connolly, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy.



  • Niamh O’Malley, Grimm Gallery, New York

  • Niamh O’Malley, Vardaxoglou Gallery, London

  • Gather, Belfast, Solo Exhibition, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • Gather, Dublin, Solo Exhibition, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin

  • Gather, Sligo, Solo Exhibition The Model Sligo, Ireland


  • Gather, Solo Exhibition, Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale


  • Niamh O’Malley, Solo Exhibition, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton


  • Permanent Public Art Commission: Transaer House; Garda National Immigration Bureau & Dublin Airport Garda Station

  • Solo Exhibition, mother’s tankstation, Dublin


  • Solo Exhibition & Publication, RHA, Dublin

  • Solo Exhibition, St Carthage Hall, Lismore Castle Arts


  • ‘Foiled Glass’ Solo Exhibition, Grazer Kunstverein, curated by Kate Strain


  • ‘Rests’, Solo Exhibition, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland


  • ‘Views’ Solo Exhibition, Illuminations Gallery, NUI Maynooth, curated by Aoife Tunney & Colin Graham


  • ‘Glasshouse’, Solo Exhibition, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, curated by Marie-Anne McQuay


  • Solo Exhibition, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2014/15

  • Canopy, Permanent Public Art Commission, Dun Laoghaire VEC & Blackrock Library, Dublin, Ireland


  • Garden, Solo Exhibition, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland, curated by Tessa Giblin

  • The Mayo Collaborative. (Solo) Contemporary Survey of Niamh O’Malley in 5 venues, Co. Mayo, Ireland, Aras Inis Gluaire, Customs

  • House Westport, Linenhall Arts Centre, Ballina Arts Centre, Ballinglen Arts Foundation


  • Solo Exhibition, Hå Gamle Prestegard, Norway


  • Model, Solo Exhibition, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin


  • Island, Solo Exhibition, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturune, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

  • Frame, glass, black, Solo Exhibition, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.

  • Echo, Solo Exhibition, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea


  • Frame, glass, black, Solo Exhibition, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin

  • No Distance, Solo Exhibition, VOID, Derry, Northern Ireland

  • Solo Exhibition, Galleri Flach-Thulin, Stockholm


  • Flag, Solo Exhibition, HIAP Project Space, Helsinki



  • 193rd RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

  • It Took a Century: Women Artists & the RHA, National Gallery of Ireland

  • Flower in the Wind, Belmacz Gallery, London

  • Correnti IV-Sublimare, curated by Roberto Lacarbonara, Artopia Gallery, Milan

  • Fly Floor, Curated by Mark O’Gorman & Niamh O’Malley, The Complex, Dublin


  • Dove la terra incontra il cielo, Curated by Giulia Bortoluzzi, Artopia Gallery, Puglia


  • Making & Momentum: In Conversation, Eileen Gray, Roquebrune, France & National Museum, Ireland, Colins Barracks


  • Curated by …, Galerie Mam, Vienna (group), curated by Seamus Kealy

  • Online Exhibition, ‘ Glasshouse’ John Hansard Gallery, Southampton,


  • ‘In the Age of Conscious Makers’, Group Exhibition, NCAD Gallery, Dublin

  • ‘Shaping Ireland: Intervention and Representation in Irish Landscape Art’ Group Exhibition, National Gallery of Ireland

  • Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London


  • Group Exhibition, La Tannerie, Brittany

  • Group Exhibition, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall

  • Group Exhibition, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris


  • Invited Artist - Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Sept 2017, curated by Peter Taylor

  • ‘Surface Tensions’, Group Exhibition, Blackchurch Print Workshop, curated by Jaki Irvine

  • ‘Golden Record’, Group Exhibition, Galway International Arts Festival curated by Maeve Mulrennan

  • ‘Gathering Space’ online essay project curated by Rebecca O’Dywer

  • ‘A Name Unmade’, Group Exhibition, Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, touring to Nerve Centre, Derry, curated by Sabina McMahon

  • ‘Augmented Geology’, Group Exhibition, KARST, Plymouth, curated by Laura Köönikkä

  • ‘Song of the Open Road', Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, curated by Nigel Prince

  • ‘Public View’ Group Exhibition, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, curated by Bryan Biggs

  • Drawing Biennial 2017, Group Exhibition, Drawing Room, London

  • RHA Annual, Invited artist, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

  • 2116, Forecast of the next century, Group Exhibition, Eli & Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan


  • Doors of Perception, Temple Bar, solo project, curated by Lee Welch & Paul Hallahan

  • Some thing as a line, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Drogheda, curated by Brian Fay

  • Group Exhibition, A Conversation on Drawing, RHA Dublin, curated by Mary-Ruth Walsh

  • 2116, Lewis Glucksman Gallery Cork

  • RHA Annual, Invited artist, Contemporary Arts Society Prize-winner, work of distinction, RHA, Dublin

  • Source, Group Exhibition curated by Rowan Sexton, Dublin

  • Two birds/One stone, Farmleigh, Dublin, curated by Janet Mullarney

  • IMMA Collection: A Decade, Group Exhibition, IMMA, Dublin 2016/17

  • 2015/16 Deadeye, 3-person exhibition, Rua Red, Tallaght, curated by Paul McAree

  • I see a darkness, Group Exhibition, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dunamaise Arts Centre, curated by Davey Moor


  • Island, Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy, curated by Fiona Kearney


  • Into the Light, Arts Council Collection Exhibition, 60 Years, Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland

  • Pallas Periodical Review, Pallas Projects, Dublin, Ireland

  • TULCA, visual arts festival, Galway, Ireland, curated by Gregory McCartney

  • At the Still Point, Irish women artists working in film, Kilkenny Arts Festival, curated by Josephine Kelleher

  • EVA International 2012, Limerick City Gallery, Ireland, curated by Annie Fletcher

  • All humans do, group exhibition curated by Aoife Tunney, White Box, New York & The Model, Sligo, Ireland

  • Ached, grew, print, jot, Exhibition/event curated by Lee Welch, The Drawing Project, Dublin


  • Kooperation, Screening Room: Dublin, Film Screening curated Regina Barunke, Cologne Kunstverein

  • Terrible Beauty: Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance, Dublin Contemporary 2011, Dublin

  • The Dissolution of Time and Space, Irish Video Art, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany.

  • Twenty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

  • The Ha-Ha Crystal, curated by Chris Fite-Wassilak, Maria Stenfors, London

  • Fine Lines, Limerick City Gallery of Art


  • Collective Histories VII, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast


  • Whathiver, Event, Temple Bar Studios, Dublin

  • Into Irish Drawing, Limerick City Gallery touring to AkkuH, Hengelo, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris


  • Fantasmata, Arge Kunst, Bozen, Italy

  • Process Room, Solo Exhibition, Artists Residency Programme, Irish Museum Of Modern Art, Dublin

  • Summer Show, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas

  • Journey to the End of the Night, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin

  • About Seeing...,., Kenworthy-Ball, Zurich

  • a situation, a situation, and a story, Solo Exhibition, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

  • The eye of the beholder, VOLTA NY, Solo Presentation, New York

  • Next Art Fair, Bea McMahon & Niamh O’Malley, Chicago

  • Chronoscope, Newman House, Dublin, World Archaeological Congress, curated by Ian Russell






  • Essay: ‘This is the situation’. Augmented Geology, KARST, Plymouth, by Lizzie Lloyd, 2017

  • Academic Article: Journal of Contemporary Painting, Volume 3, Numbers 1-2, 1 April 2017, Niamh O’Malley by Lizzie Lloyd, 2017




  • Monograph: Douglas Hyde Gallery, ‘Niamh O’Malley’ essays by John Hutchinson and Rebecca O’Dwyer, published Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin


  • Review: Artforum ‘Niamh O’Malley, Mayo, Various Venues’ by Declan Long, December, 2013

  • Monograph: ‘Niamh O’Malley’ essays by Matt Packer and Luke Gibbons, published Linenhall Arts Centre, Ireland

  • Profile: Visual Artists’ News Sheet, by Jason Oakley, Nov/Dec 2013

  • Feature: The Irish Times, O’Malley takes on Mayo: five galleries, one vision, by Aidan Dunne, Aug 30t 2013

  • Review: The Sunday Times, Culture, Niamh O’Malley, ‘Garden’ by Cristin Leach, June 23rd,

  • Review: theartblog, Niamh O’Malley; on looking and materiality’ by Andrea Kirsh,

  • Review: Billion Art Journal ‘Half Empty/ Half Full’, by James Merrigan,

  • Feature: RTE TV, John Kelly




  • Feature: Space, ‘Striking up a conversation in the memorial garden’, by Kim Yong-min, Issue 509, April 2010



  • Monograph: ‘Torch’, Niamh O’Malley, essay by Brian Dillon, design Robin Watkins, published TBGS, Dublin

  • Catalogue: ‘Chronoscope’ Catalogue, Newman House, Dublin, World Archaeological Congress



  • PhD, Split studio and theoretical research, University of Ulster, Belfast


  • BA Hons Combined Studies in Art and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast



  • Elected member of Aosdana, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland


  • The Arts Council of Ireland, Project Award


  • The Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Arts Bursary


  • Project Award, Centro Cultural Monthermoso Kulturune, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

  • The Arts Council of Ireland, New Work Project Award


  • Mayo County Council & Liam Walsh Award

  • HIAP, Helsinki International Artist in Residence Programme

  • Irish Museum of Modern Art, Artists Work Programme

  • The Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Arts Bursary


  • The Arts Council of Ireland, Commission Award (Publication)


  • Irish American Arts Awards Shortlist

  • The Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Arts Bursary


  • Firestation, Artists Residency Award, Dublin

  • The Arts Council of Ireland, Visual Arts Bursary


  • PS1 Fellowship, New York, The Arts Council, Ireland


  • The British School at Rome, Northern Irish Fellow



‘In Conversation’ July, 2020 Niamh O’Malley with Dr Sarah Hayden (University of Southampton) and Dr Daniel Cid (Winchester School of Art).

The Hoosac Institute: a curated platform for text and image,, 2020

DABF19 Book Launch: Niamh O’Malley and Claire Louise Bennett, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, 2019

Invited Speaker: Collaborative symposium ‘Borders’ with Paper Visual Art Journal and National Gallery of Ireland, 2019

Lecturer, Fine Art, Dublin Institute of Technology (TU Dublin) 2012-2018

DABF18 | Panel Discussion: Why I love libraries, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 2018

Visiting Lecturer: FH| Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences, 2018

Invited Speaker: Visual Arts Workers Forum, Glucksman Gallery Cork, UCC, VAWF, 2016

Presentation/Seminar: Artists’ Professional Development, Malahide Castle, Fingal, Visual Artists Ireland, 2016

Public Lecture: Drawing as Practice Royal Hibernian Academy, RHA Schools, 2017

Visiting Professor: Royal Academy Schools, London, 2016

Visiting Lecturer: NCAD MA Fine Art, 2017, 19

Visiting Professor, Funen Art Academy, Odense, Demark, 2013

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