Born Co Mayo, Ireland, 1975, Niamh O’Malley currently lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
O’Malley uses video, drawing, painting and sculpture, to examine ways in which we try to access the world through images. Her works often act as filters and invite us to enter the spaces between objects and places and our ideas of them. O’Malley has made numerous solo exhibitions in recent years including Bluecoat Liverpool, 2015/16, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, December 2014 –February 2015, a five venue solo show called ‘The Mayo Collaborative’ Ireland (2013), ‘Garden’, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2013) Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway (2012), ‘Model’, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2011), ‘Island’, Centre Culturel Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2010), ‘Frame, Glass, Black’ Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France (2010), ‘Echo’, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2010), ‘No Distance’, Void, Derry, Northern Ireland (2009). A selection of group exhibitions include CAG, Vancouver, KARST, Plymouth, eva International, Biennale of Visual Art, Limerick, Tulca Visual Arts Festival, Galway, Kilkenny Arts Festival, 'All Humans Do', White Box, New York and the Model, Sligo (all 2012); ‘Twenty’ Irish Museum of Modern Art, ‘The Dissolution of Time and Space’, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany, ‘The Ha-Ha Crystal’, Maria Stenfors, London (all 2011).
Her work is included in numerous private & public collections including The Hugh Lane, Dublin City Gallery, Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Arts Council of Ireland & Galleria Arte Moderna, Turin. O’Malley received a PhD in practice-led research from University of Ulster, Belfast in 2003.
Publications include, ‘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. Residency awards include Funen Art Academy, Denmark, 2014, HIAP, Helsinki & IMMA, Dublin, 2008, Firestation Artists Studios, 2005-8, International Studio Programme Residency at PS1, MoMa, 2003/04 and the Northern Irish Fellowship at The British School at Rome, 2000.