Mandy O’Neill (1968) is an Irish visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Her practice is informed by photographic and textual response to people within the context of environment. Many of her projects have seen her engaged with people in settings such as, schools, Youthreach centers, boxing clubs, men’s sheds, financial institutions and government bodies. In the last number of years she has undertaken a number of extended artist residencies, including Larkin Community College Dublin 1 and The Digital Hub Dublin 8.

She has an MA in Public Culture Studies from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin and a BA in Photography from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including National Gallery of Ireland, Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin, VISUAL Carlow, Center Cultural Paris, CFEVA Philadelphia, Draíocht Dublin, PhotoEspana, Hamburg Triennale of Photography and the European Month of Photography Berlin.  She has been shortlisted for the Hennessy and Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and in 2018 was the winner of the Zurich Portrait Prize 2018 at eh National Gallery of Ireland. Her images are held in public and private collections. She has received grants from the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland. Recent commissions include a Public Art installation at Gaelscoil Bharra Primary School, Dublin, the Central Bank of Ireland, The Digital Hub, and the National Gallery of Ireland.

She is currently exhibiting her solo show Quiet at the Back, at the Gallery of Photography Ireland.

Instagram: @photomando7

Contact: oneill.mandy2@gmail.com


2019 Quiet at the Back,Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

2019 Champions Avenue, Public Art piece, Larkin Community College, Dublin 1

2019 The Digital Hub Artist in Residence Exhibition, The Digital Exchange, Crane Lane, Dublin 8

2018 Promise, permanent installation of Public Art Commission at Gaelscoil Bharra Primary School, Dublin 7

2014 Promise, PhotoIreland Festival

2010 Exhale Alliance Francaise, Kildare St, Dublin 2


2018-2019 Zurich Portrait Prize Exhibition, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2

2018 Promise, Jack and Jill Foundation Annual Exhibition, Solomon Gallery, Dublin 2

2018 Girlhood, Hermoine Annual Exhibition, Alexandra College, Dublin 6

2017 Nasty Women, Pallas Projects, The Coombe, Dublin 8

2017 ‘School Portraits’, Draoicht Gallery Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

2017 New Irish WorksPlural 17 – International Center of Photography and Cinema, Madrid

2016 ‘Promise’, with photographer Daragh Soden at The Library Project, Dublin 2. In association with PhotoIreland Festival this was also the launch of a small monograph of the ‘Promise’ project

2016 New Irish Works , PhotoEspana

2016 New Irish Works at Center Culturel Irlandais, Paris - as part of Paris Photo 2016

2016 New Irish Works, Library Project Dublin 2

2016 Eigse Arts Festival, Visual Center for Contemporary Art, Carlow

2016 Landskrona Festival, Sweden

2016 RHA Annual Show Dublin

2015-2016 Hennessy Portrait Prize’ National Gallery of Ireland.

2015 Eigse Arts Festival, Visual Center for Contemporary Art, Carlow

2015 PhotoIreland Festival, 'Kindofliketelephone' Artbox, Dublin

2015 'Greetings from Ireland' PhotoIreland Festival

2015 RHA Annual Show, Dublin

2014-2015 Shortlisted for‘Hennessy Portrait Prize’ National Gallery of Ireland.

2014 ‘Greetings from Ireland’ The Library Project in association with PhotoIreland Festival.

2014 'Promise' PhotoIreland Festival

2014 'Kindofliketelephone' Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2013 'New Irish Works' - Paris Photo

2013 'New Irish Works' - Unseen Photography Festival Amsterdam

2013 'New Irish Works' - London Irish Centre

2013 'New Irish Works' - PhotoIreland Festival 2013 - TACTIC Cork

2013 Belfast Photography Festival

2012 'Interchange' - Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2012 ‘Family Dynamics’ Kat Keirnan Gallery, Virginia, US

2011 Royal Anthropology Institute London.

2010 PhotoIreland Festival. ‘The thing that bruises you’

2009 Rua Red, Dublin.

2009 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Show 2009

2008 Gallery of Photography 30 Contemporary Collection

2008 ‘After All’. Sligo Art Gallery in association with Hugh Lane Gallery.

2008 European Month of Photography. Irish Embassy, Berlin. ‘Ireland
An Insiders View’ - in assoc with Gallery of Photography

2008 Les Rencontres d’Arles. France. ‘Ireland, An Insiders View’ - in assoc with Gallery of Photography

2007 IONTAS Sligo Art Gallery

2006 Peacock Theatre ‘Young Contemporaries at the Peacock’. 2006

2006 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Show

2006 Pale Space Gallery, Thomas St Dublin 8

 2005 National Photographic Archive, Dublin 2

2004 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Show


2017 'Practice and Process' National College of Art and Design, Dublin

2016 'The Art of Photography' The Darkroom, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

2016 'Evolution of a Project' Griffith College BA in Photography

2016 'Evolution of a Practice/Project)' National College of Art and Design, Dublin

2015 RHA Annual show - The Art of Photography with Amelia Stein

2013 'Process and Practice Development' - Crawford College of Art, Cork

2012 'Exhale' - Center for Emerging Visual Artists - Philadelphia, US


2019 Nomination for Deutsche Borse Photography Prize

2019 Nomination for Prix Pictet Prize

2018 Winner of Zurich Portrait Prize – National Gallery of Ireland

2018 YPCE Bursary – Arts Council of Ireland

2017 YPCE Bursary – Arts Council of Ireland

2016 Bank of Ireland Student of the year award

2015 Hennessy Portrait Award -  Finalist

2014 Hennessy Portrait Award – Finalist

2014 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards Finalist

2012 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards (3rd Edition) Finalist

2012 Culture Ireland Grant

2007 Visual Arts Bursary (Arts Council)

2005 Primary Colour Award for Best Use of Contemporary


DIT Faculty of Arts Collection, The Digital Hub, Gaelscoil Bharra Cabra, Larkin Community College and various private collectors.


2017 Central Bank of Ireland Art Commission - curator Valerie Connor


2019 Irish Times – Visual Arts review – Aidan Dunne

2018 Sunday Times Magazine: Zurich Portrait Prize

2018 RTE News: Zurich Portrait Prize

2018 Independent Newspaper: Zurich Portrait Prize

2018 Irish Times, Aidan Dunne: Zurich Portrait Prize

2017 Babylon Radio – Review: School Portraits exhibition, Draíocht Gallery

2016 Jeune Magazine - Central St Martins Student Publication (Youthreach Project)

2016 Cada Dia un Fotografo, Spain (Promise)

2016 Clavoardiendo Magazine, Spain (Promise)

2015 Sunday Times Culture Magazine - Review Hennessy Portrait Prize 2015

2015 Phosmag (Exhale)

2014 RTE2, The Works,  (Hennessy Portrait Prize)

2014 RTE, 6 One News (Hennessy Portrait Prize)

2014 Vulgo (Promise)

2014 National Gallery of Ireland website (Hennessy Portrait Prize)

2014 PhotoMonitor (Feature – Promise)

2014 Metro Herald (Hennessy Portrait Prize)

2014 Sunday Times Magazine (Hennessy Portrait Prize)

2014 Northside People Newspaper (Promise)

2014 Dundrum Gazette Newspaper (Promise)

2013 Independent Newspaper Magazine (Feature - New Irish Works)

2013 Totally Dublin Magazine (feature New Irish Works)

2013 New Irish Works (Book)

2012 Prism Photography Magazine issue 3 (Every Second Friday)

2012 Super Massive Black Hole Magazine (Tradition Keepers and Delight Makers)

2012 Family Dynamics catalogue published by Blurb (Every Second Friday)

2011 F-Stop Magazine. Issue No. 48. (Every Second Friday)

2009 Sunday Tribune. (Exhale)


Artist in Residence, Larkin Community College, Champions Avenue, Dublin 1

September 2017- May 2019

Artist in Residence, The Digital Hub, Dublin 8

July 2018- March 2019

Artist in Residence, Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabra, Dublin 7