Siobhán McDonald

Artist Statement

Siobhán McDonald is an artist in residence in the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin (2017-2019) working with world-leading research facilities such as The European Space Agency (ESA); The JRC European Commission and The European Research Council to explore ecology in light of current ecological concerns. Across these research labs, she pursues knowledge to ask questions about the structure and history of the earth. Her art practice calls on notions of what is still unknown to science, exploring the Anthropocene and the recent consequences of our treatment of nature. She is interested in the changeable nature of landmass, historical events and their interconnection to time. In her studio, she works with a diverse group including historians and scientists. Her works manifest in many forms including painting, drawing, film and sound.

Artist Biography

Siobhan McDonald holds a Masters in Visual Arts Practices from IADT. In 2018 she received the Trinity Creative Challenge Award from Trinity College Dublin. In 2017 she received a Bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland and was the recipient of a Creative Ireland Award and a Culture Ireland, GB18 2018 award.

Recent and upcoming shows include Hidden Monuments, Limerick City Art Gallery, 2019; The Dutchese Museum, Dresden Shine-on-me; When plants remember; The National Trust-Fox Talbot Museum, UK, 2018; Disappearing Worlds, Taylor Galleries 2018; Crystalline, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2017; A Change in the Signal, Highlanes, Ireland, 2017; Core, The Historic Seismic Museum, Germany,2013; Seism, The Dock Carrick-on-Shannon, 2012; Eye of the Storm, The Galway Arts Centre, 2012; Rhythm, The Drawing Project, IADT, 2012; Moon; Messenger, Vangard Gallery, Cork, 2007; The Royal Hibernian Gallery, Dublin, 2000.

McDonald is represented in many collections, both public and private, in Ireland and America such as Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland, The Ulster Museum and University College Dublin. Her projects are supported by The Institute of Physics, Culture Ireland, The Arts Council and The European Research Council.


2011 MA in Visual Arts Practice, Dun Laoghaire, Institute of Art and Design, Dublin

1995 BA (honours) Degree in Art and Design University of Ulster at Belfast

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Monuments for the future, Limerick City Gallery, Ireland

2019 North Star, European Space Agency, Holland

2018 When plants remember, The Henry Fox Talbot Museum, UK

2017 Crystalline, Highlanes Gallery, Ireland

2017 Somewhere in the Future, Catherine Hammond Gallery, Ireland

2017 Crystalline, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

2014Aimsir, The O’Brien Centre for Science, University College, Dublin

2013 Core, The Historic Seismic Museum, Germany

2012 Seism, The Dock Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland

2012 Eye of the Storm, The Galway Arts Centre

2012 Rhythm, The Drawing Project, IADT, Dublin, Ireland

2011 Silent Sound II, The Joinery, Dublin

2011 Silent Sound I, The Catherine Hammond Gallery, West Cork, Ireland

2009 Ash and Ether, The Cross Gallery, Dublin

2008 Shroud, Clodagh Gallery, New York

2007 Sojourn, The Catherine Hammond Gallery, West Cork, Ireland

2007 Messenger, Vangard Gallery, Cork

2006 Threshold, Cross Gallery, Dublin

2000 Moon, The Royal Hibernian Gallery, Dublin

1998 Molecule, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

Selected Awards

2017 The Trinity Creative Award, Trinity College Dublin

2017 Bursary Award by Arts Council Ireland

2017 Culture Ireland Award: Imagining Ireland in the UK 2018

2016 The European Research Council

2016 Travel and Training Award, Arts Council Ireland

2016 Awarded 4 week residency at Centre Culturel Irlandaise, Summer 2017

2015 Awarded BAI Sound and Vision, RTÉ lyric fm. Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s

2015 Awarded Public Art Commission, The School of Environmental Science, UCD,

2015 Institute of Physics, Dublin

2015 Culture Ireland Award 2015, Exhibition at Connect Festival, Oslo

2015 Travel and Training Award, Arts Council Ireland

2014 Travel and Training Award, Arts Council Ireland

2014 Short-listed for the Golden Fleece Award

2013 Dublin City Council: The Tyrone Guthrie Award

2013 Short-listed for a Project Award, Arts Council of Ireland

2013 Awarded The O’Brien Centre for Science, Public Art Commission

2013 Awarded Associate AIR Residency, University College Dublin

2012 Bursary Award, Arts Council of Ireland

2012 UCD Science Artist in Residence Award

2012 DIT Dublin, Project Space Award

2011 Travel and Training, Arts Council Award

2008 Culture Ireland Award 2008, Solo Show New York

2006 Professional Artist Award, Arts Council Ireland

1998 Travel and Training Award, Arts Council Ireland


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Plants and People, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Germany

2018 Shine on Me The Sun and Us. Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Germany

2016 Imago Mundi Project, Luciano Benetton exhibited Internationally. Curated by Ciara Gibbons and Sean Kissane.

2015 Deep Songs, Connect Festival, in collaboration with Susan Stinger, Oslo

2015 Continuum, Live Performance The Lab Gallery, collaboration Oswiecim dancer, Emma O’Hare

2015 Welcome Disturbances, The Lab Gallery, Dublin

2014 Elemental, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

2014 The Annual RHA exhibition, Invited Artist

2014 The Boyle Arts Festival, Invited Artist

2013 Taylor Galleries 'Winter Group show'

2013 Taylor Galleries, VUE National Contemporary Art Fair at the RHA

2013 The Fenderensky Gallery, Belfast, "Les Fleures Du Mal" Invited Artist

2012 Taylor Gallery, Dublin winter show

2012 Taylor Gallery, VUE National Contemporary Art Fair, 

2012 Taylor Gallery, summer group show

2011 Birr Arts Festival, Invited Artist

2011 The Lab, Dublin ‘Public Gesture'

2010 The Fenderensky Gallery, Belfast

2010 The Wexford Arts Festival

2010 The Lab, Dublin ‘Pirate Capital’

2010 Pallas Contemporary Projects, summer group show

2009 Flora FairBairn, London

2009 Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Ireland, Invited Artist

2008 RHA Annual Exhibition

2007 Pallas Heights, Dublin

2007 The Vangard Gallery, Summer Show, Cork

Public Art Commissions

2017 Creative Ireland

2016 Bank of Ireland, New York

2016 The School of Biology and Environmental science, University College Dublin

2014 The O’Brien Centre for Science, University College Dublin


Allied Irish Bank

Bank of Ireland

University College Dublin

University of Ulster

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Four Seasons Hotel Group

Price Waterhouse Cooper

The Office Public Works

Bord Gáis

Reviews and Articles


2016     Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. Summer 2016

2016     The European Space Agency, Amsterdam. June 2016

2015     The Arctic Circle Residency, The North Pole, July 2015

2014     University College Dublin, College of Science, 'Artist in Residence' 2013-2016

2012     The Historical Seismic Observatory of Emil Wiechert, Germany DIT College, Dublin

2011     SIM Residency, Iceland, Summer 2011

2010    The Vangard Residency, West Cork


Lectures, Presentations, Panels

2018 “In this brief time: art, environment and ecology” 24th November: Trinity College Dublin: Speakers John Gerrard, Vivienne Dick, Clare Langan, Siobhan McDonald, Deirdre O’Mahony:

2018 “Post-Brexit, the Black Pig’s Dyke” Artist talk: A Creative Ireland Commission - Artist: Siobhan McDonald. The Market House, Monaghan

2017 TEDx presents Siobhan McDonald

2016 Royal Geographic Society, The Nexus of Art and Geography: practice as research

2016 Selected presenter at Feeding the Insatiable: a creative summit. November 9-11, 2016.  

2015 Artist Talk, Expedition 2016 - A conference as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2015.  Venue: CHQ Building. Date, October 2nd 2015.

2015: Artist talk, Explorations of Light, The Science Gallery

2015: Artist talk, The Science Festival, IFI, Dublin

2015: Artist Lecture, Re-enacting Atmospheres, with Prof. Jenny McElwain, UCD, Dublin

2015: Artist talk and presentation, Arctic Circle Residency, The North Pole

2014: Visiting Artist lecture, Weather, The School of Architecture, and UCD

2013: Artist talk, Science Expression, The Light House

2013: Visiting Artist Lecture with Professor Chris Bean, Tunneling Art and Physics, UCD,

2012: Artist talk with curator Aoife Tunney, Eye of the Storm, The Galway Arts Centre

2012 Artist talk, Seism, talk with Katherine Waugh: The Dock, Leitrim

2011:Artist talk, SIM Residency, Iceland

Siobhán McDonald
Artist in Residence
The School of Biological and Environmental Science
Room 103, Science Centre West
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4

Siobhán McDonald
Museum Building
School of Natural Sciences
Trinity College, the University of Dublin,
Dublin 2,