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 Science Gallery Dublin Science Gallery Dublin: Future Breath

  • 2019 North Star, European Space Agency, Netherlands

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

  • 2018 When Plants remember,, UK

  • 2018 Disappearing Worlds, Solo show. Taylor Galleries, Dublin

  • 2017 Crystalline, Highlanes Gallery, Ireland

  • 2017 Crystalline, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

  • 2014 Aimsir, 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

  • 2008 Shroud, Clodagh Gallery, New York

Selected Awards


Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019 Volta, Basel 2019

    2019 Les Beaux Arts, Brussels: European Commission

  • 2019 Of 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: Sean Kissane.

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

  • 2015 Continuum, Live Performance The Lab Gallery

  • 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

Public Art Commissions


  • Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, University College Dublin, University of Ulster, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Four Seasons Hotel Group, PwC, The Office of Public Works, An Bord Gáis

Reviews and Articles


  • 2019 European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy

  • 2017 Trinity College Dublin, The School of Natural Sciences, 2018

  • 2017 The European Space Agency, October 2017

  • 2016 Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. Summer 2016

  • 2016 The Henry Fox Talbot Museum, UK, 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


Lectures, Presentations, Panels

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,