Lisa O’Donnell (b.1986) in an Irish artist, researcher and educator currently based in London. Her practice and research focuses on how painting can interpret historical documentation with a feminist methodology. Her ongoing PhD project which she is completing at the Royal College of Art explores ‘contemporary history painting’ in order to make visible feminist interpretations of 20th century Irish women’s history. She is currently a tutor on a  Foundation Art and Design course which is a pathway course for the University of Westminster and has been a visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Art and Atlantic Technology University.



2019 – Present, Part-time PhD, Royal College of Art, London

2011 – 2013, MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, London

2006 – 2010, BA Fine Art, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology


Solo Exhibitions

2022 The View from Elsewhere, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin

2021, Histrionics, Anderson Contemporary, London

2019, Stranded, The House of St Barnabas, London

2015, Models For Movers, New York University, New York

2013, Cyclical Narrative, The Art Shed, Hackney, London

2013, Mnemonic Ensemble, Clifden Arts Festival, Clifden


Two Person Exhibitions

2015, T R A S A T L A N T A C H A, Clifden Arts festival, Ireland

2015, T R A S A T L A N T A C H A, The Irish Arts Centre, New York


Selected Group Exhibitions

2022, Unruly Encounters, Southwark Park – Lake Gallery, London

2021, Everywoman Biennale, Copeland Gallery, London

2020, 2084, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

2018, Incognito, Art Number 23, London

2017, Lass Struggle, Institute of Education, UCL, London

2017, Nasty Women, Artworks Artspace, Cambridge

2015, #Working, Kathryn Markel Gallery – Bridgehampton, New York

2014, Layers of Response, New York Artist Residency and Studio Foundation, Brooklyn

2012, Marathon Irish, Dialogue Gallery, London

2012, Culture Cloud, New Art Exchange, Nottingham

2012, Female Irish Artists, Five Years Gallery, London

2011, Art Now, KTcontemporary, Dublin

2011, Collective Consciousness, Galway Arts Centre, Galway

2011, Manifest, Kinsale Arts Week

2011, Somewhere, KTcontemporary, Dublin

2010, Inaugural Exhibition, KTcontemporary, Dublin

2010, Put A Lid On It, Galway Arts Centre, Galway

2010, Assemblage, Clifden Community Arts Festival, Co.Galway

2009, Ealani on At Lunasa, Galway Arts Centre, Galway


Awards & Residencies

2020, British Association of Irish Studies postgraduate bursary prize

2019, 2-year subsidised studio, Carpenter Wharf Studios, London

2015, Culture Ireland Travel grant to present an exhibition at NYU

2015, Individual Artist Bursary from Galway County Council

2015, Galway County Council, Tyrone Guthrie Residency Award

2014, New York Artist and Residency Foundation – 3 months

2014, Individual Artist Bursary from Galway County Council

2013, Galway County Council, Tyrone Guthrie Residency Award

2012, Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training award

2011, Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training award



2021, The Irish Independent, ‘Art: Breaking the glass ceiling and seeing stars’ by Niall MacMonagle

2016, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 118 : The Rising Generation

2012, The Irish Times, ‘Painting Is Not Dead, It’s Just Hard’  by Gemma Tipton