Incognito at Art Number 23
My painting Alias has been selected for Incognito at Art Number 23, The Biscuit Factory, Bermondsey. PV Friday 23rd February.


Lass Struggle, Institute of Education, UCL, London
I have 4 paintings in the exhibition ‘Lass Struggle’  at the FiLia, Feminism in London Conference running at The Institute of Education, UCL, London on the 14th and 15th of October.

Lass Struggle Poster

There is also a fantastic schedule of performance throughout the show:

Filia Performance Publicity


New Studio at Cell Projects, Clapton
Moved into a new studio at Cell projects in Clapton.



Summer Exhibition at Boundary Road Gallery, London
My painting ‘Nora’ has been selected for The Summer Exhibition at Boundary Road Gallery, Studio 3 Arts, London. Exhibition Launch and Summer Garden Party on Saturday 17th of June, 12 -6pm.

boundary road gallery


Nasty Women, Artworks Artspace, Cambridge
I have a painting in the show Nasty Women at Cambridge Artworks runing 21 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017. A group show, part of a global art movement demonstrating solidarity among artists in the face of threats to roll back women’s , individuals, LGBTQ, refugee and immigrant rights.

This exhibition is a fundraiser. All art will be for sale, %100 of proceeds will go Cambridge Women’s Aid, Corona House and Cambridge Rape Crisis.

'Repeal the 8th Ammendment' painting by Lisa O'Donnell

nasty women poster


Daro Warehouse Studio
New studio at Daro Warehouse, Hackney Wick



Poetry Ireland Review
My work has been featured on the cover and throughout Poetry Ireland Review Issue 118: The Rising Generation



Models for Movers, solo exhibition at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University

Please join us for the opening of Models for Movers a solo exhibition by Lisa O’Donnell at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University on Thursday December 3rd at 7pm. The exhibition coincides with the launch of the 25th anniversary edition of the book Models for Movers a groundbreaking collection of Irish women’s oral histories spanning three waves of emigration to America, by oral historian Íde B. O’Carroll. On the evening there will also be a performance by Irish actor Maeve O’Mahony. Please RSPV at

 This exhibition has been generously supported by Galway County Council Arts Office and Culture Ireland. NYU Exhibition Invitation


T R A S A T L A N T A C H A at Clifden Arts Festival

Lisa O’Donnell & Maeve D’Arcy – T R A S A T L A N T A C H A

 Friday 18th – Saturday 26th of September 11am – 6pm

This exhibition brings together two artists from both sides of the Atlantic. Exploring their combined interests and experiences of Irish immigration and diaspora, Galway-born Lisa O’Donnell and native New Yorker Maeve D’Arcy’s work approaches the subject from two different artistic perspectives and geographical locations. This show has traveled from New York where it was exhibited at The New York Irish Arts Center during their Spring 2015 season.

This project has been generously supported by Galway County Council Arts’s Office.

Installation views:

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Fold gallery postcard show

I am exhibiting a painting in Postcard at Fold Gallery in conjunction with ArtBox London which benefits people with learning disabilities. For more information on the exhibition please see FAD Magazine’s article here.

Private View: Thursday 20th August 6 – 9PM
Exhibition Open: Friday 21st to Thursday 27th August 3 – 6PM
Closing Night: Thursday 27th August 6 – 9PM

Fold gallery postcard show install view Fold gallery postcard show

My painting top row second from the right.


An artist in new surroundings, The Irish Echo
I wrote an article about my time in New York for The Irish Echo.


#Working, Kathryn Markel Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York
I’m showing work in #working a group show at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Gallery in Bridgehampton, that features artists based in New York, LA, and London. The show explores what it means to be a working artist in the contemporary art world. It invites the viewer to contemplate the lives of working artists. The title references the relevance of social media and branding oneself within the art world, and suggests to the viewer that the process of making work and presenting/showing it to an audience is a multifaceted task. #working is curated by NYC based visual artist Maeve D’Arcy.

Opening Reception Saturday February 14th 6-9pm

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T R A S A T L A N T A C H A at The Irish Arts Centre, New York
T R A S A T L A N T A C H A, a two person show with Maeve D’Arcy opens on February 3rd at the Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51 St., New York. On the opening evening there will be an artists talk with Jonathan Goodman, a professor of  Fine Art at The Pratt Institute. The show runs until April 30th. Gallery viewings by appointment Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 212-757-3318.

The show has been made possible through generous support from the Galway County Council Arts Bursaries.



Artribune article
Thanks to New York based curator Alessandro Facente for highlighting my work when he was interviewed for Artribune.

Link to article


Layers of Response, New York Artist Residency and Studio Foundation, Brooklyn
The New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation is pleased to present Layers of Response, an exhibition celebrating the new work and associated exchange of the NARS Residency Artists created during the past six months. The exhibition features selections from the work of 2014 Season III & IV Residency Artists: Jennifer Grimyser, Mariana Jandova & Tony Cran, Chaegang Jeon, Sandra Lapage, Jimmy Nuttall, Lisa O’Donnell, Carolina Paz, Carlos Pileggi, Karolina Sulich, Denise Treizman, and Claudia Weber.

layers of response


Weekend Exhibition in Brooklyn
With various artists invited to send works/givings from Australia and other parts of the globe, a sun filled lounge-room in Prospect Lefferts Garden, Brooklyn will facilitate a Friday and Saturday afternoon exhibition ‘Mr President, there are three things guaranteed in life. We will all die at some stage, each day the sun will set, and it will rise again tomorrow. Today is just one of those days’.

My painting Flag has been selected for the show and the show has been curated by Jimmy Nuttall.

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Curatism: The Gam#1, curated by Alessandro Facente, NARS, New York
I’m participating in a panel discussion at the NARS gallery on November 22nd as part of curator Alessandro Facente’s project The Gam.



NARS Residency, Brooklyn, New York
I’m delighted to be participating in the NARS international residency program in Brooklyn, New York from September 2014 – December 2014. My participation has been generously supported by a Galway County Council Artist Bursary.


Studio at NARS:



Tyrone Guthrie Residency Award

Thanks to Galway County Council Arts office for The Tyrone Guthrie Residency Award. I’ve just finished a very productive 2 week residency.

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Chocolate factory studio
New studio with Collage Arts at The Chocolate Factory, Woodgreen

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Mnemonic Ensemble, Clifden Arts Festival, Clifden, Ireland

My solo exhibition ‘Mnemonic Ensemble’ opens at Clifden Arts Festival on September 20th. Closing reception September 28th 6 – 7pm.



Cyclical Narrative, The Art Shed, Hackney, London

As part of A Bigger Picture Project my solo show ‘Cyclical Narratives’ curated by Paula Cruz & Gowri Balasegaram opens on September 5th. Private view 5:30-9pm. The show runs until 23 November 2013.

Press release


A Terrestrial Cutting and Assemblage II at Netil House, London
My video Slip has been selected for A Terrestrial Cutting and Assemblage curated by Eliza Swan.

eliza curated show


Central Saint Martins MA Show, Kings Cross, London
Our Masters Degree show will take place at Central Saint Martins main building in Kings Cross from May 25th – May 28th, 2013.

CSM Show Flyer


Irish Post Article

Thanks to the Irish Post editor Siobhan Breatnach for the feature on my work.

Irish post article june 2013


We Wear Short Shorts, curated by MART for Irish Film Festival London
My video Slip has been selected for We Wear Short Shorts, curated by MART for 2012 Irish Film Festival, London. The video works will be show at The Riverside Studios, Hammersmith. The screening will also be shown at MART, Dublin for Culture Night 2013.

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KT Contemporary at VUE Art Fair Dublin
Showing work at VUE art fair in Dublin with KT Contemporary gallery. Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Pl Dublin Fri 11am-6.30pm, Sat 11am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm Fri-Sun



The Irish Times, Painting Is Not Dead, It’s Just Hard, by Gemma Tipton
My work has been featured in the Irish Times article ‘Painting Is Not Dead, It’s Just Hard’, by Gemma Tipton.

irish times article August 2012


Marathon Irish Cultural Event | July 5th – Sept 16th

Dialogue Cultural Space, 43A Vyner Street London E29DQ

Marathon Irish is an event that celebrates Irish culture through the medium of the creative arts. The events run for a period of two months, starting with a group exhibition on July 5th 2012 which exhibited some of today’s finest contemporary Irish artists, musicians, thinkers and cultural creators. Participating artists include: Caoimhe Kilfeather, David Quinn, Aoife Barrett, Perry Ogden, Jinx Lennon, Mark Corcoran, Selma Makela, Wendy Judge, Michael Coleman, Philip Casey, Niall Mc Cormack, John Stephenson, Liam Ryan, Candice Gordon, Maud in Cahoots, Jennifer Kidd, Lisa O Donnell, Limerick Printmakers, Mary Donnelly, Alannah Robins, Sheila Rennick, McDermott & McGough, Noel O Grady, Chris Doris, Paula & Mark Sutherland and Joby Hickey


Culture Cloud, New Art Exchange, Nottingham
My painting Behind The Line has been shortlisted for the Culture Cloud award.

Culture cloud


Make The Eighties The Decade Of Endeavour, KTcontemporary, DublinMake the Eighties the Decade of Endeavor, oil on gesso paper, 26cm x 24cm, 2012
I’m exhibiting a new collection of paintings, polaroids and a video as part of Make The Eighties the Decade of Endeavor at KT Contemporary, Dublin. The opening reception is Thursday 7th June, 2012.
Culture cloud

Make the Eighties the Decade of Endeavor, oil on gesso paper, 26cm x 24cm, 2012


Central Saint Martins Interim Show, V22 Bermondsey, London
Our Masters interim show will take place at V22 in The Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey. An exhibition of works from the First Year MA Fine Art students at Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design, curated by students and staff at CSM.



Female Irish Artists at Five Years Gallery, London
Presenting three paintings at Five Years Gallery as part of Female Irish Artists curated by Kelly O’Connor and Fiona Witty.

Five years gallery, Female Irish Artists


# 3, Concourse Gallery, Byam Shaw Building, London
Showing work at #3 in the Concourse Gallery at the Byam Shaw Building, Central Saint Martins, London.



Collective Consciousness at Galway Arts Centre 29 July – 27 August 2011
My work is part of Collective Consciousness at Galway Arts Centre 29 July – 27 August. The exhibition is a celebration of 25 years of the artist run studio Artspace which I am a member of.

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Review of the exhibiton in Visual Artists Ireland


Manifest, Kinsale Arts Week
Curated by Katie Tsouros from KT Contemporary Gallery, my work has been selected for Manifest at Kinsale Arts Festival. The exhibition runs from July 9th to 17th.



What are you thinking? at The Niland Gallery
My work has been selected by Austin Ivers for What are you thinking? A group show of Adapt Members at The Niland Gallery Galway. 14 April – 7 May 2011


Art Now at KT Contemporary, as part of Dublin Contemporary 2011
I’m showing work at Art Now in KT Contemporary, part of the Dublin Contemporary program. The show has been reviewed in Le Cool, Dublin.

Art Now Le Cool, Dublin


Interstice, Artspace Studios Galway at Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm
I’m taking part in Interstice with Artspace Studios Galway at Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm.

The work we present will not be for sale but available for free to the person that offers each artist the most compelling email explaining why they want it.



Now represented by KT Contemporary Gallery, Dublin
I am now represented by KT Contemporary Gallery, Dublin. The inaugural show opens on December 3rd.



New studio at Art Space
Happy to have a new studio at  Arts Space studios.



Put A Lid On It at Galway Arts Centre

Exhibiting work at Galway Arts Centre for the exhibition Put A Lid On. The opening is on Tuesday 23rd November at 6pm and the show runs until Saturday 27th.

Lisa O'Donnell, Striped Mini

Striped Mini, mixed media in a glass jar, 2010


Assemblage, Clifden Community Arts Festival
Exhibition of recent graduates from The Centre for Creative Arts and Media. I curated the show with generous financial support from Galway County Council Arts Office. Opening reception on Friday 17th September by Dorothy Cross. Exhibition runs: 17th – 25th September.



Occupy Paper, issue 1, Graduate Special
Occupy paper from Occupy Gallery has featured my work in their graduate special.

Occupy Paper, Issue 1
Occupy Paper, Issue 1, Lisa O_Donnell


Installation shots from BA degree show

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Degree Show at Cluain Mhuire

Our Graduate Degree Show opens on June 5th. The show will be opened by Noel Kelly CEO of Visual Artists Ireland.



Ealaíon At Lunasa at Galway Arts Centre
My painting Under The Red Sky has been selected for Ealaíon At Lunasa at Galway Arts Centre. The exhibition runs from July 30th to August 29th.

1.Under the red lit sky, 2009, 122cmx152.5cm, oil on canvas.

Under the red lit sky, oil on canvas, 122cm x 152.5cm, 2009


Press coverage in The Galway Advertiser