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Ms Tina O'Connell

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  • Programme Director of BA Art and Psychology
  • Director of ArtLab
  • Module Convenor for Year 2 Studio, FA2S1, FA2S2, FA1SAA
  • Studio Tutor
  • PhD Supervision

Areas of interest

As Assoc. Prof in Media and Sculpture, I have for many years been involved with studio-led artistic teaching as an artist practitioner whilst undertaking longitudinal materials and technological investigations as an artistic researcher. In particular, my research-led teaching builds on my experience of identity, between sculpture and broader notions of personal and cultural memory, in relation to museums, enthusiasts collections, civic communities and increasingly, as a result of shared environmental crises.

In 2014, I founded ArtLab.  ArtLab is concerned with how we make the most of our young people’s futures by bringing a wide range of children from across different social backgrounds into contact with cutting edge art and technology projects. Projects are undertaken with students on Undergraduate courses, including Joint Honours. ArtLab has received significant internal funding for widening participation, Impact Awards (2022) and led Fine Art students engagement with Tate Moderns Tate Exchange Programme

 Tina's website 

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome research proposals on practice-based research projects in the areas of practice-based applicants whose research is in the field of sculpture, material studies and fine art. I have received teaching awards and can advise on pedagogic approaches to fine art education based on a long track record.


  • Sculpture (all BA and MA Fine Art)
  • Time-based media
  • Professional practice in Fine Art (CMS)
  • Production in sculpture


Research Projects (Selected)

  • Art as Symbiotic Activism – Ongoing
  • Destigmatising self-injury through art, Wellcome Trust – Impact Award, 2022.
  • Amstelpark Residency, Mondrian Foundation, Amsterdam, 2022.
  • Study for a Pavilion – Askeaton, Irish Arts Council Ireland, 2017.
  • All that is Data, Swiss Science Fund, 2017.
  • Speedie Telstar, TULCA, Galway, 2013.

Exhibitions (Selected)

  • Perfect Nature, Glazen Huis Gallery, Amsterdam, 2022.
  • The Long Goodbye, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2019.
  • All that is Data, Fargfabriken, Stockholm, 2017.
  • Welcome to the Neighbourhood, Askeaton, Ireland, 2017.
  • 9Events, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2016.
  • Deep Freeze, Objectif, Antwerp, Belgium,2015.
  • Transformer Gallery, Washington U.S.A, 2012.
  • Found Objects, Handel Street Projects, London.2012.

Awards and Public Commissions (Selected)


  • Mondriaan Fonds, Grant for Artists, Amsterdam, 2022.
  • Nieuw en Meer Residency, Amsterdam, 2022.
  • Washington DC Arts & Humanities, U.S.A., 2012.
  • Irish Arts Council Project Award, Ireland, 2007. 
  • Lorne Award, London, 2005.
  • Jerwood Platform, Jerwood Gallery, London, 2004.
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA Residency, Ireland,1999

Public Art Commissions

  • Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Ireland, 2017
  • Tulca, Galway, Ireland, 2013.
  • 5 X 5, Washington DC, U.S.A. 2012.
  • Werk 2010, Heidenheim, Germany, 2010.
  • Pearce Street Health Clinic, Dublin,2009.
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland,2006.
  • Centre Culturel Irelandais, Paris, France,2001.
  • The Peoples Park, Waterford, Ireland,1999.


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