Oonagh Young is a curator/gallerist and graphic designer running her own design business (Design HQ) and contemporary art gallery (Oonagh Young Gallery). She holds an MA in Visual Arts Practice as a Curator (IADT, 2006), an MA in Anglo Irish Literature and Drama (UCD, 2003), a degree in Interactive Multimedia from IADT and a diploma in Visual Communication. She recently graduated with a diploma in History of European Painting from Trinity College Dublin (2016).
Oonagh worked in Peter Owens Advertising as an Art Director, and in BFK as a senior designer before setting up Design HQ in 1997, an independent design studio working primarily within the cultural sector with clients such as IMMA, RHA, Hugh Lane Gallery. She has designed many artists’ books e.g Mick O’Dea, Amanda Coogan and Jesse Jones.
She is the founder and director of Oonagh Young Gallery, a contemporary art space exhibiting Irish and International artists, focusing on emerging or mid-career artists generally unrepresented by commercial galleries e.g. Dennis McNulty, Vittorio Santoro and Alan Phelan.
She is also interested in social-engaged artistic practice and has been awarded funding for ‘BUZZ’ comics from DCC and recently received the Making Great Art Work Award from the Arts Council with Mary Cremin for The Treeline Project for 2017.
A recipient of awards from Institute of Creative Advertising and Design, Institute of Designers in Ireland for graphic design, she has also received a number of project awards from the Arts Council. She has been on the judging panel for the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design and for the Society of Typographic Designers in Ireland student awards in 2014 and 2017.
She has been teaching Visual Communication in DIT and works as an Industry Professional for the MA in Professional Design Practice Programme at DIT. She is a director of Independent Studios and a board member of ANÚ Productions.
Mary Cremin is a curator, writer and art historian based in Dublin. She holds a degree in Art History and Geography from University College Cork and graduated with a Masters in Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin.
She is the Director, Void Gallery, Derry and was Programme Curator of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. She is the Artistic Director of The Treeline Project with Oonagh Young. As part of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture, she is the Visual Arts Programmer and is the curatorial consultant of Dublin City University Art Collection. She is a member of International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.
In 2015, she was Curator of TULCA Festival of Visual Art,Seachange, which included over 30 national and international artists. She has delivered large scale exhibitions and commissions such as Magnetism, Hazelwood Estate, Sligo, (2015), Richard Mosse, The Enclave, Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, (2013).
Prior to this she was Project Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She worked on exhibitions such as Eileen Gray, Lynda Benglis, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Garaicoa, Romuald Hazoumè, Cyprien Gaillard, Gerard Byrne, Alice Maher and Garrett Phelan and has acted as editor/ assistant editor on IMMA publications and the multi-disciplinary publication Boulevard Magenta. Curated projects at IMMA include Into the Silence of the Night, IMMA, (2015), Sidney Nolan; Ned Kelly Series(2012-2013), Garrett Phelan, off site NEW FAITH LOVELSONG (2012), Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection (2012). She has produced IMMA Summer Rising events (2016/2015/2014).
Independent Curatorial projects include Duality of Form: Caoimhe Kilfeather, Barbara Knezevic, Eleanor Duffin, Solstice Arts Centre (2016), Misadventure Seeks Rainy Afternoon: Sonia Shiel, Oonagh Young Gallery (2013/2014), Bring in the Noise, Ormston House & Limerick City Gallery (2013), LotusEater: Aoibheann Greenan, RAC (2013), More often Lost than Gained: Eleanor Duffin, RAC (2013),Lights, Camera, Action!, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2012), The Inhabitant: Martin Healy, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2011),Pilgrimage from Scattered Points: Luke Fowler, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2011), Dawning of an Aspect, Dublin (2009), Arise Ye Starvelings…, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin (2008), Sonic Youth, Dublin and Wallace Gallery, New York, (2008), Sheltering Daydreams, New York (2007) as part of House Projects, Eoin McHugh: Drawings, Dublin (2007), From Where I Stand, Cork (2006).