Emma Mahony, Dr.

National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland

Emma Mahony’s research is situated in the interstitial spaces between the fields of contemporary art, spatial practice, curatorial studies, radical pedagogy and activism. It focuses on investigating how critical institutionalism and spatial practices can resist and rewrite the neoliberalisation of the public art sector in Europe. Her SPACEX research will examine how thepractices and principles of commoning engendered by marginalised groups, can proactively shape how public cultural institutions deliver and manage their programmes, operational structures, day-to-day activities, collections and archives. She is the Course Leader for the BA in Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin where she also works as a lecturer in the School of Visual Culture. She sits on the editorial board of Art & the Public Sphere journal. From 2004-8 she was Exhibition Curator for Hayward Touring, Southbank Centre, London. She is currently co-editing a Routledge Companion on Spatial Practice and the Urban Commons with Mel Jordan, Andy Hewitt and Socrates Stratis (2025).

Secondment destination:
Van Abbe Museum


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