Miriam McConnon

Miriam McConnon

Miriam McConnon was born in 1977 in Dublin, Ireland. She graduated from the National School of Fine Arts of Ireland in 1999 with a BA in Painting. In 2000 she completed a postgraduate Diploma at the Cyprus College of Art in Lempa, Cyprus.

Miriam’s work deals with themes such as the displacement of people due to war and the personal narratives of conflict and the struggle of a refugee to establish a safe home after a war.

In 2012, she was selected as one of the artists to participate in the 5th Biennale of Beijing and the VIII Biennale of drawing in Pilsen, Czech Republic. In September 2012 she created the outdoor installation ‘To Megalo Tama’ at the site of Agia Solomona in Paphos, Cyprus and the ‘Touring Tama’ in Ireland (2013) for the EU Presidency from both countries. In Autumn 2015 she was selected for the second time at the Beijing Biennale.

In Spring 2016 Miriam coordinated the bi-community project Common Ground for Paphos 2017, European Capital of Culture. Children from Kyrenia and Paphos participated in this project. The related documentary of the Common Ground project has  been screened at various film festivals abroad, such as New York, Santa Fe, Athens, Delhi, Alexandria, etc.

In 2017 she participated in the Cementography Project for Paphos 2017 where she created an outdoor Public Project in Paphos. In the same year, she created the indoor public installation “The House of Letters”.

In 2018 she participated in the Larnaca Biennale and in 2019 he participated in Eco Art 2019 with the well-known curator Hermann Pitz.

In 2020 she participated in Sculpture in Context in Dublin and the annual exhibition at the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast.

In 2021 she participated in the London Biennale and the annual exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland. Her solo exhibition of ‘Domestic Resistance’ took place at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin, Ireland in June 2021.

In 2022, Miriam created the outdoor installation Lost Lace in Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. The project was a collaboration with poet Jessica Traynor and was a tribute to the 10,000 lives lost to Covid 19 in Ireland. The project was funded by the Dublin City Arts Office and the Office of Public Works, Ireland.

In 2023 Miriam received funding awards from The arts Council of Ireland and The fingal Arts Office for her upcoming solo exhibitions The Refugee’s Armour which will take place in Dublin, Ireland  at the Olivier Cornet Gallery (September 2023) and in Nicosia, Cyprus at the Diatopos Centre for Contemporary Art  (November 2023).

Miriam has had group and solo exhibitions in Ireland, New York, London and Cyprus.

Miriam’s works are in public and private collections in Ireland, Australia, America, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Great Britain, Greece and Cyprus.

Also, in the Municipal Galleries of Nicosia and Limassol and in the collections of the Bank of Cyprus, EAC and Central Bank of Cyprus. Also in the Irish State Collection (OPW), and Barclays Bank, Ireland.

Miriam lives and works in Cyprus. She is represented in Ireland by Olivier Cornet Gallery and in Cyprus by Diatopos Gallery.