Mieke Vanmechelen is a film artist currently based between Kerry and Dublin. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, she moved to Ireland with her family as a small child and is at the centre of three generations involved in sheep farming.

Her practice dissolves boundaries between documentary and narrative-oriented film and deploys performance, place, and people as embodied investigative tools. Her films often have an ethnographic and ontological subject while drawing on intimate knowledge and lived experience.

Since 2018 Vanmechelen has been working as the Kerry Filmmaker in Residence. In 2020 she became a Creative Associate as part of the Arts Council’s Creative Schools initiative and in 2021 she joined the Department of Education, Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme.

Vanmechelen studied at Trinity College Dublin (BA, 1996) and Crawford College of Art & Design (MA, 2014).
Recent screenings include: ‘Home, Being and Belonging in Contemporary Ireland’, Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2021); CutLog Moving Image, SSA+VAS OPEN, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2021); ‘Like A Mouse’, Chicago Underground Film Festival (in partnership with Michael Holly); ‘Home from Home’, Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2020); Open Submission, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2020); CutLog Moving Image, SSA+VAS OPEN, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2020); RAGFF New York (2020). Recent awards include Kerry Filmmaker in Residence (2022), Arts Council Film Project Award (2021), FSAS Digital Media Bursary and Residency Award (2021), Arts Council Film Bursary (2020), Arts Council Professional Development Award (2020) and Kerry County Council Creative Work Development Bursary (2020).

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