collaboration, Exhibitions, Film, Performance, Presentations, Projects, residency

Cruinniú na nÓg

Saturday June 23rd has been established this year under the Creative Ireland programme as a national day of creativity for children and young people.
Cruinniú na nÓg will be an annual all-island public event that celebrates creativity in young people.

As part of this day of creativity Kerry’s Writer in Residence and Filmmaker in Residence will be coming together for Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 at the School House in Muckross on June 23rd to present a special series of events.

Wild at Heart


Film Screening



collaboration, Desperate Artwives, Exhibitions, Film, moving image, Performance, Projects

Nothing Further


Desperate Artwives in collaboration with Leyden Gallery are launching a new series of events starting on Friday 27th April 2018. These multisciplinary evenings aim at exploring the work of women artists by providing an opportunity to present their work. Exhibiting artists: Delea Shand, Alex March, Sharon Reeves, Mieke Vanmechelen,  Candice Joyce and Leah Thorn.

Mieke Vanmechelen_IRL_Nothing Further_3min50sec_HDVideo_2018_1


She Shows tickets

Exhibitions, moving image, video

Sights & Sounds of Ireland Today

Sights and Sounds of Ireland Today presented by Solas Nua, in collaboration with Dupont Underground, Washington D.C. 16.03.18 – 31.03.2018

Featured Artists: David Bickley, Myrid Carten, Conall Cary, Brian Crotty, Lisa Freeman, Ruth le Gear, Michael Hanna, Anita Groener, Jonah King, Pawel Kleszczewski & Kasia Zimnoch, Hugh McCabe & Suzanne Walsh, Noel Molloy, Jenny Newman, Leonard Sheil, Fifi Smith, Mieke Vanmechelen, Mary-Ruth Walsh, Adrian Wojtas and Sean Wrenn, curated by Jackie Hoysted.



Film, Kerry County Council, Projects, residency

Kerry Filmmaker in Residence 2017/18

Mieke Vanmechelen has been appointed by Kerry County Council as the new Kerry Filmmaker in Residence 2017/18. Her residency will focus on reaching out to secondary school students through a collaborative project, as well as her own professional development as an artist.

The Filmmaker in Residence is a partnership between Kerry County Council and The Arts Council. It is supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Trustees of Muckross House. As an expanded partnership it demonstrates the ethos of Creative Ireland, enabling creativity in every community.



VAI news
Kerry County Council


collaboration, Film, Projects

Diving the Wreck with SoftTack

SoftTack presented Diving the Wreck at Sibéal Annual Conference in UCD November 18th and as part of ‘Lass Struggle’, curated by Alison O’Neill and Jane Hellings at FiLiArt, October 14-15th FiLiA 2017 at the Institute of Education, University College London. Diving the Wreck was also shown at UCC conference Women’s Voices in Ireland: from the decade of revolution to the decade of centenaries, 9-10 June 2017.


Sarah Jayne Booth, Jennifer Redmond and Mieke Vanmechelen work collaboratively as SoftTack and their debut project ‘Diving the Wreck’ embodies the historic, collective and emergent feminine voice in image, sound, and speech.







collaboration, Desperate Artwives, Performance

DAW Public Takeover

A Desperate Artwives Public Takeover was held outside TATE Modern on 6 August 2017. The event was led by curator and artist Amy Dignam and artist Susan B. Merrick, Desperate Artwives all over the world participated in the event. As a member of The Desperate Artwives collective living in Ireland Mieke Vanmechelen participated via social media.


My part in Desperate Artwives Public Takeover from Mieke Vanmechelen on Vimeo.

Desperate Artwives Public Takeover

collaboration, Film, Projects, Screenings

The Core Project

The Core Project  is a contemporary visual art project, led by Artist/Curator Matthew Nevin.

This exhibition at RUA RED Dublin – August / September 2017 was one part of an ongoing, multifaceted, visual art project Nevin has been developing since 2010. 

Mieke Vanmechelen is one of over 140 participants in the Core Project and features in an impromtu ‘interview’ along the Schelde Promenade in Antwerp Belgium.

Core Project | Antwerp Belgium from Mieke Vanmechelen on Vimeo.

Kerry County Council, Talks & Lectures, workshops

On The Verge

On The Verge…Exploring Potential With Visual Artists was a seminar held at Siamse Tíre (Jan 2017) and was organised by Artist and Filmmaker Lisa Fingleton. The seminar was aimed at professional and semi-professional visual artists looking to find ways to develop their practice. The day included a series of practical talks and workshops and offered valuable opportunities for networking. Artist Aideen Barry gave an indepth talk, Catríona Fallon, CEO of Siamsa Tíre explored ways in which the organisation can better support artists and Lisa Fingleton presented her Vision From The Verge.

The event was supported by Kerry County Council.

Exhibitions, Projects, works on paper

DAW Exhibition 5th Edition

Desperate Artwives Exhibition 14-23 January at Granby Space, 114-118 Lower Marsh, London.

DAW is a collective of accomplished female artists whose creative practice interrogates their experience of being wives and mothers and questions social expectations and values which frame this role. The collective provides the encouragement, the opportunities, the validation and the contextual political framework and lightens the load saving time and providing the resources needed to exhibit and promote their work.

DAW portfolio Mieke Vanmechelen


Film, Kerry County Council, Projects





A wealth of information is in danger of being lost, as knowledge which has been passed down orally through the generations has never been recorded. This film chronicles the story of Brendan O’Sullivan Rath, the last person with this particular wisdom, born and bred in the townland of Rath. The film follows his journey through nearby fields and places where he spent time as a child. It focuses on the historical facts but also his personal story and information passed on to him through his parents and grandparents. The film catalogues the names and locations where hedge schools took place, the site of an ancient milestone beside the road as well as spots with particular associations along the river and in certain fields. Many of these names are in Irish. The film highlights our interconnectedness with place and the value of our ancestry.

Vanmechelen received a Creative Work Development Bursary and Equipment and Materials Bursary from Kerry County Council in 2016 and also received a huge amount of support from a number of people, without whom the project would not have been possible.



Exhibitions, Institutions, Projects

ProCreate Project Photozine Archive at LSBU

The photozine archive, which included my work, originally displayed at the launch event for the ProCreate Project will be shown as part of an exhibition at London Southbank University from May 24th- June 24th 2016

Photobook publishing at the School of Arts & Creative Industries / LSBU launched two new projects in Elephant & Castle: 103 Borough Road + 126 London Road



ə-books [uh-books] a project space for material publishing
A yearlong programme exploring paper publishing as artistic practice
103 Borough Rd SE1 0AA [Students Centre at the London South Bank University]
with the ProCreate Project Photozine Archive