Mandy O’Neill’s practice draws on themes of youth, adolescence, and education, with a particular emphasis on portraiture. In the last number of years she has undertaken extended artist residencies in both schools and institutions. Her work engages with the physical and psychological space of these environments, coupled with the interplay of people and place. It seeks to examine the wider structural, social and political contexts within which institutions operate and particularly those tasked with the support and development of children and young people.
Mandy was awarded the Zurich Portrait Prize in 2018 for her photograph of Diane. This was the first time the Prize had been awarded for a photograph.