Yvette Monahan

Yvette is an Irish photographic artist from Sligo who lives and works in Dublin.

Yvette’s practice looks to further her understanding of three main ideas, namely intuition, transcendence and narrative. She engages with different processes in order to investigate these precepts, incorporating photography, drawing and print-making.
Yvette aims to create images that reflect the inner world and outer spaces.

In May 2019, she showed Beyond the ninth wave as part of The Invention of Memory exhibition curated by Julia Gelezlova at Rathfarnham Castle.

In 2019, The thousand year old boy was selected for the Open Call Forever//Now Format19. The work was shown in March at the FORMAT International Photography Festival, UK.

In 2018, Yvette was shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize and the piece was exhibited in the National Gallery.

In 2018, Yvette was also invited to create and contribute Octopolis for the 4th Winter Papers, Ireland’s annual anthology for the arts published by writer Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith.

In 2017, Yvette was invited to create and exhibit Beyond the ninth wave, for TULCA Ireland by curator Matt Packer alongside other artists including Yoko Ono and Bob Quinn.

In 2015, The thousand year old boy won the Gallery of Photography's Solas Ireland Award, which included exhibitions at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin and at Fotohof Gallery in Salzburg.

The thousand year old boy was then chosen to be exhibited as part of Belfast Exposed Futures, Peckham 24 at PhotoLondon, Photo 50 at the London Art Fair, New Irish Works and at VISUAL Carlow. It was also nominated for the Savills prize at the RHA VUE contemporary art fair and the Prix Pictet award 2016 SPACE.

Yvette won both the portfolio award at PhotoIreland and Slideluck Potshow in 2013 for her body of work The time of dreaming the world awake. The book dummy was nominated for the MACK first book award.
Consequently, she had a solo show at The Copper House Gallery as part of PhotoIreland 2014. This work has also been exhibited in the UK, the USA, Finland and France.

Yvette also self-published The time of dreaming the world awake as a monograph, it is currently on sale worldwide. The Gallery of Photography in Dublin nominated The time of dreaming the world awake for the 2015 Prix Pictet award DISORDER.

Yvette holds a MFA in Photography (2013) from the University of Ulster, Belfast and an MA in Geography and Economics (1999) from Trinity College Dublin.

In 2019, she completed a certificate in Drawing and Visual Investigation at NCAD.


2019 Visions from Europe - Irish representative

2018 Zurich Portrait prize, shortlisted

2016 Savills Art prize, nomination
2016 Prix Pictet SPACE, nomination
2016 New Irish Works - selected artist
2015 Solas Ireland Award winner, Gallery of Photography and Source
2015 Emerging Irish Artist Award, Burren College of Art, The Burren, Co. Clare
2015 Prix Pictet DISORDER, nomination
2014 Plat (t) form 2015 at Fotomuseum Winterthur, nomination
2014 MACK First Book Award – Nominated by Christiane Monarchi of Photomonitor, UK

2013 Magnum Foundation/Atlantic Philanthropies – One of six photographers chosen in Ireland for legacy project
2013 Winner PhotoIreland Portfolio Award
2013 Winner Slideluck Potshow, Dublin
2013 Source Photographic Review’s showcase - selected by Sean Kissane, exhibition curator at IMMA, as emerging photographic talent from MA courses across Ireland and the UK.

Selected Exhibitions

2019 May The Invention of memory, Rathfarnham castle, PhotoIreland

2019 March The thousand year old boy, Format Festival Derby, UK
2018 Oct National Portrait Prize - shortlist, National Gallery Dublin
2018 June Encountering the Land, VISUAL, Carlow
2018 March Beyond View: Ten Years of Photography at UU
2017 Nov Beyond the ninth wave, Tulca, Galway
2017 Aug RHA Annual Exhibition at the RHA, Dublin
2017 Jan The thousand year old boy, Photo 50 at The London Art Fair
2016 Nov The thousand year old boy, RHA VUE National Contemporary Art Fair
2016 Aug The thousand year old boy, Belfast Exposed Futures show
2016 May The thousand year old boy PhotoLondon, Peckham 24, Belfast Exposed Futures
2016 April The thousand year old boy Solas Awards exhibition at FOTOHOF, Salzburg.
2016 March RHA Annual Exhibition at the RHA, Dublin

2015 Dec The thousand year old boy Solas Awards exhibition at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin.
2015 June The thousand year old boy Belfast Photo Festival
2015 June Fraction of a second exhibition, University of New Mexico Art Museum, USA

2015 May The thousand year old boy RHA Annual Summer Show, Dublin
2015 May The thousand year old boy Remote Photo Festival Group Show, Donegal

2014 July The time of dreaming the world awake, Solo show, The Copper House Gallery, Dublin
2014 July The time of dreaming the world awake Skibbereen Arts Festival, Cork
2014 June Belfast School of Art Show, Backlight Photofestival, Tampere, Finland
2014 Sep Supernatural, Quad Derby, UK
2014 March UU/Yale show, Belfast
2014 The time of dreaming the world awake Circulations Festival, Paris

2013 RHA Annual Exhibition at the RHA, Dublin
2013 MFA graduate show, South Studios, Dublin
2013 New Irish Works, PhotoIreland, Tactic, Cork
2013 Open Submission, Ormeau Baths Gallery,
2013 Belfast MFA graduate show, University of Ulster, Belfast
2013 A Year in Development, Four Corners Gallery, London