Nov 19, 2018

Newly launched Artist-in-Residence Programme at The Digital Hub.

Initiative supports creative digital arts in the Liberties Area.
  • Filmmaker, Mia Mullarkey to deliver Screen8 after school programme to teens

  • Photographer, Mandy O’Neill is working towards an exhibition in March 2019


The Digital Hub, Ireland’s largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses, has today announced an Artist-in-Residence Programme at The Digital Hub.  The programme represents the first such initiative by The Digital Hub and will comprise of a residency for both a filmmaker and a photographer.   Filmmaker, Mia Mullarkey, and photographer, Mandy O’Neill, will bring their unique perspectives to life at The Digital Hub and will contribute to the organisation’s learning and community initiatives, as well as the artistic and cultural life of the area.  Both artists will be provided with office space in The Digital Hub for the duration of their residency.


Fiach Mac Conghail, Chief Executive Officer of The Digital Hub said: “We are very excited to launch an Artist-in-Residence programme, which represents another first for The Digital Hub, and builds on our recent re-engagement with the artistic and creative community.  Both Mia and Mandy are hugely talented artists and we are excited about the projects they are each working on, the programmes they are delivering to the community and their reflections on life at The Digital Hub and Liberties area.”

The filmmaker residency is also supported by the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.  Mia Mullarkey will be located at The Digital Hub until February 2019.  One of the first projects already undertaken by Mia in her new role was the production of a documentary film ‘Dublin 8: Portrait.’  This short film, which premiered last month at The Digital Hub on Culture Night, offers an insider’s perspective on the energy and character of the Dublin 8 community through people, events and activities.

As part of her residency, Mia has developed and is delivering a new learning initiative for The Digital Hub called ‘Screen8,’ an out-of-school programme for 14-to-16-year olds living in Dublin 8 and its surroundings.  The free programme will give budding young filmmakers hands-on experience of making movies and is designed to give young people an opportunity to be creative and develop skills and talents for a future career in film.

Commenting on her appointment to the Artist-in-Residence programme at The Digital Hub, Mia Mullarkey said: “I’m delighted to be selected as filmmaker in residence for the 2018 programme at The Digital Hub in conjunction with Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. I have been given a lovely office space on Thomas Street, where I’m now working daily. And I’m teaching film to teens from Dublin 8. The students are so bright and engaged and already have a great idea for the short documentary we plan to make. We have a big task ahead learning all the creative and logistical aspects of film making and then beginning our project. The student short film will have its world premiere at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival in 2019.”

Mia, a psychologist by training, completed a Masters in Film Production and Theory in 2009.  In 2011, Mia set up a production company called Ishka Films. Her award-winning work has been screened at film festivals worldwide.  Mia was the winner of the ADIFF Discovery Award in 2017.

Photographer and visual artist, Mandy O’Neill is taking up her residency at The Digital Hub until March 2019.  During her time at The Digital Hub, Mandy will explore the themes of education, youth and community within the context of the unique Liberties area of Dublin 8.  She will present her work at an exhibition to be held in The Digital Hub in March 2019.

In response to her new role, Mandy O’Neill said: “I’m really excited to be one of the first Artists-in-Residence at The Digital Hub and to be responding to such a unique and fascinating area of Dublin. Much of my work has been based in and around the city, engaging particularly with young people, schools, clubs and institutions. I welcome the opportunity to expand on these themes, within the context of The Digital Hub and the wider Dublin 8 community.”

Mandy O’Neill holds a Masters in Public Culture Studies from IADT and a BA in Photography from DIT.   Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is held in public and private collections.

This Artist-in-Residence programme builds on the ongoing work of The Digital Hub to provide an intersection between innovation, art and technology to the benefit of enterprises at The Digital Hub  and the residents of the Liberties Community.  Other recent arts initiatives undertaken by The Digital Hub include: The Liber8 Music Project in partnership with the BIMM Institute Dublin, a free outdoor music and film event as part of Culture Night and digital art exhibitions including ‘This is not a table’ by artist, Robin Price and RESONATE, a video installation, by video artist and motion graphics designer, Riona Long.

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Notes to Editors

About Mia Mullarkey

Following her studies in philosophy and psychology, and after working as a psychologist for a short time, Mia completed a Masters in film production and theory in 2009. In 2011, Mia set up a production company called Ishka Films. Her work has been screened at film festivals worldwide and collected a number of awards. Her film ‘Throwline’, a short documentary about Irish taxi drivers trained in suicide prevention, won 8 awards world-wide including Best Short Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh 2017. ‘Feats of Modest Valour’, co-directed with Alice McDowell, looks at a new potential cure for Parkinson’s Disease and was funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Amongst other awards this documentary won the prestigious Scientist Award at Imagine Science 2017 with the jury including Nobel prize-winning scientist, Professor Martin Chalfe, and award-winning science columnist for the New York Times, Professor Carl Zimmer. Her most recent short documentary, ‘Mother & Baby’, explores the memories of Mother & Baby Home survivors who were sold or fostered out by the Irish church and state. ‘Mother & Baby’ was funded by the Irish Film Board and won Best Short Documentary at Cork International Film Festival 2017 and Best Irish Short Film at Dublin International Film Festival 2018. Alongside directing Mia has taught filmmaking to all age groups, both theory and practice, as well as participating in numerous panels on filmmaking. She has also created bespoke videos for musicians and digital content for companies including Landrover, RTE, IBM, Druid, Macnas, Yahoo, Body & Soul.


About Mandy O’Neill

Mandy is an Irish Visual Artist. She holds a Masters in Public Culture Studies from the IADT and a BA in Photography from the DIT. Her practice is informed by photographic and textual response to people within the context of structured spaces. Many of her projects have seen her engaged with people in settings such as, schools, Youthreach centers, boxing clubs, men’s sheds and financial institutions. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is held in public and private collections. Most recently her work has been exhibited at the Center Culturel Irlandais Paris, National Gallery of Ireland, Dráiocht Blanchardstown and RHA Dublin. Her works has featured in a number of publications and a monograph of her Promise project was produced in 2016 as part of the PhotoIreland New Irish Works initiative. She has been a finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron Award (2012 and 2014) and the Hennessy Portrait Award (2014 and 2015) and has received Visual Arts and YPCE bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland.  Mandy is the winner of the 2018 Zurich Portrait Prize, and currently exhibiting at the National Gallery of Ireland until 13 January 2019.

About The Digital Hub

Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies.  Almost eighty established businesses operate in The Digital Hub. Together these businesses employ over 750 people. The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises such as Bizimply, Good Travel Software, Sonru, and Xwerx to scale and grow. Major global companies like Eventbrite, Lonely Planet, and Software AG are also based in The Digital Hub along with industry organisations such as  NDRC, Silicon Republic and Tyndall National Institute. The Dublin International Film Festival are also based at The Digital Hub.

Since the project’s inception, over 200 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Athena Media, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (, eMaint, Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Kavaleer, Lincor, MTT, Slack, Stripe, TIBCO and VSware.

The Digital Hub is a supportive partner of the local community, by running several learning initiatives for people of all ages. Community learning programmes are run with local partners.  For example, the Future Creators programme and the Future Creators Cadets programme are run with the National College of Art and Design and H2 Learning, to give children and young people the 21st Century Digital Skills that are so necessary in today’s world. The Liber8 Music Project is run with BIMM Institute Dublin to give young people who may have limited exposure to music and digital media, an opportunity to immerse themselves in a creative programme, whilst also developing skills to support their future careers.

The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and plays a key part in supporting the implementation of the National Digital Strategy.

Further information is available at: or on Twitter: @TheDigitalHub.