Mairéad Keating

Born in Co. Kerry in 1987, Mairéad Keating is an Irish photographer, currently based in Edinburgh.

Keating completed her studies at Edinburgh College of Art in June 2015, where she received a First Class Honours Degree in BA Photography.

Primarily, her work focuses on community based projects with a key interest in portraiture, where she uses local residencies to create distinctive photographic projects.

Mairéad combines social documentary and fine-art photography; with a key interest in the human condition and community engagement. Her work questions issues regarding social and cultural identity and diversity, striving to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Much of her work is portrait based; where she makes very personal and emotional connections with her subjects, which is crucial to the work.

A founding member of G L U E Collective, Mairéad was selected by the Royal Scottish Academy to feature in the RSA: New Contemporaries 2016. She was also a FUTUREPROOF 15 Selected Artist as well as being selected to feature in the Cream 2015: A Graduate Showcase in Brighton. Mairéad was chosen as the artist in Residence at the Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh for 2016, where she currently continues to teach dark room photography to 5th and 6th year students.


Dad, from the series    Our Feet May Leave  //  © Mairéad Keating

Dad, from the series Our Feet May Leave // © Mairéad Keating


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