O\'Donnell studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, later moving to Barcelona to complete an M.A. in Contemporary European Fine Art, she now works in Spain and Scotland.
O\'Donnell\'s professional arts career has spanned 30 years, exhibiting internationally and as an active member in creating opportunities for contemporary artists and art organisations. During 18 years in Norway she was a board member of the North Norwegian Artists\' Union and college lecturer in art, art history and theory at Nordland College of Art and FIlm. She became the Director of the Gallery of Northern Norway (Galleri NordNorge) curating and collaborating with, among others, The Northern Museum of Art, Tromsø, and The National Museum, Oslo.
As Director of Galleri NordNorge, I worked closely with individual artists, art galleries and museums, such as Nasjonalmuseet (The Norwegian National Gallery in Oslo) and Nord-Norsk Kunst- Museum (The Northern Norwegian Museum of Art in Tromsø) including exhibitions of work by Peder Balke, Paul McCarthy and Norwegian 10 Designers.
29.OCTOBER- 26.NOVEMBER 2016
\'LIGHT\'. HILDE HAUAN
17.SEPTEMBER - 22.OCTOBER 2016
\'MEMORY ARCHIVES\'. INGER BLIX KVAMMEN
23.APRIL - 28.MAY 2016
\'EN LIDENSKAPELIG REISE\'. RAGNHILD KAARBØ (1889 - 1949) (\'A Passionate Journey\')
12.MARCH - 16.APRIL 2016
\'NON FICTION PAINTING\'. RAFAEL GONZALEZ ZAPATERO
3.MARZO - 16.APRIL 2016
\'TEXTURE OF DARKNESS - SKEWED NATURE\'. INGEBORG ANNIE LINDAHL
ILIOS FESTIVALEN 2016
12.FEBRUARY - 5.MARCH 2016
\'#TEGNING #VERK #VERKTØY\'. NORD NORSK KUNSTNERE (\'#Drawing #Work #Tools\')
9.DECEMBER 2015 - 9.JANUARY 2016
\'EDELSTEINER I LYSET\'. FRA NORDNORSK GLASS KUNSTHÅNDVERKERE (\'Jewels in the Light\")
31.OCTOBER - 5.DECEMBER 2015
\'POLAR FRONT\'. KURT EDVIN BLIX HANSEN
31.OCTOBER - 5.DECEMBER 2015
\'UNDERFUNDIGE KUNSTKRYP\'. ANNE RITA NYBOSTAD (\'Unbelievable Subterranean Creepy Crawlies\')
6.SEPTEMBER - 24.OCTOBER 2015
\'FØRST OG FREMST BARN\'. REBECCA JAFARI (\'First and Foremost the Children\')
1.SEPTEMBER - 20.OCTOBER 2015
\'JEG ER TELEFONEN DIN OG JEG ELSKER DEG!\'. RING PÅ MOBILEN (\'I Am Your Telephone and I Love You\')
22.AUGUST - 19.SEPTEMBER 2015
\'DE USKYLDIGE\'. MARIT ELLISIV LANDSEND (\'The Innocents\')
11.AUGUST - 14.AUGUST 2015
\'PÅFYLL #11: SYKKELDESIGN\'. NORDNORSK DESIGN OG ARKITEKTUR
25.APRIL - 30.MAY 2015
\'DESOLATE LIFE\'. ANN-LISBETH STIBERG
25.APRIL - 9.MAY 2015
\'LYDEN AV KUNST\'. SOPHIE CLEMENTS, TELLERVO KALLEINEN & OLIVER KOCHTA-KALLEINEN, CAMILLE NORMENT OG TORI WRÅNES
7.MARCH - 18.APRIL 2015
\'MELLOM ORDENE // OBJEKTER OG INSTALLASJON\'. SOLVEIG OVANGER
7.MARCH - 18.APRIL 2015
\'MAR // OBJEKTER OG INSTALLASJON\'. INGRID LARSSEN (\'Sea // Objects and Installation\')
7.MARCH - 18.APRIL 2015
\'ALBEDO // PORSELEN OG FOTOGRAFI\'. CECILIE HAALAND (\'Albedo // Porcelain and Photography\')
5.FEBRUARY - 28.FEBRUARY 2015
\'THE ENDING OF NOISE\'. VIDAR NORDLI-MATHISEN
24.JANUARY- 1.FEBRUARY 2015
\'DIGITAL BALKE // DIVINE NORTH\'. PEDER BALKE
Collaboration with North Norwegian Museum of Art
ILIOS FESTIVALEN, \'CONTEMPORARY HELIOGRAPHY\'. JOHANNE SEINES SVENDSEN
29.NOVEMBER 2014 - 17.JANUARY 2015
\'NORD // MALERIER 2011 - 2014\'. YNGVE HENRIKSEN (\'North // Paintings\')
25.OCTOBER - 22.NOVEMBER 2014
\'INEXHAUSTIBLE BEAUTY – UENDELIG SKJØNNHET\'. 24 VERKER AV 21 KUNSTNERE FRA SAMLINGEN TIL SPAREBANK 1 NORD-NORGES KUNSTSTIFTELSE
(\'Inexhaustible Beaty - 24 Works From 21 Artists from the Collection of Sparebank Bank\'s Art Foundation\')
20.SEPTEMBER - 18.OCTOBER 2014
\'RÅ KUNST - OUTSIDER ART I NORGE\'. OUTSIDER ARTISTS FRA VERDENS KJENT KUNSTNER (\'Art Brut - Outsiders Art In Norway. From World Renowned Artists\')
Collaboration with Trastad Samlinger, Sør-Troms Museum, Norway
23.AUGUST - 12.SEPTEMBER 2014
\'EINAR BERGER FOR SEG SJØL\'. EINAR BERGER (1890-1961) (\'The One and Only Einar Berger\')
10.APRIL - 31.MAY 2014
\'#SONJA\'. PÅL LAUKLI
1.MARCH - 5.APRIL 2014
\'RAPPORTERINGER\'. SISSEL FREDRIKSEN
2.MARCH - 5.APRIL 2014
\'DET NYE LYSET\'. DANIEL RYBAKKEN (\'The New Light\')
Curator for teh National Museum of Art, Norway
18.JANUARY - 22.FEBRUARY 2014
\'ALT HENGER SAMMEN MED ALT\'. EVA BAKKESLETT (\'Everything Hangs Together With Everything\')
7.DECEMBER 2013 - 11.JANUARY 2014
\'HAV AV LENGSEL\'. ARE ANDREASSEN (\'Sea of Longing\')
9.NOVEMBER - 1.DECEMBER 2013
\'EXTENDED VIEW\'. BJØRN TORE STAVANG
14.SEPTEMBER - 3.NOVEMBER 2013
\'ALF SALO 1959 - 2013\'. ALF SALO
8.JUNE - 9.JUNE 2013
\'HOLST\'. KRISTOFFER HOLST
12.MAY - 2.JUNE 2013
\'AVEN\' - TRESNITT OG KUNSTNERBOK - ELISABET ALSOS STRAND (\'Aven - Wood Cut and Artist\'s Book\')
13.MAY - 2.JUNE 2013
\'TRE REISER. TRE LANDSKAP\'. H.M. DRONNING SONJA (Queen Sonja of Norway), KJELL NUPEN OG ØRNULF OPDAHL
12.MAY - 26.MAY 2013
\'ENCOUNTER IN SPACE\'. INGEBORG ANNIE LINDAHL
14.MARCH - 24.MARCH 2013
\'KETCHUP OG BLOD\'. PAUL McCARTHY (\'Ketchup and Blood\')
Collaboration with the National Museum of Art, Norway
31.JANUARY - 10.MARCH 2013
\'HIGHER GROUND\'. VERKER AV NOEN AV NORGES FREMSTE TEGNERE (\'Higher Ground. Work for Norway\'s leading drawers\')
Collaboration with Ilios Festival and North Norwegian Museum of Art
1.SEPTEMBER - 16.OCTOBER 2012
\'NORWAY SAYS 10\'. ESPEN VOLL, ANDREAS ENGESVIK OG TORBJØRN ANDERSSEN
Collaboration with the National Museum of Art, NorwayANNIE LINDAHL
Jury member of the Arts Festival of Northern Norway, selecting artists to participate in the festival.
Festspillene i Nord-Norge: https://festspillnn.no/
Innovasjon Norge, jury/ selection committee for art funding to artists in Norther Norway:
As Director/Curator I have given talks, held artists talks and lectures/presentations and media interviews on all my 39 curated exhibitions. These talks and presentations were presented to diverse groups: general public, artists and curators, students, political and governmental organisations.
EXHIBITIONS | AWARDS | PUBLICATIONS
SELF Group Show, The Artists Pool, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
Housekeeping!, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Black and White, Pineapple Black Arts Gallery, Middelsborough, UK
Average Art 39, October Publication 2019. With Sylvia Sanna, Emma Walker, Carrot.
Surface Work. Toro Spacio, Ronda, Spain
BLOW. Collaboration with Claire Carswell MA(RCA), Toro Spacio, Ronda, Spain
Surface Work. Antigua Cine, Montejaque, Spain
Solo Show. Sør Troms Museum, Trondeness, Harstad, Norway
Reflections. Solo Show, A:rt Gymsal, Harstad, Norway
Represented by Society of Scottish Artists
Horizontal Works. Solo Show, Ateliér Lofoten Gallery, Svolvær, Norway
Nordnorsk Kulturråd Collection. Tromsø Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway
Norwegian State Material Grant II, Oslo, Norway
Furness/Moen/O’Donnell/Skotnes. Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway
Den 7. Tromsutstillinga (7. Troms Region Art Exhibition), Tromsø, Norway
Norwegian State Material Grant I, Oslo, Norway
Commissioned for Harstad Kommune (Harstad District Council), Harstad, Norway
Southampton University, Faculty of Arts Dept., Southampton
Cheltenham and Gloucester Drawing Show, Berlin | Hull
Group Show, Can Felipa, Barcelona, Spain
Art on the Rock, Stirling Castle, Stirling
Celtic Conexion. Euskal Extea, Centre Cultural, Barcelona, Spain
British Workhouse Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA
Scottish Contemporary Painters and Printmakers Exhibition, Edinburgh
Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art Gallery, Southampton
Grandisca. Group show, Museo Nuova Era, Bari and La Spezia, Italy
Scottish Painters Group Show. Frontiers Gallery, Edinburgh
Incontri d’Arte. Group Show, Guild Gallery, Bristol
Artepremio Giovani Fiera del Levante. Artists in Puglia, Bari, Italy
New Works. Solo Show. Galleria Panorama, Barcelona, Spain
Awarded Fiera del Levante Prize ‘Artists in Puglia’ Exhibition. Bari, Italy
Awarded Cross Gates Gallery Award, Kentucky, USA and Mall Galleries, London
New Works in Architecture. Solo Show. Cloister Gallery, Bristol
Artist-in-Residence, Clifton College, Bristol
Doric Work. Solo Show, Studio Gallery, Edinburgh
Commissioned by Stephens Architects, Glamis; Icon paintings for Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Naval Church, Rosyth, Scotland
Commissioned by The Scottish Office; St. Andrew’s House Scottish Office HQ, Edinburgh
Solo Show. Loretto Gallery, Musselburgh, Scotland
New Works. Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (R.I.A.S.), Edinburgh
Facade. Solo Show, Hillside Gallery, Edinburgh
Incontri D’Arte. Group Show, Bari, Italy
New Generation Show. Mercury Gallery. London
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Chairman of Board for Foundation Sierra de Libar, Spain. 2014 - 2019.
Board Member for Creative Business Development Board, Innovasjon Norge, Norway. 2013 - 2017.
Director of Galleri NordNorge (Gallery of Art Northern Norway), Harstad. 2012 - 2017.
Delegate Board Member, Sparebank1 Northern Norway , Art Foundation. 2012 - 2016.
Owner, Director and CEO, A:rt Gymsal AS, Harstad, Norway. 2004 - 2016.
Board Member, Harstad Regional Chamber of Commerce, Norway. 2006 - 2009.
Board Member, Kunskapsparken Nord (Knowledge Park North), Harstad, Norway. 2006 - 2008.
Course Leader for Edunor Troms, Painting and Drawing Adult Education Enterprise, Harstad, Norway. 2003 - 2006.
Lecturer in Art History and Theory, Drawing and Painting, Nordland Kunst-og Filmskole Art and Film College), Kabelvag, Norway. 1999 - 2006.
Art Consultant/Curator for Bø i Vesteråle\'s Hospital, Straumen, Norway. 2004 - 2006.
2001 - 2006. Board Member Nordnorske Billende Kunstnere -NNBK (Professional Artists´Union HQ), Svolvær, Norway
Board Member, Festspillene I Nord-Norge (Festival of Arts Northern Norway) Harstad. 2003 - 2008.
Member of Advisory Board, Festspillene I Nord-Norge (Festival of Arts Northern Norway), Harstad. 2003 - 2006.
Curator ILIOS Festivalen (Anual Festival of Contemporary Music), Gallery Nord Norge, Harstad, Norway. 2001.