Irene O’Callaghan


Sept 2015 - present student in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program (Illustration), Academy of Art University, San Francisco, USA

Sep 2011 - Jun 2013 Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, NL

Oct 2009 - Dec 2009 Minor Esthetics, Wijsbegeerte, University of Amsterdam, NL

Sep 2007 - Jun 2011 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Photography, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, NL

Sep 2006 - Jun 2007 Art Education preparatory course, Koning Willem I College, 's Hertogenbosch, NL


Feb 2015 Group exhibition 'Invitation to the Blues', PuntWG, Amsterdam

Sep 2014 Exhibition 'Game Of Fitting', Etalages Zeeheldenbuurt Kunsttraject, Amsterdam

Jun 2014 FOAM phototown, participant, Amsterdam

Mar 2014 Group Exhibition Arendt & Medernach Advocats, 'The World Is Blue Like An Orange', Luxemburg

Jul 2013 'Game of Fitting' soloshow, 'Festival of Choices' exhibition Sandberg Instituut, Vriend van Bavink, Amsterdam

Mar 2013 Soloshow 'Side Faces', Chukotka, Amsterdam

Oct 2012 Group exhibition, Gallery DE RUIMTE 'Expeditions', Amsterdam

Jun 2012 Group exhibition, Gallery Paul Andriesse UNFOLDING, Amsterdam

Jan 2012 One-minute film, 'kopjes' AVRO, One minutes, Amsterdam

May 2012 Participant project 'Three artists walk into a bar', publication “Cradle's Pictures”, Amsterdam

Sep 2011 Amsterdam Center for Photography, Graduation show Photography 2011, a selection, Amsterdam

Aug 2011 Mediamatic, This Is Not An Office Party, Amsterdam

Jul 2011 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Graduation work, Amsterdam

Mar 2011 Group exhibition, Teenage Magazines, FOAM, Amsterdam

Jan 2011 Soloshow, Subbacultcha, Selected Material From A Photographic Laboratory, Amsterdam

Jun 2010 Foto Folgen, Galerie Der HFBK, Hamburg, DE

Jobs and freelance work

September - present. Instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco teaching the History of Photography and Concepts.

Sept – Dec. 2015 Teacher of Photography and Illustration at the School Of The Nations, Macau, China 

Jan 2015 The Open Draw, staff member/ organisator, platform for drawers and illustrators in Amsterdam

Oct 2014 Illustration of 5 educative posters, publisher CASALS, Barcelona

Apr 2014 Two workshops Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: 'Magic with light' en 'Making blueprints'

Jan 2014 t/m Aug 2014: Internship national newspaper De Volkskrant, art director, illustrator, photographer

Nov 2013 Rotterdams Productiehuis, presssphoto's, co-photographer Nick Helderman

Sep 2013 Workshop Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 'Magic with light'.

May 2013 Amsterdam Sinfoniette 25 jarig Jubileum Campagne, photography in collaboration with Nick Helderman

Jan 2013 t/m Jul 2013: Secretary office Sandberg Instituut

Jul 2012 t/m Jan 2013: The One Minutes, editor and archive employee

Dec 2012 One Minute comissioned film, 'In Love With an Object', One Minutes, Amsterdam

Dec 2012 Cul magazine, illustration, article 'Toon Tellegen'

Nov 2012 Cul magazine, illustration, article 'Where are you from'

Nov 2012 NTR 'The Art Of Education', photography

Aug 2012 Cover photo illustration for program booklet, Theater Brussel

Aug 2012 One Minute comissioned film, 'Kopjes', One Minutes, Amsterdam

Jul 2012 Design flyer, choire Les Moucherons

Feb 2012 Pressphoto's Lola Kite, music band

Aug 2011 Incubate Tilburg, currator en editor exhibition Nick Helderman

Feb 2011 Pressphotography film 'A Song for Praise'

Dec 2010 Design publication 'Selected Material from a Photographic Laboratory'

Sep 2010 Subbacultcha! photoshoot Lloyd Hotel, music band 'Neon Indian'

Jul 2010 Photography Gerrit Rietveld Graduationshow

Jun 2010 Set-photographie for film 'A Song For Praise', Jeroen van der Poel

Feb 2010 Assistant/ co-photographer with Hans Koreman, Batismn marineship DAMEN

2009 t/m 2014: Photography Woonzorg Magazine, article 'Van Oude Mensen'

2008 Assistant to Annaleen Louwes, photography LINDA.

Sep 2008 t/m Sep 2009: Employee Key-Color (laboratory and photo print shop)


Selected Material From A Photography Laboratory. Amsterdam: Subbacultcha!, 2010. ISBN: 978-90- 9025935-2

The Cradle Book. Self published. Unique edition of 20


Fiep Westendorp Stimuleringsprijs 2013 (prestigeous illustration prize in The Netherlands)

Personal data

Born 24/05/1988, Boston MA, USA. Nationality: USA and Spain. Residence: San Francisco.