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 Niamh Swanton is a performative photographer, based in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford. She graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design in 2019, where she gained a degree in Fine Art. Swanton’s work revolves around the human condition. She uses both performance and staged photography to explore the inner workings of one's mind. Creating tangible forms from the thoughts and emotions in question. Swanton uses herself as the main subject within the images as the work aids as a means of personal meditation. By obstructing her face, the images gain a sense of ambiguity. The viewer is no longer able to define an identity or a set narrative to an image.  

Since graduating college Niamh Swanton has had publications in Source, Graduate Photography Showcase, Issue 098, Bloomers, OUT OF BODY, Issue 04 and Aesthetica, Future Now 2022 anthology, Abriged 0-94, Severin. Along with exhibitions such as Origins, Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, Saturation, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork and Collateral Damage, Pyle Center, Wisconsin, People, places, Things & The Space in Between, Outset Gallery, Galway, and debuting her first solo show at The Black Box, Belfast. In 2023 seven of Swanton’s images had been acquired by Crawford Gallery for their national collection. 


Cork Photo

The Gallery at No.46 Grand Parade, Cork, 2018

CIT Fine Art Graduate Exhibition

Craword College, Cork, 2019

Origins Graduate Award Exhibition 

Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, 2019​


Crawford Gallery, Cork, 2022

Collateral Damage, Pyle Center, Wisconsin, 2022

People, Places, Things & The Space in Between, Outset Gallery, Galway, 2023

TOOTH, Diva Gallery, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, 2023

Night Life, Round Rabbit Studio, Dublin, 2023

Solo show, The Black Box, Belfast, 2023

Solo show, Coffeewerk + Press, Galway, 2023

All Eyes on Us, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, 2023


Emerging Female Artist of the Year / Cork - 2019

Origins Graduate Award / Waterford - 2019

Fledgling Award  / Cork - 2019

Longlisted for Aesthetica Art Prize, 2022

Seven works acquired by Crawford Gallery for their national collection, 2023

Featured Press

Bloomers Issue 04, Out of Body/ 2019

Source Graduate Photography Showcase/ 2019

Aesthetica, Future Now 2022 anthology

Abriged 0-94, Severin/ 2023

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