Megan O’Shea has a curatorial interest in art that takes an active role in public space – addressing socio political and environmental concern.
Megan is Senior Art Producer at Contemporary Art Society where she leads on the research, writing and delivery of cultural and public art strategies. Her practice defines opportunities for artists that expand possibilities for creative intervention beyond the gallery context and into fields including architecture collaborations, temporary and permanent public artwork, performance, and schools’ programming. Her work further involves increasing audiences for art through projects specifically focussed on inclusion and diversity in the public realm. These include an artist-in-residency programme for the City of London that has been published in the recent Creatives for London Report as well as an Urban Pamphleteer on Museums, Cities and Cultural Power.
Megan has been working in the contemporary art world for 20 years, including for Frieze magazine and the inaugural Frieze Art Fair, greengrassi, Timothy Taylor Gallery and Matt’s Gallery, and directly with artists Aleksandra Mir and Susan Hiller. She is co-editor of the magazine P.E.A.R. (Paper for Emerging Architectural Research). A compendium of the first seven years of the magazine was published by UCL Press in 2020. Megan studied at University of Cambridge and has a MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London.