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Marianna Magurudumian-O'Reilly


Marianna Magurudumian-O'Reilly is of Armenian-Russian descent. She studied art and architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg, Russia. Having moved to the UK at the age of 19, she studied painting at Brighton University, after which she gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from The Academy of Arts in London. She has won numerous awards and scholarships for her painting.

She has since widely internationally exhibited, made sound compositions and experimental web design, collaborated with her husband Daniel on a number of independent films as an actress, script writer, editor, sound designer and earned varios Film and Video festivals participations. Her collaborative project The Unstitute www.theunstitute.org, an art laboratory, independent online art gallery and an experimental digital architecture, for which she curated monthly exhibitions, a zine and projects hosting cutting edge video art from all over the world.

After 15 years living in London, in 2016, she has moved with her family to Catalonia where she has an art studio and is running a small design practice. She is currently designing and building an experimental exhibition and residency space in rural Catalonia.

Artist Statement

Marianna is a multidisciplinary artist whose current art practice encompasses upcycled textile art, design, video, painting and drawing. She explores intuitive practices in art making, incorporating ancient geometry and symbolism, she creates intricately detailed works on paper using surrealist techniques of liberation of the subconscious through random mark making, creating collages with hybrid characters set in imaginary architectural and psychological spaces. Concerned with hybrid cultures, power politics, feminism, eco living and story telling, she navigates between body horror, gothic, womens’ craft, activist jewellery, current world politics and surrealist abstractions. She utilises old upcycled clothes as memory capsules and enables their evolution into contemporary art pieces. She uses multicultural, adoptive techniques of navigating new cultural contexts as well as personal and collective histories.

Art portfolio

You can view her extensive art portfolio of recent projects and artworks on Instagram and Facebook

Design Portfolio





Royal Academy Schools, Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK


First Class BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK


Saint-Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia

Awards and Commissions


2008 Candidate for Optica Award for Independent Artists Film, Optica Festival, Spain
2007 Celeste Art Prize, London
2002 Red Mansion Art Prize, The London Institute
2002 Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac Award, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2002 Liverhulme Trust Award, Unilever
2001 Rail Europe Travel Award and Commission, Eurostar HQ, London
1999/02 Wingate Scholarship, Wingate Foundation
1996-1999 Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award, Royal Society of Painters

Exhibitions and Screenings



'Accions Per Tornar A Casa', Civic Centre El Coll La Bruguera, Barcelona, Spain Catalogue

'Dones de la Història, Històries de Dones', 11a mostra D'Art En Femení, CC Torre LLobeta, Barcelona, Spain


'D-Construction Inaugural Video Screening', Grosso Modo Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Surrealist Poetry Night Video Screening, Zamalek Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt


'Invisible Geographies', 20th Edition of FLEFF Film Festival, Ithaca College, New York, USA


'Denial as the Leading Principle', Lodge222 Cinema, Dordrecht, the Netherlands

Video Installation in conjunction with Fermenting Feminism publication (curated by Lauren Fournier, in collaboration with Ida Bencke and Dea Antonsen of the LAE), Broken Dimanche Press/Büro BDP, Berlin, Germany

Fermenting Feminism Exhibition, Front/Space in Kansas City, Missouri, USA (Curated by Lauren Fournier and S.E. Nash)

Video Screening in conjunction with Fermenting Feminism publication, (curated by Lauren Fournier, in collaboration with Ida Bencke and Dea Antonsen of the LAE) Meter, Copenhagen, Denmark


'31st Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film and Video Festival', Milwaukee, USA
'(Dis)Connected Forms: Narratives on the Fractured Self’ Conference Video Screening curated by Dawn Woolley, Hull, UK


'Urban Explorers Festival', Dordrecht, The Netherlands
'Beep Bop Boop'(curated by Leah Brown and Peter Symons), FATVillage Projects, Lauderdale, Florida, USA


'The Noise Project' 99 Gallery, West Queen West Triangle, 99 Sudbury street, Toronto, Canada
'Noise Intercepted' Online Project, curated by Labspace Studio, Toronto, Canada
'Now and After' International Video Art Festival, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia
'Cologne OFF Moving Image Awards', Sattal, India
'EQUATIONS Artist Moving Image Festival' (curated by TOOL BANK) London, UK
'Video Art Collective', Chartier Gallery, Connecticut, USA
'Social Interventions', Garage 4141 Gallery, San Diego, USA


'Serial Box Film Festival' University of Missouri, USA
'Supposedium' Underground Symposium of Electronic Arts, Albuquerue, USA
'Classifieds' SIA Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
'exDox Film Festival' Cologne OFF, touring around the World
'Westworld' Xero, Kline & Coma, London
'Artbyte' Crocus Gallery, Nottingham
'Inside Is Not The Opposite Of Outside' Bronx Art Space, New York
'Construction Gallery Video Screening' Construction Gallery, London
'Construction Gallery Writers’ Room Residency', (curated by Post Artists), London
'jar'man' CutBank Magazine Media Series, University of Montana, USA CutBank


'London Underground Film Festival', UK
'39th Festival of Nations'(Jury commended for 'The Double'), Ebensee, Austria
'Walthamstow International Film Festival', London
'Waterpieces Contemporary Art and Video Art Festival', Riga, Latvia
'Screen 4: Solo feature' (June/July) CologneOFF Solo
'Plat du Jour' (curated by Ottica TV), Streaming Festival, The Hague
'About the human condition' Streaming Festival
'Hefty Thigh Festival', Davis, California, USA
'Cologne OFF 2011 selection', Arad Art Museum, Romania
'Propeller Island Television', Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
'In Unrealty', Keuruu Museum, Keuruu, Finland
'CologneOFF 2011' as part of Delhi International Arts Festival, New Delhi, India


'Pixxelpoint New Media Art Festival', Nova Gorica, Slovenia
'Streaming Festival' Edition 5 Streaming Festival
'Dr. Spin's Propaganda Machine Event', Goodman Library, Napa, California, USA
'In Time Exhibition', University of the Arts, London, UK
'Mediations Biennale: Erased Walls', ConcentArt, Berlin, Germany
'New Media, Sex and Culture in the 21st Century', Museum of New Art, Detroit, USA
'Peckham Free Film Festival', London, UK
'Fundada Artists' Film Festival', Halifax, UK
'CologneOFF VI', Cologne Online Video Festival CologneOff
'Act Art 8 Censored', Film and Performance Event, London
'The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture', Windsor, UK
'Ark Festival', Cardiff, UK
'Freedom Sparks Video Festival', Visual Voice Gallery, Montreal, Canada
'AVI Video Festival', Podgorica, Montenegro
'Self-Imaging Festival', Cologne Video Channel, Germany
'Crosstalk Video Art Festival', Budapest, Hungary
'The Pursuit of Happiness Project', Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, Poland
'Davis Feminist Film Festival', University of California, Davis, USA
'700IS Reindeerland Film Festival: Stills Show', Reykjavik, Iceland
'Tampere Film Festival: Film Market and Video Library', Finland
'Danger: An Exhibition', The Rag Factory, London
'OtticaTV Screening' , Bankside Centre, London
'Video is The Only Constant ', Screening at Corsica Studios, London


'Alternative Film and Video Festival', Belgrade, Serbia
'Voyeur', Whitechapel Gallery, London Whitechapel
'Streaming Festival' 4th Edition, Isfth Foundation Project, Holland Streaming festival
'CologneOFF V', Cologne Online Film Festival CologneOff
'Season 10' Outcasting Online Video Channel Outcasting
'Spining Tongues', Rotoreliefs, London
'Frieze Projects: Open Call 2009', Frieze Art Fair, London
'Anastrophic Monday', Streaming Festival for Audio-Visual Art, Holland
'Angel Moving Image Festival', Candid Arts Trust, London
'Kiss Me Miss Me 15 Minute Factory', The Rag Factory, London
'ArtsFest', The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
'37 Festival der Nationen', Ebensee, Austria
'Clear As Mud ...You Are Here', Hackney Wicked Festival, London Clear As Mud
'Home Video Night', Gallery Primo Alonso, London
'The Hub Film Night' 24/7 Theatre Festival, Manchester
'Lumen Evolution Media Arts Festival', Leeds
'Bacon Screen Project', London
'Season 7', Outcasting Online Video Channel Outcasting
‘Underground City’ Film Screening, Divus, London
‘Zemos98’ Audio-Visual Festival, Seville, Spain
‘Ottica TV’ Screening, Bankside Centre, London
‘Another Roadside Attraction Gallery’ Screening, Griffin, London
‘Rotoreliefs Film Screening’, Vibe Bar, London


‘Videologia’, 5th International Festival of Audio-Visual Arts, Volgograd, Russia
‘Cor-10 Audiovisual Forum’, Coruna, Spain
‘Videophile Festival’, Phoenix Arts Association, Brighton, UK
‘Lab Theatre Collective Scratch Night’ Deptford, London
‘Optica Festival 2008’ (nominated for Best Independent Film Award), Gijon, Spain
‘Playing in Urban Spaces’ Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds, UK
‘Art Within’ Geborgenkamers, The Hague, The Netherlands
‘Art Infinitum’, Incubator Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
‘Pantheon International Xperimental Film Festival 7.0’, Nicosia, Cyprus
‘Hackney Wicked’, Performance intervention/installation, Hackney, London
‘Outcasting 04’, Outcasting online video art project, Cardiff, Wales
‘Come Out and Play’, Apexart, New York
‘Wolstenholme Screenings’, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool, UK
‘Another Roadside Attraction’ (Screening of ‘Ehamine’) July, London
‘Ayaz’s Palace’ (one person show), Shed and a Half Gallery, London


‘Making Love to my Ego’, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
‘Draw Drawing’, London Biennale, The Foundry, London
‘Another Product at Cornerhouse’, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester


'Insomnia', Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower, London
'Area 10 and The Maid Collective', Peckham, London


'Peep Show', Ancoats Art Studios, Manchester, UK
'Failsafe', APT gallery, Deptford, London, UK


'XTCGAGA', Century Gallery, Hackney, London, UK


'Premiums', Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK



2016: Auroville Radio Station, Auroville International Township, Tamil Nadu, India 2016

2012: 'Construction Gallery Writers’ Room Residency', (curated by Post Artists), London

Press & Interviews 

2022 'Incisions by Marianna Magurudumian-O'Reilly', Pluto Zine
2008 ‘Playing in Urban Spaces’ Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds

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