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Amanda Jane Graham is an artist, sociologist and former hairdresser. Her artworks emanate from the sociological gaze. The practice is autobiographical and autoethnographic; she narrates her story through a reflexive practice by delving into personal history and excavating memories, experiences, and emotions, some of which are challenging but rigorously scrutinised and almost always, humour emerges. Graham re-evaluates historical art from the perspective of a hairstylist. By employing instantly recognisable salon equipment and hairdressing methodologies as titles, she places the hair and beauty profession within the frame of well-known historical artworks.

Amanda Jane Graham

Amanda Jane Graham exhibits nationally and internationally. Her recent solo shows were at the Royal Dublin Convention Centre in 2024, the Irish Architectural Archive Dublin in 2023, the Dock Arts Centre Leitrim in 2019, and the RHA, Dublin, in 2017. In 2023, Graham was invited to exhibit The Coiffured in Birr Castle and curate the open-call exhibition for the Birr Arts and Heritage festival; she received a Leitrim Art Award for her contribution to the arts and was a finalist for the Sir John Soane Drawing Office Residency and the Business to Arts Best Creativity in the Workplace Award. Her exhibition, The Coiffured, was awarded the Creative Ireland Creative Communities Economic Action Fund in 2022, and she was awarded the Platform 31 Bursary in 2021 and 2020, the Spark Residency Award, and is the recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland Bursary and Agility Awards. Recent publications include RTÉ Arena, RTÉ Brainstorm, RTÉ Culture, News Talk’s Talking History, and the Irish Times.