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Artist: Amna Walayat

Medium: Painting

My work in general deals with socially conscious subjects and my experience of hybrid cultures.  My work shows myself as an observer of society from a feminist perspective and using a feminist vernacular.   Overall inspirations are neo-miniature painting styles and contemporary work exhibiting in museums, galleries and biennales.

Reflections on the Arts for Equality, Human Rights and Diversity.

As an artist using the arts for equality, human rights and diversity, the arts are a unique and important way to invite the attention of the public and state authorities to the issues related to human rights and to raise awareness of the evolution of human rights in history and today. It is important to not only protest against human rights violations but to also promote and celebrate human rights and to demand reform into the future


I am a Cork-based Pakistani-born emerging visual artist. 

I hold an M.A. Art History in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism 2016 and an M.A. Fine Arts University of the Punjab Pakistan (2002). I am a member of Sample-Studios, Art Nomads, Smashing Times and VAI.

I received the Cork County Council Creative Producer Residency and was invited to exhibit my new work in IMMA for a year by Sean Kissane 2021-2022, and recently exhibited in IMMA and Cork County Council’s online shows 2021.

I’ve worked as Programme Organizer with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts; Curator with Alhamra Arts Council and PhD studio-based researcher with PURAF, Punjab Uni 2001-07, and recently established the Ireland-Pakistan Arts Exchange. 

I received the Arts Council Ireland’s Next Generation Award 2021, Agility Award 2021, Visual Artist Bursary Award 2020, Professional Development Award 2020 and the Dilkusha Award 2020.