Sally O'Reilly

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Sally O'Reilly (born 1971) is a writer, critic, teacher, editor and events organiser. She was Writer in Residence at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2010/11. She has contributed to Art Monthly, Contemporary Magazine, Frieze, Cabinet, Modern Painters, and Time Out as well as writing catalogue essays for numerous international art exhibitions. Her book The Body in Contemporary Art was published by Thames and Hudson in 2009. As well as a knowledge of contemporary art, her writing displays a keen awareness of debates in science, politics and critical theory.

She is a tutor at Royal College of Art, London, and teaches at various other universities around the UK. O'Reilly also co-edited Implicasphere [1], a broadsheet periodical published twice a year, which

seeks to unearth and revive compelling, illuminating and curious ideas in the form of image and text fragments taken unadulterated from fields as diverse as folk craft, nuclear physics, metaphysical poetry, pulp novels, linguistics, criminology, film noir and astrology.
Haynes, Cathy and Sally O'Reilly, Implicaspere, An Itinerary of Meandering Thought Implicasphere Retrieved on January 15th 2007

She has taken an active part in many symposia and panel discussions, including such diverse events as the Science Fair at Camden Arts Centre and the Stockholm International Performance Art Festival, Perfect Performance 2006.

Sally O'Reilly has co-curated the Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition Magic Show, with Jonathan Allen [1]and was producer and co-writer of The Last of the Red Wine, a sitcom based in the artworld devised and performed at the ICA, London, 2011.


  1. ^ "Magic Show". Southbank Centre. Retrieved 8 September 2010.