Launch Party: whatever it amounts to

Guests looking at Hilary's art

Last Friday saw the launch of Partisan’s first stand-alone exhibition and it was swell to see so many faces there! 

The fantastic and incredibly lovely Hilary O’Mahony took residency in the fourth floor space from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July with her thought-provoking exhibition whatever it amounts to’ 

Made in response to an overwhelmingly large number of discarded scratch cards in Southern Manchester, Hilary explored value, identity and self-pursuit in collecting and de-contextualising these found objects. To cite her own words on the exhibition: “The lottery is an emotionally charged game. It creates many conflicting feelings, most notably luck, hope and disappointment…it positions the national lottery as a lens through which [these] societal concepts are explored”.

On the launch night, we had a pay-what-you-can bar, music, tote bags for sale, highly ad hoc furniture, a good dose of mood lighting and reams of captivating conversation. Hilary was on site at Partisan HQ all weekend to discuss the works with all visitors and it was an all-round good-vibes experience!

We are also very lucky to have caught her as she moves back to Ireland this week. We wish her all the best with the move and if you are based in Éire, keep your eyes peeled for her name in any galleries or arts centres! 

In the meantime, do visit her website – it’s got some great photos of the pieces included in whatever it amounts to and you can check out her work from past exhibitions as well.

Launch/Preview – whatever it amounts to

Hilary O'Mahony 2

Partisan are delighted to be hosting the launch party for Hilary O’Mahony’s upcoming exhibition at 3space.

Partisan Collective will be serving drinks, playing some music, and enjoying the wonderful artwork! We hope to see you there!


whatever it amounts to is the title of a new body of work by artist Hilary O’ Mahony. This project was made in response to an observation of a vast amount of discarded scratch cards littering the streets in a South Manchester suburb. The lottery is an emotionally charged game. It creates many conflicting feelings, most notably luck, hope and disappointment. These associated feelings are encapsulated within this body of work raising questions about the ethics of the game. whatever it amounts to is concerned with value, identity and self-pursuit. It positions the national lottery as a lens through which these societal concepts are explored.


Hilary O’ Mahony is an Irish artist currently living and working in Manchester. She graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland in 2010. Hilary has exhibited extensively in Ireland and the UK as well as exhibitions in France and Nepal. Her practice is multidisciplinary.