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Statement :

My work spans the disciplines of painting, multi media and collaborative art practice,. I was a member of Temple Bar Bar Gallery and Studios from 1986 – ’09  and was a member of the board from ‘06-’09. I was a lecturer in Fine Art in the DIT  for 20 years during which time I established a number of community based initiatives, in particular a Women’s Art Studies, aimed at women from the locality of the art college in Portland Row, North Inner City, and Modules in Arts in Context and Gender Studies through the Medium of Art.  In 2009 she received an award from the DIT Access Programme for her work within Participatory Arts.

I also received two seed-funding  bursaries for Creative Practice from the Faculty of Applied Arts and in  2001 was awarded a one year sabbatical  to pursue my studio practice.  In 2010 I was awarded a 1% for Art commission from Offaly Co. Council and a solo show from Co. Offaly Arts Office.


I have exhibited widely in solo and group shows in Ireland, Spain, South Africa and the U.S.A.  My awards for art practice include a G.P.A  Award for Emerging Artists, an Irish Life Award for Visual Art and the Norah McGuinness award for painting.

I have a particular interest in working in Arts in Context and have facilitated many women’s community groups. I have worked as artist – in -resident with Barnardos in Moyross in Limerick and St. Finbarrs Hospital Cork,  In 1989 I developed a community art women’s  project  ‘A Woman’s Place ‘ which won an award in the Dublin’s millennium  celebrations and in 2001 I was Artist in the Community in the Tate Liverpool.


Recent Art Practice:

For the past number of years I have worked in collaboration with the artist Therry Rudin Recent projects include, The Sheets are Laid in Perfect Order, West Cork Arts Centre (2006) The Laundry Project, St. Finbarrs Hospital as part of the Cultural Capital events(2007)  Bawnslieve, which formed part of the Shifting Groundinitiative (2007), White,, Showing work from our residency in St. Finnbarrs Hospital, Triskel Gallery Cork.  Body of Water, Barcelona and West Cork Arts Centre (2008/9).  In 2010 I received a solo show award by the Offaly Co Council which was shown in Aras an Chontae, Tullamore  in Nov. 2012. Title: ‘Topsoil’


Other recent activities:

I was a contributer to Vision (f(iccion), ed: Peran, M. & Iiranzo. B.  Publ. Instituto Cervantes, Ministerio Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperacion, Loop. Barcelona, (2009)  and Verge,A  partnership publication. Eds.: Woods, F. .Rudin, T., O’Shea.S. Publ.: North West  Arts Co. Council  Offices, (2010). Art ‘Talks’ – a series of six talks in Birr Theatre and Arts Centre July 2012


Exhibitions : 2004/’11

•  Topsoil Aras an Chontai, Tullamore


  • Body of Water –  West Cork Art Centre / Galeria Safia ~Barcelona

• Shifting Ground : ‘ Rural Vernacular. An art research

programme in collaboration with artists from Ireland,

U.K.Switzerland, Hungary, Russia. Co. Clare.

• Forging Connections – MAPC Ohio University

in Athens, Ohio. USA.

• ‘White’ Triskel Art Centre Cork,

• The Laundry Project. Two month residency (Aug./Sept) in St.

Finbarr’s Laundry. Cork, as part of the Cork Cultural Capital events.

• ‘ the sheets are laid in perfect order’ (phase 2) – Tulca Arts

Festival Galway Arts Centre.

• ‘the sheets are laid in perfect order’ (phase 1) – Collaborative

multi- media exhibition in the West Cork Arts Centre.

Represented Ireland in four International symposiums: 2000/’07

• ForgingConnections – MAPC conference at Ohio University

in Athens, Ohio:

• ‘ Cambio Constante’Zaragoza.

• ‘ The Hourglass Project, An International Women’s Millennium

Project, Caversham, S.A / Atlanta,G.A. Lowe Gallery, Atlanta,

Georgia, USA / Standard Bank Festival of the Arts,

Grahamstown, RSA.

• ‘ Strength through Unity’, Cancer Society of America,

Washington, Touring U.S.

 • ’21st.Century New Propositions’ Ohio University.

Selected group shows: 2000 – 2011:

• Tea Time, Birr Tgheatre and Arts Centre

• ‘50X50’ Temple Bar Gallery

 • ‘ Four Artists’ Gallery 1, Kilkenny.

 • ‘‘50 X 50’ Temple Bar Gallery.

 • ‘A Follow – on Story’ , Community Art exhibition and postcard

project, Barnardos, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick..

 • ‘Gateway to Art’. Dublin Airport.

• Temple Bar Artists Group Show. Static Gallery, Liverpool.

• ‘Women on Women’, City Arts Centre. Dublin.

• Kilkenny Arts Festival. Stableyard Gallery, Freshford, Co.


• The Challenge of Power’ The City Gallery Limerick.

Grants/Awards 2000/09

• One year Sabbatical , D.I.T.

• Limerick Corporation Funding Award for Community Art.

Arts Council Award for Community Art.

• Shortlisted for Barings Bank Award for Community Art.

• Research grants : D.I.T. (2001/03 /04)

Residencies/Arts in Context 

2001 – ’12:

  • % for Art Award, Lann Elo, Tullamore Housing
  • Shifting Ground Co. Clare

• St. Finbarrs Hospital Cork

• Artist –in – the Community: Barnardos Limerick

• Artist in the Community, Tate Gallery Liverpool

  • Art Talks A series of talks on Contemporary Art. Birr Theatre and Arts Centre

Membership of Professional Bodies :

.• Ground Up, Artists Collective

 • Visual Artists Ireland

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