Biography:

I studied design in Dublin, moved to London, worked as a sales assistant in a stained glass supply shop, became intrigued, taught myself the craft, was encouraged by customers to explore the cathedrals of France, became obsessed, undertook a post grad in Advanced Stained Glass Studies at Central Saint Martins, received the Cecil Collins Memorial Prize for Fine Art and the Caroline Swash Stained Glass Fellowship, continue to develop my practice, sometimes exhibiting, sometimes teaching, mostly working to commission on small as well as large scale projects for private or public settings. 

 

 

Cirriculum Vitae:

Commissions
1987 - present         

Numerous private commissions.

2018

Nádúr, Viewing Room, Rosheen Suite, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin 24 

2017 

Triptych, based on Torq Waterfall, The Cellar Bar, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin 2.

2014

Aesop’s FablesPer Cent for Art collaboration with Scoil Bhríde, Naas, County Kildare.

2013

Creation, series of fifteen themed windows for the new circular prayer chapel,

St. Sylvester’s Church, Malahide, County Dublin.

2011

Homeland, Per Cent for Art collaboration with Firies National School, Firies, County Kerry.

2009

Big Cheese, Per Cent for Art collaboration with Lourdes Parish Schools,

Lower Gloucester Place, Dublin 1. Eleven square metre catering area window. 

2008

Legends, Per Cent for Art collaboration with Scoil Mhuire, Coolcotts, Wexford.

Seven backlit stained glass panels mounted into walls throughout the school.

2006

Lead artist in a series of collaborative stained glass commissions with

The Ark Cultural Centre for Children and five Dublin schools.

1995

Martin Wills Memorial Windows, Borris House Chapel, Borris, Co Carlow.

Two double lancet windows inspired by Dylan Thomas’s poem Fern Hill.

 

Exhibitions
2017

Ireland Glass Biennale, NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.

2016

3.Berlin Becher Triennale, Berlin Glas, Provinzstrasse, Berlin, Germany. 

2015

PORTFOLIO: Glass, Solomon Fine Art, Unit 2, Westbury Mall, Balfe Street, Dublin 2.

2014 - 2015

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 133rd Annual Exhibition (invited artist), Ulster Museum, Belfast.

2012

Engaging with Glass, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, Washington, USA.

2011

Illuminate: Contemporary Irish Glass, Kenny Gallery, Tuam Road, Galway.

Engaging with Glass, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co Meath.

2007 - 2010

The Light Fantastic: Irish Stained Glass Art, National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny,

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, USA,

Coral Springs Museum of Art, Florida, USA,

Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, California, USA.

2006

Stained Glass Exhibition, The Ark Cultural Centre for Children, Eustace Street, Dublin 2.

2005

Element, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford.

2003 - 2005

Inspirational Awakening: Irish Contemporary Glass. Exhibition venues included

the Ulster Museum and the National Museum of Ireland.

2000

Urban Lichens (solo), Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Buckingham Street, Dublin 1.

1998

Glass, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, County Cork.

1997

Contemporary Glass in Ireland, Solomon Gallery, South William Street, Dublin 2.

1995

Memorial (solo), Cochrane Theatre Gallery, Southampton Row, London.

1993

Of Coloured Light, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire, UK.

The Eye of the Heart, The Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design,

Southampton Row, London.

1992

Strange Angels (solo), Project Arts Centre, East Essex Street, Dublin 2.

1990

Two New, Gabriel’s Wharf, South Bank, London.

1989

Installation, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Southampton Row, London.

 

Collections
1987 - present

Work held in numerous private collections.

2012

National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7.

1992

The Stained Glass Museum, Ely Cathedral, Ely, UK.

 

Publications
2012

craft&design magazine, Current and Contemporary Irish Glass by Emer Lynch.

2011

Glass at Central by Hildegard Pax, Malvern Arts Press Ltd, UK.

Engaging with Glass, exhibition catalogue.

2007

The Light Fantastic: Irish Stained Glass Art, exhibition catalogue.

2006

Contemporary Stained Glass Artists by Kate Baden Fuller, A & C Black Publishers, London. 

Stained and Art Glass by Judith Neiswander and Caroline Swash,

The Intelligent Layman Publishers, London.

2005

New Hibernia Review (9.4), University of St Thomas, Minnesota, USA.

2004

Gloine, The Journal of the Glass Society of Ireland, illustrated profile.

2003

Inspirational Awakening: Irish Contemporary Glass, exhibition catalogue.

1992 & 1995

Crafts magazine, illustrated exhibition reviews by Caroline Swash.

1994

The Independent, Saving the Poor Man’s Bible by Tony Kelly.

1992

The British Society of Master Glass Painters’ magazine, profile by Caroline. Swash.

The Irish Times, exhibition review by Brian Fallon.

1990

Window Style, by Yvonne Rees, Quatro Publishing, London.

1989

The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, stained glass feature by Rosemary Hill.

 

Awards
2011 - 2012             

Artist in Residence, National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.

1998 - 2000

Arts Council Artist/Architect Apprenticeship Scheme Grant.

1997 - 2000

Artist in Residence, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Buckingham Street, Dublin 1.

1997

Aer Lingus Art Flight to New York.

1994 - 1995

Crafts Council Setting-Up Grant, UK.

1989

Cecil Collins Memorial Prize for Fine Art, UK.

 

Teaching
2017                            

Hosted exploratory drawing classes, design for stained glass, and glass painting workshops

with transition year students at Coláiste Cois Life, Griffeen Glen Vale, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

This led to the installation of two site-specific windows for their school. 

1992 - 2014    

Visiting Lecturer, National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.

2014

Tutored a recovering addicts group in the design and fabrication of two large-scale windows for their

premises at RADE, OLV Building, Cathedral View Court, Dublin 8.

2013

Glass on Canvas, masterclass hosted with Jeffrey Sarmiento and Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe,

CEAD, National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.  

2011

Guest Speaker, Glass at Central Conference, Cochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, London.

Guest Speaker, Engaging with Glass Symposium, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, County Meath.

2009

Glass Painting Tutor, International Summer Academy, Frauenau, Germany.

2004 - 2005

Art Tutor, North Centre City Community Action Project, Buckingham Street, Dublin 1.

2002 - 2005

Drawing and Painting Tutor, People’s College, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

2003

Guest Speaker, Glass and Architecture, Contemporary Glass Society Symposium, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

1998 & 1999

Stained Glass Workshops for Artists, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Buckingham Street, Dublin.

1996

Teaching Assistant to Maud Cotter, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA.

1991 - 1996

Stained Glass Lecturer, The City Literary Institute, Fleet Street, London.

1994

Visiting Lecturer, West Surrey College of Art and Design, UK.

1987 - 1993

Stained Glass Tutor, Wandsworth Adult Education Service, London.

Private stained glass courses tutored in England, Ireland, Italy and Spain.

 

Education
1989 - 1990             

Caroline Swash Stained Glass Fellowship,

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Southampton Row, London.

1987 - 1989

Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Stained Glass Studies under Professor Amal Ghosh,

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Southampton Row, London.

1979 - 1985

Advanced Diploma in Visual Communication Design,

College of Marketing and Design, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Other courses include: Cecil Collins Life Drawing, Lithography for Artists, Stained Glass Masterclass with Patrick Reyntiens, Introduction to Photoshop, Metalwork Fabrication and Welding with John Carrick.

 

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