Curriculum

HELEN COMERFORD

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS
Born Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.
Studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Belfast College of Art and Design. Akademie Voor Beeldende Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Lives and works in Co. Kilkenny.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006  Speir na Mara. Seven Seas Project Phase IVb. Encaustic paintings. Aras Eanna, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands, Co. Galway.
2005 Seven Seas Project Phase IV. Encaustic paintings. Tulca Festival, City Hall, Galway.
Planetary Paintings. Encaustic paintings. Oriel Queens Hall Gallery, Narberth, Wales
Seven Seas Series Phase I. Encaustic paintings. Gray Gallery, Skopelos, Greece
Seven Seas Phase II. Encaustic paintings. Cill Rialaig Art Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry
Seven Seas Phase III, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Berkeley Gallery, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.
2004 Encaustic Paintings. Taylor Art Galleries, Dublin.
2002 Poppies. Encaustic paintings. Mrua Gallery, Co. Clare.
1996 Planetary Boxes. Mixed media. Taylor Art Galleries, Dublin.
1995 Planetary Boxes. Mixed media. Limerick City Gallery.
Briongloidi Canabhan agus Realtachta Eile. Mixed media and installation. Galway Arts Centre, Galway.
1994 Knot. Slate Installation. U.C.G., Galway.
1993 Slate Installation. Pan Celtic Festival. Eyre Square, Galway.
1992 Ar Aistear. Installation. Eigse, Carlow.
Ar Aistear. Installation, Eyre Square Shopping Centre, Galway
Ar Aistear. Installation, Athlone Museum, Athlone.
1991 Ar Aistear. Installation. Kilkenny People Art Gallery, Kilkenny
Ar Aistear. Installation. Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
1989 Earth, Fire, Air, Water. Graphite on paper. Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1985 From the Land. Large drawing installation. Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
1984 Paper Forms. Taylor Galleries, Dublin.
1980 Bag Series. Taylor Galleries, Dublin.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2004 Colour in Form. Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo
2003 Four Irish Artists. Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
2001 R.H.A. Exhibition, Dublin
2000 3 Irish, 3 Welsh Artists. Garter Lane Art Centre, Waterford
Sculpture at Kells, Kilkenny Arts Festival. Kells, Co. Kilkenny
1999 Sculpture at Kells, Kilkenny Arts Festival. Kells, Co. Kilkenny
1998 RHA Exhibition, Dublin
1996 Aer Rianta Exhibition, Dublin Airport
Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
1995 Ar Dheiseal. 4 Irish Artists. Dordecht, The Netherlands.
Ar Dheiseal. 4 Irish Artists. Kilkenny County Hall, Kilkenny
1994 Portable Art. Rosslare, Co. Wexford,
Iontas. Sligo.
Kilkenny Artists Christmas Show. Butler Gallery, Kilkenny.
1993 E.V.A., Limerick
1992 Slate Quarries Sculpture Symposium
1991 The Model School Exhibitions. Sligo Arts Festival, Sligo
1990 Anja Van Gossen Gallery, Bunclody
International Cultural Centre, Arlands Inch, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Taylor Galleries Group Show
Oireachtas
1987 E.V.A. Limerick
1985 Oireachtas Independent Artists
“Divisions, Crossroads, Turns of Mind, some New Irish Art”. Touring Exhibition of U.S.A. selected by Lucy Lippard,
E.V.A. Limerick
1983 Helen Comerford/David Lambert. Garrylough Mill, Co. Wexford
Four Artists Kilkenny. Helen Comerford, Barrie Cooke, Tony O’Malley, Paul Mosse. Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
1982 S.A.D.E. Sculpture and drawing exhibition. Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork
“…and yes I said yes I will yes” James Joyce Centenary Exhibition, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin.
G.P.A. Emerging Artists. Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
1981 Independent Artists. Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Independent Artists. Arts Council Gallery, Belfast
Irish Exhibition of Living Art. Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
E.V.A., Limerick
G.P.A. Emerging Artists. Tulfarris Gallery, Co.Wicklow
Oireachtas. Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
1980 Independent Artists. Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin
Irish Exhibition of Living Art. Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
1979 Contemporary Irish Artists
1978 Irish Exhibition of Living Art “Woman’s Show 1978″. Project Arts Centre, Dublin
1977 Group Sculpture Exhibition, Project Arts Centre, Dublin
E.V.A., Limerick

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
National Art Collection, O.P.W.
Galway City Gallery Collection
Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin
Bank of Ireland
Allied Irish Bank
Arts Council
Kilkenny Gallery Collection
The Modern Art Collection, Trinity College, Dublin
Chartered Accountants Headquarters, Ballsbridge.
Limerick City Gallery Drawing Collection
Irish Museum of Modern Art.

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS
In Memoriam. Collaboration with David Lambert. Stone Installation. Bullies Acre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
Community Sculpture. Bronze. Piltown, Co. Kilkenny

AWARDS
1998 Arts Council Travel Award
1994 Aer Lingus/Arts Council Travel Award
1993 Artist of the Year award E.V.A., Limerick
1987 Arts Council Bursary
1983 Martyn Toonder Award for Visual Arts
Living Art Materials Bursary
Independent Artists Materials Bursary
1982Arts Council Travel Bursary – Sculpture Conference, San Francisco
G.P.A. Major award
1980/‘77 Arts Council Bursary
1966 Royal Dublin Society – Student Award

RESIDENCIES
2006 Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry
2005 Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry
Aras Eanna, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands, Co. Galway.
2004 Skopelos Foundation, Skopelos, Northern Sporades, Greece.
Aras Eanna, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands, Co. Galway.
2002 Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig (from 1987 onwards)
1998 Centre d’Art, Natural Farrera, Catalonya, Spain
Irish facilitator of the 2eme Academie Europeene des Arts Difference
Facilitator of Papermaking workshop, Fire Station Artists studios, Buckingham Street, Dublin
1997 Irish facilitator at 1ere Academie Europeene des Arts Differences at Vaison-La-Romaine, Provence, France.
N.D.T.I., Carlow / Kilkenny
1996 N.D.T.I., Carlow
1995 Fire Station Studios, Dublin
1992 Slate Quarries Sculpture Symposium
1990 Co-Facilitator of Paper Making Workshop (Sculpture Society/Arts Festival Committee, Kilkenny)
1990/’91 Kilkenny County Council.
1987/’88 St. Kierans College, Kilkenny




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