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 Helen O'Shea

Contact helenosheais@gmail.com

Awards

2022      Individual Artist Bursary Cork City Council Arts Office

2021      Agility Award Arts Council Ireland

2019      Future Makers Awards and Supports,  DCCOI

2018      Faculty of Business and Humanities Postgraduate Scholarship 2018. CIT Crawford College Art and Design

2017      Best Honours Degree Student 2017. CIT Crawford College of Art and Design

              Shortlisted for RDS Crafts Award

              Lavit Gallery

              Morgan P Doyle Award

              Cork Craft Design

              Longlisted Visual Arts Award RDS                     

2015      Arts Council Travel and Training Grant

2014      Long Note Award CTN

2013      Highly Commended, Textile Design Braintree District Museum UK, Curated by Mary Schooser.

Selected exhibitions

2023     

FOR THE SAKE OF.. Artecetera Tielrode Belgium Curated by Sofie Lachaert

RÉVÉLATIONS: the International Biennial of Crafts at Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris curated by WCC Europe.

MASTERS OF THE FUTURE. CRAFTS AND DESIGN IN EUROPE. Castle of San Jorge, Seville. Curated by Jean Blachaert

CREATIVE NATURE BeCraft Mons Belgium

2022     

NEXT OF EUROPE Homo Faber Event Venice Curated by Jean Blachaert and Stefano Boeri

COLLECT 2022, DCCI at Summerset House London Curated by Alice Stori Liechenstine

WE ARE THE MAKERS: Irish pavilion Expo 2020 Dubai, Curated by Lynn Scarf and DCCI

2021     

ARTEFACT The Contemporary Craft Fair with Ting-Ying Gallery at Design Centre London

CONJURING FORM. PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection  Doneralie House Curated by Alice Stori Liechenstine,  and Kilkenny DCCI 

CRAFTING A DIFFERENCE represented by Ting-Ying Gallery at SoShiro Gallery London Curated by Brian Kennedy.

2020     

BALANCING RELATIONS James Barry Exhibition Centre MTU         

LAND OF SOME OTHER ORDER Lavit Gallery Curated by Paul McAree

2019     

THREAD: Contemporary Textiles Rheged Center, Penrith, Cumbria

ART IN THE ANTHROPOCENE  Long Hub Room Trinity Dublin

SEAFEST Cork, Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority

2018     

DIALOGUES THROUGH TIME contemporary craft in the context of the 18th Century Wildt’sches Haus in Basel. Curated by Brian Kennedy

IDENTITY Westival Westport

 20 Triskel Church Cork

 MYTH Gallery Noorus, Tartu Estonia

2017     

DISCOVERY Tresor Contemporary Craft Fair Basel Switzerland.

SKIN NAHK ODA Travelling exhibition Tartu Estonia, Cork Ireland and Vilinus Lithuania.

CROSSOVER Project Boras Sweden.

EMERGE Cork Craft Month Wandesford Gallery.

FLEDGELINGS  Lavit Gallery Cork.

RDS Craft Awards.

2016     

PLAY Cork Craft Month Wandesford Gallery Cork.

2015     

TEXTÍLSETUR ÍSLANDS, Icelandic Textiles Center Gallery, Blónduós Iceland.

MENTORING residency with the Crawford College of Art and Design - Exhibition at the Wandesford Gallery Cork. 

SCYTHIA 7th Mini Textile Exhibition Ukraine.

Publications

2022     Crafts Magazine New Plastic Artisans article by Peter Smisek

             Irish Craft Heroes 50 Makers x 50 Years. Design and Crafts Council Ireland

2021     Crafts Magasine interview with Malaika Byng

             Atelier d’Arts Magazine #155 Dec 2021 cover image

2018     Irish Arts Review Spring 2018 p 62    

2017     Crafts Magazine for Contemporary Craft Nov/Dec 2017 p.23

Education

2019 – 2021.    Masters of Arts by Research MTU Crawford College of Art and Design Cork

2016 - 2017      Contemporary Applied Art BA Honors Degree MTU Crawford College of Art and Design Cork,

2009 - 2012      Fine Art Textiles Crawford College of Art and Design Special purpose award,

2007 - 2008      Professional Arts Course Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa FETAC 7,

2006 - 2007      Creative Textiles Course Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, FETAC 6,

Prior to this date, I initially trained as a Chef then I worked for the City of Cork Vocational Education Committee as an Arts and Crafts tutor for 20 years.

Residencies

2017      Cill Rialaig Artists Village, Ballinskeillig Co. Kerry

2015      Textílsetur Íslands, Icelandic Textiles Center

2014      Crawford College of Art and Design

Professional memberships

Backwater Artists Member

Cork Textile Network

Design and Crafts Council of Ireland

Visual Artists Ireland 

 

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