Helen O’Shea   

7   Sidneyville   Bellevue Park North   Cork   T23DC1F   Ireland 

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2019 - 2021

Masters of Arts by Research MTU Crawford College of Art and Design Cork

2016 - 2017       

Contemporary Applied Art BA Honors Degree 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 a Catering and Arts and Crafts tutor for 20 years.





Cill Rialaig Artists Village, Ballinskeillig Co. Kerry


Textílsetur Íslands, Icelandic Textiles Center


Crawford College of Art and Design, Mentoring Programme





Future Makers Awards and Supports,  DCCOI


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


Shortlisted for RDS Crafts Award

Lavit Gallery Longlisted Visual Arts Award RDS

Morgan P Doyle Award

Cork Craft Design

Longlisted Visual Arts Award RDS                     


Arts Council Travel and Training Grant


Long Note Award CTN


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




Irish Arts Review Spring 2018 p 62    


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


Selected exhibitions


CONJURING FORM. PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection  Doneralie House Curated by Alice Stori Liechenstine.  

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


BALANCING RELATIONS James Barry Exhibition Centre MTU         

LAND OF SOME OTHER ORDER Lavit Gallery Curated by Paul McAree


THREAD: Contemporary Textiles Rheged Center, Penrith, Cumbria

Art in the Anthropocene  Long Hub Room Trinity Dublin

SeaFest Cork,  Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority


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

Identity Westival 2018 Westport

20 Triskel Church Cork

Tales Alliance Frances Cork

Myth Gallery Noorus, Tartu Estonia


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.


PLAY Cork Craft Month Wandesford Gallery Cork.


Textílsetur Íslands, Icelandic Textiles Center Gallery, Blónduós Iceland.

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

Scythia 7th Mini Textile Exhibition Ukraine.


Legacy The Atrium City Hall Anglesea street Cork. Collaborative exhibition Chinese and Irish Artists.

Summer in Macroom Invited artists from Cork Textile Network in collaboration with Cork City Arts Office.


Selected for Irish Wave 4, a range of Exhibitions in China curated by Fion Gunn.

Woven into Memory Selected for this collaboration between Blue Egg Gallery and Wexford Arts Center.        The Power of Craft Wadensford Gallery, invited to respond to the collection in the Cork City Museum.


OPENING Graduation group show Fine Art Textiles Crawford College of Art and Design.

Selected for Irish Wave 3, a range of Exhibitions in China...  

Instruments of Pleasure National centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing.

Hidden Meanings Yan Chao Collection Gallery, Guomao, Beijing.

Telling Tales Irish Centre Shanghai, Shanghai.

Knit & Stitch  RDS show grounds CTN retrospective Juried show.


Then & Now Leahy and Associates Architects,4 Camden Quay Cork Group Show Juried by textile artist Deirdre Nelson.

Tread softly Cork Public Museum,CCOI (Crafts Council of IRELAND)Selected by Ann Mulrooney Curator of the National Craft Gallery.


Movement and Repetition Stroud International Textiles Exhibition, The Subscription Rooms Stroud, England - Juried Show.