I graduated with First Class Honours in Contemporary Art from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media at GMIT in 2021. I will undertake a curatorial residency at Sample Studios in Cork during Spring 2022 and have been shortlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards 2021. I am on the education team at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts in Galway.

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On graduating with First Class Honours and the Academic Achievement Award in Contemporary Art from ATU Galway in 2021, I was shortlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards and received a Graduate Curatorial Residency Award with Sample-Studios. I am an Education Officer and Gallery Assistant at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, and was recently appointed as a Design Ambassador for Architecture at the Edge.

I am an emerging visual artist aiming to facilitate conversation with and for those who encounter my work. My practice addresses sexual and social dynamics, currently exploring how the body is represented in both public and private spaces through contexts of radical affection, feminist theory, and queer identity. Writing plays an important role in the development of the work, as poetry allows the space for energy to build and be expelled through an articulated riot-of-sorts. Through mixed-media installation I use concrete and collage to create detailed & often interactive forms that engage the body and our complex relationships within & across space.

I have a keen interest in the development of art and education, and am continuing with research from my undergraduate thesis titled ‘Switching Lenses: Investigating the potential of transdisciplinary thinking in education and art practices within a contemporary environment.’



2017-2021:                  First Class Honours & Academic Achievement Award BA (Hons) Contemporary Art, School of Design & Creative Arts, ATU, Galway.


October 2022              Joint exhibition at Gallery Asna, Clonakilty, Cork.

Aug-Sept 2022            Sample-Studios Members Exhibition, Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Cork.

June 2022                   K-Fest 2022 – June Bank Holiday Arts Festival, Killorglin, Kerry.

October 2021              K-Fest 2021 – October Bank Holiday Arts Festival, Killorglin, Kerry.

July 2021                     Begin the Begin – Outdoor Installation at Artlink, Fort Dunree, Donegal.

June 2021                   B.C. 2021, Degree Show, CCAM-GMIT Wellpark, Galway.

Sept-Oct 2020             Joint exhibition with Corban Walker at Sarah Walker Gallery, Cork.


August 2022               Artist Residency at DescoverArtists (DA), Hydra, Greece.

May 2022                    Arts Council Agility Award Round 1 Recipient.

Mar-May 2022            Making Connections Project with Scoil Chroí Íosa and NCCA, Galway.

Feb-June 2022            Sample Studios Graduate Curatorial Residency Award 2021-22, Cork.

December 2021          Shortlisted for Medtronic/Radius project Breathing Life into Art, Galway.

Oct 2021                     an observation: artist as masochist, Residency Project at PS2 Belfast.

Sept 2021                    a consideration: all is fair in love and war(?), Sarah Walker Gallery, Cork.

June 2021                   Transience, a student-led exhibition, Coach Station Galway.


June 2021                   And Rest, Close Enough (Not) To Touch, life-size cast concrete, acquired

for the Galway City Council Art Collection, 2021.


Ongoing 2022             Education Officer, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway.

Oct 2022                     Exhibition Mediator, Irish Pavilion, Ireland at Venice Biennale 2022.

Mar-May 2022            Design Ambassador with Architecture at the Edge, Galway.

Oct-May 2022             Life Model for drawing & clay head workshops, ATU, Galway.

Oct-Nov 2021             Education Officer, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway.

Aug-Sept 2021            Gallery Assistant at the Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere, Cork.

Dec 2020                     Education Assistant and Gallery Intern, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts.


Aug-Sept 2020            Gallery Assistant Internship, Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere, Cork.

Nov 2019                     Intern & Educational Tour Guide, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway.

July 2018 & 2019        Visual Arts Internship  Programme, Galway International Arts Festival.

Nov 2018                     Volunteer Invigilator, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway.


July 2022                     Creative Assistance, Festival Garden, Galway International Arts Festival.

June-July 2022           Node Centre for Curatorial Studies: Queer Art & Queer Curating, online.

June 2022                   Screening of 2021 poetry film at Little Cinema, Róisín Dubh, Galway.

December 2021          Images of work published in Issue 07 of Bloomers Art Magazine.

Oct-Feb 2022              Superprojects – Clancy Quay Professional Development Programme.

August 2021                Shortlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards 2021.

May 2021                    Received a First Class Honours for my undergraduate dissertation

May 2021                    Exhibition review published on The Paper, Cork.


Mar 2021                     Spoken-word performance at Circuit Festival Online Event, Galway.

Oct 2020                     Participant in the Young Art Writers Programme with TBG&S, Zoom.

Sept 2020                    Participant in Should Artists Write? workshops with Meadhbh McNutt.

June 2018                   Awarded place on a Stained Sculpture workshop with Hannah Fitz, RHA.


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