Visual Arts

Bernadette Kiely

Bernadette Kiely grew up in Carrick on Suir, County Tipperary and graduated from the College of Art and Design, Waterford I.T. with first class honours in Graphic Design Communications. She worked for two years in Graphic Design in London and Architecture in New York before attending the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London, UK.

From work on paper to largescale painting and drawing on canvas her inspiration comes from landscape elements, particularly the influence of water on land.

Seeking to draw attention to a sense of unease and awareness of atmospheric conditions – her work prompts us towards a fundamental reassessment of ourselves and our relationship to the world around us.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally including Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Source Arts Centre, Thurles, LUAN Gallery, Athlone, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Model Gallery, Sligo, Millenium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Co. Armagh and has been the recipient of many awards and bursaries.

She was elected to the membership of Aosdana in 2007.

Bernadette’s work is held in public and private collections in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA and Korea. She lives and works in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Her work is represented in Ireland by Taylor Galleries, 16, Kildare Street, Dublin.


Selected solo exhibitions : include :

How Much Land [does a man need], The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary (2019) …tell me about your mother (feat. The Two Travellers), KAMERA 8, Wexford, curated by Anya Von Gosseln and touring to ‘the Clancy Festival of Music and Art’ @ The Friary, Carrick on Suir (2019) and Thomastown/Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019.; A problem with no solution | Kilkenny Arts Festival.(2018); So Much Water (so) Close to Home, Luan Gallery, Athlone.(2018); I never think of the future, it comes soon enough, Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford. (2017); Where is the picture of the future, Kilkenny Arts Festival. (2017); The colour of Distance, Claremorris Gallery, Co. Mayo. (2017); Memory needs a Landscape, Taylor Galleries, Dublin. (2017); A Second world – any given day, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath, curated by Belinda Quirke, Director and Sabina Mac Mahon, artist and curator. (2016/7).


Selected group exhibitions:

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, RA Academy, London, UK (2019); RHA Annual Summer Exhibition, RHA Galleries of Contemporary Art, Dublin (2019); Peripheries OPEN 2018, Curated by James Merrigan, Emma Roche and Paul Carter. Periphery Space, GSA, Gorey, Co Wexford. (2018); Encountering the Land, Carlow Arts Festival 2018, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow. Curated by Sean Kissane, Curator of Exhibitions, IMMA, Emma Lucy O’ Brien, Curator, VISUAL and Orla Barry, Artist.(2018); RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallery, Dublin (2018), (2017).

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