Bernie Leahy works from her studio in North County Dublin, making wall mounted drawings and sculpture with stitch. Portraits are made with stitch and acrylic on canvas and linen. Small sculptures use stitched elements with contrasting materials including bronze, plaster, gold and uncut diamonds.
The human anatomy is central to her work, often presented in fragments and in layers. Drawing directly from life models, she compiles and composes these drawn studies creating delicate and textural compositions, which explore themes of connectivity and protection.
Leahy has exhibited extensively internationally, including her solo exhibition at the Irish Arts Center, New York (supported by the DCCOI External Exhibition Award), Venezuela, Chicago, Philadelphia, UK, and has presented at Parsons College New York, Fiberart MA Symposium as part of New York Textile Month, 2018, for Li Edelkoort. She graduated from from NCAD and IADT, and is currently pursuing an MA in DLIADT, in Art, Research & Collaboration, with a view to progressing to PhD in materials exploration.
Mason, Hayes & Curran
Department of Education & Science
Fingal County Council
Kildare County Council
Quaker Museum, Kildare
Waterford Institute of Education
Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Co Antrim, N&W Belfast HSS & N I Arts Council
2018 External Exhibitions Award, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland // 2007 High Profile Award, Standard Setter, Irish Arts Review Magazine // 2008 Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Merit Award Bursary // 2004 William Smith O’Brien Award
Solo Exhibitions // 2018 Why are we, Irish Arts Center, New York, USA // 2017 Elements, Market Arts Centre, Armagh // 2011-2010 The Narrative Line, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny // 2007 Protection & Passion, Talbot Gallery, Dublin // 2004 Line, Fabrications Gallery, London, UK, The Girls, Tad Concept Gallery, Rome
Group Exhibitions and Fairs // 2011 PORTFOLIO, RHA Gallery, Dublin; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin; Crafted Creatures, The Ark, Temple Bar, Dublin // 2010 PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Kenny Gallery, Galway; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin; International Fiberart Biennial, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, USA; SOFA New York, USA // 2008 SOFA Chicago, USA; You’ll Never Walk Alone, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool // 2007 Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
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