Gulls Soaring, Roving

Gulls Soaring, Roving

Photographer: Max McClure


Curlews Standing

Wall-hung textile, hand screen printed and painted on dyed cotton calico , 47 x 167cm,
Photographer, Max Mc Clure


Nicola Henley

Nicola Henley produces large-scale textile artworks using a combination of dye, painting, screenprint, collage and embroidery on cotton calico. Inspired by landscapes and seascapes and their native wildlife, she is particularly interested in the movement and behaviour of birds.

Henley’s process starts with the dyeing of a large piece of calico, and the photographic transfer of hand-drawn images onto silk-screens. The screens are then used repeatedly, combined with painting, to build up layers of image on the calico. She works both sides of the cloth with a series of sequential marks, to impart texture and colour, and to create a sense of three-dimensional space. Some areas of the surface are then collaged with a mixture of Japanese hand-made papers, fine muslin and dense stitch. In the contrast between large open colour fields and small-scale detail, Henley aims to evoke images of bird life and its natural habitat.

Henley completed a degree in Fine Art Textiles at Goldsmith’s College, London in 1984. Originally from Bristol, she moved to Ireland in 1991, and now lives and works in Co. Clare.


XL Group, Dublin, Ireland
Cunard Cruise Company (P&O), UK
British Rail, St Pancras Office, London, UK
British Crafts Council, London, UK
Embroiderers Guild, London, UK
Microsoft Ireland, Dublin
Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Galerie Pousse, Tokyo, Japan
The Rockshop, Co. Clare
Private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

2012 Arts Participation Touring Grant, Arts Council of Ireland

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Timeless Textiles, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
2008 Nicola Henley Solo Exhibition Grennan Mill, Kilkenny Arts Festival
2006 Hibernia Solo exhibition, Florida, USA
2003 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2002 Guinness Gallery, Dublin
2000 Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
1999 Primavera, Solo Exhibition, Cambridge, UK
1998 Nicola Henley Solo Exhibition, Galerie Pousse, Tokyo, Japan
1997 Nicola Henley Solo Exhibition, H-I-P-O-TESI Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, Guinness Gallery, Dublin
1996 Oxford Gallery, Oxford, UK
1995 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1993 Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
1992 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Pousse, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2014 ‘Elemental Dialogue’, Ennistymon Courthouse, Co. Clare
2013 ‘Pattern’ Knit and Stitch, RDS, Dublin
2013 Ruthin Craft Centre ‘Rendezvous Goldsmiths’, Wales, UK
2011 ‘Nature’ Knit and Stitch, RDS, Dublin, Year of Craft Exhibition, ‘The Glor’, Ennis, Co. Clare
2007 SOFA Chicago, USA
2005 Collectors Show, Hunt Museum, Limerick


Gallery Representation

The Guinness Gallery, Dublin
Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Primavera, Cambridge, UK
Galerie Pousse, Tokyo, Japan
Hibernia, Florida, USA

Contact Details:

Nicola Henley
Co. Clare

T. +353 86 3465684 / 061 921411