Lives and works in Dublin


2007-08       MA Visual Art Practices, Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

2000-01       MA European Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, Barcelona

1993-97       BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, National College of Art & Design, Dublin


Solo Exhibitions

2012           In Paint; In Teeth; In Mountains; In Stars. The Lab (Gallery 1 & 2) Dublin, curated by

                   Sheena Barrett, in collaboration with abgc Architects.

2011           Seeing in Black, Roscommon Art Centre, Roscommon, curated by Patrick Murphy, RHA Director

2008           At the heart of Chance, Draiocht Gallery, Blanchardstown, curated by Carissa Farrell

2007           We live to see each other, thisisnotashop, Dublin

                   Blindness, Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

                   Outside, The Return, Goethe Institut, Dublin, curated by Mark Garry

2002           Overtime, Archeus Fine Art, London

2001           Cloud Illusions, Panorama Gallery, Barcelona

1997           New Paintings, Christopher Hull Gallery, London


Group Exhibitions

2015            Claremorris Open, selected by Brian Cass (Towner Art Gallery, UK), Claremorris, Mayo

                    Periodical Review #4, Ormston House, Limerick, curated by Mary Conlon, Mark Cullen, Gavin

                    Murphy & Paul Hallahan

2014            Periodical Review #4, Pallas Projects, Dublin curated by Mary Conlon, Mark Cullen, Gavin

                    Murphy & Paul Hallahan

2010            Bizarre Bazaar, Pallas Projects, Dublin

2009            This must be the place, with Jeco Sword, IMOCA, Dublin

2008            There, Not There, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (Elizabeth Magill, Felicity Clear, Paul Nugent, Orla

                    Whelan and Mark McGreevy), curated by Dawn Williams

                    Trapezium, New work by Jeco Sword (Clodagh Emoe, Janine Davidson, Orla Whelan and

                    Sinead O Reilly) The LAB, Dublin

                    Winter Salon, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin,

                     In the Minds Eye, new work from OPW Collection, Various venues nationwide.

2007           The BiG Store, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

2005            Painting show, The Ashford, Royal Hibernian Acadeny, Dublin

2003            ev+a 2003, Limerick City Gallery of Art, curated by Virginia Perez- Ratton

2001            Zumo, Centro Can Felipa, Barcelona


Awards & Residencies

2013            Studio 468, Studio Residency, Rialto, Dublin,

2011            Royal Hibernian Acadamy Studio Residency, RHA, Dublin

2008            Draiocht Studio Residency, Draiocht, Dublin

2003            Visual Art Bursary from The South Dublin County Council.

                    The George Campbell Travel Award (Granada, Spain) from The Arts Council of Ireland

2002            The Tyrone Guthrie Centre International Exchange Bursary: VCCA Virginia, USA.

2000            Studio Rental Assistance Award from The Arts Council

1999            Studio Rental Assistance Award from The Arts Council

1998            Studio Rental Assistance Award from The Arts Council


Reviews & Catalogues & Interviews

2012            First name spelt with an ‘O’. Critical essay by James Merrigan.

                   Orla Whelan in conversation with Robert Armstrong at the LAB, viewable on


2009            At the heart of Chance, Review by Aidan Dunne, Irish Times 07/ 01/09

2008            At the heart of Chance, Essay by Patrick Murphy, Director RHA

                    At the heart of Chance, Review by Lucy White, Metro, 30/ 11/08

                    Rising stars of Irish Art, by Eimear McKeith, Sunday Tribune, 28/09/08

                   There, Not There Catalogue, Essay by Dawn Williams

                   In the Minds Eye Catalogue,

                   We live to see each other, Review by Monica Flynn, Circa Online

2007            Outside, Review by Aidan Dunne, Irish Times 21/02/07

                    Outside, Review by Roz Brittton, Metro, 05/02/07

2004            Contexts Vol. 3, Issue 1. March 2004, Study of two Artists Practices.

2003            ev+a 2003 Catalogue

2002            Overtime Catalogue, Interview by Declan Clarke


Recently Published

2015            AtHomeStudios, Issue May/June of Visual Artists News sheet, Visual Artists Ireland

2014            Creating Connections (AtHomeStudios), in Cultural Reproducers Propositions, Manifestoes &

                    Experiments, Chicago, USA


2013-17       Founding member of AtHomeStudios, a collective of six artists working from individual home

                    studios in Dublin,


 2017            Illustration projects by Orla Whelan: