Catriona Leahy

BA, MA RCA, FHEA

Assistant Lecturer
Catriona Leahy

Catriona Leahy is an artist and educator based in Dublin. Leahy received her BA Fine Art from Crawford College of Art & Design and MA Print from The Royal College of Art in London. Before taking up position as Assistant Lecturer in Print at NCAD in January 2018 she held the position of Senior Lecturer in Printmaking at the University of Northampton (2013 – 2017), during which time she secured the Satander Staff Research Award to enable a research residency for herself and 4 MA students to the world-renowned Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium. The residency resulted in the publication of a collaborative artists’ book, the original of which is housed in the TATE Britain Special Collections Library. She was Associate Lecturer at Winchester School of Art (2016 – 2017) and has acted as Visiting Lecturer to Camberwell College of Art, Manchester School of Art, Loughborough University and University of Central Lancaster. Leahy is currently a 3-year studio member at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2018-2021). She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently Arts Council Ireland Visual Art Bursary (Strand I, Round II 2018). She works across print, sculpture and moving image.

Catriona Leahy’s work engages in sites wherein a particular dissonance manifests itself temporally, spatially or aesthetically, where anachronistic objects, architecture or particular landscape tropes usher the past into focus with the present. To that end, her interest lies in the remains of cultural phenomena that have been displaced, or have lost their significance in our “progress-driven”, globalised society. Residues on the landscape of our industrial past and by extension, the impact this human intervention has had on our environment also provide material for investigating the repercussions of a society driven by progress.
Through a process of intervention in the image using print, moving image, installation and sculpture, attention is drawn to transformations, latent aspects and layered histories.

2018 Arts Council Ireland Visual Arts Bursary (Strand 1, Round 2).


2018 – 2021: Awarded 3-year Studio Membership, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin.


2019 (upcoming, date TBC): Residency at ArtLab Contemporary Print, Preston in association with University of Central Lancaster and as a follow-up to my invitation to present at The Harris Museum, Preston (UK) as part of Lubaina Himid’s (Turner Prize Winner) series of curated events “Into a Better Shape” (promoting & celebrating the work of female practitioners.)


2018: Culture Ireland Award for International Exhibition in Holland. Unfolding Landscape at De Cacaofabriek


2017: LCN London Creative Network Programme – 6 month programme with Space Studios London and Mentoring from artist Kathrin Bohm


2016: A-N Artist’s Network Bursary (UK) – To support my participation in the 3rd International Triennial Exhibition “Coup de Ville” in Belgium curated by Stef Van Bellingen


2016: Culture Ireland Award for International Exhibition in Belgium. Coup de Ville, Curated by Stef Van Bellingen.


2015: Grants for the Arts Individual Funding, Arts Council England


2015: Eaton Fund for Artists


2015: Santander Staff Research Award, University of Northampton and Santander.

2013: Arts Council of Ireland Travel & Training Award


2013: Stanley Picker Printmaking tutorship award 2013/2014 – Kingston University, London.


2013: Red Mansion Art Prize, Shortlisted.


2012: 20/21 British Art Fair Graduate Award - RCA
2012: Royal College of Art Bursary


2012: Arts Council of Ireland Travel & Training Award


2011: Arts Council of Ireland Travel & Training Award


2011: Culture Ireland Award for Solo exhibition as part of Munsterland Festival pArt 6, Germany.


2011: Royal College of Art Bursary


2009: Arts Council of Ireland Travel & Training Award


2017: Artist in Residence - East London Print Studio


2015: International Artist in Residence: Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium.


2015: Florence Trust Resident Artist Award 2015/2016 for 1-year residency


2014: International Artist in Residence: Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium. Funded by FLACC.


2014: International Artist in Residence: FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists, Genk, Belgium. Funded by FLACC.


2013: International Artist in Residence, Genk, Belgium - WARP (Waasland Contemporary Art Platform).


2012: Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow (Selected and Funded by the RCA)

2009: International Artist in Residence Award, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium

2020

Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Cork


2019

CCA Derry | Londonderry

2018

Art Works Open 2018, Encountering The Land, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland.

Unfolding Landscape, De Cacaofabriek, Helmond, The Netherlands.

2017

Architecture Invisible, Film Screening, The Swiss Church, London. Film Screening, The Swiss Church, London. Curated by Annelore Schneider (collectif_fact) and Katie Goodwin, each video explores a specific location, often an overlooked cultural or social site, to find the sense of a place. The architecture becomes a living reality evolving far from the precision of its original design, be it through collapse of a civilisation or erosion by nature or just no longer relevant. Artists: Vincent Ceraudo, Anne-Charlotte Fiel, Catriona leahy, David Lewandowski, Sujin Lim, Zhenchen Liu, Eva Medin, Yelena Popova, Emily Richardson, Simon Senn, Katie Goodwin & collectif_fact (Annelore Schneider & Claude Piguet).

Rising, The Belfry, St John’s Bethnal Green, London. Including artists Ryan Gander, Ellie Harrison and Ben Rivers.
Pale Blue Dot Collective presents Rising – a multi disciplinary contemporary art exhibition exploring the anthropogenic impact on the coast and sea (and vice versa). The title Rising refers not only to global temperatures and sea levels but also us standing together to protest against the politics of denial, negativity and short term solutions that consider the financial but not environmental cost. Surface Tensions, curated by Jaki Irvine, Library Project Space, Dublin LCN Showcase, Space Gallery, Mare Street, London

2016

Coup de Ville, 3rd Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Sint- Niklass, Belgium. Curated by Stef Van Bellingen.

NEO Print Prize, NEO Gallery, Bolton.


Florence Trust Residents Exhibition 2016, Florence Trust, London.

Haptic | Optic, (travelling exhibition) Museum of Chinese Profiles, Xiamen; Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai & Yuquanshan Art Gallery, Beijing, China

2015

Relief in Time, Solo Show, RijksMuseum Twenthe, The Netherlands. Invited by Jan–Christoph Tonigs, Arts Director, Kloster-Bentlage, Rheine, Germany and Arnoud Odding, Director of Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede

Statements, Kloster-Betlage, Rheine, Germany.


:Xenotopia, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, London. Curated by Louise Clarke. Including artists Pablo Bronstein, Paul Noble, Grayson Perry.

2014

Suspended Temporality, CMine Cutlural Centre, Genk


Westinwind, Martin Kudelk Gallery, Cologne, Germany Curated by Stef Van Bellingen


The Way We Live Now And Then, The Library Project Space, Dublin curated by Mary Conlon


Ile Seguin 11/25/11, Library Project Space, Dublin. Curated by Valerie Connor


7th Douro Biennale, Douro, Portugal (invited artist).

2013

Global Print, Douro, Portugal

Show RCA 2013, London

Strategies and Tactics, Open Space Gallery, Bank, London

Notes to Self, Dyson Gallery, Battersea, London

Rising, The Belfry, St John’s Bethnal Green, London. Including artists Ryan Gander, Ellie Harrison and Ben Rivers.
Pale Blue Dot Collective presents Rising – a multi disciplinary contemporary art exhibition exploring the anthropogenic impact on the coast and sea (and vice versa). The title Rising refers not only to global temperatures and sea levels but also us standing together to protest against the politics of denial, negativity and short term solutions that consider the financial but not environmental cost. Surface Tensions, curated by Jaki Irvine, Library Project Space, Dublin LCN Showcase, Space Gallery, Mare Street, London

2016

Coup de Ville, 3rd Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Sint- Niklass, Belgium. Curated by Stef Van Bellingen.

NEO Print Prize, NEO Gallery, Bolton.


Florence Trust Residents Exhibition 2016, Florence Trust, London.

Haptic | Optic, (travelling exhibition) Museum of Chinese Profiles, Xiamen; Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai & Yuquanshan Art Gallery, Beijing, China

2015

Relief in Time, Solo Show, RijksMuseum Twenthe, The Netherlands. Invited by Jan–Christoph Tonigs, Arts Director, Kloster-Bentlage, Rheine, Germany and Arnoud Odding, Director of Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede

Statements, Kloster-Betlage, Rheine, Germany.


:Xenotopia, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, London. Curated by Louise Clarke. Including artists Pablo Bronstein, Paul Noble, Grayson Perry.

2014

Suspended Temporality, CMine Cutlural Centre, Genk


Westinwind, Martin Kudelk Gallery, Cologne, Germany Curated by Stef Van Bellingen


The Way We Live Now And Then, The Library Project Space, Dublin curated by Mary Conlon


Ile Seguin 11/25/11, Library Project Space, Dublin. Curated by Valerie Connor


7th Douro Biennale, Douro, Portugal (invited artist).

2013

Global Print, Douro, Portugal

Show RCA 2013, London

Strategies and Tactics, Open Space Gallery, Bank, London

Notes to Self, Dyson Gallery, Battersea, London

2016 Catalogue for Coup De Ville, Contemporary Art Triennial, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Curated by Stef van Bellingen
Text by Kristof Reulens, Director of Emile Van Doeren Msueum, Genk, Belgium.

2016 Florence Trust Summer Show Catalogue 2016
Text by resident curator and art writer, Kate Neave.

2016 Saatchi Art & Music Magazine Spring issue 2016-06-14
Review by Paul Bayley of :Xenotopia, curated by Louise Clarke at Gibberd Gallery, Harlow Arts Trust, Essex.

2016 Printmaking Today: Volume 25 2016 SPRING ISSUE
Review by Wuon Jean of my participation in 3rd International Printmaking Symposium and solo exhibition at “Relief in Time” at Rijksmuseum

Twenthe Enschede Holland

2015 SNAP3 3rd International Printmaking Symposium Catalogue

2015 FLACC Yearbook, 2014. With text by Art Writer, Lena Ter Haar

2013 Between, Before and After
Publication printed on the occasion of the Royal College of Art Printmaking MA Show.

2011 Paper Visual Art Journal
Transference, Exhibition curated by Cliodhna Shaffrey and Cliona Harmey Review by Kitty Rogers

2009 Circa Art Magazine
Inhabit – Review by Jane Humphries

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