Fiona Mulholland

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Fiona Mulholland

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Leitrim Sculpture Centre

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Visual artist and jewellery designer/maker based at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

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visual arts, craft, design

Description of practice/Biography

Employing several disciplines, Fiona Mulholland has worked in the creative sector for over twenty years and she has a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London. In sculptural works, she often uses a variety of media in order to investigate the tensions between ‘dreams’, ‘fantasy’ and the ephemera of modern living. Currently questioning how we solicit spaces/places of retreat whether physical or psychological, her concern is to make objects which hover between illusive and poetic yet often ‘artificial’ landscapes.

Fiona recently returned to her roots in contemporary jewellery to develop limited edition and commission works inspired by pure form, light and colour with the intention of establishing a business that would allow her to use her creative skills in a sustainable way and also complement her studio practice. Recent awards include; The Irish Fashion Industry Awards, ‘Irish Accessory Designer of the Year’, a Future Makers, ‘Spotlight Award’, from the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and in 2016, she received the ‘Established Jewellery Category winner’ at the RDS Crafts Awards.

Fiona has realised several large scale public artworks, (clients include Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Beacon South Quarter and most recently for the Education Training Board in Donegal), as well as participating in numerous group & solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She has lectured at the National College of Art and Design and the University of Ulster in Belfast. She has been has been the recipient of several funding and residency awards including, Leitrim County Council; the Arts Council of Ireland; Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; a one year studio award in Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin; the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris; the Firestation Artists’ Studios, Dublin and in 2011 at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, where she continues to be a studio holder.

In 2017, she received a 'Golden Fleece' Award.

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