Oona Hyland is a visual artist. She has over 25 years experience working as a professional artist and managed a fine art printworkshop, Clo Ceardlann na gCnoc, in the Donegal Gaeltacht in the North West of Ireland until 2014. She represented Ireland at the Onsaemiro Project, a research and exhibition in the Joint Security Area between North and South Korea in 2019 and the Sao Paulo Biennale event 'Beyond the Horizon' in 2018, the LAF17 Festival France and in 2016 participated in 'Patrons Prizes Paradigms', The Ernie O Malley Art Awards Ireland. Hyland studied Cinematography at BCFE Dublin. Her film 'Balance' made about and during the Covid lockdown in Ireland will be shown at Grad exhibition Sarajevo in November 2020.
In 2021 she is invited to participate in several international opportunities and will represent Ireland at these events including a residency in Northern Iceland in April 2021, Edition Basel in Switzerland in July 2021 with an exhibition in Atelier Mondial. Hyland is working on a specific series of work utilising her training in printmaking with large scale sculptural installations of paper and ceramic based works. This work is groundbreaking and innovative, it challenges the boundaries of different disciplines, recent works use the matrix from print technologies, and sculpture. Print, particularly etching, has always been an inspiration as a form and her current interest in 19th century photographic techniques are a natural progression from this. As a post grad student at the Slade, Hyland used paper in large scale formats and as kinetic sculptures and environments. Her work is a response to scale and the body, to sensory perception, language and the environment, seeking to make works that involve the viewer in an interactive way. The sculptures are made of paper, wood, porcelain and metal and utilise 19th century photographic techniques/film projections, a vintage Bolex reflex camera and the experimental 16mm monoflex technique.
2018 Mphil in Irish Art History. Trinity College Dublin
2017 HND Cinematography BCFE. Dublin
1997 M.A. Philosophy Queens University Belfast
1990 Higher Diploma: Fine Art Printmaking. Slade School of Art, University College, London
1988 Bachelor of Arts: Fine Art. Painting Wimbledon College of Art. London 1st Class hons in Painting and Art History
1984 Foundation Diploma in Art. Trent University of Nottingham
2020 Aga Lab Amsterdam AiR supported by Culture Ireland
2020 Edition Basel workshop and virtual residency
2020 Balance, Short film with Grace Sexton
2019 Research Project 9 Dragonheads Onsaemiro DMZ and JSA Korea
2018 Research project 9 Dragon Heads ‘Beyond the Horizon’ Rio Negro Amazonas Brazil
2016 Residency Úr Project, The Museum of Contemporary Art. Thessaloniki Greece
2015 Residency Haulien University Taiwan. Visiting artist Hwa Dong University
2015 An Crann na Teanga sculpture, An Culturlann Art Centre Belfast
2002 -2015 managed the International residency/exchange program at Cló. 2001 Visiting lecturer Reykjavik Academy of Art, Iceland
1999 Research assistant for UNESCO with David Evans developing a curriculum for teaching philosophy in Africa
1998 Initiated Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc with Ian Joyce Cló.ie fine art print workshop and art centre, Donegal
1996 Residency, Cite International, Paris. Imaginaire Irlandais
1991- 1993 Printmaker in residence, Belfast Printworkshop. Arts Council of Northern Ireland
1991 The Gillian Award, Artist in residence and associate lectureship in Printmaking and Painting, Studio Art Centre International, Florence, Italy
2022 The Long Room Hub Trinity College Dublin
2022 The Lab Gallery Dublin
2021 Deiglan Gallery Akureyri Iceland solo exhibition
2021 Edition Basel Atelier Mondial Basel Switzerland
2021 The Sea that Surrounds Us BKN Stockholm Archipelago
2021 Erasure solo exhibition Gallery Vestibule Bjorkokonstnod Bjorko Sweden
2021 Erasure De Beouwput Gallery Amsterdam solo exhibition
2021 Diamond Point Graphic Studio Dublin
2020 Balance short film in collaboration with Grace Sexton as part of the Linked Objects Project shown at Cheong Museum Korea, Juraplatz Art Space Biel/Bienne Switzerland, Artisterium International Biennale, Tbilisi Georgia and Quartair Contemporary Art Space The Hague Netherlands, GRAD winter Festival Sarajevo.
2020 Bury my Heart at Bon Secours etching. The Human Heart Graphic Studio Dublin
2020 Dasein Edition Basel, Atelier Mondial Switzerland
2020 The Quality of Mercy solo exhibition
Avalanche Art Space Massachusetts USA
2020 139th RUA Annual exhibition Rio Negro etching
2019 The Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin Winter Show. Rio Negro etching
2019 The Quality of Mercy Installation Space BOM Suwon Museum of Contemporary Art Korea
2018 Myrmecophytism: wet plate collodion prints and sculpture, 9 Dragon Heads Come Ashore at the First International Exhibition of Environmental Art. Ansan, Korea
2018 Relic: print and sculptural works at Casa Contemporanea a collateral event of the 33rd Biennale São Paulo.
2017 The Art of Printmaking: Celebrating 40 years of Belfast Printworkshop. Fenderesky Gallery. Belfast
2017 Frontiers et Limites Exposition Galerie La Vielle Poste Larroque Arts festival LAF France
2016 Patrons Prizes Paradigms The Ernie O Malley Art Awards, The Irish American Cultural Institute, University of Limerick. Curated by Catherine Marshall
2015 Artisterium Biennale, Tbilisi, Georgia
2014 Samkura The State Museum of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki. Greece
2013 Úr Archie Galentz Gallery, Berlin
2012 Transcriptions Gyumri Biennale Armenia
2011 L Etna Experimental Film Group, Paris.
2010 Nine Dragon Heads: The XXVI International festival Sarajevo.
2008 Journeys on a Fragment Gyumri Biennale, Armenia
2008 Artisterium, Tbilisi, Georgia Art Biennale
2007 Goethe Institute Tbilisi, Georgia
2006 Letter and Leaf, National Print Museum Dublin
2006 An Leabhar Mor na Gaeilge,The Great Book of Gaelic, Touring Exhibition, 33 countries
2005 Intersezioni with Anna Saba. Chia and Domus De Maria in Sardinia
2005 Ur Irish Cultural Centre, Paris
2003 Uber Menschen Culture 2000, ACC Gallery Weimar and Chiesa San Paulo, Modena, Italy
2001 Suil na Gaeltachta touring in France and Germany
1999 Dáimh/Affinity Arainn Chailuim Cille, Isle of Skye. Scotland
1998 Transgression: Visual art and Poetry, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast
Seven Cities, Touring Print exhibition, Dublin Belfast London.
International Print Show, Templebar Gallery, Dublin,
Graffinova 98,Vaasa, Finland, Biennale
1997 The Art of Navigation, 2 person exhibition with Ian Joyce, The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin
1996 B.P.W at O.B.G Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
1995 Third Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Prints, Bhopal, India
1994 Elementos/Elements, Centro Cultural Galileo, Madrid.
Graffinova 94 Vaasa, Finland, International Print Biennial.
Determined Material Foundations Fenderesky Gallery at Queen's
The Art of Navigation Belfast
Contemporary Printmaking, Templebar Gallery, Dublin
1993 Transcriptions, Print Installation, New Plaza, Belfast
The Suspended Press Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Journeys on a Fragment with Alison Merchant Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast
1991-92 A Change of Image Humberside Innovative Printmaking touring Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast
No Access Print installation. Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Large Group Exhibition Fenderesky Gallery at Queen's, Belfast
1991 Cultural Institute, Macau, China
1990 Bankside Gallery, London
1990 Strang Gallery, Slade School of Art. UCL. London
1988 Irish Women Artists Group, Off the Map Chisenhale Studios, London
1986 Irish Women Artists Group, Prism 1 and 2 London
1986 Wimbledon School of Art, Print Award
1987 The John Fielder Award
1989 Laura Ashley Scholarship
1990 Project Award, Slade School of Art Duveen Travel Scholarship (Madagascar)
1991 The Joseph Webb Memorial Trust (Print prize)
1990 The Bankside Gallery Print Award
The Gillian Award, S.A.C.I Florence (Artist in Residence)
1992 Aer Lingus Travel Award (Zurich/Budapest)
1993 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, general award
The George Campbell Memorial Trust award (Spain)
1994 Documentation award, Arts Council of Ireland
British Council travel and transport awards, Belfast and London
DHL airlift award for the international transportation of The Art of Navigation project.
Grant, Cultural Relations Committee, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.
1995 British Council travel award, Madrid, Spain
1996 Aer Lingus travel award, Paris Residency/Transport award in support of participation in L'Imaginaire Irlandais
Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Grant
1997 Transport award for The Art of Navigation project, Arts Council Northern Ireland.
O'Malley Art Award, The Irish American Cultural Institute
1998 General Award, Arts Council Northern Ireland.
1999 Artflight Award to Rome
2010 Artisterium travel Award Arts Council of Ireland
2010, Tbilisi, Georgia, Culture Ireland 2011 L Etna Experimental Film Group, Paris EACEA
2012 Transcriptions Gyumri Biennale, Armenia.
Travel Award, Culture Ireland
2013 Úr, Archie Galentz Gallery, Berlin, EACEA
2014 Samkura, The Museum of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki Greece EACEA
2015 Artisterium 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia, Travel Award. Culture Ireland
2018 Culture Ireland Award for Beyond the Horizon participation in the 33rd Biennale of Art São Paulo Brazil and in Come Ashore AIEF 18 Ansan, Korea
2019 Culture Ireland Award for the Onsaemiro Project exhibiting in Suwon Korea. Travel and transport award.
2020 Culture Ireland Award Exhibitions in the Netherlands and Switzerland
2020 Visual Art Fund award winner Trinity College Dublin.