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 
Artistic Experience

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

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

Selected Exhibitions

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.