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Ciara O'Hara


(2005 - 2006)

(2007 - 2009)

Unknown Places
(2010 - 2012)



Ciara O’Hara’s work uses imagery from nature, whilst also incorporating elements of nature-inspired man-made design. She likes to use imagery that has connotations and symbolism and re-work that in order to express her individual concerns and evoke an emotive response. Space in her work is often ambiguous, in a way, removing a sense of either the interior or exterior space. No connotations can be made when the subject belongs to an invisible or unrecognisable space, detached from its usual form; and it is in this environment that the ordinary can be looked upon anew.

O’Hara works across a range of media, including print, drawing, painting, photography and porcelain. The use of a variety of media allows each body of work to take on new connotations and subtleties that another medium wouldn't allow.



Ciara O'Hara graduated in 2006 with a BA in Fine Art Print and History of Art from NCAD, she also has an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from UCD. Since 2006 Ciara has exhibited extensively in galleries such as Draíocht, Galway Arts Centre, The Cross, Adams Auctioneers, the RHA, the Talbot and the Stone Gallery. Her work has been shown within the Central Bank Dublin. Ciara regularly exhibits with the Graphic Studio Dublin where she is an active member.

In 2008 Ciara traveled to Toronto, Canada where she worked with Open Studio printmaking studio as part of her MA studies. In 2009 Ciara undertook SIM and NES artist residencies in Iceland and has exhibited in Reykjavik and Skagaströnd. Her work is part of the Office of Public Works, Newman House UCD, Town of Skagaströnd Iceland, and several private collections. In 2010 she co-founded a collaborative artist as curator collective White Wolf Projects with painter Anne Hendrick. She currently works with the Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin as an artist educator.


Biography (continued)

Selected Exhibitions

July - Aug 2011

Summer Show, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin.

Feb – July 2011

Sketchbook Project 2011, Art House Co-op touring exhibition, various locations USA.

December 2010

Little Christmas, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin.

November 2010

Home, Draíocht, Blanardstown, Dublin.

August 2010

Inspired by Skagaströnd, Nes listamiðstöð, Skagaströnd, Iceland.

July 2010

Summer Show, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin.

October 2009

ICEolation, Reykjavik, Iceland

October 2009

OPIÐ HÚS, Nes listamiðstöð, Skagaströnd, Iceland

May 2009

Small Works Big Picture, Mockingbird Arts, Dublin. Curated by Cleo Fagan.

December 2008

About Time, Stone Gallery, Dublin.

March 2008

Lens, Stone Gallery, Dublin.

September 2007

Culture Night 2007, Access to Arts, Dublin.

July 2007

Boyle Arts Festival, King House, Boyle.

May 2007

177th RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin.

December 2006

Impressions 2006, Galway Arts Centre, Galway.
Treat, Talbot Gallery and Studios, Dublin.

September 2006

Contemporary Irish Art Exhibition, Central Bank, Dublin, curated by Patricia Clyne Kelly.
Being and Becoming : Recent Graduate Exhibition, Stone Gallery, Dublin.

August 2006

RDS Student Awards travelling exhibition, RDS, Dublin 4, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Main Guard, Clonmel.

June 2006

NCAD Graduate Exhibition, NCAD, Dublin.

May 2006

176th RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin.

May 2005

The Fantastic Mr Tom plus Thirteen Others…, Cross Gallery, Dublin.


Joyce 100, traveling exhibition, NCAD, Ballyfermot Library, Civic Theatre, Tallaght, National Print Museum, Dublin.



design : pearsmiths 2009