Rhona Byrne
Email: byrnerhona@gmail.com 
Rhona Byrne is an Irish artist based in Dublin who graduated from NCAD with a BFA in Sculpture in 1994. Rhona makes contextually responsive projects, sculpture, drawing and spatial environments that navigate the complex multi-dimensionality of physical and social space, embodiment and interaction.  Rhona is also an educator, designer and photographer and facilities art workshops with adults and children. 
Rhona work is in the collection of The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Fingal County Council, Facebook, Microsoft, Beaumont hospital, NUI Maynooth, The Rollercoaster society America and private collections. 
Selected Exhibitions
Open studio exhibition at FAAP Sao Paulo. Residência Artística FAAP · São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Untertage Sao Paulo . Spatial intervention in the former Centro de Empreendedorismo / FAAP, São Paolo, Brazil, 2018in collaboration with Friedrich Engl and Ursula Gaisbauer. 
L’Atlas des Nuages. Fondation Francoisschneider, France curated by Marie Terrieux.
Please Touch: Tactile Encounters, Rhona Byrne, Maud Cotter, Richard Forrest, Katie Watchorn, Curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney
You and I, curated by Alissa Kleist Millennium Court Arts Centre                                                                                               The Play Project. VISUAL Carlow, curated by Emma Lucy O’Brien. 
Embodied Encounters, Beall centre for Art and Technology, Irvine California, USA curated by David Familian and Simon Penny In Conjunction with “Body of Knowledge”Conference UC Irvine.
A Decade, Irish Museum of Modern Art. An exhibition of works the the IMMA collection. 
A Fair Land, Grizedale Arts at Irish Museum of Modern Art. 2015 Temple Bar Gallery and Studios Solo exhibition, Huddle Tests.
A School for revolutionary girls a project by Suzanne Lacy. IMMA. 
Tulca Festival of Visual Art Galway, Seachange, curated by Mary Cremin.                                    
Visual Centre for Contemporary Art Carlow, Bolthole, cuaretd by Emma Lucy O'Brien. 
Fourth Space West Cork Centre A coloured threshold, curated by Ann Davoren.
National Gallery of Ireland, A Moving Threshold. Performative sculpture, curated by Vaari Claffey and Donal Maguire.
Ridge, Phishing the Landscape Verksmijan, Hjalteyri in Iceland curated by Catriona Shaw and Clementine Roy.
2013 Norfolk and Norwich Arts Festival, Norwich, Uk, curated by Stephen Brandes. (solo)
Irish Museum of Modern Art, In the Line of Beauty, curated by Rachel Thomas.
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Action All areas, curated by Katy Fitzpatrick.
St Andrew's Community Centre, The producers, Rialto, Dublin, curated by Vaari Claffey.
The Lab, ‘A Physical Place’, Exiles, Dublin, curated by Alison Pilkington. 2012 Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, UK, ‘Bolt-Hole’, curated by Susan Sheddan.
Tate Britain, ‘Bolt-Hole’, UK, curated by Katy Fitzpatrick.
Cartel Gallery, ‘Last day.’, London, UK, curated by Paul O'Neill.
Gracelands at EVA, ‘Circling the Square’, Limerick, IE, curated by Vaari Claffey.
White Box, New York, ‘All Humans Do’, curated by Aoife Tunney and Chris Fite Wassilak.
The Model, Sligo, ‘All Humans Do’, curated by Aoife Tunney and Chris Fite Wassilak.
Iteration: Again, Hobart, Tasmania. AU, ‘Our Day Will Come’ by Paul O’Neill and curated by Fiona Lee in, curated by David Cross.
Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris FR, ‘De l'émergence du Phénix,’ curated by Caroline Hancock
Tampere Art Museum, Finland, FI, ‘Body and Movement’, curated by Laura Koonika and Virpi Nikkari
2010 The Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, US, ‘Nothing is impossible’, curated by Mark Garry and Georgina Jackson.
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, IE ‘Futures 10’, curated by RuthCarroll and Patrick Murphy.
Sinop Biennial, Turkey, Temporarily shelved, Curated by Vaari Claffey and Rana Öztürk. Gracelands, Dromahair, IE, Folly, curated by Vaari Claffey.
Tulca Galway Arts Festival, Galway IE ‘Living on the Edge’, curated by Michelle Browne.
2009 Connaught House, Dublin, IE, ‘Work In Space’, curated by Aoife Tunney. 
Gracelands, Dromahair, IE,’ Mimetic’, curated by Vaari Claffey.
2008 Four Gallery at the Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IE, (Solo) ‘It’s a Roller Coaster’, curated by Lee Welsh.
Selected Commissions/ projects
The Central Field. In Context 4 in collaboration with Yvonne Mc Guinness 
The Scribble, Public Art Commission Education Hub, Maynooth University.
Mobile Monuments Fingal County Council , 1916 Public Art Commission in collaboration
with artist Yvonne Mc Guinness.
Artists the design team for a cycle route around St Enda's Park Dublin.
Commissioned by South Dublin County Council.
Huddle wear, Facebook AIR program at Dublins HQ. Commission and residency program
And on that Note A large scale event of performance and Sculpture, Heart of Glass, St Helens Rugby stadium, Liverpool.
Bothole kit, an interactive kit developed for families supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Bolthole,an interactive sculpture and installation.
Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, Tate Britain, UK, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Big HouseFestival 2013 / The Performance Corporation curated by Katy Fitzpatrick and Susan Sheddan.
2013 – ongoing Cowper Care dementia care unit, Dublin. An architectural intervention and wearable works series using smart textiles.
2013 Its All up in the Air, a series of monumental black cloud sculptures, that area travelling host to happenings, events and social encounters. The installation has travelled to Melbourne, Tasmania, New York, Sligo, London, Norwich.
2013 The interpretive project, a collaborative project involving choreography and dance,
Redstables summer school, Dublin, curated by Denise Reddy and Sean O'Sullivan.
2008/11 BalconyProject,Seniorcitizenshousingcomplex.AnAudioboxproducedand available in mobile libraries in Dublin City, Commissioned by Dublin City Council.
2011 When things meet, an outdoor sculpture and audio installation involving the particpation of localresidentsandlivestock.Commonage,Callan,Killkenny.
2010 The Space I’m in, portable sculpture. Education Department. The Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh USA.
2009 Architectures of Control, a site specific kinetic sculpture. Radar, Loughborough University, UK, curated by Nick Slater 
2008 The Glen Park project, In Context sculpture commission, creating temporary f lexible ‘rooms’ in Glen Park. Cork City Council, Cork,
2007 Artist on the design team with the Office of Public Works and Heneghan Peng Architects collaborating on the concept and planning for the redevelopment of the city central site of Mountjoy prison, Dublin.
2007 Learning How to Fly over Swansea, Site specific installation in response to the city of Swansea, Locws international 3, Swansea, Wales, curated by Grace Davies, David Hastie and Tim Davies.
2006 The Umbrella Project the LAB, Dublin, A walking tour event that explored and mapped the changing physical and social makeup of the North East inner City of Dublin, resulting in the production of umbrellas an exhibition and publication, commission ed by the Fire Station Artists Studios.
2004 HomeRhonaByrneandBallymunpigeonClub.A project,event,filminresponsetothe regeneration of Ballymun . Axis Arts Centre, Dublin.
Artists Residencies
2018 Residência Artística FAAP · São Paulo, SP, Brazil 3 months
2016 The Little House Residency Venice Beach Los Angeles. 
2016 Irish Museum of Modern Art . A Fair Land Grizedale Arts.
2015 Facebook HQ Dublin 3 months
2014 Resort Residency. Case Study 1, Portane, Fingal County Council. 2014 Artists Stays. Mobile Art School at St Catherine’s primary.
2011 Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia. 2mths.
2010 The Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, USA. 2mths. 
2009/12 Membership Studio at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin. 3yrs. 2008 The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. 6mths.                                                                                                                                                                                    Irish Museum of Modern Art . A Fair Land Grizedale Arts. Facebook HQ Dublin 3 months                                                       Resort Residency. Case Study 1, Portane, Fingal County Council. Artists Stays. Mobile Art School at St Catherine’s primary.  Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia. 2mths. The Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, USA. 2mths.                   2008 Ardbia, Berlin, Germany. 3 weeks.
2006 Pepinieres map XXL, Art4EU, Haus der Architektur, Graz, Austria. 3mths. 2005-06 The FireStation’s ArtistsStudios‘Artists in the Community Studio Award’ 1yr. 2002-05 Residential studio in the FireStation Artists Studios. Dublin. 3yrs 
2018 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Visual Arts Bursary.
2018 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Travel and training Award
2016 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Visual Arts Bursary.
2015 Fingal County Council, Visual Artist Bursary Award.
2014 Aesthetic Art prize, long list of 100 artist.
2014 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Travel and Mobility Award
2013 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Visual Arts Bursary.
2013 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Projects Award.
2012 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Travel and Mobility Award
2011 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Visual Arts Bursary.
2011 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Travel and Mobility Award
2008 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Projects New Work Award.
2008 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Visual Arts Bursary.
2005 Arts Council of Ireland, IE, Travel and Mobility Award
2003 Artist in the Community Scheme Award. The Irish Arts Council administered by CREATE
1990- 1994 BFA hons Fine Art Sculpture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
2008- 10 Research with Environmental psychologist David Canter, University of Huddersfield UK.
2008 Mobility and the City. Associate researcher, Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin.
Professional education
2013- 2014 Meridian leadership program, Common Purpose, Dublin supported by Dublin City Council.
2013 Interior design for Dementia Care, Sterling University, Scotland.
1997 + 99 City and Guilds, Auto CAD (computer aided design) 2D and 3D, Griffith College Dublin 1997 FAS. City and Guilds.
Third Level.
2016 Visiting Artist to MA in Social Practice and the Creative Environment 2015 Visiting Artist on the BFA Sculpture dept NCAD.
2014 Visiting artist IADT Visual Arts Practices MA program.
2012 Visiting artist at NCAD/UCD Art in the Contemporary World MA project.
2003 – 2010 Griffith College Dublin BA in Design (Interior architecture) Lecturer and project studio tutor in the on the first year Bachelor of Arts in Design in Interior Architecture.
2005- 2010 Griffith College Dublin BA in Design (Interior architecture). Responsible for the delivery, scheduling and coordination of the First Year Part time evening program. I would liaise with student and lecturers during the year and report back to the director.
2009 & 10 Visiting artist presenting workshops with BA students UCD University College Dublin. School of Architecture.
2009 Sligo College of Art visiting artist to BA students.
2014 ArtistsMentorforHazelDixonaspartofherawardfortheArtistsinthecommunity scheme, Create and the Arts Council of Ireland
Primary and secondary School level
2016- 19 ‘Virtually There’ Kids Own Kids' Own Publishing Partnership
Blessington Community College, transition year curated by Jennie Guy, Thinking Visual . 
2015 Other Other Other, Roscommon Arts Centre and local school curated by Jennie Guy.
2011/15 ArtandDesignInstructor,designinganddeliveringshortprograms.TheCentrefor Talented Youth. Art and Design tutor, DCU, Dublin City University 6- 17 year old students.
2013 Mobile Art School, Artists Stays. St Catherine’s primary school , Rush for 30 weeks . Primary school curated by Jennie Guy and Cleo Fagan.
2012-  16  Visiting artist at Willow Park primary school, Arts week, Blackrock.                  
Workshops for adults and children 
2016 The Hughlane Gallery                                                                                                                                                                          2016 The Arc, Dublin.
2015 Nimble Spaces, Visual Carlow.
2015 The Irish Architecture Foundation, all ages.
2013, 14 Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA Education dept. 2014-15 Artists workshops with Recreate, Dublin.                  2014 Bealtaine Festival. Dublin City Council.
2012 NGBK, Berlin, DE ,Kombiticket's 'ChannelTunnel', curated by Catriona Shaw.                                                                   2010 Workshop. Education dept. The Mattress Factory Museum Pittsburgh USA. 
Selector/ advisor
2015 Steering group for Dublin2020 - European Capital of Culture Candidate City
2015 Artist on the design team for the research, design and planning process for the redevelopment of Design development of NTA Cycle Route .Commissioned by South Dublin County Council.
2010 Advisory panel for Public Art Commission regeneration commissioning project. St Micheals Estate.
2009 Dublin City Council Percent for Percent for Art Commission.
2009 Public Art Advisory Panel, Revising the Public Art commissioning guideline. The Arts Council of Ireland.
2009/ 2010 Artists Panel,Education Dept. Irish Museum of Modern Art. 2007 Leitrim County Council Percent for Art Commission. Publications/ text
2004 Home Rhona Byrne and Ballymun Pigeon Club designed by Atelier David Smith and Oran Day. Awarded a gold ICAD (Irishcreativeadvertisinganddesign) The publication represented Ireland in the Art Directors Club
Europe ACDE awards and was awarded an ‘Irish print award’ printed by Wood Print Craft.
Published articles and contributions
2016 VAI How its Made. 
2011 Zine contribution for Our Day Will Come a project by PaulO'Neill. 
2009 Artist in the Community Scheme: Four Essays, published by CREATE.
2009 Permaculture, Project Press, Project Arts Centre.
2005 Home Rhona Byrne and Ballymun pigeon club, Contexts Magazine arts and practice in Ireland. The Regeneration issue.
2005  Theo Sims and Rhona Byrne by Mark Garry, Backflash Magazine ,Canada.
2006  ‘How its made’ VAN Visual Artists Ireland 2006.
2005&06 Feint, zine contribution by VaariClaffey 2005and2006. 
2005/06 Artists experiences MapxxL Pepinieres
Heart of Glass Publication. Going out of Our way an essay by curator VaariClaffey
Sarah Baume on Huddle tests commissioned by Temple Bar Gallery and Studios
Red Stables Summer school, Interpretive project.
Balcony Project, Audio book/ box, in mobile libraries in Dublin.
The Umbrella project publication awarded a silver ICAD award; designed and published by Atelier David Smith.
Relevant work experience
2018 Exhibition designer for the Science Gallery Trinity College Dublin. Intimacy.  
2013 Founder of artists studios ‘Station’, Harcourt St Old Police Station Dublin 2, Ireland.
2014 Producer for Artists residency program, Resort Case Study, Fingal County Council Arts Office.
2013 Producer for Commissions + Conference, Fingal County Council Arts Office. 
2014 Producer for What Next? Conference, Fingal County Council Arts Office.
1994 – 2000 Interior design, project manager for domestic and commercial projects and autoCAD technician. 
Portrait image by image by Kris Knack 
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