Orla Whelan is a visual artist whose practice is rooted in painting. In October 2021, she will participate in the 6th Biennial of Painting in association with Pallas Projects at Meštrović Pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia. In September 2021, Matter Mammal Oil Soar, a book about her work will be published with Whale Dust Books. In 2020, she completed A More Immortal Atlas, a solo exhibition at Rathfarnham Castle (OPW) Dublin. In 2019, she was winner of the inaugural Merrion Plinth Award, she completed a large site specific commission for Facebook offices in Dublin, and undertook a residency at The Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Orla has had solo and group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. She has an MA in Visual Arts Practices from IADT, MA European Fine Art from WSA, Barcelona, and BA Fine Art from NCAD, Dublin. Studio residency awards include, IMMA, The RHA Studios, Studio 468, Draiocht, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios in Dublin, Cill Rialaig artist retreat, and the VCCA, Virginia, USA. Orla received a Visual Arts Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2020 and 2021. Her work is held in the collections of Trinity College Dublin, the Office of Public Works and many private collections. Orla is founder and director of the artists collective AtHomeStudios and the publishing project Whale Dust. She lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
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