Orla Whelan is a visual artist whose practice is rooted in painting. In 2020, she received a visual art bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland and 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. She has had solo exhibitions at The LAB, Draiocht, and the Goethe Instituit in Dublin, and Archeus Fine Art, London. Group exhibitions include Claremorris Open 15, Periodical Review #4, Pallas Projects, Dublin, and There, Not There -5 Contemporary Painters at Crawford Art Gallery.
Orla 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.
She has received awards from The Arts Council of Ireland, South Dublin County Council, and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. 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. She lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
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