Orla Whelan

Visual Artist


2007-08. MA Visual Art Practices, Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin.
2000-01. MA European Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, Barcelona.
1993-97. BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

Selected Solo Exhibitions & Projects
2020. A More Immortal Atlas, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin.
2019. A Falling of the Bright, Facebook offices, Grand canal Dock, Dublin.
2019. Chaos Bewitched, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin.
2012. In Paint; In Teeth; In Mountains; In Stars. The LAB, Dublin.
2011. Seeing in Black, Roscommon Art Centre, Roscommon, curated by Patrick Murphy.
2008. At the Heart of Chance, Draiocht Gallery, Blanchardstown, curated by Carissa Farrell.
2007. Outside, The Return, Goethe Institut, Dublin, curated by Mark Garry.
2002. Overtime, Archeus Fine Art, London.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021. The 6th Biennial of Painting, in association with Pallas Projects, Meštrović Pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia.
2015. COE 15, Claremorris, Mayo. Selected by Brian Cass.
2014. Periodical Review #4, Pallas Projects, Dublin & Ormston House, Limerick, curated by Mary Conlon, Mark Cullen, Gavin Murphy & Paul Hallahan.
2008. There, Not There, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (Elizabeth Magill, Felicity Clear, Paul Nugent, Orla Whelan and Mark McGreevy), curated by Dawn Williams.

Awards & Residencies
2021. Visual Arts Bursary, The Arts Council of Ireland.
2020. Visual Arts Bursary, The Arts Council of Ireland.
2019. Facebook AIR Programme Commission for Facebook Offices Grand Canal Dock, Dublin.
2019. Production Residency, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
2019. Winner of The Merrion Plinth Award, Merrion Hotel Dublin, selected by Oonagh Young, Patrick Murphy, and Lochlann Quinn.
2019. Administration and Programming grant in support of the running of artist’s collective AtHomeStudios, from Visual Artists Ireland/ Arts Council of Ireland.
2018. Cill Rialaig artists retreat, Kerry.
2013. Studio 468, Studio Residency, Rialto, Dublin.
2011. Royal Hibernian Academy, Studio Residency, RHA, Dublin.
2008. Draiocht Studio Residency, Draiocht, Dublin.

Selected Reviews & Catalogues & Interviews
2020 Artistic License – Orla Whelan, by Penny McCormick, THE GLOSS
2020 Sites of Abstraction, exhibition review by Moran Been-noon, Visual Artist’s Ireland News sheet, November-December issue.
2020. Artist Interview, Alhaus magazine, March edition online & issue six in print, September 2020
2012. First Name Spelt with an ‘O’. Essay by James Merrigan.
2012. Orla Whelan in conversation with Robert Armstrong at the LAB, viewable on Vimeo – http://vimeo.com/36021278
2009. At the Heart of Chance, Review by Aidan Dunne, Irish Times 07/ 01/09.
2008. At the Heart of Chance, Essay by Patrick Murphy, Director RHA.
2008. There, Not There, Catalogue essay by Dawn Williams.
2007. Outside, Review by Aidan Dunne, Irish Times 21/02/07.
2002. Overtime exhibition catalogue, Interview with Declan Clarke.

Published Writing
2021. Matter Mammal Oil Soar – Book by Orla Whelan, published by Whale Dust Dublin, 2021.
2015. AtHomeStudios, Issue May/June of Visual Artists News Sheet, V.A.I.
2014. Creating Connections (AtHomeStudios), in Cultural Reproducers Propositions, Manifestoes & Experiments, Chicago, USA.

Trinity College Dublin, Office of Public Works, AXA, private collections in the UK and Ireland.

Collectives & Projects
Founder of Whale Dust, an artist’s book publishing project founded in 2021 www.whaledust.com
Founder and director of AtHomeStudios, a collective of artists working from individual home studios established in 2013 www.athomestudios.wordpress.com, instagram@athomestudiosdublin