RHA Friends Tour of the ‘Ireland Glass Biennale 2023’

RHA Friends

On 6 Jul, 2023

We're delighted to bring the Friends on a tour of the 'Ireland Glass Biennale 2023' with exhibition juror, artist & educator Karen Donnellan in the Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle

The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in association with the Office of Public Works today (27 April) launched the Ireland Glass Biennale 2023; an exhibition of work from some of the world’s most innovative glass artists, designers and craft practitioners. The Ireland Glass Biennale (IGB) exhibition will be on show in the Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle from 28 April to 20 August 2023. Through showcasing the excellence of contemporary glass practice, the Irish Glass Biennale (IGB) aspires to further the public’s understanding of the creative potential of glass and to act as a catalyst for cultural activities which centre around glass.

Glass practitioners from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia are among those selected by the international panel of jurors, each bringing expertise in their respective fields of glass curation, practice and education Kim Mawhinney, Senior Curator of Art at National Museums Northern Ireland; Katya Heller, Director at Heller Gallery, New York; Zhang Lin, Founder, Director and President of the Shanghai Museum of Glass and Karen Donnellan, artist, and educator. The exhibition is curated by Dr Caroline Madden of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Ireland Glass Biennale


Our tour guide exhibition juror Karen Donnellan (she/they) is a visual and sound artist, and energy worker. She received a Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Glass from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland and a Master of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, US.

Karen’s solo exhibitions have included ‘Essentia’ at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY; ‘Arc’ at Kitchen Table Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; ‘Cercle’ at the National Craft Gallery, Ireland; ‘Musica Universalis’ at Williams Gallery, IN; and ‘O’ at Gallery Kunstler, Rochester, NY.

Her forthcoming solo exhibition is scheduled to open at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin in August of 2023.

From 2014-2022 they served as Associate Professor of Glass, Division Head of Sculpture / Dimensional Studies, and Director of the National Casting Center Glass Studios at Alfred University, NY. They are now based in Dublin at the Dean Art Studios.


This tour is exclusively for the RHA Friends only. Booking essential.

We will be meeting at the Coach House Gallery – Location HERE

There is a small fee of €5 per Friend to join this tour. The Friends Co-ordinator will be in touch to follow up on this after you book your place.

Join the RHA Friends HERE

Image 1: Jude Abu Zaineh, Bithoon (with map of Palestine), (detail) Neon and map, 91cm x 74cm x 13cm, 2022. Image credit : Jude Abu Zaineh // Image 2: Michael Spužinová, Banana Saw, 2023, Flameworked recycled glass, 20cm x 6cm x7cm, Image credit: Jirka Dvorák // Image 3: Anna Mlasowsly, On Venus, 2022, Video

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    6 Jul, 2023
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