B  E  R  N  I  E       L  E  A  H  Y

“….her work plays many emotional chords, there is a common thread of kindness and humanity behind all the pieces…”  Irish Arts Review.










Leahy has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally including New York, Chicago,  Philadelphia, representing Ireland as part of the 7th International Fiber Art Biennale 2010, and the International Textile Biennale 2004 representing Ireland in Venezuela.   Her artwork has also been internationally exhibited in the London, China and Rome, and forms part of private & public collections in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, St Louis, New Jersey, as well as the UK & Ireland.  Her major two-person exhibition ‘The Narrative Line’, with UK artist Alice Kettle in the National Craft Gallery travelled in 2010/2011. A member of ‘Irish Craft Portfolio’ since 2005, she consistently produces fine craft work to an international exhibition standard. Membership of this group is selected by an international panel for the Crafts Council of Ireland.

Her work in sculpture, usually for public commission, employs a wide variety of materials – bronze, steel,  glass, plaster, gold leaf.

Public Commissions include Per Cent for Art, Ballyboughal NS, with Fingal Co Co; Office of Public Works; Muckamore Abbey Hospital, with NI Arts Council; Waterford Healing Arts Trust; Quaker Museum with Kildare Co Co; and others. See details below.


B   e   r   n   i   e        L   e   a   h   y

Station Road, Lusk, Co Dublin, Ireland.                  Tel:   00 – 353 + 87 – 9459105

web:       www.bernieleahy.ie                                     email:   bernieleahy123 AT gmail.com



2017      Reveal. Solo exhibition, April – June 2017.  Market Arts Centre, Armagh.

2011       The Narrative Line, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn;  curator Ann Mulrooney.

2010       The Narrative Line, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; curator Ann Mulrooney.

2007       Protection & Passion, Talbot Gallery, Dublin 1, curator Elaine Grainger.

2004       ‘LINE’,  Fabrications Gallery, London

2004       The Girls, Tad Concept Gallery, Rome.



2015      Solomon Gallery, Dublin. Winter Group Exhibition 2015

2015      Solomon Gallery, Dublin. Portfolio at Solomon, July 2015

2012      Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin. Group Show.

2011       Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; selected by an international panel.

2011       The Ark, Temple Bar, “Crafted Creatures”, curated by Brian Kennedy.

2010       Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny;  Farmleigh, Dublin, selected by an international panel.

2010       International Fiberart Biennial, representing Ireland. Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia.

    Selected by Rick Snyderman, curated by Bruce Hoffman.

2010       SOFA New York, Snyderman Works Gallery, selected  & curated by Bruce Hoffman

2008       SOFA Chicago, National Craft Gallery, Chicago, curated by Brian Kennedy.

2008       I’ll Never Walk Alone, NCG, Kilkenny; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, curated by Ann Mulrooney.

2007       Sculpture in Context, National Botanical Gardens, Dublin. Selected

2004       International Textile Biennial 2004, Museo de la Ciundad, Venezuela, Selected.

2004       RDS Craft Show, Marketplace Arts Centre, Armagh; Galway Arts Centre;Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.     

2004       Irish Art in China, 411 Gallery, Hangzhou City, China. Selected.



2012        Mason, Hayes & Curran. Purchase of three large drawings.  http://www.mhc.ie/about/art

2007       ‘Passio’,  Sculpture Purchase, Office of Public Works, Dublin. (Bronze, gold leaf.)

2006       ‘100 Wishes’, Per Cent for Art Commission, Dept of Education & Science, with Fingal Co Council, for Ballyboughal N. S            (Steel, Glass)

2012       ‘The Bellewstown Horse’ Scoil Naomh Treasa, as part of Art Residency, with CCoI.   (Acrylic on canvas, stitch, wood)

2012       ‘Bracken Fish’, Bracken Educate Together, Balbriggan as part of Art Residency, with CCoI.  Plaster, acrylic.)

2006       ‘Conversations’,  Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Antrim, N&W Belfast HSS & N I Arts Council, Permanent Collection. (Large scale stitched drawings on canvas.) Six large drawings.

2005       ‘100 Images of Care, Quaker Museum, Ballitore, Kildare Co Co Library & Arts Services, Permanent Collection, (Slate, light, glass, stitch.)

2005       ‘Drink Talk’, Waterford Healing Arts Trust, A & E Dept, Waterford Hospital, Permanent Collection (Acrylic on canvas,stitch.)

2007       ‘Eachother’, Waterford Healing Arts Trust, A&E Dept, Waterford Hospital, Permanent Collection. (Slate, light.)

2007       Artist in Residence, Corduff National School, Fingal County Council. (Mixed media.)

2012       Artist in Residence, Booterstown NS, with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co Co. (Mixed media.)



2007       HIGH PROFILEAward, Irish Arts Review Magazine          

2008    CCOI Merit Award Bursary                                      

2004    RDS 1st Prize Medal for Contemporary          

2004    The William Smith OBrien Cup for Excellence                  

2004    Nominated for the Muriel Gahan Scholarship      



2010       The Narrative Line, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.

2010       International Fiberart Biennale, Snyderman Works Gallery

Digital Catalogue, ‘Balancing’ image used for cover design.

 2010       SOFA, New York with Snyderman Works Gallery

2008       SOFA, Chicago with National Craft Gallery.

2008       Never Walk Alone, NC, Kilkenny & Liverpool

2007       Protection & Passion at the Talbot Gallery.

2007       Sculpture in Context

2007       ‘The Wish Path’ Best Practice for Percent for Art,

2006       Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Co Antrim 2006

2004       LINE, Solo Show, London

2004       RDS

2004       Irish Art in China

2004       International Textile Biennale, Venezuela.



                                                Irish Arts Review Magazine                                                        Winter 10

                                                Irish Arts Review Magazine                                                        Summer 10

                                                Batsford Book- Drawn to Textiles by Gwen Hedley UK   2010

                                                ‘Hand Stitch’ Book by Alice Kettle UK                                    2012

                                                Irish Arts Review Magazine                                                        July  09

                                                Sunday Business Post                                                                    Feb 08

                                                Irish Arts Review Magazine                                                        Spring 08

                                                Irish Arts Review Magazine                                                        Winter 08

                                                Sunday Business Post                                                                    Feb 08

                                                Irish Arts Review Magazine                                                        Spring 08

                                                Irish Arts Review Magazine                                                        Winter 08

                                                The Irish Times                                                                                March 06

                                                Irish Arts Review Magazine                                                        Spring 06

                                                Fiberarts Magazine USA                                                               Autumn 06

                                                Irish Arts Review Magazine                                                        Spring 07

                                                Irish Arts Review Magazine  FEATURED ARTIST             Autumn 07

                                                Irish Arts Review Magazine                                                        Winter 07


TV & RADIO                       Imeall Arts Show, TG4, Featured Artist                                  Dec 2011

                                                The Late Late Show                                                                         March 06

                                                Nationwide, RTE 1                                                                           March 08

                                                Imeall Arts Show, TG4,                                                                  Dec  2010

                                                Arena Arts Show, RTE Radio 1                                                    Nov 2010


1987                       NCAD                    Dip  Design

1995                       NCAD                    Postgrad Dip  ADT

1984                       DLCAD                  C Visual Education




Bernie Leahy, has exhibited in Ireland, and also internationally, in London, China, and Rome. She was selected to represent Ireland in the International Textile Biennial in Venezuela, 2004, where 37 countries were represented. Her work will be shown by the National Craft Gallery of Ireland, in Chicago at SOFA Nov 08.

2010, Leahy will mount a Major Two Person exhibition, with the UK artist Alice Kettle www.alicekettle.com at the National Craft Gallery of Ireland.

The Irish Arts Review Magazine features Leahy in the Autumn 2007 edition. See the gallery page.

An Tanaiste, & Minister for Health, Mary Harney, launched her recent commissioned work,DrinkTalk, a series of panels commissioned by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, for its permanent collection in Waterford General Hospital. This exhibition will travel around Ireland until the end of 2006, when it will be installed permanently in Waterford Hospital.

Commissions for 2006 included 6 panels for Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Antrim.

Bernie is also working on The Wish Path, a glass & steel outdoor piece, a Percent for Art Scheme for Ballyboughal National School, with Fingal County Council and the Department of Education & Science

She has also been selected by an international panel for Portfolio. Portfolio is an initiative to link art makers with international high-end buyers, to be launched by the Craft Council of Ireland (www.ccoi.ie) in the form of digital catalogue. This launch of Portfolio took place in Collins Barracks, National Museum of Ireland, March 2006.

In 2004 in Dublin, she was awarded the First Prize Medal for Contemporary Embroidery and also the William Smith O’Brien Cup for Excellence at the 2004 International Craft Competition.

Artist’s Statement

These drawings try to capture a fleeting moment in time, to convey the essence of the subject, and hence often show only essential fragments of the image. I am interested in the stitch as mark making, as undecorative & defined line: The line or mark often delineates the space around the forms, allowing them to emerge out of a tangible ground. The defined line or mark has a hole or point from which it decidedly begins or ends. Currently work is mostly in black and white. Subject matter is often the portrait, used to convey fleeting moods, glances, moments. 2007 will see the development of varied materials in Leahy s work, eg. glass, copper,concrete and bronze and a development of sculptural forms.
– Bernie Leahy (c) 2008

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  1. Hello Bernie,
    I attended a workshop with you in DLRcoco recently and, it being a great success and great fun, a group of us have decided to set up a new arts and crafts group. We’re putting together a funding proposal and would like to know how much you would charge for a workshop session. My number is 086-0333-756 if you would like to call. Many thanks, Erica


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