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Joanne Breen

Born in Wexford, Ireland,

National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

1999-2001     University College Cork


Solo Exhibitions

1992-1994 ‘Bansheanchas’ Touring Exhibition, Commissioned by Siol Phadraig, London/Irish Arts Festival

1994   ‘Lettering and Tapestries’, The Albany Centre, Depford, London, An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

1999   ‘An Focal Fite – The Woven Word’, The Watch House Gallery, Enniscorthy

2001   ‘An Focal Fite – The Woven Word’, Kunstvere Wien Alte Schmiede, Vienna

2001   ‘Fighe an Fhearann – Weaving the Land’, The Morven Gallery, Isle of Lewis, Scotland



County Wexford Education Centre, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford



1991   Electricity Supply Board,  National Craft Competition, Royal Dublin Society

1994   Arts Flight, Arts Council of Ireland

1998 Artist in the Community Scheme, St Senan’s Parents Group Community  Tapestry Project, Arts Council of Ireland Award

2000   Artist  in the Community Scheme, Boolavogue Tapestry Group Millenium Community Tapestry Project, Arts Council of Ireland Award

2000   Community Artist Development Fund, Arts Council of Irleand, Individual Bursary.

2002   Artist in the Community Scheme, Boolavogue Tapestry Group, Equality for Womens Measure under the National Development Plan.


Selected Group Exhibitions

1992/3   Wexford Showcase, Invited Artists, Wexford Arts Centre

1995    Masterworks 11, CTA, Clos na bhFiodoiri, Dingle, Kerry

1996   Surface Tension, CTA, An Droichead, Co. Louth

1996   Words Revealed, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

1997   Contemporary Tapestry Artists, CTA,  Clos na Bhfiodoiri, Dingle, Kerry

1998   Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Equality, Portable Art, Watch House Gallery, Enniscorthy


Selected Bibliography

1991   Arts Show, Raidio Teilifis Eireann Radio

1992   Art Matters, Raidio Teilifis Eireann Television

1994   ITNET, International Tapestry Magazine, Review of Contemporary   Tapestry Ireland Exhibition

2000   Tacsi, British Broadcasting Company Scotland Arts Documentary Film

2002   An Leabhar Mór-The Great Book of Gaelic

2003   Joanne Breen – A Retrospective, published by Wexford County Council



The Gaelic Arts Agency, Stornaway Isle of Lewis, Scotland, Department of Education, Staten Island City Council, USA, Social Work Deparmtent, Comhairle an Eilean Siar, Scotland,

Wexford County Council, Work in private collections in Ireland, England, Finland, Spain, Austria and Australia


Artists Statement

“Thematically I explore the traces and tracks left by mans interaction with the landscapes, it captures transitory images momentarily given by the action of wind, light and tiny footsteps on sand.”

Joanne Breen, 2001


“My work in both drawing and woven tapestry is concerned with the idea of mapping essential lines on the landscape. These lines/patterns are either a result of elemental erosion or are man-made. They may be imprinted or raised, walls or rivers. What is interesting for me as an artist is that they are part of our collective land legacy and are environmental drawings”

Joanne Breen, 2001

Frances Breen

1955              Born in Wexford, Ireland

1973-1979     National College of Art and Design, Dublin

1984-1985     National College of Art and Design, Dublin,

1990-1991     Hochschule fur Angewandte Kunst, Viena, Austria


Solo Exhibitions

1999   ‘I lár na tuara móra’, Kunstverien Wien Alte Schmeide, Vienna

1999   ‘ An Focal Fite – The Woven Word, Watch House Gallery, Enniscorthy

2001   Kunstverien Wien Alte Schmiede, Vienna



2000   County Wexford Education Centre, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

2001   Gaelic Arts Agency, Leabhar Mór , Scotland



1978   University of Oslo, Norway

1989   Pentiment, Hamburg, Germany

1990/91   Austrian Ministry for Science and Culture


Selected Group Exhibitions

1998   ‘Words Revealed’, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

1998   ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’, Portable Art, The Watch House Gallery, Enniscorthy.

1999   ‘Lettering Arts’, Berchtold Villa, Salzburg

1999   ‘Fifth Wexford Artists Book Exhibition’, Wexford Arts Centre

2000        ‘Celtic Connections’ – Book Exhibition, Waln, Austria


Selected Bibliography

2001   An Leabhar Mór- The Great Book of Gaelic, edited by Malcolm MacLean, published by Canongate



Gaelic Arts Agency, Scotland

Wexford County Council

Department of Education & Science

Private collections in Ireland, Scotland, England, Austria and Italy



Artists Statement

I explore the world of language, rhythm, resonance – often historical, at times contemporary and respond to the challenge of giving text visual form.


Collaboration with visual artists, in particular with my sister Joanne Breen, has been a vital part of my visual arts work and experience.