Lecturer of Life Drawing

Mairin Grant was born in Ireland in 1944 and she is a lecturer in life drawing and painting at the Waterford Institute of Technology. She originally trained as a graphic designer before returning to college to study fine art

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Leviathan by Mairin Grant

Leviathan by Mairin Grant

Responsive to a Sense of Place

“In the past my work was mostly figurative and always concerned with death. Now the sea with its never-ending changes of moods, lights and darks influences it. I never tire of looking at the sea, and the lighthouse with its comforting, welcoming light. As a painter responsive to a sense of place, it is fortunate this place is such a beautiful one. Some of the paintings may be beautiful but i’m not apologising for this: as Gemma Tipton said when asked what do we want from our art museums ” I don’t want to be educated; I want to be drowned in beauty….” – Mairin Grant


  • Masters in Fine Art, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Diploma in Fine Art, Waterford Institute of technology
  • Lecturer in Art & Design Foundation Course, History of Art, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Supevisor of M.A. student, Waterford Institute of Technology

Solo Exhibitions

  • Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford, 2004
  • Masters Show, Granary Gallery, Waterford, 2000
  • Solo Exhibitions], Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford, 1996
  • Solo Exhibition, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, 1993
  • Solo Exhibition, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, 1991
  • Solo Exhibition, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, 1991

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Fringe, Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford, 2004
  • Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nis, Serbia, 2004
  • Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford, 2003
  • Group Show, Granary and Dyehouse Galleries, Waterford, 1999
  • Group Show, Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford, 1997
  • Touring Exhibition, Scotland, 1996
  • Artist in the Community- Art in Time Project with senior citizens, 1996
  • Group of Four Exhibition, Irish Life Mail, Dublin, 1995
  • Oireachtas Exhibition, Guinness Hop- Store, Dublin, 1995
  • Iontas (National Small Works) Sligo, Dublin & Belfast, 1995
  • Portable Art 3, Rosslare Harbour Terminal, 1995
  • Joint Exhibition with Israeli poet Miriam Eytan, Writers Museum, Dublin, 1994
  • Group Show, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, 1992


  • Waterford Corporation, 1996
  • Arts Council travel Award, 1992
  • Arts Council Materials/Documentation Award, 1991
  • Award Winner, Karlshruhe International Photographic Exhibition, 1990
  • Thomas Dammann Travel Award, 1990
  • Commissions
  • Office of Public Works for Leinster House Extension, 2000
  • Collections
  • Wexford County Council
  • Waterford institute of Technology Art Collection
  • HETAC Art Collection, representing Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nis, Serbia