The Making

Órla Bates (b. Wexford, 1978) is a visual artist living and working in County Wexford.  She graduated in 2000 from Limerick School of Art and Design with a BA in Printmaking.   Órla’s current practice has a particular focus on using drawing as a means of thinking, seeing and inventing.  Through the act of drawing the work pursues a reinvented place that moves between states of representation and abstraction. Recognisable remnants and an assortment of lines, spaces and abstract mark-making veer away from their referential functions and seek out another state.

Recent group exhibitions include:

  • Cairde Visual, The Model, Sligo,
  • Peripheries Open, Peripheries Space, Gorey, Co. Wexford,
  • RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
  • Impressions, Galway Arts Centre. 

In 2016 and 2012 she was awarded the Artlinks Bursary Award. 

In 2012 Bates received the Tyrone Guthrie Residency Award from Wexford County Council. 

Other residencies include:

  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Newbliss, Co. Monaghan,
  • Living Arts Project, Wexford County Council, Wexford Arts Centre,
  • Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo