Co-Founder of Blackstack Studio

Sylvia Hemmingway is a visual artist based in Co Wexford. She studied Fine Art at NCAD, Dublin, and has a Masters Degree in Fine Art and a B.A. (Hons.) in Fine Art Print. She works mainly in printmaking, painting and drawing and is co-founder of Blackstack Studio, Kilkenny, the Fine Art printmaking facility for artists in the South East.

View “Tagged” within the collection

Jagged by Sylvia Hemmingway

Tagged by Sylvia Hemmingway

Aspects of Identity

Her work explores different aspects of identity – the disappearance and resurfacing of inherited characteristics, and the effects the decisions of someone else, or events in their lives, however small, have on one’s own life and make-up. Looking at epigenetics, the hidden capacity of ‘something’ (e.g. environment, diet, traumatic event, etc.) to have an effect on the character and development of the genes, she considers the persistence of the past in the present and the element of chance in the make-up of the individual.

What makes you who you are?

How do you happen to be where you are now?

Is it chance?

Is it fate?

Do you have any say?

Sylvia has won many awards for her work including an Arts Council Travel & Training Award in 2013, in 2009 a Wexford Co. Co. Artists Bursary Award and in 2008 a Golden Fleece Merit Award. Her works are held in collections in Ireland and abroad, including the collections of the O.P.W, The National College of Art & Design, Dublin, The National Print Museum, Dublin, Wexford County Council, NCAD, (Dublin), Wexford VEC and the State University of New York.

“The title of my work in the County Council collection is ‘Tagged’ It is an original print, in an edition of 10, made using the Photo-intaglio process.It is from a series of works exploring epigenetic tagging using metaphorical imagery and interrelating cause and effect in relation to identity.” – Sylvia Hemmingway

Art Education:

2008-2010 Master of Fine Arts, NCAD, Dublin

2002-2006 B.A.(Hons.) Fine Art (Print) NCAD, Dublin

Group Exhibitions:

2013 ‘Dunaire’, Public Access Arts, Edenderry

2012 ’20 x 12’ Kilkenny Arts Festival, Blackstack Print Studio, Kilkenny

2011 ‘We’re All in This Together’, Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny Arts Festival.

2011 Leinster Printmakers @ Cromarty Arts Centre, Cromarty, Scotland

2011 ‘Le Cheile’, Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey, Wales

2011 Cill Rialaig residency exhibition, Urban Retreat Gallery, Dublin

2010 ‘13 Seconds’, Fine Art Postgraduate Exhibition, NCAD, Dublin

2009 ‘ Camera Obscura’, Lighthouse Cinema Gallelries, Smithfield, Dublin

2008 Civic Theatre Tallaght (Group Print Exhibition)

2008 The Crow Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin – 3 person show

2007 Leinster Printmakers Studio Gallery

2007 Pigyard Gallery, Wexford

2006 Fine Art Degree Show, N.C.A.D, Dublin

2006 Leinster Printmakers Group Exhibition, Crow Gallery, Temple Bar

2006 Print Zero, Seattle, U.S.A., – Touring Exhibition

2005 Tales of Fourteen Others, Cross Gallery, Dublin

2004 Bloomsday 100, National Print Museum Dublin – Touring Exhibition

Selected Exhibitions:

2013 ‘Link’, Kilkenny Arts Festival selected artists.

2012 ‘An Duanaire’, Cross Gallery, Francis St., Dublin

2010 ‘ The Power of Three’,Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford (3 person Exh)

2009 RDS Student Art Awards Touring Exhibition

2009 ‘‘Bog 50 x 70’, Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre

2009 Impact 6 International Print Conference Exhibition, Spike Printmakers, Bristol

2008 Stroud Print Festival, Glouchestershire, England

2006 Blank Canvas, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co.Kildare.

2005 A Personal Journey, Duncannon Art Centre, Wexford (2 person show)

1999-2006 Art @ Wexford Vocational College, (Opera Festival Exhibition)

1997 Wexford Lions Award Winners Exhibition, Wexford Arts Centre


2013 Arts Council Travel & Training Award

2009 Wexford Co Co Artists Bursary Award

2008 Golden Fleece Merit Award

2008 Artlinks mentoring award

2008 Shortlisted for Wexford Co Co Artists Bursary Award

2006 Shortlisted for NCAD Staff Award

1997 Wexford Arts Centre/Lions Award Overall Winner (Painting)

Public Collections:

National College of Art & Design, Dublin

National Print Museum, Dublin

Office of Public Works, Dublin

Wexford County Council

Wexford Vocational College, Wexford

State University of New York @ Buffalo, New York

Contact Details

Email:               Mobile: 087 6707942