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Name: Mary Lee Murphy

Studied: Fine Art & Design – (IT Sligo)

Qualifications: N.C.E.A Dip. In Art and Design | S.R.N. An Bord Altarnis.

Membership: Visual Artists Ireland

                         European Textile Network


2023 ‘Drawing the Plants’. University Hospital Galway, Galway, Ireland

2020 ‘From Hand to Cloth’ Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, Lisburn, Co Antrim.

2017 Winter Trees from the Artist’s Garden, Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Laois.             

2011 Drawings and Batiks Private Viewing, Ros a Mhil, Connemara.

2009 ‘Contemplative Textiles’ Black Abbey, Kilkenny Arts Festival. (Strand Two) Ireland.

2009 ‘Contemplative Textiles’ Sacred Space Gallery London, England         

2005 “Thirsting for Light” The Linenhall Arts Centre

2004 ‘Waiting’ Greyfriars Municipal Gallery Waterford.

2003 ‘Sea meets Land’ Dungarvan Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Waterford.

2002 ‘Waiting’ Mullingar Arts Centre- Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

2001 ‘Waiting’ Kenny Gallery, Galway, Ireland | ‘Waiting’ Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo, Ireland.

1999 ‘Images from Connemara’, Sligo Arts Festival  

1994 ‘Drawings and Batiks’ Ostan an Cheathru Rua, Connemara, Galway. (sponsored by Udaras na Gaeltachta)

1993 ’Drawings and Batiks’ Westshore Gallery, Oughterard, Galway.

1992 ‘Trees’ Mullingar County Buildings – Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

1991 ‘Images from Connemara’ Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford

1990 ‘Images from a landscape’ Cork Art Society, Gallery, Cork


2023 ‘Natural Selection’, Oughterard Courthouse Arts Programme,

          Oughterard, Co. Galway. Ireland

2023 International Biennial Exhibition, Ballinglen Arts Foundation and

          Museum, Ballinglen, Ballycastle, Mayo. Ireland (selected)

2022 14th International Textile Art Biennial ‘Scythia’ Ivano-

          Frankivs’k, Ukraine. (selected)

2021 Pluid The National Comfort Blanket, The Cowshed Gallery,      

          Farmleigh, Dublin 15, Ireland.

2020 13th International Textile Art Biennial ‘Scythia] Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine (selected)

2019 ”Garden of Eden” Textile Exhibition, ETN Conference, Haslach, Austria. (selected)

2006 ‘Paper Unframed’ ‘ Waves’ Sligo Art Gallery

2001 Iontas Small works Competition- Sligo Art Gallery - Sligo | ‘Music’ Mixed Media Exhibition- Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo. (invited)

1999 ‘Wax Cracks’ Ghent International Batik Exhibition, Belgium. (selected)

1993 Contemporary Touring Batik Exhibition- England.

1992 Contemporary Batik Exhibition- Copenhagen - Denmark. (invited)

1991 ‘Crossing Boundaries’ Touring Batik Exhibition, England. (selected)

1990 Terrace Gallery- Harewood House-Leeds England.

1989 Gallery Sommerhousen- Five Artists- Germany. (invited) | An tOireachtas- Open Select Exhibition- Dublin, Ireland. (selected) | Galerie Smend- Batik Gallery- Koln- Germany.


  • The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

  • St. Mary’s- Church Rockledge- Florida- U.S.A.

  • Municipal Collection- Greyfriars Municipal Gallery -Waterford.

  • Institute of Technology- Athlone- Ireland.

  • Institute of Technology- Tallaght- Dublin.

  • Allied Irish Bank- Central Bank- Dublin

  • Udaras Na Gaeltachta- Furbo- Connemara -Galway

  • Lynch’s Castle-A.I.B. –Galway- Ireland.

  • Mullingar County Buildings-Mullingar- Co. Westmeath

  • Nazareth House Oratory Sligo Ireland

  • Allied Irish Bank- Stephen Street Sligo.

  • Sligo General Hospital- Sligo.

  • City Hall-Sligo County Council. Sligo.

  • Bank of Ireland –Boyle- Roscommon.

  • Sligo Park Hotel- Sligo –Ireland.

  • North Connacht Farmers- Head Office. Tubbercurry- Sligo.

  • Dunhill Enterprise Centre, Dunhill, Co. Waterford


2022 Catalogue (online)

International Textile Art Biennial ‘Scythia, Ivano-

Frankivs’k, Ukraine (selected)

2020 Catalogue (online)

International Textile Art Biennial ‘Scythia’ Ivano-

Frankivs’k, Ukraine. (selected)

2020 Catalogue

‘From Hand to Cloth’ Contemporary Textiles. Exhibition

2019 Catalogue  

Garden of Eden Textile art at Neuhaus Castle Austria

100 works from 34 nations

Textile Kultur Haslach in collaboration with ETN (European Textile Network)

2017 Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine Issue 27.

2013 Article published in ‘My Batik’ Magazine Issue 21

2007 Catalogue

The Art of Therapy

A selection from the art collection of Inis Aoibhinn, Cancer Care West, Residence and cancer support centre.

2006 Catalogue   

Waterford Municipal Art Collection

A History and Catalogue by Dr Peter Jordan

2003 November: Featured on ‘An Tuath Nua’ T.G.4 Short Documentary on Artist’s work

Catalogue 2001

National Small Works Art Exhibition and Travel Award

2001 Catalogue

An Exhibition of Batiks ‘Waiting’ by Mary Lee Murphy

Kenny Gallery Galway 2001

2000 ‘International Batik Conference’ article published in VAI newsletter.

1999 Catalogue

International Batik Gathering Now & Then Gent 1999 Belgium Conference and Exhibition.

1993 Book

Works published in ‘Art, Craft and Design, Text Book for Junior


1992 Catalogue

‘Western Artists ‘92’

Sponsors AerRianta and grant aided by the Arts Council.


2011 Cill Riallaig Artist’s Retreat Ballinskelligs Co Kerry

2013  Aras Eanna An Inis Oirr Connemara Gaillimh


2003-2004 commissioned to do large scale pieces for a new church (St. Mary’s) in Florida, designed by architect Michael Graves.

Dormition 5ft x 7ft. Situated in The Daily Chapel.

The Annunciation 5ft x 7ft. Situated in the Narthex.

Mary Triumphant  5ft x 7ft. Situated in the Narthex.

Tryptich 6 ½ ft x 8ft. Situated in the Assembly Area of Church.

2006 commissioned to make Tabernacle Cover.

This piece of work was made for a private Chapel at Nazareth House, Sligo.

Hand dyed silk organza with gold leaf lettering.

The plinth is hand dyed silk habotai with gold leaf.


‘‘the batiks have an imaginative cosmic exhilaration, and would make convincing illustrations for some fantastic tale’’

Hilary Pyle, Art Critic and Author-Irish Times.

‘‘Delicately wistful beings moving through psychedelic landscapes of strange foliage and enticing shapes, makes up ‘Waiting’, the stunning new Exhibition by Artist Mary Lee Murphy’’

Review by Kernan Andrews- Galway Advertiser.

‘’Joe Hunt’s review of Mary Lee Murphy’s Exhibition at the Sligo Art Gallery stood out, not simply because of Mr. Hunt’s approval of the high quality of the work shown, but because his and my opinion dovetailed exactly. Mary Lee Murphy has managed to move Batik away from everything traditionally associated with it. Here is a confident, clear eyed quality of someone who knows exactly what she is doing……….’’


Review of Rattle Bag by Tom Widger Sunday Tribune.

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