Irish award-winning Artist Bernadette Doolan at Exhibition opening in Wexford Ireland
Award Winning Contemporary Irish Artist Bernadette Doolan

Award winning Irish artist Bernadette Doolan, living in Wexford, is winner of the best overall work by a non-Academician, and winner of the Irish News award for depicting Ireland today, in The Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition..

Bernadette was selected for The Ruth Borchard self-portrait Exhibition, the UK’s only public collection of self-portraits by British and Irish artists. The Ruth Borchard Collection represents the very best of twentieth-century and contemporary self-portraiture.

Bernadette explores the fragility of identity in the context of childhood through much of her recent work. Her figurative work is the depiction of the human self through exploration of strength and vulnerabilities. Her work has been described as having an ‘emotional weight with psychological intensity that is not necessarily representing the physical, but one’s internal voice.

Working through painting (Oils and Acrylic), sculpture and Installation art, she approaches topics of social conscience with sensitivity and respect, to explore the intangible notion of truth. Doolan acknowledges vulnerability whilst not apportioning blame. This is left to the relevant parties, as an artist her role is to bring awareness and allow the space for the individual to question.


2019 – RUA (Royal Ulster Academy)
2019 – Youyi, Hangzhou, Shanghai, China
2019 – The Society of Women Artists UK
2019 – Cairde Visual Sligo
2019 – Crawford Gallery – Seen not Heard Exhibition – invited artist
2019 – The Biennial Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize
2019 – RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy) Dublin
2018 – ArtForm Exhibition Waterford
2018 – RUA (Royal Ulster Academy) – Irish News Award Winner for Ireland today
2018 – KAMERA8 Christmas Group show – Curated by Anya von Gosseln
2018 – South West Academy (SWAc England)
2018 – RWA (Royal West of England Academy)
2018 – Siddhartha Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
2018 – Boyle Arts Festival Exhibition – Invited Artist
2018 – Arusha Gallery – Edinburgh
2018 – KAMERA8 Painting is Dead Group show – Curated by Anya von gosseln
2017 – Edinburg Art Fair

2017 – RUA (Royal Ulster Academy)
2017 – House Event – Art Loft May RDS Dublin

2017 – RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy) Dublin
2016 – RUA (Royal Ulster Academy) 196 Sculpture Installation
2016 – Wexford Fesitval Opera Gallery
2016 – Newtownbarry House Exhibition
2015 – RUA (Royal Ulster Academy) best overall award best work by non RUA academician
2015 – 196 Exhibition – Copperhouse Gallery Dublin
2014 – Art Fair RDS Dublin
2014 – Watts Up, Bernardaud Foundation, Limoges – France – Invited Artist
2012 – Sculpture in Context Botanic Gardens Dublin
2012 – Meanscoil Gharman Secondary School Wexford Artist in Residence – Creative Engagement
2011 – Green Acres Gallery Wexford – Invited Artist
2010 – Green Acres Gallery Wexford
2010 – (annually from 2005 inclusive) – Art Ireland Autumn Show RDS Dublin
2009 – (annually from 2005 inclusive) – Art Ireland Spring Show RDS Dublin
2008 – “Gifted” Exhibition, Wexford Arts Centre Wexford
2008 – Wexford Opera Festival, Whites Hotel Wexford
2008 – Group Exhibition, Zozimus Galley Dublin
2007 – Bank of Ireland HQ, Invited Artist at Group Exhibition
2007 – BT2 Dublin, Group Exhibition for Focus Ireland
2005 – Wexford Opera Festival Group Show
2005 – Brown Thomas Dublin, Commissioned for solo art installation for Shoe Rooms launch
2004 – Eígse Arts Festival Carlow, Invited Artist at Eigse Arts festival
2003 – Newtownbarry House Bunclody, Wexford