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Mary Doyle Burke is a multi-disciplinary artist from County Kilkenny who has a deep love of nature and the land. She works with natural materials gathered from the land to create sculptural work and paintings, sometimes hybrid works. Gathering pigments from all elements of the land, she creates ink for painting organically and creates paper from plants. The research element of her work is a experimentation between use of organic and synthetic materials. While installing her artworks in the indoor studio or with the outdoor land art, the consideration of space is paramount to her. The other is the use of materials, and she loves to get lost in the handleability. The ancestors, the stories left in the land and their ancient culture sings the song of her art. Currently she is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Kilkenny Arts Office for her research of creating art from natural materials and the creation of sculptural works in response to the biodiversity in the Irish Boglands.

More information about her practice can be found @



Mary studied Fine Art (Level 5) &(Level 6) at Colaiste Mhuire, Thurles & Ormonde College, Kilkenny before undertaking a BA (Honours) in Visual Art, South East Technological University of which she graduated with Honours (2.1).  Since graduating she works from her studio in Kilkenny city and has participated in various exhibitions and workshops.  She received Agility Award Arts Council of irl 2023, Award Arts Act Grant Kilkenny Arts Office 2023, CFA BursaryAward Kilkenny Arts Office 2023

Currently, she also manages a workspace which provides studios for Kilkenny artists in the city through a voluntary run art organisation “An Chead Tine” and a gallery in a city space downtown, both of which she is the founding Director.

Mary is also undertaking a Post Grad Diploma in Art & Ecology in NCAD 23/24.



Solo Exhibition- DIVA, Dun Loaighaire, Dublin, Feb 2024


“Metamorphosis” (exhibition of paintings)

Watergate Theatre Gallery, Kilkenny, Sept 2023

"Observing" Exhibition of research photography - Biodiversity of the Irish Bog Project (funded by Arts Council Agility Award), Rothe House, Kilkenny, 14th Aug  -14th Sept

 "Where Land & Sea meet" Exhibition of paintings , AKA Alternative Kilkenny Arts Week, No 9 Ormonde Road, Kilkenny, Aug 2022 -

 “ ...that land of ours...” – Organic Sculpture installation, Kilkenny Arts Week  (invited by OPW),  Kilkenny Castle – Aug 2022


“Place & Identity”  Exhibition of Monoprints, Urlingford Library, Kilkenny,  Nov-Dec 2017


"Winter Exhibition" Group Show, An Chead Tine Art Gallery, Kilkenny, Nov 23 - Jan24


 “Making Ground” An Chead Tine Art Gallery, Kilkenny Arts Week , 11 Aug - 20th Sept 2023, Curator Shannon Carroll 

"SELECTED WORKS” SETU Graduate Degree Show, Garter Lane, Waterford, June-July 2022 Curator Sandra Kelly

"NineArt22" SETU Graduate Degree Show - College St Campus, WIT, Waterford - May

2022 – Curator Susan Connolly/Ben Reilly/Michael Beirne

“Beyond + Expanded Studio – Experiments in First View” Collective Exhibition Garter Lane, Waterford, Jan 2022

Tipperary ETB Fine Art Students Collective Exhibition, The Source Library, Thurles,  Oct 2017-Curator PJ O Connell

"Placescape” Collective Exhibition Alternative Kilkenny Arts Week , “ Barnstorm Theatre & Butler Gallery , Kilkenny, July 2016 , Curator Tunde Toth


" Winter Exhibion", Selected work and curated this Group show at An Chead Tine Art Gallery, 22nd Nov 23 – 14th Jan 24"

Memories & Moment,

A Century of GAA & Camogie" – Curated Photography Exhibition for the Gathering Centenary Celebrations – Kilkenny GAA - July 2000


2023–   Agility Award – Irish Arts Council        

 2023-    Creative Futures Academy (NCAD) Bursary

2023     Killkenny Arts Office Bursary (NCAD) Post Grad Study

2023 – Arts Act Award – Kilkenny Arts Office




Leel 9 – Post Grad Cert – Art & Ecology (1.1) – NCAD 2023

Level 8 -Hons BA Visual Art   - SETU (2.1)– Waterford Campus, 2022

Level 6- Fine Art  -

Higher Certificate (Distinction)Ormonde College - Kilkenny, 2019


Level 5 - Fine Art  Certificate (Distinction) - Tipperary ETB , Thurles 


Level 6 -Commerical & Personal Insurance- Higher Certificate (Distinction) Irish Brokers Assoiation & Iirish Insurance Federation, 2009  


Level 6,  Cultural Studies with Telesales & French  - Higher Certificate (Higher Merit), Ormonde College                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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