Michelle Byrne is a sculptor living and working in the Blackstairs region of County Carlow. Since Graduating from GMIT, Galway in 1992 Michelle has exhibited in group shows in Ireland, the UK and France. In addition to exhibiting Michelle has worked on both private and public commissions. In 1997 Michelle was invited by The Arts Council to have a solo show at their premises in Merrion Sq, Dublin. Michelle works mainly in Kilkenny Limestone and also in Bronze and steel. In May 2012 Michelle won the Conor/Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture at the Annual RHA Exhibition. The piece entitled 'Journey' was a limestone model for a per cent for art commission for Thomastown National School, Co. Kilkenny. The full scale limestone sculpture was sited in October 2012 and was officially unveiled by President Michael D Higgins on the 29th of May 2013. Michelle is currently working on a book which documents the the making of the sculpture 'Journey' which will be published in July 2014. Other recent large scale public commissions include a 3 meter Limestone tower for the Carlow redevelopment group and a 1.2 Meter Limestone sphere for Ballygarvan National school, Co.Cork. Presently Michelle is working towards a solo show which will be held at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin this coming November.

Public Commission

2013

Commission for The Old Carlow Redevelopment Group
              

Co. Carlow

2013

Per cent for Art Commission
              

Ballygarvan National School
Co.Cork

2012

Per cent for Art Commission
              

St.Mary’s National School
Thomastown
Co.Kilkenny

Public Commission Shortlist

2014

Per cent for Art Commission

Ballinamore
Co. Limerick

2014

Per cent for Art Commission

Bennekrry N.S.
Co. Carlow

2013

Per cent for Art Commission

Holy Rosary
Tallaght
Co. Dublin

2013

Per cent for Art Commission

Ennis National School
Co. Clare

2013

Per cent for Art Commission

Lucan Gaelscoil
Co. Dublin

2008

Per cent for Art Commission

N4 and N52 Mullingar
Co. Westmeath

2008

Per cent for Art Commission

N11 Gorey
Arklow

Solo Exhibition

2014

'Via Magna' - The Olivier Cornet Gallery

Dublin

1998

The Arts Council

Dublin

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014

VUE, RHA

Dublin

2014

The Nine Stones Group, Eigse, Borris

Co. Carlow

2014

Eigse Open, Visual

Carlow

2012

The RHA Annual Exhibition

Dublin

2012

Eigse

Co. Carlow

2012

The RDS Crafts Competition

Dublin

2011

The Centre for Creative Practice

Dublin

2011

Sculpture in Context, Botanical Gardens

Dublin

2011

Borris House, Borris

Co. Carlow

2010

Sculpture in Context, Botanical Gardens

Dublin

2010

Kilgraney House

Co. Carlow

2009

The Sycamore Gallery

Dublin

2009

Carlow County Library

Carlow

2008

The Norman Gallery

Wexford

2008

The Waterford Gallery

Wales

2004

Sculpture In Context, Botanical Gardens

Dublin

2002

Sculpture In Context, Botanical Gardens

Dublin

2000

Grand et Juenes D’aujourd ‘ Hui

Paris

2000

Sculpture In Context, Botanical Gardens

Dublin

1999

Coda

Dublin

1999

Sculpture In Context, Botanical Gardens

Dublin

1998

The Arts Council

Dublin

1997

Sculpture In Context, Botanical Gardens

Dublin

1996

Sculpture In Context, Botanical Gardens

Dublin

1993

The Accidental Gallery

Dublin

1992

Pan Celtic Festival

Galway

Awards and Grants

2012

The Conor/Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture

RHA Exhibition

2010

Arts grant from Carlow County Council

Arts Office

2008

Arts grant from Carlow County Council

Arts Office

2004

Equipment grant from the Arts Council

Arts Council

2000

Materials grant from the Arts Council

Arts Council

1998

Studio grant from the Arts Council

Arts Council

1994

Materials grant from the Arts Council

Arts Council

1994

Artist in Residence Award

Arts Council

1993

Materials grant from the Arts Council

Arts Council

1992

Student Award for Diploma Show

GMIT, Galway

Education

1992

National Diploma in Sculpture

GMIT, Galway