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In conjunction with the opening weekend of her IMMA Collection: Then and Now exhibition, artist Janet Mullarney discusses key developments of her longstanding career and the influence of her time spent in Italy.

Mullarney is highly regarded as  one of Ireland’s most significant artists working today, recognized for making distinctive small fragile sculptures juxtaposed with theatrical backdrops, lighting schemes and drawings in which to reveal the power and imagination of the artists’ mind.

Fellow Collection artist Helen O’Leary, moderates this discussion, reflecting on shared artistic experiences and interests that span Mullarney’s practice.

Janet Mullarney

Janet Mullarney 1952–2020

Irish artist Janet Mullarney attended the Accademia di Belle Arti and Scuola Professionale di Intaglio, Florence. Incorporating a range of materials including bronze, wood, plaster, foam, cloth, glass and wax, her dynamic sculptural works reference religious iconography, art history and human relationships. Mullarney’s work is represented in public collections including that of the Arts Council, the OPW, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

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Helen O’Leary

Helen O’Leary 1952–2020

Helen O’Leary attended the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been honoured with la Prix de Rome, American Academy in Rome, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; two PollockKrasner awards; and the Joan Mitchell Award for painting and sculpture. Solo exhibitions of O’Leary’s work have been held at venues including Lesley Heller Gallery, New York; The MAC, Belfast; and Limerick City Gallery of Art.

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Additional Resources 


Additional Resources

Artists’ Conversation: Janet Mullarney and Helen O’Leary Soundcloud