Artist Biography


Róisín de Buitléar © Justin Farrelly, Paul Sherwood Photography

Born in Dublin, Róisín de Buitléar is an internationally recognised artist, represented in public collections in Ireland, Britain, France, China and the USA. Inspired by her Irish cultural heritage, she has been working with glass throughout her career.

She has many site-specific artworks in public buildings throughout Ireland, such as the National Botanic Gardens, the Basilica of Knock in Co Mayo, Ballyroan Public Library Dublin and the sensory garden at Áras an Úachtarán, the President's Residence in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. In 2011 An Post, the Irish postal service, issued a national stamp featuring her work ‘Catch a breath’, celebrating the year of international craft.

Her recent work focuses on creating sound objects from glass, working with contemporary musicians who play percussive, stringed and wind pieces in haunting public performances. These pieces have also been the subject of national and international exhibitions and you can see and hear some of them at the National Museum of Ireland this year. Sound is also a theme for a National Children’s Garden where Róisín is currently designing interactive sound sculptures for the city council. This garden is being designed to commemorate children who died during the 1916 Rising and will open in 2018. Look out for it at St Audoen’s church park, the oldest medieval church in Dublin.

During 2018, Róisín will be examining the collection available at the Museum to experiment and develop new work at her studio, based in the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin. View the museum’s collection for a 12-month period through her unique prism and passion for Irish culture, craft, artistry and heritage. Discover more through her outreach and in-house projects. Listen in on her exchanges with artists, museum personnel, and visitors of the museum. Have your say, as she connects with wider audiences in social media, museum networks, residents, local artists and amongst students. Róisín will be happy to engage in discussions with the visitors. The idea behind this residency is to create a dialogue between the artist and the public, helping them to understand the creativity but also the pieces, and bringing them closer to their own history.