Artist Bio


Born in Tipperary Town, Ireland. Lorraine Cleary works as a fulltime professional practicing artist, a part time tutor with the Learning Support Unit in Limerick School of Art & Design and a volunteer with Adapt House women's refuge. She is a member of Tipperary Revitalisation Task Force Arts Committee and co-founder of collaborative walking project klaW. 

She graduated with a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Interactive Media from the University of Limerick in 2016 and received a First Class Honours Bachelors Degree in Fine Art(Sculpture & Combined Media)from Limerick School of Art & Design in 2014. She was highly commended for the 2014 programme of the Undergraduate Awards in the Visual Arts Category for her work entitled ‘Mise en Scene’ and was also highly commended for the 2014 programme of the Undergraduate Awards in the Media & the Arts Category. She was one of thirteen artists chosen to participate at the inaugural international exhibition of ‘Aligned’ as part of the Undergraduate Awards.

Cleary engages in laborious Installations that embrace common materials and textiles; deconstructing found objects and upcycling them into curious assemblages has become the backbone to her artistic style. Her work addresses a misogynistic culture and communicating themes of injustice has become central to her working methodology.

Cleary has had her work published in numerous art magazines and has been featured in the Visual Arts Newsletter several times. She is supported by the Arts Council Ireland & Tipperary Arts Council. She has been awarded residencies at South Tipperary Arts Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie in Monaghan. Recent solo exhibitions include Vessels of Strength at the Excel Gallery in Tipperary and Estranged at the Ballai Bana Gallery of An Culturlann McAdam O Fiaich, Belfast. Recent group exhibitions include the Rua Red Spring Open, the 193rd RHA Annual Exhibition, Between the Lines: Cahir Arts, Tipperary and Natural Selection at Oughterard Courthouse, Galway. Most recently, Cleary had a joint show at Platform Arts Belfast where SafeHouse was exhibited.

Supported by The Arts Council Ireland and Tipperary Arts Council