As an artist and printmaker, Angelina Foster is inspired by words, stories, and symbols from Ireland’s past. Her passion is to foster interest in Ireland’s words, heritage and culture and to make them available to all through accessible and engaging designs and experiences.
Her hands-on immersive workshops and art experiences allow everyone to explore their own creativity and be inspired by traditional stories and techniques. Her socially engaged practice is based on collaboration with people who have a shared love of history and heritage. She recently opened a new studio in the restored Quaker Tanyard of Ballitore, Co Kildare, where she hopes to progress her creative business.
Angelina is a member of Limerick Printmakers, she has professional membership of Visual Arts Ireland, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Peannairí (the Association of Irish Calligraphers) and Business to Arts. She is interested in exploring how enterprise and creative tourism can work together to improve local economies, encouraging respect for artists incomes.
Arts in Education Residency Bursary Award 2021
Creative Ireland Bursary Award 2021
In 2020 Angelina was awarded the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Fund, in partnership with the Shackleton Museum, to create experiences based on Ernest Shackleton’s printmaking practice in Antarctica and women in his family history.
With support from Conradh na Gaeilge, she built a mobile screen printing machine in 2018, which has travelled to farmers markets and festivals, offering creative experiences of the Irish Language and heritage. She now delivers workshops and pop-up experiences in characterful locations throughout Ireland, collaborating with libraries, museums, festivals, tourism entities, and community groups to bring stories and language to life.
Angelina was accredited as Design Leader as Gaeilge by Ireland’s Business All Stars Programme and was a finalist in the Irish language category of the Business All Star awards 2018.