Shambles; a total state of disorder

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Aoife Barrett is a visual artist and printmaker based in Galway, Ireland. She has a broad social practice that focuses on the power of community, public participation and arts and health.  Aoife graduated with an M.A. in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking from the University of the West England in 2015 and went on to set up ‘Print Van Go’ a travelling print studio based in the West of Ireland.    She also holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art Printmaking from Limerick School of Art and Design (2010) and a BA (Hons) Degree in Archaeology from the University College Cork (2006).  

She has exhibited in a number of solo and group shows throughout Ireland and internationally, including exhibitions in Lithuania, Croatia, UK, Germany, Slovenia, Greece and Hong Kong.  She has collaborated and worked with numerous community groups, health care settings, artists and arts organisations to deliver large-scale public print events and projects including Saolta Arts, Age & Opportunity, Cope Galway, ‘Art, Architecture and Activism’, Local Link Tipperary, The Laboratory of Common Interest and St. Mungo’s Homeless Charity.  


Recent Awards and Residencies

Create Artist in Community Research and Development Bursary Award (2020)

Creative Ireland Project Award (2020)

Artist Bursary Award, Tipperary County Council (2019)

Saolta Arts Inaugural Visual Artist in Residence (2019)

Age and Opportunity Artist in Residence in a Care Setting (2019)



Independent artist

Shambles; a total state of disorder

Shambles; a total state of disorder

Artist in Residence Exhibition, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel

31.01.2019 – 28.02.2019

Photos: John Crowley

An exhibition of recent and current work by local artist printmaker Aoife Barrett.  The exhibition explores a never ending urge to create order and routine in our daily lives.  Aoife’s art practice revolves around repetition and a cycle of construction and destruction, altering and re-altering, breaking things down to their basic elements.  She re-uses and recycles materials, objects and buildings in an attempt to give them meaning and order; making prints from structures and building structures from prints.  As part of her residency at South Tipperary Arts Centre Aoife is researching the possibilities and potential of print and collaborative work as a tool to engage and connect with people and place.