Born 1991 Laois, Ireland.
Alan began working with wood from an early age. His work to date straddles the boundaries of contemporary craft, sculpture and architecture and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Alan’s approach is tied closely to his intimate understanding of material and a desire to work directly with the chosen material for any given design. The intention is to make appropriate and meaningful decisions based on this more sympathetic understanding of material, and the means by which it may be manipulated.
Alan graduated with a Masters in architecture from University College Dublin in September 2015 and currently works from his studio in County Laois, imagining and creating one of a kind and speculative pieces for both public and private clients.
2017 House – Event, RDS Dublin
2017 “Artist in Craft”, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry
2017 Body and Soul, Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath
2016 ‘Dog Days’, Dunmaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise.
2016 Institute of Designers in Ireland, Designs Awards Exhibition, Fumbally Exchange, Dublin.
2016 RDS Craft Awards Exhibition – RDS Concert Hall (Dublin Horse Show 20th-24th July)
2016 RDS Craft Awards Exhibition – National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Co. Mayo. (9th August – 13th November 2016)
2016 Sculpture in Context – National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. (8th September – 21st October 2016)
2016 Glastonbury, Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Somerset, UK.
2016 ‘Focus on Wood – Artists in Craft’ Cill Rialaig Arts Centre Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry.
2016 ‘House’ – Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
2015 ‘The Art of the Woodturner’ Cill Rialaig Arts Centre Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry.
2015 Exhibition Build ‘Nine Lives’ Architecture exhibition curated by Emmett Scanlon, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.
2015 UCD Architecture, ‘End of year show’, Richview, University College Dublin.
2015 Body and Soul, Music and Arts Festival, Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath.
2015 Glastonbury, Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Somerset, UK.
2015 Electric Picnic Music and Arts festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois.
2014 ‘Making is Thinking’ An exhibition of work as part of the Masters design studio @ University College Dublin School of Architecture.
2014 ‘Weathering’ Collaborative Work realising designs by Tierney Haines Architects, UCCA, Beijing, China— at UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. 8-14 December and Tent London (London Design Festival) 18th – 21st September 2014, Tent London, Old Truman Brewery, London.
2014 Electric Picnic Music and Arts festivals Stradbally, Co. Laois.
2014 ‘Young’ @ SO Fine Art Editions – An exhibition showcasing emerging talent in printmaking, photography, and applied arts. May 8th – June 14th, 10 South Anne Street, Dublin.
2014 ‘Exploring Synergies’ An exhibition of Architecture and Public Art Research inspired by the cultural and natural landscape of the Stockholm Archipelago: Konstfack Telefonplan Tunnelbana, Stockholm.
2013 RDS Travelling Exhibition – RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin / Mid-Antrim Museum, The Braid, Ballymena, Co. Antrim / Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
2013 ‘Improvisations On the Theme of an Irish Wall’ – An Installation by twenty Leading International and Irish Wood Artists: June – September Link Gallery VISUAL centre for contemporary art, Carlow.
2013 Electric Picnic Music and Arts festivals Stradbally, Co. Laois.
2013 ‘The Drawing Room’ – A delightful mix of art works from new and established artists: No. 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1.
2013 Sculpture In Context – National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
2012 RDS National Craft Competition, RDS, Dublin.
2012 Electric Picnic music and arts festivals Stradbally, Co. Laois.
2012 Dunamaise Arts Centre, (Christmas group show) Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
2008: Winner of ‘The Woodworker’ magazine young woodworker of the year.
2009: 1st Prize U19 and Presidents Prize, Irish Woodturners’ Guild National Seminar.
2010: 1st Prize, 2nd Prize and Presidents Prize, Irish Woodturners’ Guild National Seminar.
2013: Selected to Participate in DREAM Master Class in Wood, Ruzomberok, Slovakia.
2013: Irish American Cultural Institute, Muriel Gahan Scholarship.
2014: 1st Prize Newpark Comprehensive Percent for Art invited competition.
2016: Winner of RDS Craft Award; Emerging Maker (Woodturning).
2016: Cill Rialaig Project, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry – Artists Residency.
2016: Overall Winner and 1st Prize in Artistic Catagory, Irish Woodturners’ Guild National Seminar
2016: Commended, Institute of Designers in Ireland, Design Awards (Structures and Spaces) for Quadrangle at Newpark School
2016: Winner, Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur (Co. Laois) Best Start-Up Business and Best Young Entrepreneur