Aoife Soden

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Aoife Soden was born in Cavan, Ireland in 1975. As a child she moved to Australia and Papua New Guniea where her childhood was spent exploring the outdoors.
After returning to Brisbane, Australia, Aoife trained as a primary teacher. She received a Bachelor of Teaching (1996), from The Australian Catholic University and a Bachelor of Education (2001), from Queensland University of Technology. Having gained her qualifications Aoife spent thirteen years teaching in Australia and Ireland and traveling the world before returning to her first passion, art.

Aoife has recently completed a Bachelor of Design in Glass and History of Art and Design at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin receiving first class honours. As part of her studies at NCAD Aoife completed an International Student Exchange at Southern Illinois University in 2011. Aoife completed a Leonardo da Vinci work placement in Denmark in 2012. In 2013 Aoife completed research into ‘Glass Studios of Ebeltoft’ having received a Thomas Damman Junior Award. She continued to work as an assistant for a number of studios in the Ebeltoft area and at the Glass Museum Ebeltoft. From 2015-2018 Aoife managed the hotshop at the Glass Museum Ebeltoft where she developed and delivered audience activities and blew production glass for the museum. She also developed her own glass range and unique glass artworks. Aoife is now concentrating on her own glass production line and glass art work. 

Her work has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions in Ireland and also in ‘Elements’, Shengling Gallery Shanghai China (2012), Elements Art Shanghai (2012) and ‘Engaging With Glass’, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA, US (2012). The Fláneur: Recent Graduates from NCAD DIT & IDAT’ at Oliver Cornet Gallery, Dublin (2012). Most recently Aoife exhibited as part of Gather Shanghai China Xuhai Art Museum (2013).  She also completed a artist residency in Nuutajärvi Glass Village in Finland in 2016. In 2018 she presented a solo exhibition Baunhøj Mølle in Grenaa and was awarded the Irish Future Makers Emerging Maker Prize from The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.


Solo Exhibitions
2019 Inherent Agitations, End Of The Line Gallery, Aarhus Denmark
2018 Function & Dysfunction, Baunhøj Mølle Grenaa, Denmark

Selected Exhibitions
2023 Irish Crafts 2, Cahir Arts, Tipperary, Ireland
2023 In The Making, Glas Museum for glas Kunst, Ebeltoft, Denmark.
2022 Irish Craft Exhibition, Cahir Arts, Tipperary, Ireland
2020 Curious Treasures, National Craft & Design Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2020 Cluster Crafts, London Craft Week Exhibition (moved to online), London, UK
2020 Glass is Biotiful, Biot, France
2019 Bravura 2019 Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland
2019 International Biennale of Glass, Sophia, Bulgaria
2019 Islanders: When Darkness Falls (Participant), Venice, Italy
2019 Artists In Craft, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Kerry, Ireland
2019 Painters and Makers, So Fine Art Editions, Dublin, Ireland
2019 Inherent Agitations Solo Exhibition, End Of The Line Gallery, Aarhus Denmark
2019 Aarhus Makers Fine Art Exhibition/Gallery Opening, Skejby Park Gallery, Denmark
2018 Function & Dysfunction Solo Exhibition, The Old Mill Grenaa, Denmark
2017 Ireland Glass Biennial, National College of Art and Design, Dublin Ireland
2017 International Biennial of Glass Bulgaria, Various Locations, Bulgaria
2017 Århus Universitethospital, Risskov, Denmark
2016 Fussingoslot Kunsthåndværkere Udstiller, Fussingoslot, Randers, Denmark
2015/2016 Solas, Glass Society of Ireland Curated Exhibition, multiple locations
2014 Irish Wave, Shanghai, China
2013 Gather, Shanghai Xuhai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2012 1001 Artists Digital Project: Art Takes Miami, USA
2012 Sculpture in Context, National Botanical Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
2012 R.D.S Student Art Awards, Dublin, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Ireland
2012 R.D.S National Craft Competition, RDS Concert Hall, Dublin
2012 The Flaneur: Recent Graduates, Oliver Cornet Gallery, Dublin
2012 National College of Art and Design Graduate Exhibition, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
2012 Art Shanghai 2012, Honggiao New Town Central, Shanghai, China
2012 Engaging With Glass: Contemporary Irish Glass Artists, Travel Gallery, Seattle, USA
2012 Elements, Shingling Gallery, Shanghai, China
2011 Engaging With Glass: Contemporary Irish Glass Artists, Solstice Arts Centre, Ireland

Awards / Scholarships / Residencies
2019 Professional Development Residency, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland
2018 Future Maker Emerging Artist Overall Winner, Ireland
2016 Nuutajärvi Artist In Residence, Nuutajärvi, Finland
2016 Finn Lunggard Award, Glasmuseets Venner, Denmark
2014 Nomination Pilchuck ‘Corning Incorporated Scholarship’, USA
2013 Thomas Dammann Junior Award Recipient: Research and Travel Grant, Ireland
2012 Leonardo Da Vinci PLM Work Placement Scholarship, EU Scholarship
2012 Shortlisted Future Makers Residency Grant
2012 Thesis Commendation, National College of Art and Design Dublin, Ireland