Mike Byrne

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Mike Byrne graduated from the Ceramics Course at Limerick School of Art & Design in 1977. This was followed by a period working as a designer in the Kilkenny Design Workshops. In 1979 he returned to Limerick, setting up a small industrial production unit. His strong interest in printmaking culminated in completing a Fine-Art MA in 2001. He continues to explore both the Ceramic and Printmaking strands within his practice and has exhibited extensively both in Ireland and internationally. His work features in a number of National Collections including the Ulster Museum, AIB Bank, University of Limerick and the OPW. Having begun lecturing in the mid 1980’s, Mike Byrne is currently Course Leader of the Ceramics Design Course at Limerick School of Art & Design.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 In The Half Light, Custom House Studio & Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo
2008 Orto Botanico, Limerick Printmakers, Ireland
2004-5 Urbs Antiqua, New Woodcuts, University of Limerick
2003 Skies Over Venetia and other Vistas, Glór Ennis
2001 MA Show, Limerick City Hall, Limerick
2000 Millennium Box Set, Hot Bed Press
1996 Recent Prints, Foynes Library, Co. Limerick
1995 Hard Ground, Chris Doswell Gallery, Limerick
1992 12 Large Vessels, Riverrun Gallery, Limerick and Galway

Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 ​Clay/works, Dublin Castle, Dublin
2023 ​Cairde Sligo, Hamilton Gallery
2023 Collect London, presented by Design and Craft Council of Ireland
2023 Land Marks, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2023 ​Crossings, The Ceramic House, Brighton, England
2022 Made in Ireland, National Craft Gallery Kilkenny, Farmleigh House Dublin and Bambridge, Co Down 2022 Conjuring Form, National Crafts Gallery Kilkenny
2022 Form and Surface, with Jane Seymour at Kenny’s Gallery, Galway
2021 ​International Glass and Ceramics Biennial, Haacht, Belgium, Invited artist
2021 Conjuring Form, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Portfolio Critical Selection, Doneraile House, Co.Cork
2021 Karamiek Triennale, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
2020 ​In the window at the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, England
2020 Handmade in Europe, Handwerksform, Hannover, Germany
2020 Material Matters, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2019 Painters and Makers, SO Fine art Editions, Powerscourt Town house, Dublin, Ireland
2019 Material Matters, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Critical Selection 2019/20, Dublin Castle, Ireland./ Artesania Catalonia, CCAM Barcelona
2019 Volle Kanne, Handwerksform Hannover, Germany
2019 Blurring the Edge, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, Co Down, N Ireland
2018 Blurring the Edge, From 23rd November. New work with Mandy Parslow, Owen Quinlan, Mary Nagle and Marcus O’Mahony, Hunt Museum Limerick.
2018 Ceramic Ireland Selected Exhibition, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
2017 VASE, Function Revisited, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2017 Narratives in Making, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland ‘Portfolio Critical Selection 2017/18’, Nation Craft Gallery, Kilkenny & Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales
2017 Touchstone, Curated by Ceramics Ireland, Farmleigh Gallery Dublin, and Nation Craft Gallery Kilkenny
2017 Jugs, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
2017 Ceramics Ireland Open, The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin
2017 ​Bravura, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
2016 ​Irish Contemporary Ceramics at the Barony Centre, Scotland
2016 Ceramics Ireland Open at Farmleigh House Phoenix Park, Dublin
​2016 National Craft Awards exhibition, RDS Dublin and National Museum of Country Life, Co Mayo
2016 VASE, Function Revisited, National Craft Gallery Kilkenny
2016 Savoir, Kilkenny Food week, Butler House, Kilkenny
2016 Ceramics Ireland Selected Exhibition. Pierce Museum, Rathfarnham Dublin
2015 Portfolio@Solomon Gallery, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Dublin
2014 Irish Ceramic Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, West Cork
2014 Culture of Clay, Hunt Museum, Limerick
2009 29th Mini Print International 2009, Cadaqués, Spain
2009 Burst Into Bloom, Glór Gallery, Ennis, Co. Clare
2006-8 Open Submission Exhibition, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick
2000-1 Focus on Drawing, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Crawford Gallery Cork and NCAD Dublin Exhibition to launch ‘Hot Bed Press’ Millennium Box Set
1997 Irish Contemporary Ceramics Touring Exhibition, Dublin, Sligo, Belfast & Limerick
1997 Dialog in Groen, Zutendaal, Belgium
1997 3rd Annual British Mini Print Exhibition, Bristol, UK
1996 Objecten, Kunstenaartsboeken en Grafiek, Galerie Bradevort, The Netherlands
1996 Limericks, 12 Limerick Printmakers, Glaerie ACUD Berlin and Havana Cuba
1996 Observatorium, Galerie Bradevort, The Netherlands
1995 Cork Printmakers, Crawford Gallery, Cork
1995 The Print Show, Belltable, Limerick
Iontas, Sligo
Grond, Art Network Europe Exhibition, Zutendaal and Althoselt, Belgium
1995 Large Format Prints, DeFabreik Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1995 Irish Art, Central House for Artists, Moscow

Collections & Commissions
Ulster Museum
Limerick City Gallery of Art
AIB Bank
Áras an Uachtarán
University of Limerick
Mary Immaculate College
Price Waterhouse
Office of Public Works
Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare
Limerick Chamber of Commerce
National Self Portrait Collection
Handwerksform Hannover, Germany
​Limerick Institute of Technology/TUS