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Bernadette Madden

Bernadette Madden


1948Born in Dublin
1965-1970Studied Fine Art, National College of Art & Design
1970Graduated, National College of Art & Design
Awarded scholarship to Paris by the Department of Education
1971First solo exhibition
1976Awarded MacAuley Fellowship in Painting by the Arts Council
1980Nominated for Mont Kavanagh Award for Environmental Art
1981Awarded prize in "Sport in Art" competition in Tulfarris Gallery
1983Commended in Mont Kavanagh Award for Environmental Art
Commended in Church Art Competition organised by Dublin Diocese
1984Appointed to Board of National College of Art and Design by Minister for Education
1993Work used in Junior Certificate textbook
1998Appointed to Cultural Relations Committee (to promote Irish Art abroad) by the Minister for Foreign Affairs
Batik "2000" used as millennium symbol by the Diocese of Dublin
1999"St. John" batik presented to his Holiness Pope John Paul II by President Mary McAleese
2000Re-appointed to Cultural Relations Committee
2003Three batiks used in new Junior Certificate textbook
2005"St.Benedict" wall hanging presented by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

Solo Exhibitions

2006Kenny Gallery, Galway
1994-2005Wexford Arts Centre
2005BASF in Schwarzheide, Germany
Basement Gallery, Dundalk
Hibernia Gallery Florida, USA
2004Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2003Galleri Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway
Lavit Gallery, Cork
2000Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin
Cavanacor Gallery Co. Donegal
1997, 1980Bell Gallery, Belfast
1996, 1998, 2000, 2002Hallward Gallery, Dublin
1996Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, UK
1994Wexford Arts Centre
1991Gordon Galleries, Derry
1987Hendricks Gallery, Dublin
1982-1986Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin
1980Bermingham Gallery Alabama, USA
1977-1979Keys Gallery, Derry
1976Cork Arts Society
1975Mews Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1972-1975Peacock Theatre, Dublin
1971-1979Davis Gallery, Dublin


ESB, Dublin and Cork . Department of Foreign Affairs . Department of Defence . Wexford Festival Opera . Irish Air Corps . St James Hospital Dublin . Office of Public Works . Bank of Ireland . Norwich Union . Friends Provident . Dylon International . Irish Cement, Drogheda . South Dublin County Council . Irish Intercontinental Bank . Irish Ferries . Japanese Gardens, Co Kildare . All Hallows College, Dublin . Aer Lingus . Air Rianta . Coca Cola . Shield Life . First National Building Society . John Carroll University Ohio . Harp Ireland . Attorney General's Office . Bord Bia . Abbey Life . Citibank . Anglo-lrish Bank . National Museum of Ireland . Mater Private Hospital . Smurfit - Paribas Bank . Arts Council . Ulster Museum . Shannon Airport . AXA Insurance . Eircom . Louth County Council . Dundalk Town Council . Environmental Protection Agency . Wexford County Council . Athlone Institute of Technology

"In Ireland, the name Bernadette Madden is virtually synonymous with batik. That is so because she has taken a medium that was chiefly associated with decorative craft and developed it as a means of artistic expression. In doing so she has, with exceptional technical virtuosity both revealed the versatility of batik and exploited its painterly possibilities as never before. It is evident from her work that she exercises a remarkable degree of control over the play of rich, saturated colour and tonal variations that the technique of fabric dyeing allows. But she has also immeasurably extended its conventional range of subject matter and its compositional possibilities."

Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times
(from his introduction to Irish Impressions BASF in Schwarzheide, Germany 2005)