Kate Murphy Biog

Kate was born in Dublin but now lives and works in Co. Wexford.  She graduated from the National College of Art & Design in 2000 with an honours degree in Fine Art.

In 2006, 2007 and 2009 she had solo exhibitions with Stone Gallery, Dublin.  Kate's fourth solo exhibiton, The Good Room, was in Wexford Arts Centre in 2011. Talbot Gallery in Dublin hosted This is the Point of Contact, in October 2013.

Kate's work has been selected for national and international group exhibtions. She represented Ireland at Artisterium, Georgia's International Contemporary Art Exhibition in 2013 and was an invited artist at the Boyle Arts Festival 2014. She is among the artists representing Ireland in the Imago Mundi International Project.

In 2018, Kate exhibited at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin as part of the collaborative project Concerning the Other. During this year she took part in Wexford Arts Centre's exhibition of contemporary painting entitled As Creatures Dream... curated by Catherine Bowe and Helen Gaynor. Most recently in 2019, Kate's work was accepted into the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition and Cairde Visual, the annual group exhibition at The Model Gallery, Sligo.

Kate was short-listed for the Golden Fleece Award in 2010 and was awarded the first prize Visual Arts Bursary by Wexford County Council in 2009.  She was awarded an Artlinks bursary for 2017. Her work is in the collection of The Office of Public Works, the Bank of Ireland, Wicklow County Council and in private collections. 

Kate also pursues a community/collaborative practice, undertaking projects within a community context under Wexford County Council's Creative Communities Programme and with Wexford Arts Centre. She worked for seven years on Wexford Arts Centre's Insight Education Programme during which time she was also awarded an Artist-in-Schools Residency under the Living Arts Project 2014.  In 2019 Kate was commissioned by Wexford County Council's Arts Office to undertake an Action Research Residency at Wexford General Hospital which was funded by Creative Ireland.

Kate also makes props for stage, street theatre and related commercial enterprises.



1996 - 2000 National College of Art & Design, Thomas St., Dublin 8

Batchelor of Fine Art, Sculpture (hons.).

2011 Stay Safe Certificate. 2-day HSE Training in working safely with young people.

Solo Exhibitions

2013 This is the Point of Contact, Talbot Gallery, Dublin 1.

2011 The Good Room, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford.

2009 Everywhere There Are Palaces, Stone Galley, Dublin 2.

2007 Guest, Stone Gallery, Dublin 2.

2006 Holdings, Stone Gallery, Dublin 2.

Selected Group Exhibtions

May 2019 Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin 2

April 2019 Concerning the Other, Touring exhibition, An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk

July 2018 Irish Artists in Nepal, Siddartha Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

Sept 2017 Concerning the Other, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin 2

July 2017 As Creatures Dream..., Wexford County Council Buildings (Curators Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager, Wexford Arts Centre & Artist, Helen Gaynor)

August 2016 Imago Mundi International Project, Selected Irish artist

March 2016 Insert Title Here, Pigyard Gallery, Wexford

Oct 2015 Sift, Invited artist, (Curator John Busher) The Church Institute, Wexford

April 2015 Cultural Imperative, Pop-Up exhibition, Main St Wexford

Dec 2014 Selection Box, Talbot Gallery, Dublin 1

Sept 2014 Palimpsest Project, Touring exhibition, Pearse Museum, Dublin.

July 2014 Boyle Arts Festival, Invited Artist (Curator Patrick T. Murphy)

April 2014 The Living Art Project Exhibition, Wexford Arts Centre.

Dec 2013 Selection Box, Talbot Galley, Dublin 1.

Oct 2013 Artisterium, International Contemporary Expo, Tiblisi, Georgia.

2012 Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Talbot Gallery, Dublin 1.

2011 Treat, Talbot Gallery, Dublin 1, December 2011.

2010 Con Structure, Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo, July 2010.

Art ‘10, Stone Gallery, Dublin Art Fair, RDS, May 2010.

Group exhibition, Stone Gallery, Dublin 1, April 2010.


Office of Public Works, Bank of Ireland, Imago Mundi Collection, Wicklow County Council, Private Collections.


Irish Times, May 2019; Wexford People, Irish Independant, July 2018; Nepali Times, July 2018; Vulgo, October 2013; LeCool Dublin, October 2013; The Sunday Times June 2009; The Irish Times, May 2008; The Irish Independent, April 2008.


Creative Communities, Panel member 2020;

Artist-in-Residence, Wexford General Hospital (supported by Wexford CoCo  Creative Ireland Programme) 2018;

Creative Communities, Panel member 2018/9;

Artist-in-the-Community, Panel member 2017;

Artlinks Bursary 2017;

The Living Art Project, The Arts Council of Ireland & Wexford Co. Council, 2013;

Golden Fleece Award (Short-list), 2010;

Visual Arts Bursary, Wexford County Council, 2009


Co-founder of ArtPanther Studios, Gallery & Shop Wexford Arts Centre Annexe , Wexford. https://www.facebook.com/Artpanthershop/ (now ceased)

Co-designer The Robert Boyle Escape Room, Lismore Heritage Centre, Waterford.



Taghmon Family Resource Centre. July –Nov 2019

A 12 week project under the Creative Communities Programme towards a carnival celebration in Taghmon.

Beta Unit, St. Aidan's Day Centre, Gorey. May to July 2019

A 10-week project working with adults with profound disabilities towards a permanent, mixed-media installation at the centre under the Creative Communities Programme with Wexford County Council.

Southend Family Resource Centre, Maudlintown, Wexford. Feb – April 2019

A 12 week project with children aged 9 to 12 towards the production of permanent artworks for The Rocks, parkland, Maudlintown. Under Wexford Local Development facilitated through Wexford Arts Centre.

Wexford General Hospital, Artist-in-Residence, Jan – May 2019

Participative art workshops as active research project with staff, patients and care-givers at Wexford General hospital. Supported by Wexford County Council, Creative Ireland & Edelle Nolan, Arts in Health Officer, St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny.

Taghmon Men's Shed (Taghmon Family Resource Centre). June – Aug '17

(Artist in the Community Scheme 2017)

A 10-week painting project during which the members of Taghmon Men's Shed were facilitated to document the historic buildings of Taghmon and some of its surrounding countryside in a series of oil paintings on MDF board. The project culmnated in an exhibition of the paintings at Taghmon Family Resource Centre.

Beta Unit, St. Aidan's Day Centre, Gorey. Oct – Dec '17

(Artist in the Community Scheme 2017)

A 10-week mixed media project which facilitated the service-users of 'Beta Unit' (adults with severe and profound disabilities) to explore painting, print-making and sculpture to produce a series of individual artworks and one large group piece for permanent exhibition at the centre as well as a short tour to Gorey Library in January 2018.

Taghmon Women's Group (Taghmon Family Resource Centre). Nov/Dec '17

Following on from the work with the Men's Shed, the women's group requested a short, self-funded project to learn mono-printing and they produced individual, framed prints.

Facilitator on Wexford Art Centre's Insight Education Programme 2010- 2017 at Wexford Arts Centre and Off-site youth projects at FDYS. https://www.facebook.com/InsightEducationProgramatWexfordArtsCentre/

Living Arts Project, Artist in Schools Residency September 2013– April 2014

15-week Artist-in-Schools programme funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and Wexford County Council. Our Lady of Lourdes N.S., Bunclody, Co. Wexford.