2004 MA Fine Art Goldsmiths College University of London
2001 BA Fine Art and Art History, National College of Art and Design, Dublin
Walsh has been selected for exhibitions both nationally and internationally and was awarded the Artist’s Residency Programme in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) Dublin. She has received awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and her work includes research and curating; Walsh co-curated an exhibition titled Utopia Ltd of UK and Irish artists in the Highlanes Gallery and Wexford Arts Centre.
Walsh has a specific interest in Eileen Gray, Jonathan Swift and Brian O’Doherty aka Patrick Ireland.
See the web site www.maryruthwalsh.com for up to date information.
2014, Essays on Brian O’Doherty in forthcoming Ashgate publication; editor, Mia Lerm Hayes (forthcoming)
2013 Body Conscious; essay on a year long exhibition programme of 3 exhibitions for WHAT (Waterford Healing Arts Trust) (forthcoming)
2013 O’Doherty Un-Freezes a Beating Heart, VAI March-April
2012 Estate of Mind: Walsh Discusses Her Conceptual Installation/Performance, ‘Real E-State’, Visual Artists Ireland, Jan-Febhttp://visualartists.ie/articles/van-januaryfebruary-2012-estate-of-mind/
2011 Hints of the Outside World, a SOMA & IMMA publication, SOMA Contemporary Box, Waterford, curated by Paul Hallahan
2009 Visual Artists Ireland, How is it Made? Interview with Fergus Byrne
2009 Dance Ireland, January issue, re-representation of the body:
2007 Visual Artists Ireland, Exercises in Folkatronica, March
2006 Irish Times: Wonder Walls, by Gemma Tipton; photographs of Patrick Ireland’s Cassa Dipinta by MR Walsh
2006 Catalogue essay, Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland: A Retrospective; inaugural exhibition, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
2005 Context: Special theme - Art Work, (Volume 4 Issue.2.) Editor: Gemma Tipton
2003 “A labyrinth in a Box: Aspen 5+6”, Special Theme: Word and Image. CIRCA (issue 104) Guest editor: Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes
2003 Ab Initio Diploma in Fine Art, document for Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), Dept. of Education and Science on behalf of Gorey School of Art, Wexford & Carlow Institutes of Technology
From her continuing involvement in the art world, Walsh brings fresh insight into the classroom with current art debates. These are presented in challenging yet accessible ways. She is an advocate for the arts and for students and has successfully nominated students for the NEU/NOW European award.
In 2003, Walsh was commissioned to research and write the Ab Initio Diploma in Fine Art, document for Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), Dept. of Education and Science on behalf of Gorey School of Art, Wexford & Carlow Institutes of Technology. It was successfully awarded.
Walsh has presented research on her own artwork and on other artists in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Hugh Lane-Dublin City Gallery, London's Whitechapel Gallery, Trinity College Dublin and Wexford Arts Centre
Her exhibitions and awards include:
2014 RUA/RED forthcoming solo exhibition
2012 Nonuments to a New International, Cross Gallery, Dublin
2011 Ever dream of owing a house in Dublin? St. Patrick’s Close Developments present…Real E-State a performance-installation, coincided with Dublin Contemporary, supported by the Arts Council & Irish Museum of Modern Art. www.reale-state.ie
2011 Strangely Familiar Shades of Gray, Galway Arts Centre
2010 Nonuments to the Third International, Garter Lane Gallery, Waterford
2007 Still Life, Wexford Arts Centre; commissioned exhibition with interview and panel discussion; chair: Gemma Tipton; reviewed Circa 122
2006 White Goods 3, Sligo Art Gallery
2004 White Goods 1, Goethe Institute, Dublin
2013 Strangely Familiar Shades of Gray, film scheening, IMMA as part of
Artist’s Talk series, coinciding with Eileen Gray Retrospective (forthcoming)
2013 Beyond the Frontier, artist’s films screened in 1900-2000th century shop windows, Wexford County Council, curator: Deirdre Southey
2013 After & Since, Eileen Gray international tribute exhibition, Newtownbarry House; curator Anya von Gosseln
2012 SCOPE, Miami, Cross Gallery
2011 Drawing Out Gray Areas, Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
2011 CUBEOpen 2011, Centre for the Urban Built Environment, Manchester. www.cube.org.uk
2011 Utopia Ltd, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda Arts Festival & Wexford Arts Centre - a UK-Irish exhibition, Brendan Earley, Blaise Drummond, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, David Mabb, Lizzie Sanches, MR Walsh. Co-curators David Mabb & MR Walsh
2011 Building Material, The Architectural Association of Ireland, an online, image-based project http://www.architecturalassociation.ie/blog/sg/second-test/
2011 Pencil to the Plough, Cross Gallery, Dublin, group show: John Beattie. Miriam de Burca. Ian Charlesworth. Felicity Clear. Elizabeth Ellis. Clodagh Emoe. Brian Fay. Joanna Kidney. Marco. Jane Proctor. Tom Ryan PPRHA. Marcel Vidal. Mary Ruth Walsh. Michael Wann.
2011 Three Colours Blue, SOMA Contemporary, Waterford
2011 Airport for Shadows, Cross Gallery (coinciding with Dublin Contemporary)
2010 CUBEOpen 2010, Centre for the Urban Built Environment, Manchester. www.cube.org.uk
2010 PAR AVION, Parlour No.19, Siena, Italy, www.parlourdoor.com
2010 Structures Within An Intervention, Guild Art Gallery, New York
2010 An Artists Impression, A Curated Publication for the Dock Discourse. Curator Aideen Barry & 126 Gallery, Galway
2010 Éigse Retrospective, Visual, Carlow
2009 when all through the house, a nomadic exhibition space, parlour, New York City, www.parlourdoor.com
2009 The 2nd Annual 126 Members' Show, Galway
2008 Twosome Twiminds, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, inaugural opening with Shane Bradford UK, Kris Emmerson UK, and Mary-Ruth Walsh
2008 MARK drawings & multiple: Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, Shane Bradford, Kris Emmerson, Amanda Coogan, Damien Flood, Ida Mitrani, Clive Murphy, Caroline McCambridge, Mary Ruth Walsh
2008 Folkatronica, Visual Artists Ireland, The Sugar Club, Dublin
2008 24-hour non-stop-art; Arts Council of Ireland Touring Experiment, Wexford Arts Centre
2008 Healing Arts Trust, Waterford Regional Hospital
2007 Seconds : Multiples, Wexford Arts Centre, curator Aileen Lambert
2006 Invited Éigse, Carlow, Utopias, curator, Cliodhna Shaffrey (catalogue and Irish Times review)
2005 White Goods 2, Iontas Award Exhibition, Sligo Art Gallery (catalogue).
2005 Iontas, Sligo Art Gallery.
2005 Grace, invited exhibition for Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre, Waterford, (catalogue)
2004 Goldsmith’s College, London, UK. MA Show
2004 MA curator’s-on-going-show, Goldsmiths College, London
2004 Icescream, Farringdon, London
2003 nth art, international group show, OLS&Co Gallery, Mountgrove Rd., London
2003 Iontas, National competition touring Nth Ireland, Limerick & Sligo Art Gallery
2002 dedalus, curator, Pádraig Timoney, Context Gallery, Derry, toured Nth Ireland
2001 Box 2001, Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland & A Labyrinth in a Box: Aspen 5+6, Mary-Ruth Walsh, Southampton College, New York
2001 Degree Show, National College of Art & Design, Dublin (catalogue)
2000 Odyssey, Group Show, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin (catalogue & coordinated 64-tudent show)
1999 Sensationless, Group Show, Vicar St. Dublin
1998 Absolute Secret, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin
Awards & Residencies
2013 Artlinks Mentoring Award
2013 Create: National Development agency for Collaborative Arts
2011 Studio Award, Artists Residency Programme, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2011 Arts Council, Visual Art Project
2009 Studio Residency, Basekamp, Philadelphia, USA
2009 Travel Award, Arts Council of Ireland
2009 Emerging Visual Arts Award, Ire. short-listed
2008 Travel Award, Arts Council of Ireland
2008 Wexford County Council Art Collection, juried selection, Ire.
2006 Media Residency Award, Exercises in Folkatronica, Visual Artists Ire.
2004 Exhibition Award, Iontas, Sligo Art Gallery, Ire.
2004 Alsop Building Award, shortlisted, Goldsmith’s College London
2004 Wexford County Council, Visual Art Bursary for Post Graduate studies
2001 Travel Award, Arts Council of Ireland
2011 Irish Times, And Now Back to the Studio, Gemma Tipton, October 22 p 8-9
2011 Irish Times, It’s only a Paper House, October 13
2011 The Phoenix, State of the Arts, May 6, 2011, p46
2011 Dnote; Strangely Familiar Shades of Gray
2011 Utopia Ltd. Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, catalogue
2011 Irish Times Magazine Art Listings, Can’t See That? Catch This, p25
2007 Circa Magazine (IRL) Gemma Tipton, p 72-3. Volume 122.
2006 Irish Times Newspaper (IRL), Aidan Dunne, 14 June.
2005 Circa Web Publication (IRL), Rosie Bennett, http://www.recirca.com/reviews/2005/maryruthwalsh/mrw.shtml
2005 Goethe Institution & Sligo Art Gallery,(IRL)Rosie Bennett, catalogue
2005 Circa Magazine (IRL), p 64, Volume 113.
2004 Joyce in Art, The Lilliput Press Ltd. (IRL), Dr. Christa Maria Lerm Hayes, p251
2000-2013 Catalogues, various
Membership of Professional Bodies:
Visual Artist Ireland (VAI)
National Irish Visual Artists Library (NIVAL)