Pamela Hardesty is an American artist based in Ireland since 1986.  Her education evolved from an academic focus on art theory at the University of Chicago, to a fine art education in textiles in California.  She has exhibited widely in glass, metal, paper, plaster and stone in relief structures throughout Ireland, with solo exhibitions in 1990, 93, 94, 98, and in Nov/Dec 2002 at the Fenton Gallery, Cork, and 2012 in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.   Her 1993-94 exhibitions on Dante’s Paradiso toured Ireland and benefited from Arts Council funding for research in Ravenna and Florence.

In the past fifteen years she has achieved an international reputation in exhibitions that explore textiles in fine art, particularly in Helsinki, Finland, Living Waters 1999; in Austria in 2001 as one of 12 selected artists in the International Textile Symposium, Graz; again in Graz in the major juried international textile exhibition Nahtstelle, as part of Graz’s programming as the 2003 Cultural Capitol of Europe; in Forty Shades of Green, a Crafts Council of Ireland exhibition exploring the role of making in fine art, that toured internationally 2005-2008; in Structures and Connections, Krakow, Poland, 2007; in Filare il Tempo, Como, Italy, and touring: 2007-2008; in TEXTILE 07, international Biennial, Kaunas, Lithuania;in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the World Art Textile Biennial 2009, and in Session, with Asako Ishizaki at KCC Gallery, Tokyo, in 2010. In 2011 she exhibited in Bratislava and in Kaunas, and in 3 exhibitions in China as part of IRISHWAVE 3 in 2012/2013.  Also in 2012, she was selected to show in Small Works, in Kedainai, Lithuania, with the Europe/Asia Fiber Artists association.  A solo show of her works in paper, Making Holy, was held in the Gallery of the Art Academy of Kaunas, Lithuania in 2014.  Her works were part of ASIA-EUROPE II—a survey of textile art curated by Erny Piret—in Germany and France in 2014 and Lithuania in 2015.  Further Ireland-China shows in recent years include: Legacy (Shanghai and Cork 2013); Sailing to Byzantium (Beijing and London); and Birth of a Nation (Beijing).  Her most recent solo exhibition was in Norwich Cathedral for the month of September 2018,  based on her father’s role in World War II.

Her work is in many public collections, including major commissioned works in 2003 and 2006 for the Office of Public Works, and an 8-metre wide artwork for University College Cork in 2004.  Her most recent commission is in Clonsilla, Dublin, for the Daughter of Charity facility for intellectually disabled adults.  This painted and stitched canvas work (150cm square) was installed in the entrance foyer in 2015.

She also writes, lectures, and curates in the area of contemporary art and Christian faith, and was part of the organising committee for the Conference:  Faith in Form  2008, (Kinsale Carmelite Friary Centre) that included a national juried exhibition of contemporary Christian art.  She recently served on the inaugural national Steering Group to form a new organisation of Christian artists in Ireland, to embrace all art forms.  She has presented her art-faith practice at the Art and Spirituality Conference 2012 in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin; and the 2016 Art +Christianity Enquiry Conference held at Trinity College, Dublin.

She has lectured in textiles within a Fine Art Degree programme at the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, since 1991,  now teaches within the Contemporary Applied Art Degree, and as MA Supervisor for Masters by Research students with textiles focus. Since 2014, representing CCAD, she had curated and managed an annual MAKE Symposium, bringing to Cork important academics and artists to speak on issues of making and materiality, and held in Cork City’s CIT School of Music Theatre.  She was active in TEXERE (Textiles Education and Research in Europe) until its closure in 2018.  In her teaching at CCAD she has initiated and implemented a series of international exchange projects between her textiles students and students of Kaunas, Lithuania; of Tartu, Estonia and Vilnius, to accompany MAKE Symposia in 2014, 2017, and 2019.

Selected Exhibitions:


2016:  BIRTH OF A NATION:  China

2015: SAILING TO BYZANTIUM: an exhibition of Irish and international contemporary art inspired by the poem by W.B. Yeats—Leyden Gallery, London.

2015: ASIA-EUROPE II–touring juried international textile survey–

Janina Monkute-Marks Museum Kedainiai, Lithuania.

2014:  Solo show—MAKING HOLY—Kaunas Art Academy Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania.

2014:  SHADOWS  Chinese/Irish Exhibition (as part of Irish Wave 4) China Central Mall, Beijing, China

2014:  ASIA-EUROPE II–touring juried international textile survey—Deutsches TextilMuseum, Krefeld, Germany; Musee Jean Lurcat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, Angers, France

2014:  LEGACY–Art from China and Ireland  at Atrium Space, Cork City Hall, Ireland

2013:  Solo show–as part of Sacred Art: A Spiritual Affair Conference of Arts and Spirituality Ireland, Crypt of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

2013:  WOVEN INTO MEMORY—Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland

2013:  LEGACY–(as part of IRISH WAVE)–at Shanghai University, China

2012:  CRAWFORD 100—–CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork City

2012:  8 X 8 Exhibition, (invitational)Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, Texas

2012:  ART IN ACTION:  NASC Irish Immigrant Support Benefit–Cork Vision Centre; Cork City, Ireland

2012:  Small Size Works:  Fiber Art from Asia and Europe–juried international show: Janina-Monkute-Marks Museum, Kedainiai, Lithuania

2012:  IRISHWAVE 3:  Ireland/China project–selected for three exhibitions:

              Instruments of Pleasure:  National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

              Intimate Revolution:  Discourse on Disappointment:  Siemens Arts Space 798,   Beijing

              Telling Tales:  Irish Centre, Shanghai

2011:  Textile Education and Research in Europe Exhibition, M. Žmuidzinavičius Museum, as part of Kaunas International Textile Biennial, Lithuania

2011:  Exploring Perceptions of Contemporary Craft:  work in the boundaries between craft, design, and fine art, Lavit Gallery, Cork.  Curated by Nuala O’Donovan.

2010:  Genus Loci, Galeria X, Bratislava, Slovakia. Juried international group show sponsored by Slovak Textile Artists Association.

2010: Session, KCC Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.  Selected by the Japanese textile artist Asako Ishizaki to exhibit alongside her.

2009: Cut: International Textile Art Graz: Graz,Austria: Commemorating 25 years of the Textiles Symposia

2009: Bienale Internacional de Arte Textil: Invited artist at World Textile Art Biennial, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2008: Faith in Form– contemporary Christian art: Carmelite Friary Centre, Kinsale, Co. Cork
2008: Dante’s Paradiso: reprise: for ENGAGE, Bandon Arts Festival
2008: Filare il tempo: juried international show of miniature textiles: Como, Italy (2008 edition)
2007: Textile 07 Biennale: juried international show, Kaunas, Lithuania
2007: Filare il tempo: juried international show of miniature textiles: Como, Italy
2007: Structures and Connections: international juried textile show: Galleria Pryzmat, Krakow, Poland
2006: SOFA: Chicago
2006: Staff exhibition, Cork Institute of Technology
2005: Visions of Textiles- From Tradition to Innovation: juried international show: Izmir State Art and Culture Museum, Izmir, Turkey
2005: Forty Shades of Green: Univ. College Cork Glucksman Gallery and touring internationally through 2007
2004: C2 Exhibition: juried open exhibition: Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork
2004: From the Edge: Contemporary International Textiles: juried international show: Portadown, Co. Armagh
2004: Living Water: Curator and participant (group show for Kinsale parish)
2003: Formative Influences: staff of Crawford exhibition: Lavit Gallery, Cork
2003: 20 Years International Textile Art Graz juried group show, Austria
2002: The Water and the Blood solo exhibition: Fenton Gallery, Cork
2002: Art in the Cathedral: site-specific group exhibition: St. Finbarre’s Cathedral, Cork
2001: 17th International Textile Symposium Exhibition: Bildungszentrum Raiffeisenhoff, Graz, Austria
2001: Drawing Concerns: Selected group show: Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
2001: Focus on Drawing-an anthology of Visual Thinking and Feeling: group show Limerick City Gallery, touring to Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, & National College of Art and Design, Dublin
2001: Kinsale Artists in Newport : Bodi Fine Art Galleries, Newport, RI , USA
2000: Light Within:  Kinsale Artists present a Contemporary Vision of Faith for the New Millennium: Temperance Hall, Kinsale, Co. Cork
1999: Living Waters: Contemporary European Textile Art (selected Irish representative): Jetty Barracks Gallery, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
1999: Art in the Cathedral: site-specific juried show: St. Finbarre’s Cathedral, Cork
1999: Contemporary Textiles Cork: juried by Head of Irish Crafts Council: Cork Textiles Gallery, Cork
1998: Works in Glass and Wire based on the Sea (solo exhibition): Kent Gallery, Kinsale, Cork
1998: Invitational show of 6 artists working from the landscape, selected by Tim Goulding:
Beara Arts Festival, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
1995: Staff Exhibition of the Crawford College of Art & Design : Cork Regional Technical College
1995: Glass in 3-D (invitational): Lavit Gallery, Cork
1994: Dante’s Paradiso: extended loan: Italian Cultural Institute, Dublin
1993: Dante’s Paradiso (solo exhibition) Works in glass, plaster, and metal: touring: Triskel Arts Centre, Cork; Pantheon Gallery, Dublin, as part of Festa Italiana; Limerick City Gallery
1993: Celtic Art and Irish Art Today: Fujita Vente Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1992: Images of Ourselves: 10 commissioned artists (touring): Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
1991: Configura 1 – Kunst in Europa: selected European exhibition: Gartenbauausstellung, Erfurt, Germany
1990: Works in Paper (solo exhibition): Project Arts Centre, Dublin.  Touring to the University of Limerick
1989: Fibre/Paper: New Constructions (2-person show with Regine Bartsch): Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
1989: International: selected show of 10 international crafts designer-makers: Wilson & Gough Gallery, London
1989: Paperworks (invitational): Crafts Council Gallery, Dublin
1987: Burren 5 group exhibition as part of Crafts Council seminar programme: Crafts Council Gallery, Dublin; Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick; Triskel Arts Centre, Cork; Arts Council Gallery, Belfast


2014:  Residency at Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat Centre, Co. Kerry
2008: Invitation to exhibit: World Textiles Art Biennial, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2009
2008: Shortlist for Portadown Health Services Commission competition
2006: Shortlist for Ulster Hospitals commission
2005: Shortlist for Omagh Community House commissioned artwork
2003: Commission Competition for BioSciences Research Institute, University College, Cork.
2003: Artproject Kyrgysztan, Central Asia: In Search: Art Dialogue on the Great Silk Road: selected participant
2001: International Textile Art Symposium, Graz, Austria: selected to represent Ireland
1999: Residency at Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan, as part of International Textiles Symposium
1998: Cork County Council arts funding for music and poetry events organized for Kent Gallery show, Kinsale
1995: Residency at Cill Riallaig Artists Retreat Centre, Co. Kerry
1993: Arts Council Documentation grants: Paradiso exhibition
1992: Arts Council Travel award for study in Ravenna and Florence, Italy in connection with the Paradiso exhibition

Artworks in Collections accessible to public view:

2015:  Daughters of Charity Facility, Clonsilla, Dublin:  Commissioned entrance foyer artwork.

Office of Public Works: Roscrea Blackmills Museum
Commissioned suspended 2-element site-specific artwork 2006. Roscrea, Co. Tipperary (town centre). This is a public museum of local Irish antiquities, open 10-6pm weekdays, 9:30-4:30pm weekends.

Order of Carmelite Friars, Ireland
Commissioned font and tabernacle: inset etched glass panels over painting in new Oratory, Friary Centre for Spirituality, Kinsale, Co. Cork 2006 (town centre). The Friary is open to the public during 10:30-12:00 and 2:00-4:30 weekdays. The Oratory can be viewed by enquiring at the reception desk in the Friary office. Telephone: 021-4772138

Passionist Order, Mount Argus, Dublin
Sanctuary artwork, new church in Blanchardstown, Dublin 2005. Church of the Sacred Heart, Blanchardstown: parish church of the Diocese

University College Cork
Commissioned 8 metre wide structural site-specific artwork 2004. This artwork is located in the main entrance foyer of the BioSciences Research Institute. It can be viewed by the general public during College hours on weekdays.

Office of Public Works: The Heritage Service
Commissioned 4 metre x 120cm site-specific artwork 2003. Located in the entrance hall of the Regional Headquarters of the Office of Public Works, Heritage Service, Mallow Co. Cork. Can be viewed during business hours, weekdays.

Ruoholahti Chapel, Diocese of Helsinki, Finland
Exhib. purchase award for new baptistery altar artwork, 2000. This artwork hangs behind the altar in this public church of the Cathedral Diocese of Helsinki.

Other public commissions not accessible to the public:

Johnson & Johnson ProCo , Cork.
Commissioned 4 metre x 125 x 25 curtain-like site-specific artwork 2000

University College Cork

Irish Contemporary Arts Society

First Unitarian Church of Oakland, California
Commissioned woven layered 2 metre diameter wall piece 1985


2010: MA in Fine Art for career achievement Awarded by Direct Application to the HIgher Education and Awards Council, Ireland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1985: California College of the Arts, Oakland, California, USA : Bachelor of Fine Arts with High Distinction (textile emphasis)
1984: Atelier 450, San Francisco, California, USA : Aubusson Tapestry apprenticeship (4 month residency)
1983: Haywood Technical College, North Carolina, USA : Diploma in Production Textiles (Honours)
1976-78: University of Chicago (National Merit Scholar) : Art theory emphasis

Related Professional Activities:

2020: Conference organiser, curator, manager:  MAKE 2020 SYMPOSIUM: Art and Labour.  Keynote speakers on issues of art and the workplace, the role of the handmade and of the factory, other issues of labour:  Dr. Danielle Child, UK academic and author of Working Aesthetics, Art, Labour, and Capitalism (2019); Anne Wilson, textiles artist and academic, USA; Clare Twomey, UK ceramics artist; and two Irish artists:  Roisin De Buitlear, glass; and Sarah Browne, sculpture/video/author.

2019: Conference organiser, curator, manager:  MAKE 2019 SYMPOSIUM: Making and Materiality, to honour the Bauhaus centenary. Keynote speakers:  Zoe Laughlin, material scientist and BBC presenter, of UK Institute of Making, London; Fritz Horstman, Education Officer at the Josef and Anni Albers Institute in USA; Suzanne Joeker Johnsen, glass artist of Denmark; Helle Helsner, metal artist of Ireland; Clare Curneen, ceramics artist, UK.

2018: Conference organiser, curator, manager:  MAKE 2018 SYMPOSIUM: Making in Art and Architecture (cancelled due to weather crisis. . . re-scheduling)Keynote speaker:  Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architectural theorist, curator, writer, lecturer; Torsten Blume: Bauhaus Dessau researcher; Beili Liu, U.S. textile artist making large-scale immersive installations; Mark Garry, Irish artist creating thread installations; Isabel English, Irish artist using architectural language to explore utopia and issues of value.

2017: Conference organiser, curator, manager:  MAKE 2017 SYMPOSIUM,  Making in Art + Biology:  Speakers featured:  Anna Dumitriu, UK bio-artist; Lia Cook, American academic and renowned digital weaver; Alex May, UK collaborative digital artist and robotics expert; Siobhan McGibbon, Irish artist embedded in medical institutions (co-sponsored by UCC Glucksman Gallery; Dr. Maria McNamara, UCC biologist; Susie McMurray, UK sculptor,

2016:  Invited Speaker:  Art + Christianity Symposium; Trinity College Dublin.  Presentation of art/faith journey in illustrated paper:  Making Holy.

2016: Conference organiser, curator, manager:  MAKE 2016 SYMPOSIUM:  Objects and Revolution.  CIT Contemporary Applied Arts: Ceramics/Glass/Textiles hosting at Cork School of Music 5 March 2016–Speakers on Objects of Revolution (honouring Irish Centenary). Speakers on the role of objects in social and political change and identity. Speakers: Prof. Catherine Harper: UK academic and editor of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture; Rita Duffy, important N. Irish artist commissioned by Irish Government of Centenary installation, Dublin; Egle Bogdaniene, Vilnius University, artist and curator; Sarah Kelleher: PhD researcher at University College Cork, curator; and Brian Hand, Irish artist and academic at IT Carlow. CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery hosted a related exhibition, Affective Entities, during March, co-curated by Sarah Kelleher along with recent CCAD graduates Rachel Doolin and Ann Mechelinck.

2016: Review of Stitch in Time, (Glucksman Gallery 2015) published: TEXTILE: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Bloomsbury Press, UK.

 2015: Conference organiser, curator, manager:  MAKE 2015 SYMPOSIUM, Remaking Tradition.  CIT Contemporary Applied Arts: Ceramics/Glass/Textiles hosting at Cork School of Music 6 March 2015–Speakers on the Re-Making of Tradition—–Yosi Anaya, authority on indigenous textiles of Latin America, from Veracruz Univ. Mexico; Mary Schoeser, UK historian and eminent author; David Littler, UK DJ and sound artist who works with maker communities; Vita Geluniene, tapestry weaver and academic of Kaunas Academy, Vilnius University, Lithuania; Logan McLain, Irish embroidery artist using digital technology, text; Alison Lowry, Glass artist of Belfast. Solo exhibition of Yosi Anaya in CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery; Master-classes with Yosi Anaya and Alison Lowry in CCAD; sound performance by David Littler, CCAD; Solo show by Logan McLain in Crawford College.

2014:  Conference organiser, curator, manager:  MAKE SYMPOSIUM, Art and Technology.  CIT Contemporary Applied Arts: Ceramics/Glass/Textiles hosting at Cork School of Music 7 March 2014–Speakers on Making in Art and Technology, on Touch/Haptic experience—Lesley Millar, MBE:  UK educator, author, curator of international textiles events; Alice Kettle: UK embroidery artist, author, educator; Ingrid Murphy:  Cardiff Univ. educator, ceramics and technology-based practice; Kieran Nolan:  Dundalk IT technology innovator, educator; Trevor Hogan, CIT Media Comm lecturer, researcher at Bauhaus in touch and technology; Fran Hegarty, MSC–St. James Hospital, Dublin–Trinity educator. . engineer and artist in interdisciplinary projects in health care.  Capacity audience from many spheres of making and from across Ireland.

2013:  Conference presenter:  MAKING HOLY, my faith story through art-making as part of Sacred Art:  A Spiritual Affair?  Arts & Spirituality Ireland Conference- Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

2013:  Published essay:  MAKING HOLY–in the I-Book MAKING STORIES, commissioned by editor Alice Kettle

2013:  Published excerpt on IRISH CHRISTIAN ART OF THE 20TH/21ST CENTURIES in THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF CHRISTIAN ART; commissioned by Charles Pickstone

2011:  Delegate to European  Textile Network Conference in Kaunas, Lithuania.  Conference Presentation on Reaching out from the South of Ireland: Networking and Exchange Opportunities at the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork

2009:  Published article:  Exhibition review: ‘Hughie O’Donoghue, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin’, in  Art + Christianity, the journal of Art + Christianity Enquiry,UK, Summer edition (invited by the editor).

2008: Lecture: My art practice as an articulation of my faith journey. Univ. College Cork Education Dept.

2008: Conference organizer: Faith in Form: exploring the threshold between contemporary art and the modern Church: speakers Patrick Pye; Rev. Charles Pickstone (art critic London); Laura Moffat (Director, Art + Christianity Enquiry, London)related events in poetry (James Harpur), music, film. Kinsale Carmelite Friary Centre for Prayer and Spirituality.

2008: Curator: Faith in Form Exhibition: artists articulating Christian faith in new and challenging languages: 23 artists selected from open national submission in variety of media. Kinsale Carmelite Friary Centre for Prayer and Spirituality.

2006: Published article on Verbum OPW commission in Obair, opw bulletin, issue 15.
2006: Artist’s Talk: Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, for 40 Shades of Green tour
2005: Delegate: Conference of European Textiles Network: Izmir, Turkey
2005: Cover image of Life Radiant on Nature Reviews Microbiology, October issue
2005: Cover image of Halo on Spirituality, July/August issue
2005: Published article on Spirituality and Culture in Spirituality, Irish Dominican journal
2005: Published article on The Virtue of Making in The Furrow, Irish theological journal
2005: Invited panelist and speaker: Annual Inter-Church Meeting of The Irish Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church in Cork as part of Cork 2005.
2004: Delegate: AGM of Textile Research and Education in Europe, London
2002: Conference presenter/delegate: Textile Research and Education in Europe Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
2000: Judge for the Royal Dublin Society National Craft Awards
1998-2001: Cork Textiles Network Management Board
1998: Delegate to the European Textile Network Conference in Barcelona and Madrid
1997-99: ARQUEOTEX project: Cork Corporation: Working Group member of EU transnational textiles heritage project
1991-2016: Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork: Lecturer in Fine Art and Contemporary Applied Art: Textiles (currently)
1986-88: Studio assistant: Regine Bartsch Tapestry Studio, Kerry
1985-86: Studio assistant: Lia Cook (large-scale woven commissions) Berkeley, California


European Textile Network
Teacher’s Union of Ireland




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