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Ciara Foster

Freelance CD Designer & Greeting Card Illustrator

Location:walkinstown, Dublin, Ireland
2 Skills


Name Ciara Foster

Nationality Irish


Email Address

Web Address,

Phone 0872398754
Address 119 Thomas Moore Road
Dublin 12


2001 – 2003
Masters of Arts - Design, National College of Art and Design.
1994 -1998 BDes in Textile Design, 1st Class honours. National College of Art and Design

1997 Erasmus Exchange to Winchester Art College, during my 3rd year in NCAD.


I was awarded a full fellowship for an Artists Residency at The Vermont studio Centre in Johnson, Vermont USA in September 2009.

Artists Residency at Aras Eanna on the Aran Island of Inis Oirr in July 2009. As part of my residency I created a sculpture trail on the Island and ran a sculpture treasure trail for children and adults with clues in both English and Irish. I gave a short lecture on land art and sculpture before the start of each Sculpture treasure trail.

I was one of the Artists in Residence in Roundstone, Connemara, Co. Galway for two weeks as part of the Roundstone Arts Festival.

I was Artist in Residence for six months at Draiocht Arts centre in Blanchardstown.

I have spent one month on an artist residency at the Hall Farm Center for Arts and Education in Vermont in June/July of 2004.

Arts Council Travel and Mobility Award.


The Grange Sculpture Park Exhibition 2011 April – September 2011 Group sculpture exhibition at the Grange sculpture garden.
October 2011 Jury–exhibitor for the ‘What to dip’ , global collaborative artist run group exhibition, Chiang Mai University art center, Nimmanhaemin rd, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
October 2011 Gihon River Collective exhibition, Yamanashi Museum Of Art, Kofu, Yamanashi Japan.


Aras Eanna Art Centre
2010 Aras Eanna Art Centre, Inis Oirr, Co.Galway.1st – 31st August. The work for this exhibition was inspired by my month long residency on Inis Oirr in 2009. The exhibition consisted of mixed media 2d work and a sculptural piece.
Cockleshell Arts Centre
2006 ‘Swiftist', Cockleshell Arts Centre, Duncannon, Co. Wexford. 14th June -17th July. This exhibition consisted of an installation of small bird sculptures and also mixed media paintings inspired by the elusive ‘Swift’.

South Tipperary Arts Centre 2006
‘No Flightplan’ South Tipperary Arts Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
This exhibition consisted of 11 large bird sculptures made from branches, twigs and found material from the beach. It also contained sketches and paintings.


Gihon river travelling Journal Project 2010 ongoing I initiated an Artists Travel journal in 2010. This is an ongoing project that I am currently working on with a group of Artists and writers that I met in 2009 while on an Artists residency in Vermont.
2010 Chepstow Corner, 133-137 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill LONDON W11 2RS. The Gihon River Collective is an assembly of writers and visual artists who were in residency at the Vermont Studio Center in September 2009.
Botanical Gardens 2010 Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. For this exhibition I submitted a sculpture of a deer made entirely of branches and twine.

Aras Eanna Retrospective
2010 Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Square, Galway. Aras Eanna Retrospective, Retrospective of artists connected with Aras Eanna over the last 10 years.
ArtMart Studios
2010 ‘Happy Place Exhibition’. An exhibition of postcards depicting peoples Happy Places
2006 – 2010 Currently represented by The Bad Art Gallery, On Francis Street in Dublin,

Grange Gallery
2008 ‘s-t-i-ch’ exhibition at the Grange Gallery, Oldtown, North County Dublin. My work in this exhibition was mixed media collages inspired by some old knitting patterns I found in an attic.

Ladyfest Exhibition
Ladyfest Exhibition 2008, ESB Building, Caroline St, Cork .My work in this exhibition was mixed media collages.

Cornucopia Restaurant
The Canvas Project, Cornucopia Restaurant, 19 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. I submitted a mixed media painting for this exhibition.

China Pink
Radiant Exhibition, China Pink, 38 Dunville Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Mixed media collages.

Office of Public Works
Margin 18x 21 exhibition, OPW, 51 St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2.

Botanical Gardens
2006 Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. For this exhibition I submitted an installation of large bird sculptures in flight inspired by seabirds. .

Aiirfield House
2006 Sculpture in Context exhibition, Airfield House, Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14. For this exhibition I submitted an installation of small bird sculptures in flight.

Starric Art Gallery
2005 Roundstone's ‘Artists in Residence Exhibition’, The Starric Art Gallery, Roundstone, Connemara, Co. Galway. I created 2 large sculptures of a bird and a Ram which I made using found and natural materials from Roundstone.

Carlow Arts Festival
2005 Eigse Open Submission Exhibition, Carlow Arts Festival. Selected by Tim Goulding, Institute of Technology , Carlow. I submitted a sculpture of a sheep for this exhibition.

Cashel Arts Festival
2005 Cashel Arts Festival, Various locations around Cashel. I exhibited sculptures of 3 little pigs and a bird.

Model Arts and Niland Gallery
2005 Participated in the 'Solo Sheep Trail ‘, this coincided with the ‘Solo festival’ at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, in Sligo. Sheep sculpture.

Waterfront Gallery
Invited to exhibit in the “Two to Tango” exhibition at the Waterfront Gallery, Rosses point, Co. Sligo.

Waterford Treasures Museum
2004 “Continuity” Open Submission Exhibition, Waterford Treasures Museum, The Granary, Merchants Quay, Waterford.

Botanical Gardens and Farmleigh House
Sculpture in context, Botanical Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin and Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin. I exhibited 2 sculptures, of a squirrel and a dog.

Wexford Arts Centre
Wexford Artists book Exhibition, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. I submitted a handmade Artists book made of fabric and mixed media, stitch etc and based on the progress of movement.

Millennium Court Arts Centre 2004
MCAC Open Submission Textile Exhibition, Millennium Court Arts Centre, William St, Portadown, Co.Armagh.

Kelleher Gallery
All Animals Great and Small, The Kelleher Gallery, Galway. In this exhibition I exhibited paintings.

Peace Exhibition
Peace Exhibition, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin. Mixed media textile piece.

Knit and Stitch
Knit and Stitch, RDS, Dublin.

NCAD MA Exhibition
MA Exhibition NCAD, 100 Thomas St, Dublin.

Paws, Claws and Scales Exhibition
Paws, Claws and Scales Exhibition. Bliston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK.

Guinness Art Group Annual Exhibition
Guinness Art Group Annual Exhibition, Guinness Hop Store, Dublin.

Clondalkin Arts Festival
Clondalkin Arts Festival, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

New Designers Show
New Designers Show, Islington, London, UK

Knit and Stitch Exhibition
Knit and Stitch Exhibition, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin & Alexandria palace, London.

Guinness Art Group Annual Exhibition
Guinness Art Group 8th Annual Exhibition,The Guinness Hopstore, Dublin