Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill Biography

Cóilín is a silversmith producing work that explores vessel forms through a study of process, materials and colour.

Cóilín trained at Grennan Mill craft school and Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1996.

He subsequently worked as a designer for industry in India, the Philippines, and the UK, and set up a workshop in Kilkenny, Ireland.

In 1998, he moved to Tokyo, to study in the metalwork department at the National University of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo Geidai), receiving a doctorate in 2005.

From 2007-2019, Cóilín worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University. He currently lectures in the School of Design at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.

He exhibits his work internationally and has pieces in collections including the National Museum of Ireland, the Goldsmiths’ Collection, London, and the Marzee collection, Netherlands.


Solo Exhibitions

2016 ‘Transmutation’, Galerie Marzee, Netherlands
2011 ‘Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill’, Galerie Marzee, Netherlands
2010 ‘Focus’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2008 ‘Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill’, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2006 ‘Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill’, Galerie Marzee, Netherlands

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 ‘Surface Matters’, The Coach House, Dublin Castle, Ireland
2018 – 2019 ‘European Prize for Applied Arts’, Site des Anciens Abattoirs, Mons, Belgium; The National Design and Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2018 ‘Melting Point’, Makers' Guild in Wales, Cardif,
‘Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London,
2017 ‘Tresor’, Messe Basel, Switzerland,
‘Forged’, Galerie Handwerk, Munich
‘Narratives in Making’, National Design and Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
‘Objets, Mes Amis’, Artmonte-carlo, Monaco
‘Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London
‘TASTE at Artgenève’, Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland
2016 ‘In Residence II ’, Oliver Sears Gallery, 33 Fitzroy Square, London
‘Women’s Stories & Emblems 1916-2016’, Galway City Museum, Ireland
2015 ‘Finders and Keepers’, dlr Lexicon Municipal Gallery, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
‘Portfolio’, Solomon FIne Art, Dublin
‘In Residence’, Oliver Sears Gallery, Six Fitzroy Square, London
‘The Silversmith's Art’, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
‘Modern Masters’, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
‘Aesthetics of Manufacture II’, Butcher Works, Sheffield
‘Side by Side’, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France
‘Meister der Moderne’, IHM, Munich,
2014 ‘Vase, Vessel, Void’, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
‘Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London
2013 ‘Five into Four’, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
‘Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London
‘Aesthetics of Manufacture’, Butcher Works, Sheffield
‘Frame@Schmuck’, Internationale Handwerks Messe, Munich
‘Future Beauty’, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2012 ‘Beneath the Skin’, Galerie Marzee, Netherlands
2012 – 2014 ‘Out of the Marvelous’, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Solstice Arts Centre, Navan; Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Ireland
2012 ‘domesticMATTERS’, CAA, London
‘KunstRAI’, Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands
‘Collect ’, Saatchi Gallery, London
2011 – 2012 ‘Dubh’, AIHS, New York and Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, USA / Ireland
2011 ‘Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London
‘Silverstruck’, Ruthin Craft Centre and National Museum of Wales, Wales
2010 ‘Silver Time’, Galeria Sztuki w Legnicy, Poland
‘Portfolio ’, National Craft Gallery, Ireland
‘Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London
2009 ‘KeyPiece’, SIA Gallery, Sheffield
‘Sterling Irish’, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland
‘Object’, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2008 ‘National Metalwork Design Award’, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
‘9 Create’, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
‘Treasures of Today’, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
2007 ‘Seven Smiths’, Blackwell, Lakeland Arts Trust, UK
2007 – 2008 ‘Silver of the Stars’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg; The World Art Museum, Beijing; The Museum of Kyoto, The National Museum of Scotland, U.K. / Russia / China / Japan
2007 ‘In Praise of Shadows ’, Bodhi, London Design Festival, UK
2006 ‘KunstRai’, Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands
‘Collect’, V&A Museum, London
2005 – 2006 ‘100% Proof’, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, USA; Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco; Flow Gallery, London; Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, USA / UK

Public Collections

2018 Museums Sheffield
2016 Galway City Museum
2013 Irish State Art Collection
2012/2009 The International Contemporary Collection of Irish Design & Craft
2012/2006 Marzee Collection, Netherlands
2011 The Goldsmiths' Company, Modern Collection, London
2010 Galeria Sztuki w Legnicy, Poland
2008 National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
2007 Incorporation of Goldsmiths, Edinburgh
2006 Glasgow Cathedral, UK
2005 Irish State Art Collection, Farmleigh House
2003 Toride City Collection, Japan
1996 Birmingham Assay Office Collection, UK

Awards, Scholarships

2019 Shortlisted, European Prize for Applied Arts
2015 Bavarian State Prize, Germany
2009 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts
2008 Shortlisted, National Metalwork Design Award, Museums Sheffield
2007 – 2010 AHRC Fellowship
2007 Sasakawa Foundation grant
2006 Special Merit Award, Golden Fleece, Ireland
1998 – 2005 Monbusho Scholarship, Japan
1997 Work-study Scholarship, Penland School Of Crafts, USA
Ronald J. Pearson Scholarship, Haystack School of Crafts, USA
1996 Birmingham Assay Office, Silver Design Award
Designer Silversmith Awards, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, U.K. (Highly Commended)


2002 – 2005 Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music (Tokyo Geidai), Doctor of Fine Arts
2000 Seoul National University, College of Fine Arts, Korea, Exchange Program
2000 – 2002 Tokyo Geidai, Master of Fine Arts
1997 Haystack School of Crafts, USA
Penland School of Crafts, USA
1995 Maine College of Art, USA, Exchange Program
1992 – 1996 Edinburgh College of Art, B.A. (Hons), Design and Applied Arts
1991 – 1992 Grennan Mill Craft School, Kilkenny, Ireland


2019 – Lecturer, National College of Art and Design, Ireland
2007 – 2019 Senior Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University
2005 – 2007 Visiting Lecturer/ Academic Researcher, Glasgow School of Art
1996 – Visiting lecturer at:
National College of Art and Design, Ireland
Edinburgh College of Art, UK
London Metropolitan University, UK
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, UK
Tokyo Geidai, Japan
Tama Art University, Japan
Royal College of Art, UK
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
Hong Kong Design Institute