Islanders Selected for Ireland Glass Biennale 

October 23rd 2019 Dublin Castle 


We are delighted to announce that ISLANDERS - When Darkness Falls 

has been selected for the Ireland Glass Biennale, which will be in Dublin Castle

Coach House Gallery 

Oct 23rd - January 20th 2019



The NCAD Ireland Glass Biennale seeks to present and provoke international perspectives, explorations and manifestations of glass as creative expression. The Ireland Glass Biennale will highlight the excellence and curiosity of contemporary glass practices by national and international artists, designers and crafts practitioners. 



Islanders at The Venice Glass week - Bonhams Prize

September 2019

Islanders - When darkness falls, and international light projection mapping project, wins a jury commendation at the Bonhams The Venice Glass Week in augural prize. 

“The first Jury commendation is awarded to Róisín de Buitléar for her ambitious mapping project "ISLANDERS - When Darkness Falls". This imaginative initiative has involved over 50 artists from islands around the globe - from Murano to the Maldives, Java to Japan, Norway to New Zealand - each of whom have created original glass artworks that will be united in a cinematic light projection,  on Murano on Friday 13th September.  


As well as being impressed by the highly collaborative nature of the project, the Jury was particularly struck by its thought-provoking mission, which is to invite discussion around how living on an island can inspire and influence artwork, business and community, driving change, creating identities and building on connections with other island nations.”



Chanter  - A New Commission for JP Morgan Bank 

Sir John Rogersons Quay Dublin



Commissioned for the new offices in dublin - Chanter is the latest acquisition in the JP Morgan Bank Art collection 


The latest in a series of blown glass sound objects by Róisín de Buitléar, it is made to investigate ideas of sound and glass, it creates a visual and aural resonance of culture.

Created in a Gold Topaz colour, Chanter  was blown in collaboration with a team of glassmakers at the Museum of Glass Tacoma and is a unique object made exclusively for JP Morgan Bank.

It stands 1800mm high and one of the largest contemporary blown glass objects in Ireland, and calls to mind the many Irish Glassmakers who worked in the Dublin Docklands, an area that is fast being redeveloped. 

Lace Matrix


Small Town Big Ideas - Galway 2020 Commission

Headford Co Galway

The Headford Lace Project is delighted to announce LACE MATRIX, a collaboration with internationally renowned artist, Róisín de Buitléar and members of the community of Headford to create a permanent artwork for the town that will honour its lacemaking history

What is the Headford lace Project? The Headford Lace Project is a community group that actively works to research, revive and reimagine the town’s lacemaking heritage. It is uncovering amd sharing Headford’s lost lace history using art, music and community led projects. Through imaginative hands on events, shared experiences and inclusivity, it is seeking to develop a cultural identity for Headford rooted in its lacemaking story .

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Headford lace project

Lace Matrix

About Lace Matrix - A Headford Lace Project initiative for Small Town Big Ideas – Galway 2020

Public Art Commission - Lace is a captured drawn line on a complex layered matrix. Its structure appears fragile yet is durable. It is made of thousands of repetitive gestures that record skill and history in every loop. Made to be admired and to adorn, it is the ultimate in ornate luxury.

Like lace, a community is also a layered matrix and can be drawn closer by working together in a common goal. Hands on workshops and community engagement will be used to develop design ideas and location for a permanent artwork in the town of Headford.

The art work will take 4 months to complete and will be a permanent outdoor work for Headford Co Galway.

small town big ideas


Waterford Regional Hospital Commission

Dunmore Wing

Rian - Imprint 

A recent commission has been awarded to Róisín de Buitléar for the new palliative care centre at Waterford Regional hospital. The commission RIAN will be made of glass and steel will be installed in Spring 2019

This sculpture focuses on evoking a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere of reflection and reminiscence, using colour and abstract forms suspended in space.


Inspired by nature, translucent glass colours emitting diffused coloured light, suggest calm movement through tender hues of light suspended in space. Using soft nurturing shapes nestling close to each other, the juxtaposed forms convey intimate moments of closeness; a held hand, a stroked face or a gentle squeeze of human contact.


Caring words, supportive moments and joyful memories recalled, are suggested by accents of blended colour. These points of focus create a gentle energy flow between shapes relating one form to the other. Soft indents echoed in its neighbouring form create visual connections between one shape and the next, suggesting the gentle imprint left by human interaction on the mind and spirit.


National Children's Hospital Dublin

Following a highly competitive open competition, eight artists have now been selected as part of the Children’s Hospital Group Public Art Programme to develop innovative artworks for the public spaces surrounding the new children’s hospital and the two new paediatric outpatients and urgent care centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals. The project will transform how paediatric services are delivered in Ireland.

The successful artists are: Róisín de Buitléar, Jason Bruges Studio, Remco DeFouw, Vera Klute, Rhona Byrne, Ian Wilson, Gareth Kennedy and Martin Healy.


Róisín de Buitléar has been commissioned to create two sculptures. One for the paediatric outpatients and urgent care centre at Connolly and the other at paediatric outpatients and urgent care centre at Tallaght. 


Given the scale of the project, the new children’s hospital and the two paediatric outpatients and urgent care centres represent what is the most significant healthcare-based programme of public art currently underway in Ireland.

The Children’s Hospital Group Public Art Programme will be jointly funded by the Per Cent for Art Scheme and Philanthropy.











Did sea define land or land the sea? '  featured above was selected by Curator Matteo Seguso to represent Ireland in an inaugural international engraving exhibition in Spazio Matteo Seguso on Murano Island Venice Italy. The exhibition was held in celebration of The Venice Glass Week 2018 . 11 nationalities were represented showing a diverse range of styles and techniques, shown in Murano's newest bijoux gallery space just off the canal at Campiello Pescheria 1, 30141 Murano Venezia

This unprecedented event is an inspiring exhibition of European craftsmanship, an international cultural event to showcase contemporary and traditional engraving.

The quotation is taken from Heaney's poem Lovers on Aran. The piece is blown,

hand cut, carved and diamond point engraved.

Photo Credit: Phillip Lauterbach 

L'Arte Internazionale Dell'Incisione Su Vetro Exhibition - Murano Italy 

Crafting a more Human Future 

 Curator Jean Blanchaert selected 3 pieces by Róisín de Buitléar to be shown at Homo Faber Best of Europe exhibition in Venice Italy. The exhibition featured 150 artists working in a wide range of materials and ran until 30th Sept 2018. 

This unprecedented event was an inspiring exhibition of European craftsmanship, an international cultural event to showcase fine contemporary, traditional and rare craftsmanship and its link to the world of creativity and design. RTE Nationwide travelled to see the exhibition and talk to the Irish master craftsmen selected.

February 7, 2019

A team of world-class designers, curators and architects have come together to bring the finest European masters and their workmanship on center stage specifically for Homo Faber to provide visitors with an opportunity to experience craftsmanship in a new, unique and memorable way.

Covering nearly 4,000 square metres, Homo Faber will offer the public a rare opportunity to explore the island and the magnificent complex of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, including areas that are generally not accessible to the public.

Róisín de Buitléar has been selected as one of 150 artists in the BEST OF EUROPE exhibition by Milan based curator Jean Blanchaert. 

February 2, 2018

‘Sé /Six’  A Collaborative project with the Children of Lios na nÓg primary school in celebration of 20 years of the school’s existence as well as commemorating the historic context of the school building. Cullenswood House  was the location of the first Irish language school set up by Pádraig Mac Pairais / Pádraig Pearce, one of the signatories of the Irish Proclamation in 1916.  Lios na nÓg school was founded by a group of parents in 1996, and moved to Oakley road in 1997. It has 230 pupils now between 2 and 12 years of age, and all subjects are taught through Irish. 

Commissioned by the school, the work was made as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations. It was supported by ‘CraftEd' a project with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, which is an initiative to introduce primary school children into a variety of craft based artist-led projects. In the development of the work, school tours, workshops, design challenges, and debates were undertaken. The window looks o...

January 25, 2018

2018 will be a very exciting year, opening with the inaugural Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Ireland being awarded to Róisín de Buitléar. In recognition of her contribution to the world of glass, education and art, the National Museum have invited Róisín to be resident at the museum from January 2018 for 12 months. There she will have a studio and have access to the collection which covers Decorative arts and industry, Archaeology, Natural History, and the collection of Country life in Mayo.  Keep up with whats happening during her residency via the blog or through instagram.

January also sees the opening of an interactive exhibition of glass sound pieces at The Ark Dublin during Tradfest admission is free.

February sees the Sound-Garden for 1916 Play Garden at St Audoen's Park Dublin 8 going on site. This is a project that arose from consultations with the children of 2016 during the c...

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