Alan’s work to date straddles the boundaries of contemporary craft, sculpture and architecture and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Graduating with a Masters in Architecture from University College Dublin in September 2015, Alan currently works from his studio in County Laois, imagining and creating one of a kind and speculative pieces for both public and private clients. Completed projects include; one of a kind furniture, public space design, and a collection of sculptural wood-turned vessels.

Alan is the Laois winner of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur 2016 and DCCOI - Future Maker of the year 2017. Recent Awards include; The RDS Craft Awards 2018, and RIAI Public Space award 2018 with A2 Architects. Alan’s work was part of the RHA 187th Annual Exhibition and won the Tresor-Discovery Award at Tresor Contemporary Craft 2017 in Basel, Switzerland. Alan's work was shown by Design Ireland at Maison et Objet Paris, January 2020 and formed part of ''Surface Matters'' - Portfolio Critical Selection 2019-2020, at Artesania Catalunya - CCAM, Barcelona. 30th May - 21st July 2019.

EDUCATION

B.Sc (Architectural Science) University College Dublin 2012

M.ARCH (Architecture) University College Dublin 2015 [including a semester at KTH (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan) Sweden 2014]


Awards

2013: Selected to Participate in DREAM Master Class in Wood, Ruzomberok, Slovakia.

2013: Irish American Cultural Institute, Muriel Gahan Scholarship.

2016: Winner of RDS Craft Award; Emerging Maker (Woodturning).

2016: Cill Rialaig Project, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry - Artists Residency.

2016: Overall Winner and 1st Prize in Artistic Catagory, Irish Woodturners’ Guild National Seminar

2016: Commended, Institute of Designers in Ireland, Design Awards (Structures and Spaces) for Quadrangle at Newpark School

2016: Winner, Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur (Co. Laois) Best Start-Up Business and Best Young Entrepreneur

2017: Winner of RDS Craft Award; Emerging Maker (Woodturning) and Irish Woodturners Guild Award.

2017: DCCOI - Future Maker of the year.

2017: Tresor-Discovery Award at TRESOR Contemporary Craft, Basil, Switzerland.

2018: Winner. Royal Dublin Society - Craft Awards Bursary.

2018: RIAI, Public Space Award for DLR Red Jetty.

2018: Architectural Association of Ireland, Special Mention for DLR Red Jetty.

2019: National Enterprise Awards - Laois Exporter of the Year 2019.

EXHIBITIONS

2020

''Maison & Objet'', Paris, 18-22 January - DESIGN IRELAND

2019

''Painters and Makers'' SO Fine Art Editions, Powerscourt Town House, Dublin.

''House Event'' RDS, Dublin.

''Irish Design Work'' Tribeton, Galway.

''Landed(ed)'' :Contemporary Craft Curated by Stephen O'Connell, Lavit Gallery, Cork, 1st - 31st August.

''Wood'' - The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

''Surface Matters'' - Portfolio Critical Selection 2019-2020, The Coach House, Dublin Castle, Artesania Catalunya - CCAM, Barcelona and National Design and Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.

''Maison & Objet'', DESIGN IRELAND

2018

"Gifted" The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, RDS, Dublin.

"Wood Work", Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford.

''Sorti du Bois/ Out of the Wood'', Deschambault Village Quebec, Canada.

Exhibition build, Close Encounters - La biennale di Venezia, Italy.

2017

"Gifted" The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, RDS, Dublin.

‘Sculpture In Context’, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. (September 2017).

Bravura - Blue Egg Gallery Wexford (October 2017)

TRESOR Contemporary Craft, Basil, Switzerland

DIVA @ Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival, Stradbally, Co Laois.

RDS, Craft Awards Exhibition 2017, RDS Concert Hall.

House - Event, RDS Dublin. (annually since 2016)

"Artist in Craft", Cill Rialaig Arts Centre Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry. (annually since 2015)

Body and Soul, Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath.

RHA 187th Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin.

2016

‘Dog Days’, Dunmaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise.

RDS Craft Awards Exhibition - RDS Concert Hall & National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Co. Mayo.

Sculpture in Context - National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

Glastonbury, Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Somerset, UK.

Electric Picnic Music and Arts festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois. (Annually since 2012)

2015

UCD Architecture, 'End of year show', Richview, University College Dublin.

Body and Soul, Music and Arts Festival, Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath.

2014

'Weathering' Collaborative Work realising designs by Tierney Haines Architects, UCCA, Beijing, China— at UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. 8-14 December and Tent London (London Design Festival), Tent London, Old Truman Brewery, London.

'Young' @ SO Fine Art Editions - An exhibition showcasing emerging talent in printmaking, photography, and applied arts, 10 South Anne Street, Dublin.

'Exploring Synergies' An exhibition of Architecture and Public Art Research inspired by the cultural and natural landscape of the Stockholm Archipelago: Konstfack Telefonplan Tunnelbana, Stockholm.

2013

RDS Travelling Exhibition - RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin / Mid-Antrim Museum, The Braid, Ballymena, Co. Antrim / Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone.

'Improvisations On the Theme of an Irish Wall' - An Installation by twenty Leading International and Irish Wood Artists: June - September Link Gallery VISUAL centre for contemporary art, Carlow.

'The Drawing Room' - A delightful mix of art works from new and established artists: No. 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin.

Sculpture In Context - National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin.

2012.

RDS National Craft Competition, RDS, Dublin.

Dunamaise Arts Centre, (Christmas group show) Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

2010

RDS National craft competition, RDS, Dublin.


Public Work

Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry

Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock.

Kilkenny College, Kilkenny.

University College Dublin, School of Architecture, Richview, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Private Collections

The Daniel Collection UK

Various private collections in the Ireland, UK and USA

Professional Affiliation

The Irish Collection.

Registered with The Institute of Designers in Ireland.

Registered with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland & Member of DCCOI Portfolio

Registered with the Irish Woodturner's Guild.

Registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland (Further Education).

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