CV

Born 1985, Motala, Sweden. Lives & Works in Galway, Ireland.
Represented by Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin
Education:
2004 – 2008, BA Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting  (1st Class Hons)
Atlantic Techical University ATU, Galway (formerly GMIT)
2012, An introduction to Jungian psychology,
University College Gävle, Sweden, 15 ECTS credits
2014, The films of Ingmar Bergman,
Linnaeus University Kalmar, Sweden, 7.5 ECTS credits
Awards:
2024, Artworks Prize, Artworks 2024, VISUAL, Carlow IRL
2024, Creative Practitioner Bursary Award, Galway City Council, Ireland
2023, Bursary Award, Arts Council, Ireland
2022, Hennessy Craig Award for painting, RHA Dublin IRL
2021, Agility Award, Arts Council, Ireland  
2020, Bursary Award, Arts Council, Ireland
2020, ESB Keating Award & Medal for an Outstanding Artwork, 190th RHA Annual Exhibition, IRL
2020, RCSI Art Award shortlist, 190th RHA Annual Exhibition IRL
2019, Bursary Award, Arts Council, Ireland
2017, Next Generation Award, Arts Council, Ireland
2017, Project Award for Solo Exhibition at Galway Arts Centre, Arts Council, Ireland
2015, Individual Artist Bursary Award Galway City Council, IRL
2013, Individual Artist Bursary Award, Galway City Council, IRL
2011, Wexford Arts Centre Emergence Award, IRL
2011, Project Award ‘Build your own: Scandinavian Loneliness’, Arts Council, Ireland
2010, Bursary Award, Arts Council, Ireland
2009, Young Artists’ Training Award, Liljesonska stiftelsen, Co Östergötland, SWE
2008, GMIT Paint Student of the Year, sponsored by Allied Irish Bank, IRL
2007, Prize Winner, Claremorris Open Exhibition, IRL. Selected by: Ingrid Swenson
Residencies:
2024, Interface Inagh, research residency with Michaele Cutaya, IRL
2024, Aras Eanna Arts Centre, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands, IRL
2024, Monson Arts, Monson, Maine, USA
2021 Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Invited Fellowship Residency, IRL
2020, Centre Culturel Irlandais, 2 month residency, VAI & Suki Tea art Prize, Paris FR
2017, Summer Residency, GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media, IRL
2016, Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale, NOR
2012, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Residency Award, Galway City Council, IRL
Solo Exhibitions:
2024, Kevin Kavanagh Presents: Cecilia Danell, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, IRL
2023, A Stillness Expanded, Claremorris Gallery, Mayo IRL
2022, Brush Lightly Through Fireweed Forests, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin IRL
2022, Tactile Terrain, Luan Gallery, Athlone, IRL Curated by: Carmel Duffy
2021, I Trust the Quiet, Burren College of Art Gallery, Clare IRL
2020, I set a Bait for the Unknown, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin IRL
2019, In a Landscape, Royal Hibernian Academy, Ashford Gallery, Dublin. IRL Curated by: Ruth Carroll
2019, Winter Wanderer, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin IRL
2017, The Last Wilderness, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, IRL Curated by: Sarah Searson
2017 The Last Wilderness, Galway Arts Centre, IRL
2014, I am a Forest, and a Night of Dark Trees, Eight Gallery, Dublin, IRL
2012, Secretly, we Thirst for Reality, Wexford Arts Centre, IRL
2012, The Consoling Dream Necessity, Talbot Gallery, Dublin, IRL
Two-person Exhibitions:
2024 (forthcoming) What the Plants Know, Galway Arts Festival, 126 Gallery IRL
2021, Mise en scène, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris FR
2016, Adventure Time, TACTIC, Cork, IRL
2014, Your Spaces are my Places too, Motala Konsthall, SWE
2012 (Non)Fiction, Ballina Arts Centre, IRL
2008, Here and Elsewhere, Crow Gallery, Dublin, IRL Curated by: Maeve Mulrennan
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2024, Behind The Curtain, Artworks 2024, VISUAL, Carlow, IRL
2024, Forging Wild, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, IRL
2023, Following Threads, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork IRL Curated by: Anne Boddaert
2023, Recent Acquisitions, Ballinglen Museum of Art, Co Mayo, IRL Curated by: Margo Dolan
2022, Past, Present, Future, Boyle Arts Festival, King House IRL Curated by: Paul McKenna
2022, Visual Art Trail, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival IRL. Curated by: Barry McHugh
2022, GENERATION2022: New Irish Painting, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny IRL Curated by: Anna O’Sullivan
2022, Parklife: Biodiversity in Contemporary Irish Art, The Glucksman, Cork IRL Curators: Chris Clarke & Fiona Kearney
2022, Hennessy Craig Award Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. IRL
2021 The Way That We Went, Ballinglen Museum of Art, Co Mayo IRL Curated by: Anne Mullee
2020, 190th RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin IRL
2020, Swab Barcelona Art Fair, Kevin Kavanagh (virtual fair), ES
2020, London Art Fair, Kevin Kavanagh, Islington, London, UK
2019, Our Choice Our World, selected Kevin Kavanagh artists, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaois, IRL
2018, Artist:Wife, Claremorris Gallery, Co Mayo IRL
2018 Futures Series 3 Episode 2, RHA, Dublin. IRL. Curators: Patrick T Murphy & Ruth Carroll.
2018, Island Life, Customs House Gallery, Westport. Curated by: Kevin Kavanagh & Ingrid Lyons IRL
2018, BEEP Painting Biennial, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales. Selectors: Andre Stitt & Sue Williams UK
2018 Gathering, Boyle Arts Festival, King House, IRL Curated by: Paul McKenna
2018, Island Life, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin IRL
2018, Narrating Self, translating the Other, Galway Arts Centre IRL. Curated by: Maeve Mulrennan
2018, Hermione Exhibition, Alexandra College, Dublin IRL. Curator: Aisling Prior
2017, Material Conditions, Platform Arts, Belfast, NI. Curated by: Hayley Gault & Alex Brunt
2017, Summer Residency Exhibition, GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media, Galway, IRL
2017, Facing West, Boyle Arts Festival, King House, Boyle IRL. Curator: Paul McKenna
2017, Hermione Exhibition, Alexandra College, Dublin IRL. Curator: Aisling Prior
2016, COE ’16 New Century Retro, Claremorris Open Prizewinners retrospective, Claremorris IRL. Curator: Helen O’Donoghue, IMMA
2016, Creative Wave, Galway City Museum, Galway Arts Festival IRL. Curator: Austin Ivers
2016, Veins, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin IRL. Curators: Davey Moor &Peter Prendergast
2016, Escape, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, IRL Curator: Michelle De Forge
2016, Overlap, Aras Eanna Arts Centre, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands IRL
2016, Hermione Exhibition, Alexandra College, Dublin IRL Curator: Aisling Prior.
2015, Höstsalong 2015, Juried Annual Autumn Exhibition, Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, SWE
2015, 185th RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, IRL
2015, Wildscreen, Inagh Valley, Connemara, IRL. Curators: Louise Manifold & Una Quigley.
2014, Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Festival Gallery, Galway, IRL. Curator: Aisling Prior.
2014, Galway, Gateway to Connaught ,Galerie Du Faouedic, Lorient, FRA.
2014, I kommunens gömmor, Motala Municipal Art Collection new acquisitions, Motala Konsthall, SWE.
2013, Pace, Clifden Arts Festival, IRL. Curator: Shelly McDonnell.
2013, REMEMBER ME (before I forget), Cecilia Danell, Emmet Kierans and Red Bird Youth Collective, Galway Arts Centre, IRL.
2013, Kaleidoscope: Contemporary Art From EU Member States, Representing Sweden. Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, IRL.
2012, Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, The Fairgreen gallery, Galway IRL. Curator: Gregory McCartney.
2012, Latency, Engage Studios members, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, IRL. Curator: Michaële Cutaya.
2012, The Museum Of Miniatures, Skibbereen Arts Festival, IRL. Curators: Tess Leak and Marie Brett.
2012, Solstice ,Cork Midsummer Festival, The Elysian, Cork, IRL. Curator: Aoife Flynn.
2011, Live@8 on Tour, The Exchange, Temple Bar, Dublin, IRL.
2011, VUE: Art Fair, RHA, Dublin, IRL. Represented by Talbot Gallery.
2011, Hammer and feather – experiments in space, The Niland Gallery, Galway, IRL. Curator: Mary Conlon.
2011, Re-fabrication, Live@8 on tour, Occupy Space, Limerick, IRL.
2010, Tulca festival of Visual Arts, The Niland Gallery, Galway, IRL. Curator: Michelle Browne.
2010, Claremorris Open Exhibition, Claremorris, IRL, Curator: Lisa Le Feuvre.
2010, Outside: Insight, Brigit’s Garden, Rosscahill, Co Galway, IRL.
2010, Dock Discourse, 126 Gallery, Galway, IRL. Curator: Aoife Considine.
2010, {un}familiar, Galway Arts Centre, IRL. Curator: Maeve Mulrennan.
2010, {un}familiar, Red House Arts Center, Syracuse, NY USA. Curator: Maeve Mulrennan.
2009, Ealaion at Lunasa, Galway Arts Centre, IRL.
2009, 126 Gallery Members show swap Catalyst arts, Belfast, NI and 126 Gallery, Galway, IRL.
2008, Is This Utopia? Honours Degree Exhibition, GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media. IRL
2007, Claremorris Open Exhibition, IRL, Curator: Ingrid Swenson.
Catalogues/ Press:
Next Generation Artists’ Award 2016-2023, ed. Niamh Dunphy, book published by the Irish Arts Council 2024
Encore with Clare O’Brien, interview on Midlands 103 FM, 21st March 2024.
“Eminent artist to exhibit her work in Portlaoise” Laois Nationalist, 19th March 2024.
“Inspirational landscape art to grace Dunamaise” Leinster Express, 19th March 2024.
Publication cover image, Visual Artists’ News Sheet, January-February 2024.
Landscape and Environment in Contemporary Irish Art by Dr Yvonne Scott, book published by Churchill House Press in association with the Irish Museum of Modern Art. July 2023
Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan, interview on Galway Bay FM, 30th March 2023.
Artist feature on TV programme ‘Imeall’ TG4, 31st October 2022.
“Danell at Kavanagh”, Irish Arts Review, Autumn Issue 2022.
“Art Pervading Life – Cecilia Danell and Diana Copperwhite chat about their painting routine” Visual Artists News Sheet, painting issue, Spring 2022.
The Green and the Grey, exhibition catalogue, essay by Eamonn Maxwell, Luan Gallery, 2022.
The Way That We Went, exhibition catalogue, essay by Joanne Laws. Ballinglen Arts Foundation, 2021.
A Strange Familiar Place, hardcover publication on Danell’s work with an essay by Cristín Leach. Published by Kevin Kavanagh, 2021.
Barry McHugh “Constructed Wilderness: Cecilia Danellwww.paintingintext.com 30th September 2020.
Aidan Dunne “Art in Focus: The Drenched Forest by Cecilia Danell” The Irish Times, 23rd March 2019.
Niall MacMonagle “What lies beneath: Inside a Shadow by Cecilia Danell” The Sunday Independent, 3rd February 2019.
Aidan Dunne “The best art exhibitions running across the country” The Irish Times, 5th January 2019.Amelia O’Mahony Brady “Artsdesk: New, Now, Next” Totally Dublin Magazine, December 2018.
Padraic E Moore, “Welcome to the Future” Irish Arts Review, Winter Issue 2018/2019
Joanne Laws, “Finding the Line” Visual Artists’ News Sheet, Graduate-themed issue, Sept-Oct 2018
BEEP Painting Biennial Catalogue 2018, Wales UK
Abridged Art/Poetry Journal 0-51 Wormwood issue, November 2017. Edited by: Gregory McCartney
Amanda Jane Graham, Interview with Cecilia Danell on the Arts Hour Shannonside FM Broadcast at 8pm, 7th June 2017.
“The Last Wilderness – Cecilia Danell” The Leitrim Observer 2nd June, 2017.
The Last Wilderness, publication on Danell’s work with an essay by Sue Rainsford. Funded by an Arts Council Project Award.
Kernan Andrews, “A Swedish woman’s Galway view of Scandinavia” The Galway Advertiser, 9th March 2017.
Michaële Cutaya, “The Last Wilderness” Irish Arts Review, Spring Issue 2017.
Sofia Ek, “Inblick” Folio Kulturtidning nummer 2, Vadstena, Sweden, June 2016.
“In Profile: Cecilia Danell” Moustache Magazine, Brisbane, June 10th 2015.
“Being an outsider gives me a different view on things other people might take for granted” The Galway Advertiser 13th November 2014.
“Access to visual arts tops Festival Agenda” RTE News 1pm News broadcast, 12th November 2014.
“Speeds of Life – Aisling Prior discusses her approach to curating Tulca 2014” The Visual Artists’ News Sheet November – December 2014.
Tulca Festival of Visual Arts Exhibition Catalogue 2014, 2012.
“Cecilia och Helga i duoutställning” Östgötatidningen Motalamagasinet, Sweden, Vecka 3 2014.
“Duoutställning med rötter i Motala” Motala Tidning, Sweden, 11th January 2014.
Kaleidoscope: Contemporary Art from EU Member States Exhibition Catalogue 2013.
Abridged art/poetry journal 0-29 Primal issue, April 2013.
“Cecilia Danell wins Visual Art Award” Irish Arts Review Spring issue (March-May) 2012.
News and views Image Interiors & Living January/February 2012.
Mats Persson, “Irländskt konstpris till Cecilia” Motala & Vadstena Tidning, Sweden, 28 December 2011.
Claremorris Open Exhibition Catalogue 2010, 2007.
GMIT Degree show catalogue 2008, 2007.
Reviews:
Sarah Long, “Following Threads” Visual Artists’ News Sheet, January-February 2024.
Cristín Leach ”Botany Branches out to art” The Sunday Times  29th May 2022.
AidanDunne, “Grappling with the age of anxiety” The Irish Times 27th November 2018.
Cristín Leach, “Existential show for our times” The Sunday Times 25th November 2018.
Aidan Dunne, “The Last Wilderness: Cecilia Danell, Galway Arts Centre” The Irish Times, 28th March 2017.
Aidan Dunne, “Veins/ Small…Far away, The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin” The Irish Times 26th July 2016.
Aidan Dunne, “No need for anxiety as Tulca engages in Galway” The Irish Times 18th November 2014.
Gunnar Lindqvist, “Vackra landskap och mörka träd” Östgöta Correspondenten 26th January 2014.
Eileen Hutton, “Engage Art Studios Members ‘Latency.'” The Visual Artists’ News Sheet Issue 1 Jan-Feb 2013.
Sinead Rice, “Council’s Visual Artist Award winner exhibits in Wexford'” The Wexford Echo Newspaper 4th December 2012, page 54.
Sue Rainsford, “Cecilia Danell: The Consoling Dream Necessity at Talbot Gallery.” Paper Visual Arts Journal 9th April 2012.
Jeanette Donnelly, “The award winners Derek Fortas and Cecilia Danell” www.Artforartssake.org January 2012.
Aidan Dunne, “Elsewhere at Galway Arts Festival” The Irish Times 21st July 2010.
Nancy keefe Rhodes, “Redhouse Irish: Galway Arts Centre returns a second year” Syracuse City Eagle 18th March 2010.
Michaele Cutaya, “Degree show Critic’s choice”, Circa 125 – contemporary visual culture in Ireland, Autumn 2008 issue, page 62.
Collections:
Arts Council Ireland IRL
The Irish State (OPW) IRL
Trinity College  IRL
University  College Cork IRL
Ballinglen Museum & Arts Foundation, IRL
Wexford County Council, IRL
Galway City Council, IRL
Motala Municipality, SWE
Kelly Resort Hotel, Rosslare, IRL
The Dean Hotel, Galway IRL
Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny IRL
Leinster Hotel, Dublin IRL
Private collections in Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, Canada, France and Ireland.

Artist Talks/ Public Speaking/Panels
2022, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin. Solo exhibition in-conversation with Cristín Leach.
2022, Limerick School of Art & Design, TUS, Visiting lecturer to the Paint Department.
2022, Luan Gallery, artist talk walkthrough of solo exhibition facilitated by Eamonn Maxwell.
2021, Burren College of Art, gallery conversation with Kevin Kavanagh as part of the opening of  ’I Trust the Quiet’ and student tutorials.
2021, Centre Culturel Irlandais, in-conversation with Eamon O’Kane and Sophie Sassi-Gorman as part of the opening of  ’Mise en scène’.
2021, Custom House Gallery, Westport Co Mayo. Exhibition selection panel.
2020, Burren College of Art, County Clare. Visiting Lecturer to the MA students.
2019 Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Artist talk on the occasion of ‘Silver’ Kevin Kavanagh’s 25th Anniversary Exhibition.
2019, Visual Artists Ireland Get Together TU Dublin, Grangegorman. Invited to present in the Artists’ Speak strand.
2019, GMIT Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway. Invited to officially open the 4th Year Degree Show.
2019, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. ‘Ashford in Conversation’ with writer Sue Rainsford.
2019, GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media, Galway. Invited twice as visiting lecturer to the MA students.
2018, Custom House Gallery, Westport. Artist panel talk as part of the opening of ‘Island Life’.
2017, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Conversation with curator/Director Sarah Searson as part of the opening of the solo exhibition ‘The Last Wilderness’.
2017, Galway Arts Centre. Artist talk during the solo exhibition ‘The Last Wilderness’
2017, GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media, Galway. Visiting lecturer to the MA Creative Practice students.
2014, Motala Konsthall, Sweden. Cecilia Danell & Helga Steppan in conversation during the exhibition ‘Your Spaces are my Places too’.
2012, Talbot Gallery, Dublin. In conversation with Jennie Moran during the solo exhibition ‘The Consoling Dream Necessity’