Ruth Lyons



Artist and Co- director of The Good Hatchery


2003-2007 BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

2006 Erasmus programme Vilnius Academy of Fine Art, Lithuania

Residencies and Awards


Paradox Student Project Poznan


Arts Council Ireland Visual Arts Project Award


Arts Council Ireland Visual Arts Bursary Award


Arts Council Ireland Visual Arts Project Award


Temple Bar Project Studio Award

Fire Station Sculpture Bursary Award

Arts Council Visual Artist Bursary Award


The Customs House Studios, Residency, Westport, Co. Mayo

Inish Turk Beg Island, Residency, selected by The Royal Hibernian Academy and Monster Truck

Offaly County Council Artists Bursary Award 2010/09/08


‘Art@Work’, Residency Programme, Co. Roscommon

‘The Enchanted Garden Residency’, Co. Wicklow

Belmont Mill Studios Artist Bursary Award


‘_UNIT’ Residency Programme, Co. Laois

Selected Solo & The Good Hatchery Exhibitions and Public Works


The Sea, The Sea, Solo Show, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Pilot Light, Solo show and public event, Droichead Arts Centre and Dowth Hall, Co. Meath, Ireland

Pilot Light commission with Pavilion, Leeds UK as part of Follies of Youth 2014/15

Commission and presentation at EU Salt summit Salzburg June 2015


The Pinking, Solo show, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

The Pinking on Sea, Commission, Kinsale Arts Festival

Afterings, Summer Rising Feast, Irish Museum of Modern Art


The Forgotten Works , Public Commission with Project Arts Centre, Essex Street Dublin

Sky Is The Limit, Public Art Commission, Scoil Naomh Eoin, Co. Meath

The Good Hatchery @ National College of Art and Design Gallery, Thomas St. Dublin


Islanded in a Sea of Stars, Solo Show, The Lab, Foley St, Dublin

Lodestar, The Good Hatchery, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co.Wicklow


Everyman is an island, Inish Turk Beg, Co. Mayo

Glasimile, The Good Hatchery, SOMA contemporary, Waterford


Savoir Faire 212, The Good Hatchery, Place Gallery, Co. Wexford

Amphibious Sound, Lough Key Forest Park, Co. Roscommon

Iridescence A, The Good Hatchery, Monster Truck, Dublin

Spatial Relations, Portlaoise, Co. Laois


GodBall, Grennan Mill, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Co. Kilkenny

Selected Group Exhibitions


‘Unbounded’, Group show with Angela Fulcher, Galway Arts Centre

‘Seachange’ , Tulca Arts Festival, Galway, Ireland

‘On Curating Histories’ lecture series curated by Kate Strain

Paradox group show, Poznan Castle, Poland  and UPgallery Berlin, Germany

‘Follies of Youth’, Group show, commissioned by Pavilion at Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, UK

‘Cosmic Dust’, Group show, Curated by Emma Lucy O’Brien, VISUAL, Co. Carlow, Ireland


‘Conjuring for beginners’ , Group Show, Curated by Tessa Giblin, Project Arts Centre

‘Ached Grew Print Jot’, collaborative event, curated by Lee Welch, The Drawing Room, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.


‘After the Fall’, Tulca Arts Festival, Galway

‘RHA Annual Show 2011’, invited artist, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

‘Repo Man’, Group show, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

‘Life Vividly Lived Part 2’, Monster Truck Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin

‘Blue’, SOMA Contemporary, Waterford City


‘Commonage’, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

‘New Living Art’, Irish Museum Of Contemporary Art, Dublin

‘An Cosan Glas Lionnir’, Magheraorty, Co. Donegal


‘The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths’, Rapture Heap, Dublin

‘The Enchanted Garden Festival’, Kilruddery House, Co. Wicklow

‘This must be the place’, Irish Museum Of Contemporary Art, Dublin

‘A Silent Year’, The Lab, Dublin


‘Life at the Joy’, The Joy Gallery, Dublin

‘No Place’, Memphis, USA

‘Never Ending Telescope’,The Back Loft Gallery, Dublin

‘Weather Permitting’, Mantua Art Project, Roscommon

‘And the dead tree gives no shelter’, East Wall, Dublin


NCAD Graduate exhibition’, NCAD, Dublin

Curatorial Work and Presentations


Guest Lecturer, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork

‘Mobile Art School’, curated by Cleo Fagan, Irish Museum of Modern Art


‘Mobile Art School’, curated by Cleo Fagan and Jennie Guy, St. Catherines National School, Rush, Co. Dublin

‘Poetry of pitch’, Seminar with Visual Artists Ireland, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Good Hatchery, Guest lecture, National College of Art and Design

‘Of all places’, invited speaker, RUA RED, Tallaght, Dublin


Aerial Blue International Summer School, Dorinish Island, Mayo, Ireland

Palanquin Stills, Residency programme, Good Hatchery


Turquoise Tarmcadam, Group Residency, Good Hatchery

Celestial Salt, Book Launch, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Mercedes Fire, International Touring Summer School

‘Creating Alternative Spaces’, Good Hatchery presentation, Ormeau Baths, Belfast

Faber Studios, Good Hatchery, Artists Presentations, Limerick


Celestial Salt, Outdoor Exhibition, Good Hatchery

‘What Next?, Good Hatchery,Presentation, Draiocht Arts Centre, Co. Dublin

Ritual Flux 51, Visual Arts Trail, curated by Good Hatchery & Eilis Lavelle, Birr, Co. Offaly

From Daingean with Love, Residential Projects, Good Hatchery


‘Time of Little Sun’, group exhibition, curated by Good Hatchery, Cavan Co.Museum

Sapphire Highway, Residency, Good Hatchery

Sapphire Highway, Publication Launch, The Lab, Dublin

Written Publications & Articles


Responsible Driving, Visual Artists Newsletter March/April 2011


Celestial Salt, Good Hatchery Publication, RHA, Project Arts, IMMA


Sapphire Highway, Good Hatchery Publication, NIVAL


NewGrange to Nuclear power plants- Humankind’s relationship with the sun

Thesis, NCAD Library



Billion Journal, online, James Merrigan, 2014

The Irish Times, Aidan Dunne, 2012

Frieze, Meave Connolly, 2009

Circa Online, Claire Feeley. 2009

Visual Artists Newsletter, Sarah Baume, 2009

The Irish Times, Aidan Dunne, 2008