Thursday, October 27, 2022 @ 18:30 – 19:30
LAUNCH: 27 OCT 18:30- 99:30
LIVE: 26 – 31 10:00-17:00
VENUE: No. 6 James St, Westport
During 2020 and 2021, Ellie Dunne – like many other young people – was stuck at home in Dublin, with her college course online. She had always drawn and painted, but with extra time to be filled her creativity exploded. She turned a spare bedroom into a studio and worked constantly, honing a distinctive abstract style notable for its strong, instinctive use of colour and pattern. Her first solo show took place at the OPW’s Emo Court in this summer, after which The Government asked to purchase paintings for the National Collection.
As well as these works on paper, she collaborated with Cushendale Woollen Mills in Co. Kilkenny on a design for a limited edition woven blanket in Irish wool from the fleece of native Galway sheep which sold out last Christmas, and on a lambswool blanket in the colours of the Ukrainian flag which raised over €15,000 for Irish Red Cross. Her new range of lambswool and knitted blankets inspired by her art launched this month.
Ellie is 22 and has Down Syndrome. She is a student at Stillorgan College of Further Education and hopes to progress to art college in 2023.