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50 years ago today, on the 17th February 1969, while still a student in the National College of Art and Design, I signed a lease on a garden flat in Herbert Place, along the canal, in Dublin 2. I knew that I wanted to make my living as a painter and to do that I needed a studio.The lease was for 2 years and 9 months and the rent was around £30 a month; I stayed there for 17 very happy years, before moving on to a place of my own.Bernadette-Web

I am now back from a few weeks in Indonesia,which is considered to be the home of Batik and where some of the best traditional Batik in the world is made. The makers there produce extraordinary and beautiful fabric,using the most basic of equipment.

WISHING EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS !                 As you can see I  have finally moved in to my new home and studio, and am getting ready for a productive 2019………


I’m showing a selection of work in the Greenacres’ Opera Festival exhibition. I have also been chosen to exhibit 4 screen prints,including “Island”, in the Ink Shop’s 20th Mini Print International Exhibition, Ithaca, NY,USA.


Curator Paul Mc Kenna has selected my screen print Distant Sun for the exhibition “Gathering”in King House, Boyle, Co.Roscommon. Part of the long running Boyle Arts Festival, “Gathering” is open from 19-28 July 2018 and is showing the work of 145 artists.

I have been accepted into two open submission print exhibitions this month. They are the 30th Mini Print International of Cadaqués,Spain, and the 17th Lessedra World Art Print Annual 2018, Bulgaria. Sienna Rocks is one of the screen prints I will be exhibiting.

The Maker’s Hand, an exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Royal Dublin Society’s Craft Awards,has recently opened in the library of the Society’s premises in Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland. It will continue until the 17th August.My batik “Sunlight” which won a First Prize and silver medal at the 2011 awards is one of the pieces on display.

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Two of my screen prints,including ‘Soft Day’ have been selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy’s 188th Annual Exhibition, which runs in the RHA Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, from 22nd May to 11th August 2018Bernadette Madden 'Soft Day' 7:12ve - Version 2

When I moved from my Haddington Road studio in January, I had hoped that I might be well ensconced in my new home by now.
However, though the builders have been working at full steam in the new house for the past few months, it will probably be March 2018 before I will be able to move in. So, sadly, there will not be a Christmas party this year.I’ll miss seeing everyone but hope we’ll be able to get together in the new year.My work is available in a number of galleries in Ireland, click on Links for details.


Bernadette Madden