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studio Opening Hours

closed for vacation

1st to 20th July

I’m having an exhibition in the Orangery of the Walled Garden here in Marlay Park on 20th June 2019. It’s very exciting as it will be my first joint exhibition with Designer Denise Cruickshank, and we are only over the moon about being able to show our work in this beautiful location! For this reason the gallery will be closed for business except at weekends as there is so much work to get done before the show. If you’d like to come to the show please sign up below so I can email you an invitation. Thank you.

Please text me on 087 237 0620 if you need to collect or commission a piece.

Thank you!

Marlay Craft Courtyard: Unit 25 Grange Road, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

(Free Parking Available)

Contact me by email kate@katebedell.com or by Mobile Phone 087 237 0620

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Press Release

Kate Bedell and Denise Cruickshank

In association with DLR

Marlay Park Courtyard


An Exhibition

Two For Joy

20th to 30th June 2019

In 'Two for Joy', an exhibition of paintings and textiles, Kate Bedell and Denise Cruickshank present the art and designs that have defined their successful careers. Kate’s beautiful watercolours and oils will be on display as she paints during the exhibition. Denise will display her designs and her interior décor collection.

This will be their first joint exhibition, set in the beautiful walled garden of Marlay Park. The exhibition opens on the 20th of June and will run until the 30th of June.

The two artists met in the summer of 2018 when they were offered places at the newly refurbished studios and shops in the courtyard of Marlay Park. Both women's studios are located in a historical and inspiring part of the courtyard building, as Evie Hone, the stained glass artist, lived in the coutyard and worked in Marlay House until her death in 1951.

Dun Laoghaire artist Kate Bedell, a member of the Water Colour Society of Ireland, has been painting for 35 years.  Her work covers a multitude of themes including landscapes in the local environs of Dun Laoghaire, Killiney, and Marlay Park.  Her signature theme of the sunflower was created during a sojourn of seven years in India where she explored the cycles of life, death and rebirth through nature.  Inspired by poetry and mythology her vibrant and expressive flower paintings explode with colour and texture. Kate’s work was featured on RTE’s Nationwide in February this year as part of a plein air painting day at Dublin Docks with other members of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club.  Her work is part of private and corporate collections including Tesco Ireland, Microsoft Ireland and Beaumont Hospital.

Irish Designer, Denise Cruickshank, is no stranger to Marlay Park where she spent her childhood years before studying at the Grafton Academy and COMAD. After college she went to London to work in couture with Zandra Rhodes. She went on to specialise in costume and props for television and theatre in Laurence Corner. It was a very vibrant place to work, inspiring designers and dressing celebrities. After returning to Ireland in the 90’s she worked as a production manager for Theme Events and then Women’s Aid developing branding and fitting out new shop designs. Her work in Marlay is a culmination of many years in industry and her love of design.

The title of the show honours and acknowledges the magical influences of fate that brought these two women artists together. They were both over the moon with joy to be chosen by the DLR panel to create and sell their work in the Marlay Craft Courtyard. 

'Two for Joy' is an exhibition to promote and celebrate their new businesses and will showcase paintings, prints, textiles and a host of unique items hand made in Marlay Park. It will be opened by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Deputy Josepha Madigan on Midsummer’s Eve on Friday 20th June at 5.30pm in The Orangery of the walled garden, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham. Dublin 16

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The soon-to-be-filled Orangery in the walled garden at Marlay Park, Rathfarnham

The soon-to-be-filled Orangery in the walled garden at Marlay Park, Rathfarnham

Marlay Park Courtyard

Marlay Park Courtyard

This is the Courtyard in Marlay Park. My studio, no. 25 is upstairs over the plaque to Evie Hone, the stained glass artist that worked with Harry Clarke.

Studio 25 is the top right window.

Studio 25 is the top right window.

Studio 25 is the top right window.

Enter by the door nearest the bench;-)

If I’m not there, I may be out painting in the garden or I might have a lot of framing to do ;) So it’s best to text me to confirm a time!

Thank you for your patience

087 237 0620

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