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Betty Newman-Maguire was born in Kells, Co. Meath in 1952.  She is a practising artist who graduated with a First Class Hons B.A. Degree in Sculpture from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1988 and was awarded a Master of Fine Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast in 1998.  She has exhibited widely and is the recipient of many awards, public commissions and residencies in Ireland, France, Germany and America.  Newman-Maguire has mounted 16 solo exhibitions in Ireland, Germany and America.    Her work is in numerous private and public collections worldwide. 

Newman-Maguire has lectured at Frobel Teacher training College, Sion Hill, Dublin, Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art and Design, Dublin, visiting lecturer to the National college of Art and Design and at the University of Ulster, Belfast.  She also lectured on the M.A. for Art Therapy at Queens University, Belfast. She is currently arts coordinator/lecturer at Beaufort College, co. Meath. She was appointed to An Bord of the National College of Art and Design in 2003 and was a member of the Board of the Sculptor’s Society of Ireland.  She lives and works from her studios at Castlekernan, Carnaross, Kells, Co. Meath.

Her public sculptures range in material from steel, wood, stone, bronze and earth.  The scale of her public work includes a 35 foot long Viking Ship, a 4foot steel Cormorant and an installation using 101 felled trees. All her public sculptures are site specific and are made in response to the environment.

In her private work she delights in experimenting with materials and uses, glass, wood, ceramics, bricks, fibre, photography, text, video and the more traditional materials of stone and bronze.  She has collaborated with musicians and performance artists to further develop themes within her work.  For Newman-Maguire it is extremely important to marry materials concept and place.

Artist CV

2003   College Walk ,  Millfield, Belfast, commissioned 

             By Belfast City Council.  

2003   Flight of Geese Victoria Park, Belfast, 

            Commissioned by Belfast City Council.  

            A Helping Hand, Belfast City Hospital  

2003     Tree of Learning St. Fiachra’s School.                 

             Beaumont, Dublin .

2002   Crown Fountain, Queen Jubilee, Sir Thomas and

             Lady Dixon Park, Belfast, N. Ireland. 

            Peregine, Belfast Castle, N. Ireland.Commissioned  

             By the Forest of Belfast. Belfast City Council.  

2001   Cormorant  Barnett Demense, Belfast,

            Commissioned by Forest of Belfast .

2001   Peace Wall Bryson House, Belfast.N. Ireland.

2001   Spirit of the Woodlands, Newtownards N. Ireland

             For Woodland Trust.  

             Stepping Out Lady Dixon Park, Belfast.N.Ireland.

2000    St. Oliver Plunkett ,Kilclone, Co. Meath.               

              Commissioned by Meath Co. Council.  

              Wall FreezeWestchester Arts Centre

              White Plains, NewYork.

1999    Giving and Receiving.
           Simon Community for Trinity College Dublin.

1999   Family and Globe Cavan Town.

            Commissioned by Cavan Co. Council.

1998   Harmony Jewish Community Centre,Utica. NY.

1996   Acorns Belvoir Park Forest, Belfast. N. Ireland.

1992   Homage to the Larch Castlewellan, Forest, Park

            Co. Down.

1992   Historic Seat Temple Bar, Dublin.

            Commissioned by Temple Bar Properties.

1990   Sniomh Firestation Navan, Co. Meath.

            Commissioned by Meath Co. Council.

1989   Sanctuary Furnishings, Rathfeigh Church,

            Tara, Co. Meath.

1988    Baite Viking Ship, Wood Quay/ Essex Quay.

             Dublin Millennium Commission.


1998   Master of Fine Art

           University of Ulster, Belfast, N. Ireland.          

1997   Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art

            University of Ulster, Belfast.

1988   1stClass Hons. B. A. Degree, National

    College of Art and Design, Dublin

Selected Public Commissions

2012    “Storyteller’s Chair” Hill St. Newry, Co. Down.

2012“Maureen O’Hara” Kells, Co. Meath. KTC.

2010      Becoming, Civic Space, Kennedy Rd., Navan, Co. Meath.
              Commissioned by Meath Co. Co. And Navan Town Council.

2008    Seat of LearningKells, Co. Meath.

             Commissioned Meath Co. Council, Kells Town

             Council and Super Valu.

             Flight of Birds Moynalty, Kells, Co. Meath.                

             Commissioned by Tidy Town Committee.

             Mother Earth Dancing and Mother Earth with Sun        

             Moon and stars commissioned by Paul Neill, Quintin. 
             Castle, Portaferry, Co. Down. 

             Fountain of Hands Quintin Castle, Portaferry,          

             Celebration Quintin Castle, Portaferry, Co. Down.

2007   Bronze Bowl Fountain Quintin Castle, Portaferry,

            Commissioned by Paul Neill.

            Playground Inis Oirr. Galway Co. Council..

            Bronze Fern Spirals Quintin Castle, Portaferry      

2007    Flights of Angels -sing you to your rest .

              Commissioned by St. Michael’s Loretto,Sec. Sch.

              Navan, Co. Meath. 

2006   St. Colmcille’s Oak, Kells, co. Meath.  For Kells 

             town Council.                                                               

2005   Canvas of the Mind/Tree of Life commissioned

            By Beaufort College, Navan, Co. Meath.

             Flown the Nest , The Royal Victoria Hospital

             Belfast, & Dunville Park, Belfast. 

2004   Horseshoe Seat Commissioned by Meath Co.

             Council for Ratoathvillage, Co. Meath.


Selected Group Exhibitions - Ireland

2017  "Hinterland", Kells Cultural & Heritage Festival Type Trail.

2015  Clifden Arts Festival clifden co. Galway.

2015 “ Sculpture in Context,” Botanic Gardens, Dublin

2013 “Surveyor” Solstice Art Centre Navan, Co. Meath

2012 “Greenacres” Gallery. Co. Wexford.

2006 “ Horizon” Group Exhibition

2003   Revealing Objects Naughton Gallery, Queens University, Belfast.                   

2003 Royal Hibernian Acadamy Exhibition, Dublin.

2002   Lead White Gallery, Dublin.

2002   Group Exhibition Waterfront Hall, Belfast.

2001   Iontas Exhibition Sligo Arts Gallery. Ormeau Bath

            Gallery, Belfast, Crawford, Cork.

1999   Coda 999 Dublin Castle, Dublin.

1999   Iontas  Small works Exhibition, Sligo/Cork/Belfast              

           St. John’s Art Centre, listowl, Co. Kerry.

1998  Claremorris Open Exhibition, Co. Mayo.

1998   Engine Room Gallery, Belfast.

           Lakelands Exhibition, Museum, Crom Estate, Co. Fermanagh.

1998-94 Sculpture in Context Exhibition,

            Fernhill Gardens, Dublin.

             M.F.A. Show, University of Ulster, Belfast.

            Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

             Oireachtas Exhibition, Waterfront Hall, Belfast.

1997    Royal Ulster Acadamy, Ulster Museum, Belfast.

             Jettison, Elmwood Gallery, Lisburn Rd., Belfast.

1996   Members Show, Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

            Carmac Water Gardens, Dublin.

1994   Siolru   Exhibition Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.

            Eigse Exhibition Carlow, Co. Carlow

            Royal Hibernian Acadamy, Exhibition

            Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.

1992   Tree Exhibition, Sligo Arts Gallery, Sligo.

1991    Espace RHA. Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.

             Boglands Symposium Exhibition, CrescentArt

             Centre Belfast.

1990   Boglands Exhibition, Irish life Centre, Dublin.

1989   Springboard Irish Life Centre, Dublin.

Solo Exhibitions & Installations

2017     Maine Irish Heritage Centre, Portland, Maine, USA.

2016     Emmanuel College, Boston, MA. USA.

2016     Irish Cultural Centre, Canton, New England, USA.

2009    Figur und Idee. Kunstmomente im LeMeridien.  

             Stuttgart, Germany.

2007   Collection of Work, County Museum 

            Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan.

2006   Traces,  Newgrange, Slane,  Co.Meath

2006    Beds Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath.

2005   Irish Bridge to Europe, Liberec, ChezRepbulic.

2003   Worlds Apart Engine room, Belfast.

 2002   Worlds Apart A.I.B. Park Avenue, New York.

2001   Exposed Beds Westchester Arts, White Plains, NY

2000   Outside Looking In Irish Arts Centre, New York.
           And Droichead Art Centre, Co. Louth.

1999   Search Irish Arts Centre, New York.

1998   Under the Stairs Touring Exhibition to MARC.,

             Mullingar Arts,Centre, Co. Westmeath.

             Newtownards Arts, Basement Gallery, Dundalk

             And Harmony Hill Art Centre, N. Ireland.

1994   Becoming Touring Exhibition to

             Pantheon Gallery

             Dublin, MARC., Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

             Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick,


1992   Becoming The Belltable, Limerick, Arts Centre,

             Portlaoise County Hall.

             Trim library, Co. Meath,

             Wexford Art Centre.


1999   Ards Sculpture Symposium, Carrowdore

            Ards, Peninsula, N. Ireland.

            Lough MacNean Sculpture Trail.

            Fermanagh, N. Ireland.

1996   Uaimha Aois Fire Station, Studios, Dublin.

1992   Castlewellan ForestPk. Sculpture Trail,Co. Down.

1990   Boglands Symposium, Gleencree, Co. Wicklow.

1988    Dublin Millennium Sculpture Symposium Irl.


2017   Arts Council Professional Development Award.

2012 Navan town Council. President M. D. Higgins.

            Salmon of Knowledge presentation piece..

           Meath Co. Council Tom Dowling . N”Nuture”                                          

2004   Meath Enterprise Board

2002    Department of Foreign Affairs award towards

             Exhibition in New York.

2001    Arts Council, Artsflight New York.

2000    Department of Foreign Affairs award towards

             Exhibition in New York.

1999   Arts Council Equipment Grant.

             Artsflight New York.

1998   Department of Foreign Affairs Exhibition and

             Travel Grant , arts Council Documentation award

            Arts Council Artsflight, USA.

1994   Department of Foreign Affairs travel award.

1994   Arts Council Artsflight to Paris, France.

1993   Arts Council Exhibition Grant.

1992   Artsflight to USA for ISC Conference.

1990   Arts Council Materials Award.

  1987    Department of Education award for Women.

Selected Group Exhibitions - Outside Ireland

2013   Strassacker Gallery, Sussen, Germany.

2009   Figur/Natur – mit allen Sinnen.   KunstgieBerei

             Strassacker zu Gast auf Burg schabeck Germany.

2008    Strassacker Gallery, Sussen, Germany.

2002    Louise Bourgeois Studios. New York.

              Aillied Irish Banks, Park Avenue, New York.

2001    Druids gallery, New York, City.

              Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY City

              With Sculpture Space, Utica.NY.

              Irish Arts Centre, New York.

2000   Art in the Box. Westchester Arts Centre.

            White Plains, New York.

1995    Medians France Irish selected participant.

1994   Palais des Arts, Toulouse, France.

             Sally Polyvante, St., Matrory, France.

1993   Boglands Symposium Exhibition

             Amsterdam, Holland.

1990   Sculpture Biennial, Royal Gardens, Copenhagen,

             Denmark, Irish selectedparticipant.

Teaching Experience

2016/03    Beaufort College, Navan,Co. Meath.

2005/06    Part Time Lecturer MFA Art Therapy

                    Queen’s University, Belfast. N. Ireland. 

2001/02     Lecturer “Frobel” College of Education

                     Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

1996/93    Part time Lecturer in Sculpture Dunlaoghaire

                  School of Art and Design, Dublin.

1993/95   Midlands Arts resource Centre Mullingar.

1989/91   Art Teacher, Rathcarn, Secondary School, Athboy.


Board Appointments

2006/03   Appointed to An Bord of the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

1992/87   Elected to Board of the Sculptor’s Society of Ireland

Member of Visual Arts Ireland.



2017     Guest Speaker at SECAC Conference, Columbus, Ohio, USA.  "Transcultural Feminism: Irish Women at Judy Chicago's Dinner Party.


2012   St. Peter’s Cloughreagh N.S. Newry Co Down

2005   Arts Council artists in Schools.

             Drumbaragh School, Kells, Co. Meath.

2004   St. Anne’s School, Navan, Co. Meath.

2004   St. Paul’s school, Navan, Co. Meath.

2003   Belfast City Hospital.

             Arts Council Artist is Schools

            Rathfeigh National School, Tara, Co. Meath.

2002   Arts Council Artist in Schools Programme

            Carnaross, kells, Co. Meath.

2000   Artist is residence, Stranford Lough Wildlife

           Centre, N. Ireland for National Trust.

           Artist in residence Giants Causway.

           Antrim for National Trust.

          Westchester Arts Centre, White Plains, New York.

1999   Artist in Residence Waterfront Hall, Belfast


            Artist in Residence-National Trust -Argeory  

            Dungannon, Castle Ward/Strangford lough.

1998   Irish selected particpant Sculpture Space,UticaNY

1996   Artist in Residence for National Trust, Crom Est.,

            Rowallane Gardens, Co. Down.

1996   Art Reach Program NTDI Dundalk, Co. Louth

1996   Arts Council Artist is Schools City Quay Sch.Dublin

1994   Art Reach Program NTDI Coolamber, Co.Longford

1989   Arts Council artist in Schools, Gaelscoil na Coille

            Ashbourne, Co. Meath.