Curriculum Vitae

Helen Merrigan Colfer is a native of Co. Wexford, Ireland. She is a qualified professional fine artist and art teacher.

Helen studied art for five years at: W.I.T. and the Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, where she achieved the following: achieved the following:

  • NCEA Certificate in foundation art 1983
  • NCEA honours Certificate in fine art 1985
  • NCEA honours Diploma in fine art 1986
  • Honours Higher diploma in principles of art & design education 1987

Upon completion of her diploma in fine art she was selected to exhibit her work at the Graduate Exhibition in Temple Bar Gallery Dublin in 1986.  Helen taught art at secondary level from 1987-90 in New Ross, Co. Wexford before becoming head of the art department from 1990-2004 in Athlone Community College, Co. Westmeath

She was also employed as a State Art Examiner for the Department of Education and Sciences for ten years.
In 2004 she left teaching to pursue a fulltime career in fine art and return with her husband to live in Co. Wexford, where she works from her studio in their home.

Helen is represented by The Doorway Gallery & The Open Window Gallery in Dublin, The Blackbird Gallery in Kilkenny & Ross Fine Art Gallery, Ramelton Donegal. 
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    • Royal Ulster Academy 137th Annual Exhibition 19th October 2018 to 6th January 2019 (Two pieces selected for exhibition)

    • Greenacres Gallery Wexford, Invited Sculpture Artist showing with Pamela & Patrick Palmer Exhibition Aug 18th - Sept 30th 2018
    • Sculpture in Context, Botanical Gardens Dublin, Sept-Oct 2018 -  Winner of The Mill Cove Gallery Award 2018 for a sculpture of distinction

    • Kilkenny Gallery with Brock Butler Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018

    • Spring, Thy Name is Colour Group Exhibition, The Velvet Easel Gallery, Edinburgh March 2018

    • Greenacres Gallery Wexford, Open Submission 27th Jan - 24th Feb 2018

    • The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London 2017, rep by The Doorway Gallery

    • The Edinburgh Art Fair 2017, represented by The Doorway Gallery

    • Wexford Art Expo 2017, rep by Brock Butler Gallery, the Bullring Mall 

    • Royal Ulster Academy 136th Annual Exhibition 6th Oct-7th Jan 2018 (Three pieces selected for exhibition)

    • Sculpture in Context, Botanical Gardens Dublin, Sept-Oct 2017

    • The Blackbird Gallery, Kilkenny.  Elementi Exhibition, invited artist Augus 2017

    • The Model presents Cairde Visual, Sligo Open Submission, July 6th - Aug 5th 2017.  Winner of the Cosgrove Award 

    • Cairde Visual Sligo, The Hyde Bridge Gallery Open sub 2016

    • House Event at the RDS May 2017, Sculpture repesented by the Doorway Gallery

    • The Affordable Art fair, Hampstead May 2017, Sculpture represented by the Doorway Gallery

    • Greenacres Gallery Wexford Open Submission 2017 Jan 28 - March 25

    • Wexford Art Centre Lions Club Open Exhibition 2017 - Winner of Sculpture category  

    • Edinburgh Art Fair Nov 2016 Sculpture represented by The Doorway Gallery

    • Sculpture on display & for sale in The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2.  from March 2016

    • Sculpture in Context,  National Botanical Gardens Sept-Oct. 2016

    • Cairde Visual, Sligo Open Submission the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

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    • Greenacres Gallery, Wexford Open Submission Feb-March 2016

    • Greenacres Gallery, Wexford Festival Opera Oct-Nov 2015

      Fusion Cafe Gallery, Wexford Sept 2015

      Sculpture in Context,  National Botanical Gardens Sept-Oct. 2015

       Greenacres Gallery, Wexford August-Sept. 2015

      The Hyde Bridge Gallery: Cairde Visual Festival Sligo Open Submission, July 2015

      Greenacres Gallery, Wexford Open Submission Feb-March 2015

      Greenacres Gallery, Wexford Christmas Exhibition 2014

      Greenacres Gallery, Wexford Festival Opera 2014

      Wexford Art Centre Lions Club Open Exhibition 2014

      Greenacres Gallery, Wexford, Open Submission February 2009

    • Wexford Vocational School, Wexford Festival Opera 2008

    • Art Ireland RDS, November 2007

    • Wexford Insurances Ltd, Wexford Festival Opera 2007

    • Quality Hotel Wexford, Wexford Festival Opera 2007

    • Wexford Vocational School , Wexford Festival Opera 2006

    • Dunbrody Festival 2005, New Ross, Co. Wexford

    • Selskar Design, Wexford Festival Opera 2005

    • Fine Art Graduate Show, Garter Lane Art Center, Waterford 1986

    • Graduate Exhibition, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin 1986