About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

Filter Artists:

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/349
  • First Name: Anna
  • Last Name: Cheyne
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1926
  • Date of Death: 2002
  • Place of Birth: England
  • Nationality: British
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Mixed Media
    • Bronze
    • Ceramic
    • Painting
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: Yes
  • Size: 17
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • National Self Portrait Collection, University of Limerick.

other Info Source:

Artifact CD-ROM (1997) [database of contemporary Irish artists] Buckman's Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945 (1998)


No Date Kingston School of Art, NDD Painting and Sculpture.
No Date Slade School of Art, Slade Diploma in Painting and Sculpture.


Cheyne is most notably a sculptor but also known for her batik work. In 1990 she became an associate member of the Royal Ulster Academy. She has had many public commissions including: bronze wall plaque for National Maternity Hospital, Dublin and large public work, Regeneration, for Belfast's Blackstaff Square. Cheyne is a member of the Sculptors' Society of Ireland. In 2003 the bi-annual Anna Cheyne Visual Art Award was set up. The Anna Cheyne Visual Art Award is a biennial competition is open to visual artists working in any medium.