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.

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  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/799
  • First Name: Sonja
  • Last Name: Landweer
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1933
  • Date of Death: 2019
  • Place of Birth: Holland
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Ceramics
    • Sculpture
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Jewellery
    • Mixed Media
    • Ceramic
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Arts Council of Ireland.
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.


1964 Dutch National Resistance Prize.


1952 Academy School of Industrial Design, Amsterdam.


Landweer lived and worked in Ireland since 1964. She used a diverse range of mediums including jewelery, printmaking, body sculpture and ceramic. These pieces are predominantly concerned with the invisible forces of nature. They are organic forms that evoke human shapes, beauty and strength. Landweer worked for the Kilkenny Design Workshops from 1965-1966. A member of Aosdána since 1981, she exhibited regulary with the David Hendricks Gallery during the 1960's and 1970's. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases and catalogues with image of the artist's work.
Photographic documentation of exhibitions involving this artist at The Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast are available in NIVAL. Search online special collections under "Fenderesky Gallery Image Collection" for more information.