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/1443
  • First Name: Deirdre
  • Last Name: McLoughlin
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1949
  • Place of Birth: Dublin
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Website: www.deirdremcloughlin.com
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
    • Ceramics
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Ceramic
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Organic Abstraction / Biomorphic
  • Represented By: Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin.
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 11
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.
    • Arts Council of Ireland.
    • AIB (Allied Irish Banks).
    • National Self Portrait Collection, University of Limerick.
    • Other


2004 Westerwald Prize.


McCrum, Sean, 'Four Ceramic Artists' The GPA Irish Arts Review Yearbook, 1988.


1972 Trinity College Dublin, BA Philosophy, History and English Literature.

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Shortlisted for the LOEWE CRAFT PRIZE 2018. McLoughlin is a ceramic sculptor. She creates precise, elegant and subtle forms that evoke the sense of a human presence. McLoughlin set up a studio in Kiyomizu, Japan during the early 1980's and worked there for several years before returning to Ireland. Positive and negative spaces express the themes of absense, loss and memory in her work. Working in Amsterdam and Dublin she has exhibited extensively throughout the world. 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. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases and images of the artist's work.