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/1626
  • First Name: Lillias
  • Last Name: Mitchell
  • Variant Names: Mitchell, Helen Lillias
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1915
  • Date of Death: 2000
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Craft
    • Painting
    • Sculpture
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Woven Textiles
    • Oil Painting
    • Watercolour
    • Sculpture
    • Tapestry
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Interests:
    • Religion
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 14
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


1940 Taylor Art Award, RDS


set up Department for Spinning, Dyeing & Weaving in NCAD in 1951 where she taught until retirement in 1980 founded Irish Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers, 1975 elected member RHA, 1979 1993 Honorary member, Royal Dublin Society file includes private correspondence