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/1920
  • First Name: Siobán
  • Last Name: Piercy
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1957
  • Place of Birth: England
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Website: www.hammondgallery.com
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Printmaking
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Prints
    • Drawings
    • Artists' Books
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Interests:
    • Religion
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 18
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • AIB (Allied Irish Banks).
    • Arts Council of Ireland.
    • Office of Public Works (OPW).
    • University College Cork, Modern Art Collection.
    • Other

other Info Source:

Artifact CD-ROM (1997) [database of contemporary Irish artists]


1976 Cork Art Society Award
1978 EV+A, Limerick. Painting Award.
1990 Print Award, Iontas Open Exhibition, Sligo


1979 Ravensbourne College of Art & Design, Kent, England.
1980 Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork.
1992 Royal College of Art, London, MA Fine Art.


Piercy approaches her printmaking in a painterly style. She creates highly narrative works that explore her interest in myth and religion. Occasionally her works incorporate text. She is influenced by early Renaissance artists such as Giotto. Piercy has won several prestigious awards throughout her career. They include the National Portrait Exhibition Award in 1986, Four Awards at the Royal College of Art, London, MA Degree Show in 1995 and the Prize-Winner of the International Mini-Print Exhibition, Dublin in 1989. She has exhibited extensively internationally and is represented in numerous public and private collections. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases and a catalogue with images of the artist's work.