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/2411
  • First Name: Daphne
  • Last Name: Wright
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1963
  • Place of Birth: Longford
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Installation
    • Mixed Media
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Figurative / Subject
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Other


1991 Cheltenham Fellowship, Cheltenham and Glos. College of Education
1992 British-Rome Scholarship in Sculpture
1993 Henry Moore Fellowship, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
1994 North-West Art Award
1995 South West Art Award
1996 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award


no date The Artworks Programme; edited by Simon Morrissey, "Daphne Wright, Home Ornaments."


No Date Sligo Regional Technical College.
No Date National College of Art and Design.
No Date University of Northumberland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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Wright's sculptural installations are concerned with the creation of artificial forms that draw inspiration from nature. Household materials including tinfoil, wallpaper and other domestic imagery feature strongly in her work. Wright has exhibited widely in solo and group sculpture exhibitions in Rome, London, Manchester, Exeter and Dublin. She has also worked with theatre director Johnny Hanrahan creating hybrid sculptural stage set installations. File contains an extensive collection of newspaper clippings, press releases and images of the atists work.

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