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/3291
  • Last Name: Mia Cranwill
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1880
  • Date of Death: 1972
  • Place of Birth: Dublin
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Metalwork
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Jewellery
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Public Art: Yes
  • Manuscript Material: Yes
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection

other Info Source:



Manchester School of Art
Salford School of Art


Mia Cranwill, Designer and Metalworker was born in Dublin in 1880, her father was a Parnellite and she inherited a strong nationalistic outlook. She was educated in Dublin until she was fifteen. Her family moved to England. There she studied at the Manchester and Salford Schools of Art. Cranwill returned to Ireland in 1917. She designed handmade jewellery and larger items most of which were influenced by early Celtic designs. Original material in Mia Cranwill Special Collection, file contains newspaper clippings and photographs.