Gillian Kenny Shinnors was born in the south west of Ireland in Limerick. She studied painting at the Limerick School of Art and Design, graduating top of her class with a first class honours degree and then completed her MFA at the University of Ulster, Belfast. She was awarded the Countess Markievich medal for painting by the United Arts Club Dublin during her student days.

She has exhibited her work regularly at venues such as EV+A, the Hunt, and Limerick Printmakers, and the Lab Foley Street Dublin. Gillian completed a large-scale solo exhibition curated by Mike Fitzpatrick at Limerick City Gallery entitled “A Place to Stay” in 2008. She has also exhibited her paintings at the Spectrum Gallery London, The Phatory New York, and the Engine Gallery Toronto. Her work is also held in private collections all over the world. She has been involved in many social practice and community projects over the years including the Arts Council, Artist in Prison Scheme.

She now lives in her native city and works from her Studio at Vereker Gardens Her work has been described by Irish Times Critic Aidan Dunne as ‘crisply and expertly painted.’

Selected Exhibitions


Continuation – Peoples’ Museum of Limerick

Pandemic Works – Kilbaha Gallery

Muintir – Limerick City Gallery of Art

Celebrating 30 Years – Limerick City Gallery of Art

Artist Rooms Gillian Kenny & Michael Canning – Limerick City Gallery of Art

Elements – Friars Gate Kilmallock

Synergy – Bourne Vincent Gallery UL

Artist Rooms (Solo Show) – Limerick City Gallery of Art

Encounters OPW Collection – Touring Derry, Cork and Dublin

Female Artists from the Collection – Limerick City Gallery of Art

Art and Style – Brown Thomas Limerick

Distance – Platform Arts, Belfast

Studio Artists Past and Present – Contact Studios Limerick

Gallery Artists’ Summer Show – The Molesworth Gallery Dublin

The Boyle Arts Festival – Kings House Roscommon

A Place to Stay (Solo Show) – Limerick City Gallery of Art

The Boyle Arts Festival – Kings House Roscommon

Presence – Limerick City Gallery of Art

Salon Show – The Engine Gallery,S Toronto

The Boyle Arts Festival – Kings House Roscommon

Devotion – Glencree Visitor Centre

Devotion – The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin

Talking Point – Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun

Suburban Recollections (Solo Show) – Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda

Walk on By ( with Brian Mac Mahon) – The Limerick Printmakers

Rita Duffy and Friends – The Spectrum Gallery, London

Disposed (Solo Show) – The Phatory 618 E 9th Street NY

Quadrant – Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick

Ochtar – Hunt Museum, Limerick

Howl – The Phatory, 618 E 9th, New York

RDS – RDS Dublin

Belfast Now – Waterfront Theatre, Belfast

Slippery Slope – Catalyst Arts, Belfast

EV+A 2003 – Limerick City Gallery of Art

Art in Ulster – Cultural Institute, Ballymena

Suburbia (Solo Show) – Doswell Gallery, Limerick

See What I Mean – Queens University Gallery, Belfast

From Ritual to Romance – Catalyst Arts Belfast

EV+A 2001 – Limerick City Gallery of Art

Mechanisms – The Revenue Commissioners, Limerick

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