Sinéad Onóra Kennedy is a visual artist, costume designer, and musician. Kennedy graduated from NCAD with a First Class Honours in Fashion Design in 2013. She was the winner of the Persil Fashion Awards in the same year with her winning design a dress based on the shape of a fiddle. Kennedy’s visual work has often been influenced by her interest in traditional, folk, and country music.
In February 2016 she exhibited a series of watercolour paintings in the Douglas Hyde’s Gallery 3 that corresponded to various tunes in the Irish tradition. Shown alongside each painting was a handwritten text containing the story behind the tune. Kennedy gave a daytime walking tour of each painting, playing the appropriate tune beside each one, and also gave a very well received musical performance in the gallery with her sister Catriona.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Douglas Hyde Gallery 3 2016, Lure Catalyst Arts Center,2014 and Cloy Talbot Gallery 2014. Recent group exhibitions include Fresh Talent, Model Gallery, Sligo, 2015, Foundation 15, Tullamore, Offally, 2015 and Create, Brown Thomas Dublin, 2014.
Awards include: Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award 2014, Most Promising Graduate Award 2013 at Talbot Gallery & Studios, NCAD Staff Prize 2013, Persil Fashion Awards, Prize 2013
Residencies include: Aras Eanna, March 2018, Inis Oírr, Co
Galway, Listhus Art Residency, Iceland (April – July 2016) and (December – March 2014/2015), and Incubator Residency, Talbot Gallery and Studios, Dublin (March – April 2015)