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Abbey Road Artists’ Studios Current Members


Tina Hayes obtained her education in the visual arts at The Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork and the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin respectively. She also underwent further postgraduate studies in Art Therapy following her degree in fine art. Her work is interdisciplinary and encompasses elements ranging from art, design, participatory processes and music. She has shown her work both nationally and internationally and has pieces in both private and public collections, including Colaiste Stiofain Naofa, Cork and the O.P.W.

Tina States:

“The present line of enquiry in my work addresses an interest in a folk and craftwork aesthetic. I am compelled by the ways in which the handmade informs and deepens contemporary visual culture. I enjoy a crudeness or awkwardness in the handling of materials and a certain hand-drawn quality which is not achievable through the use of computers. I use a variety of mediums to achieve this — drawing, painting, print & textiles to name a few. My intention is not always planned in advance of making the work, but it is revealed in the process of making.”




Leigh Francis is a graduate from Limerick School of Art and Design. His work is largely based upon passive spaces and objects particular within the structure of the 'art world'. Francis uses replication of these banal areas and objects, such as thresholds, hallways and their miscellaneous objects to allow them to be encountered in a more abrupt way.

Leigh says of his work:

"The process of making the objects and even choosing to make these objects play a comprehensive role in the collection. By replicating these unconsciously unnoticed spaces Francis opens up the question of the absurdity replicating the banal, and perhaps highlighting the compelling need for such a seemingly absurd activity, therefore raising questions about value."




Lelia Henry is an artist living and working in Athlone. Lelia studied art at NCAD and  Iadt before travelling to Florence to study Old Master drawing techniques. Her practice is drawing based, and she works mainly in charcoal and graphite, but also use ink, silverpoint, oils and watercolour. She follows the traditional genres of landscape and figurative work, and attend weekly life drawing sessions at the RHA.

Lelia States:

"My process involves building up tones gradually. I erase and redraw several times, to create layers with the charcoal. Each re-working leaves its own trace, building up texture on the surface. I work from life as much as possible, immersing myself in the environment. I explore the landscape through a mix of sustained observational drawing and sketching. My drawings are intuitive, a direct response to the landscape around me. My aim is neither photo-realism nor loose interpretation, but to depict what is before me in terms of light, shadow, depth and texture."




Kate is a teacher from Ballinasloe, and she graduated from GMIT last November with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Design. While she is at Abbey Road, Kate will focus on painting portraits, concentrating on the use of tempura, and experimenting with oils, acrylic, mixed media and encaustic. Kate will take up a 7 month residency in Abbey Road Artists' Studios.

Kate says of her work:

"My work for the last two years has been socially engaged – portraits of refugees, the children of asylum seekers' children in Galway and children from the Ardoyne area of Belfast who are taking part in a bridge-building 'buddy up' scheme. I enjoy facilitating introductory sessions on art appreciation for people who have an interest in art but haven't been exposed to the richness and variety of artists' work – both contemporary and from the past."

Past Artists of Abbey Road Artists' Studios

Niamh Dalby
Frances McGonigle
Rosemarie Langtry
Clodagh Kelly
Lawrence O'Neil
Geraldine Kretsch
Carol Kelly
Ann McGuinness
Rose Finnerty
Lucy Kelly Desmond
Carol Kelly
Paul Timoney
Catherine Rock
Emer O'Connor
Rose Finnerty
Lesley Wingfield

Video by Conor English