Emer Byrne graduated with Honours from the National College of Art and Design in 1999 with a B.A. in Fine Art Sculpture. Since graduating she has exhibited in various exhibitions throughout Ireland and in 2003 her work appears in the collection of the Ireland's Government Buildings, Office of Public Works.
"The physical rhythm required to work with molten glass is what I fell in love with, I wish to communicate the vitality and exuberance of the making experience. There is a wealth of possibilities for experimentation, however I strive for a bold simplicity, maintaining a clear direction to my explorations. I look for the subtle possibilities offered by traditional glass blowing processes such as colour overlay and venetian cane techniques, and constantly explore the visual interplay of opaque and transparent colours."
Cecil Maguire was born in Lurgan in 1930 and graduated from the Queen's University Belfast in 1951. He then took a post at Lurgan College as the Senior English Master. In 1967 he became an associate of the Royal Ulster Academy. Maguire began exhibiting at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1971. From 1982 to 1992 he exhibited at the Oriel Gallery in Dublin in a series of solo exhibitions. In 1981 he retired from teaching at Lurgan College to concentrate on painting and traveling. In 1993 he was a Gold Medal Award winner at the Royal Ulster Academy.
Martin Mooney was born in 1960 in Belfast. He studied his Bachelors in Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic College of Art and Design before attending the prestigious Slade School of Art at Post Graduate level. He graduated from the Slade School in 1985. While attending the Slade School his style was somewhat at odds with the dominant emphasis on video, installation and conceptual art in the school at the time. Despite this he has been respected and complimented by critics and buyers since he first started exhibiting in 1980, for his high technical ability and virtuosity in painting. As early as 1990, he attracted the attention of Brian Sewell, a high profile art critic who wrote for Mooney's solo exhibition at The Solomon Gallery Dublin, that he is a 'fine painter with a natural intelligence.'
Nora Van den Berg
Originally from Switzerland with Swiss and Dutch parents, Nora Vandenberg graduated from Colaiste Ide, Finglas in 1998 with a National Certificate in Art and Design and from the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology with a National Diploma in Fine Art, Painting in 2001. Nora Vandenberg currently resides and works from San Francisco, California, where she has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, in addition to her graduate show in Dun Laoghaire in 2001.