Art & Craft

Majella O’Neill Collins

Majella was born in West Cork in 1964. She studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design. She has exhibited widely in Ireland and in Spain, Switzerland, Australia and the USA. Her works form part of the Collections of the Office of Public Works National Collection, Ireland; University College Cork, Ireland; Allied Irish Banks Collection, Ireland; Cork University Hospital Millennium Collection, Ireland; The Hennessy Foundation, Washington DC, USA and a number of private collections in Ireland, Europe, the United States and Australia.

Majella is Facilitator on the BA in Visual Art Degree Programme on Sherkin Island and Co-Director of the Sherkin Island Summer Art Workshop. She is former Chair of the Board of West Cork Arts Centre. Majella O’Neill Collins lives and works on Sherkin Island where she has her studio. Her artworks can be viewed by appointment on the Island.

Click here to go to the Sherkin Island Summer Art Workshop website.

Kordula Packard

For more than twenty years Kordula Packard has been living and working on Sherkin Island. In 1998 she opened a gallery in her home showing large colourful paintings at her first exhibition. This has become an annual summer event. Changing her themes and techniques according to mood, available subjects and travel experiences, she has always stayed faithful to Sherkin as a source of inspiration. Her Sherkin seascapes with high skies, tumultuous waves or calm serenity have become an important part of every exhibition.

Though painting large in oil is still her favourite medium, she has diverted into charcoal, pastel, watercolour, encaustic wax and ink jet. A self-taught painter in all mediums, her work has the unique quality of narrative in which each seascape, still life, figure or abstraction whispers a story to the viewer. Her paintings are in private collections throughout Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Ireland.

Kordula can be contacted through her website

Jo Ashby ARBSA

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Jo has divided her life between studios in London and Sherkin Island for over 20 years. Jo ‘s work has always reflected her love of the sea and coast – Cornwall and Wales in her early career; Sherkin and the coastline of West Cork and Kerry for the past two decades.She trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford University and Goldsmith’s College, University of London.She has exhibited widely in Ireland, the UK and Europe, and is a regular exhibiting artist with several well-established galleries. Jo has won prizes and awards in public exhibitions in London and Birmingham. She has work in private and public collections in Ireland, Europe, the UK, Canada and the United States.Having spent many years also working in education, Jo is a tutor for adult art groups and runs day and weekend workshops. Jo now opens her studio on Sherkin to visitors each summer (weekends and bank holidays only or at other times by appointment). She is an Associate Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. She can be contacted via her website:

The Island Craft Shop

The Island Craft Shop is situated on Baltimore Pier. Sherkin Island has, for many years, supported a thriving craft industry and is home to many art and craft workers. The island boasts a variety of landscapes, an abundance of wildlife and a botanical richness. This richness is reflected in many of the textures and colours of the island art and craft. Telephone: 028 20022


Veronika O’Driscoll is inspired by the nature around her which is reflected in her work on silk – the shifting colours of the sea, skies and landscapes seen in different lights as the seasons slowly change. Her colours are mixed from primary shades using her own development techniques. Each piece is an original creation in 100% pure silk with hand rolled edges, colourfast and washable.


Sherkin Island Knitwear has been producing knitwear since 1982 and is a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland. The knitwear is hand-loomed from 100% natural fibres, for example Donegal Tweed pure wool, merino wool, chenille cotton, viscose etc. The designs are both original and classic and come in a variety of rich colours, and feature hand-fired matching buttons.


Unique leathergoods, made by Robin Snelson, from Russian hides recovered from the wreck of the Metta Catharina von Flensburg which sank in Plymouth Sound in 1786. The leather items have a distinctive aroma because of the special tanning process.


Lush Life Jewellery, as the name suggests, has a rich and varied texture reflecting the abundant marine life of the island together with Sherkin Island Silver which features original and Celtic designs in gold, silver and brass set with gemstones. Both are designed and made by Miriam Dunne.


Postcards and handmade photographic cards of local landscapes, flora and fauna are available. Other work by the photographer, Nuala Mahon, can be seen on her website.