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. Contact [email protected], 086 8771765

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.

Jo can be contacted via her website:

Bernadette Burns 

Bernadette Burns lives and works on Sherkin Island.

Bernadette was a lecturer in Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She was one of the instigators of BA Visual Art, an innovative honours degree programme delivered by DIT on Sherkin Island, and was programme chair of this for many years.

Her art practice is mainly painting, though she also works with drawing, photography, sculpture, video and book making.

She has exhibited her work in Ireland, Spain and Greece.

Her work focuses on memory and change, on how there are many strands and versions of a story, rather than a clear and factual truth. Her work refers to places that have personal meaning or memories. The healing, spiritual and transforming qualities of water hold a special significance; her work constantly refers to lakes, pools, waterfalls, reservoirs, bays, beaches, shoreline and sea.

Her studio will be open for the Open Islands weekend, and otherwise by appointment 086 8667042.


 FxMurphy is a painter who lives on Sherkin Island. His primary artistic concerns are the tension between myth and history, violence and civil society.

Email: [email protected]


Mobile: 085 1222269


Nuala Mahon

Nuala’s photography began when her father gave her a Box Brownie when she was twelve. She divides her time between Sherkin Island and Provence in the South of France. Her work which is quite eclectic covers many genres. She is an inveterate traveller and there is no continent she has not visited. When travelling she is fascinated by people and the place. Her deep interest in nature also inspires her work. She draws much inspiration from her garden but the end result is often very abstract. She has exhibited in Ireland and France. Nuala makes postcards and greeting cards for the Island Craft Shop in Baltimore.

Nuala can be contacted at

The Island Crafts Shop

The Island Crafts 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 crafts. The shop is managed by the craft workers which means prices can be kept at an affordable level while also offering customers service from those who have real knowledge of crafts. See below for a selection of crafts that are available from the shop.

Telephone: 028 20022

Silk scarves

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%  Donegal Tweed  wool.

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 and its landscape.

As a jeweller and silversmith, living and working on an island, Miriam Dunne focuses on recreating aspects of those land and seascapes, using a wide variety of original materials and techniques, as well as a range of rich colours and textures. Miriam’s work features original and Celtic designs in gold, silver and brass set with gemstones.




Photography from Kevin O’Farrell, Nuala Mahon and Terry Farnell plus postcards and handmade photographic cards of local landscapes, flora and fauna are also available.