Alan began working with wood from an early age. His work to date straddles the boundaries of contemporary craft, sculpture and architecture and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Alan’s creative approach is tied closely to his intimate understanding of wood and a desire to work directly with a given material when making a design. Having graduated with a Masters in Architecture from University College Dublin in September 2015, Alan currently works out of his studio in County Laois, imagining and creating one-of-a-kind and speculative pieces for both public and private clients.
University College Dublin - B.Sc (Architectural Science), 2012
University College Dublin including Semester at KTH Stockholm, Sweden. - Masters in Architecture, 2015
2013: Irish American Cultural Institute, Muriel Gahan Scholarship.
2016: Winner, Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur (Co. Laois) Best Start- Up Business and Best Young Entrepreneur.
2017: DCCI, Future Maker of the Year 2017.
2017: Winner of RDS Craft Award; Emerging Maker (Woodturning) and Irish Woodturners Guild Award.
2017: Tresor Discovery Award at Tresor Contemporary Craft 2017, Basel Switzerland.
2018: National Enterprise Awards - Winner of the Best Start Up business in Laois.
2018: RIAI, Public Space Award for DLR Red Jetty.
2018 AAI, Special Mention for DLR Red Jetty.
2018: Winner. Royal Dublin Society - Craft Awards Bursary.
2019: National Enterprise Awards - Laois Exporter of the year 2019. 2020: Wood Awards Ireland - Furniture Category - Winner.
‘Collect’ The leading international fair for contemporary craft and design, Somerset House, London.
‘After the Fall’, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford.
'Conjuring Form’, Doneraile Court, Cork.
‘Made in Ireland’ , National Craft and Design Gallery, Kilkenny. 2020
‘After the Fall’ South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel.
‘Maison et Objet’, Paris, France.
‘Monument’ Galway City Museum.
‘Connected’ with DCCI @ Kilkenny Castle.
‘House’, RDS, Dublin.
’Wood’ - The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.
'Surface Matters' - Portfolio Critical Selection 19-20, The Coach House, Dublin Castle / Artesania Catalunya CCAM Barcelona. / DCG, Kilkenny.
‘Maison et Objet’ Paris with Design Ireland.
'Painters & Makers' - SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin.
‘Land (ed)' - Lavit Gallery, Cork.
‘BRAVURA’, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford.
RDS Crafts Awards @ Gifted, RDS Dublin.
Sorti du Bois/ Out of the Wood, Deschambault Village, Quebec, Canada.
Exhibition build, Close Encounters - La biennale di Venezia, Italy
‘Wood Work’, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford.
‘Artist in Craft’, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry. (annually since 2015)
TRESOR Contemporary Craft, Basil, Switzerland, (September 2017).
‘Sculpture In Context’, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. (September 2014, 2016 & 2017).
RHA 187th Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin 2.
‘House’, RDS, Dublin.
National Craft Awards - RDS Concert Hall, Dublin and National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Co. Mayo.
‘Young’ at SO Fine Art Editions, 10 South Anne Street, Dublin.
‘Weathering’, Collaborative Work realising designs by Tierney Haines Architects; -Tent London -UCCA, Beijing, China.
University College Dublin
The Daniel Collection, UK
Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Kerry
Irish Embassy, Helsinki; DFAT Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - The International Contemporary Collection of Irish Design & Craft.
Galway City Museum
DCCI Portfolio Critical Selection 2021 - 2022
The Michelangelo Foundation - Homo Faber Guide