WOVEN 2023




Barbara Allen was born in Belfast in 1959, attended Glengormley High School and studied Visual Communication at the University of Ulster, graduating with a BA Honours Degree in 1982 and Advanced Diploma in 1984. Barbara has exhibited annually with the RUA since 1995 as an Associate and was elevated to Academician in 2018. She also served as a council member for three years.

Her work is held in numerous public, county collections across Ulster, as well as Ulster Museum and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She has undertaken commissions for Magee University, Derry; Ulster Television and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, London.

A selection of Barbara’s work is currently available exclusively through Hambly & Hambly.
All enquiries to: ciara@hamblyandhambly.com


“I am an artist working from my home in Co Limerick, Ireland. Growing up and living in the countryside has influenced the way I perceive the world around me. Ireland, with all its beauty and its ruggedness is a constant inspiration. I'm fascinated by the sky, the seasons, the transitions from each day to night and I try and show the emotion I feel through my paintings. The forgotten roads, the old rundown cottages and the wildlife of Ireland are what attract me most of all. There is a story in the everyday things that surround us and I paint those that I find most interesting. Every now and again I drift between what is real and my imaginary world which brings an illustrative quality and a fairytale element to my paintings.”

A selection of Alison’s work is currently available exclusively through Hambly & Hambly.
All enquiries to: ciara@hamblyandhambly.com


Michelle Boyle works from her studio in the lake filled landscape of rural Cavan with ongoing international residency awards. Her work speaks to contemporary conversations around life essence, identity and place. Topics informed by her daily experiences as participant observer in nature and her mixed race adoptive history.
Born in London, Michelle grew up in Dublin and studied Landscape Archaeology (MA) and Cultural Anthropology becoming a full time artist in 2002.

She has received national and international awards and short-listings for her paintings in oil and watercolours and for her self portraits which are an ongoing part of her practice. The landscape paintings currently available with Hambly & Hambly are from the artist’s ‘Residency of home’ series which began under Covid travel restrictions when the artist started open water swimming in local lakes. The freedom of immersing herself in freshwater has directly impacted on her art practice, as seen in the physicality of working large scale (eg. Flag Iris) and new processes including video and sound recorded from her floating canoe studio.

Through these different ways of feeling and seeing, Michelle invites the viewer to share in the space of her work, to see something familiar from a different vantage point Michelle’s paintings are held in public and corporate collections including UNESCO Paris, Microsoft International, The OPW, The Irish Banking Federation, University of Limerick, The Next Generation Self Portrait Collection London. Her most recent solo exhibition in 2022, ‘The clothes on our backs’ was at the invitation of the renowned Jehangir Art Gallery Mumbai and supported by the Embassies of India and Ireland.

A selection of Michelle’s work is currently available exclusively through Hambly & Hambly. All enquiries to: ciara@hamblyandhambly.com


Graduating from West Wales School of the Arts, Jade Butler is an Irish artist whose practice investigates environmental themes and the relationship between nature, society and capitalism.

Jade has exhibited in annual exhibitions of the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Royal Ulster Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Society of Women Artists.

Jade's work is included in the collection of The Office of Public Works. Jade recently completed a Public Arts Commission funded by Kilkenny County Council & The Kilkenny Civic Trust and completed a residency at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre last year.

A selection of Jade’s work is currently available exclusively through Hambly & Hambly.
All enquiries to: ciara@hamblyandhambly.com

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