Séamus Gill

Studio 21
The Design Tower,
Pearse Street

Dublin 2

Ireland

 

Tel: (01) 677 5701    
 

email: seamus@seamusgill.com

© 2019 Seamus Gill

Séamus Gill

Celebrating 30 years in business 1988-2018

Séamus Gill is recognised as one of Irelands leading silversmiths.

All his work is about the joy of working directly with the material, using a hammer and anvil to transform a flat sheet of metal using traditional age-old silversmithing skills.

 

He exploits the working qualities of silver or bronze, stretching and compressing the metal to move it into elegant three dimensional forms. Working in harmony with the natural movement of the metal leads to his work being compared to natural forms. He combines the skilful hand of a master craftsman, the eye of a designer and the imagination of an artist.

Education

Séamus Gill started his education at Grennan Mill Craft School in Kilkenny, where he was introduced to the Art of Silversmithing by Peter Donovan, a highly respected Silversmith. He continued his studies at the Regional Technical College, Letterkenny and then at the College of Art in Belfast, finishing his studies at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin.

 

He gained further experience working with jewellers Deborah Aguado and Talya Baharal in New York and with Kensington silvers studios, Verellis and Anne Barros in Toronto, Canada.

 

He set up his own studio in Dublin in 1988.

The first bowl made by Seamus Gill in 1981. It was hammered out of a flat sheet of copper while he was a student in Grennan Mill Craft School where he was taught by Peter Donovan. This copper bowl was enamelled on the inside. 

Collections

 

Séamus Gills silversmithing work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Ireland, the Company of Goldsmiths, Dublin, the Irish Embassy collection and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland collection.

 

His silversmithing work has been presented to King Harald V of Norway, King Albert II of Belgium and Pope Francis.

 

His work is in numerous private collections nationally and internationally.

Teaching

 

Séamus is very keen to pass on the skills he has learned and developed over the years and teaches occasionally.

 

He has taught silversmithing techniques at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin and at the the Crafts Council of Ireland Jewellery skills and design course in Kilkenny.

 

He has acted as outside assessor for college courses and as a mentor to craft programmes on TV.

 

He regularly teaches weekend courses on silversmithing skills at the Irish School of Jewellery. 

Séamus Gill teaching silversmithing skills to students from the Jewellery skills course in Kilkenny

Exhibitions

 

Séamus Gill has had three solo exhibitions and taken part in a number of prestigious exhibitions from the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York and SOFA in New York and Chicago. His work has been selected for major international exhibitions such as the Silver Triennial and he was selected as one of the Ten Masters for British Silver Week.

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2008                “The Jewellery Launch” Designyard Gallery, Dublin

2006                “25 years On!” Designyard Gallery, Dublin

2000                “Silversmithing, an ancient craft for the new millennium” Whichcraft Gallery, Dublin

 

 

Two Man Exhibitions

 

2014                “Bronze” Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, 

                          (with Alan Ardiff)

 

2011                “Jewellery and Bronze Sculptural work” DesignYard, Dublin

                           (with sculptor Liam Butler)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2018        “Gifted” National Craft Fair, RDS, Dublin

                “Sculpture in Context” Botanic Gardens, Dublin 

                “The Makers hand” RDS, Dublin

2017       “Gifted” National Craft Fair, RDS, Dublin

                “Sculpture in Context” Botanic Gardens, Dublin

                Jewellery Ireland, Citywest

2016        National Craft Fair, RDS, Dublin

                Antiques Fair, RDS, Dublin                

                “Sculpture in Context” Botanic Gardens, Dublin   Selector

               RDS "National Craft Competition", RDS Dublin, Museum of Country Life, 

               “HammerClub” The Gallery of Art, Legnica, Poland

                Sculpture Garden, Bloom, Dublin

                "Showcase", RDS, Dublin

 

2015         National Craft Fair, RDS, Dublin

                “Art Source” RDS, Dublin

                 “Portfolio Finale Exhibition”, Solomon Gallery, Dublin

                  “Portfolio Metals and Stone” Solomon Gallery, Dublin

                “Portfolio Jewellery” Solomon Gallery, Dublin

                “Sculpture in Context” Botanic Gardens, Dublin

                 "RDS National Craft Competition", RDS Dublin,

                  Sculpture Garden, Bloom, Dublin

                   "Showcase", RDS, Dublin

                

2014        National Craft Fair, RDS, Dublin

                “Art Source” RDS, Dublin

                “Sculpture in Context” Botanic Gardens, Dublin

                 Sculpture Garden, Bloom, Dublin

                  "Showcase", RDS, Dublin

 

2013         National Craft Fair, RDS, Dublin 

                “Art Source”, RDS, Dublin

                “Waterland” Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre, Dublin

                “Sculpture in Context” Botanic Gardens, Dublin

                 “Summer Exhibition”, Millcove Gallery, Cork

                “Core Revelations” Designworks, Cork

 

2012          National Craft Fair, RDS Dublin

                  "Art Source” with DesignYard, RDS, Dublin

                  “Living with Design” Design week, Malthouse, Dublin

                   “Sculpture in Context” Botanic Gardens, Dublin

                   RDS National Craft Competition

                                                         Winner Crafts Council of Ireland Purchase Prize

                    Inhorgenta, Germany

 

2011        National Craft Fair, RDS Dublin

                “Portfolio” RHA, Dublin

                “The Art Fair” RDS Dublin

                 “Showcase” Gorey Market House, Co. Wexford

                  “Sculpture in context”, Botanic Gardens, Dublin

                   “Adornment”

                                  European house, Dublin

                                  The Dock house, Leitrim

                                   Designworks Studio, Cork

                “Portfolio”, Farmleigh, Dublin 

                  British Silver Week

                                   Launch, Pangolin Gallery London

                                   “Ten Masters of British Silver” Pangolin Gallery London

                                     Payne & Sons, Tumbridge Wells, Kent

                 Interior and Design Fair, RDS, Dublin

                 “Portfolio” National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

                

2010         “Friends of Christmas Art Fair” IMMA

                 “Portfolio” Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

                  “Sculpture in Context” Botanic Gardens

                   British Silver Week,

                                Pangolin Gallery, London

                                 Hamilton and Inches, London and Edinburgh 

                                 Payne and Sons, Oxford

                “Portfolio” National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

                The British Antique Dealers Association Fair, London, with Payne and Son 

2009                “Design Collection- winter”, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

                          “Wunderkammer” Design Week, Dublin

                           “Sculpture in Context”, Botanic Gardens, Dublin

                          RDS National Craft Competition

                                                            Winner of 1st prize Ironwork and Metalwork

                             “Sculpture at the Hallward”, Hallward Gallery, Dublin

                          British Silver Week,

                                      Goldsmiths Hall, London

                                       Hamilton and Inches, London and Edinburgh 

                                       Payne and Sons, Oxford

 

2008               “Celebrate with Art” Gallery 13. West Hollywood, L.A.  CA USA

                         “Design Collection- winter”, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

                         “Treasures of Today” National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

                         SOFA, with the Crafts Council of Ireland, Chicago

                         “Images of Longing”, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny Arts Week

                          British Silver Week,

                                         Goldsmiths Hall, London

                                          Justin Richardson, Canterbury

                                         Trevor Towner, Hampshire

 

2007                “15th Silvertriennial”, travelling Europe 2007/8

                                      10 venues in Germany, Moscow, Denmark, Netherlands

                           RDS National Craft Exhibition

                            “Embrace” Dublin Design week and Birmingham College of Art

                            “Sculpture in Context”, Botanic Gardens, Dublin

 

2006                   SOFA, with Gallerie Tactus, New York

                             RDS National Craft competition

                             “Sculpture in Context”, Botanic Gardens, Dublin  

                              SOFA, with Crafts Council of Ireland, Chicago

 

2005                 “Loot” Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool & The Atrium Gallery, Dublin

                           "Art Ireland” RDS with DesignYard, Dublin

                           “Review”, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

                            SOFA, with Gallerie Tactus New York

                              “Common Ground”, Grennan Mill Craft School, Kilkenny Arts Week

                            “Sculpture in Context”, Botanic Gardens, Dublin

                            SOFA, with Gallerie Tactus, Chicago

                             “Collectors Event”, Hunt Museum, Limerick

 

2004                 “Loot” Museum of Art and Design, New York

                            “Sculpture in Context”, Botanic Gardens and Farmleigh, Dublin

                            “Looking over my Shoulder” Lesley Craze Gallery,

                                       20th Anniversary Exhibition, London

                            "Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show"

                                                                    Winner Rolex prize for Excellence in Metals

 

2003                    “The Cream of Irish” The Roger Billcliff Gallery, Glasgow

                              “Sculpture in Context”, Botanic Gardens Dublin.

 

2002                “The Discerning Eye”, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh

                           RDS National Craft Exhibition 

                           International Jewellery, London

                            “A road less travelled” The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh

 

2001                Christmas Exhibitions;

                                           Whichcraft Gallery, Dublin,

                                            Leslie Craze Gallery, London

                                            Roger Billcliff Gallery, Glasgow,

                                            The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh

                           “Metalwork’s” West Cork Exhibition Centre, Cork

                          “Metal in the city” Design Concourse, Galway

                           JCL, Las Vegas, USA

                             International Jewellery London 

                             “Spoons big and small” Leslie Craze Gallery, London