Born in Belfast, Davidson has been a Studio member since 2001 and is currently on the Board of Directors. She was part of the Artists Panel in IMMA 2007/2008. Her work has been exhibited internationally in New York, Sweden, South Africa, France and here in Ireland. In recent years she has participated in residencies in Johannesburg and Nice where she had her first solo show. She is a founding member of the artists collective Jeco Sword whose recent exhibitions include Trapezium, at The Lab and This Must Be The Place, at the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art.
Caroline Byrne completed her studies with a Masters degree in Illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art in 2002. She specializes in relief printing and making artists books.
Piia Rossi is an artist and an educator originally from Finland, where she obtained a diploma in jewellery making in 1989. In 1992 she moved to Dublin to study in the NCAD from where she obtained a BA in printmaking in 1996 and M.Litt. in Education in 2007. In her prints Rossi creates mysterious environments which represent home, belonging, pining and desire. Rossi has held two solo exhibitions, numerous participatory exhibitions and her work is exhibited at exhibitions in Ireland and abroad and her work appears in many corporate and private art collections. In resent years Rossi’s art practice has developed to the direction of participatory projects where she incorporates her studio based work into her experience in conducting workshops. The ideal outcome from these programmes is when the art made by the artist and the art produced by the participants get fused and become one.
Born in Dublin, Louise Peat attended the NCAD and DIT graduating with honours in painting in 1993. She is a painter and fine art printer, and is a member of the Black Church Print Studio since 1990. Solo exhibitions include ‘Clearing’, St John’s Art Centre, Listowel, County Kerry, (1999). ‘Elemental’, The National Concert Hall, Dublin, (2005). Selected exhibitions include; ev+a, RHA, RUA, Iontas, Oireachteas, Sculpture in Context, Claremorris Open, Monaghan Open, Eigse, Daniske Grafikere, The Association of Danish Printmaking Artists, Copenhagen, Henrietta Street Artists Group shows and the Black Church Print Studio Member’s group shows. She recently had a two-person exhibition ‘Paradigms’ with Belgian artist Ronald Ceuppens at the Original Print Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin. Peat received an ev+a award in 1998, and in 2000 she won the Douglas Hyde Gold Medal and Arts Council Award for painting. Her work is held in many private and public collections.
Alison Pilkington is a Dublin based artist. She graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking from Sligo RTC in 1989 and with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting from National College Art & Design in 1990. She completed an MA in Film and TV studies in Dublin City University in 1994.
Alison joined the Black Church Print Studio in 1997. She has worked in a broad range of printed techniques. The areas of printmaking that she specialises in are relief printmaking and lithography. In particular she has concentrated on an etched lino technique to produce graphic work that echoes the strong painterly qualities that she has become known for.
She has exhibitied widely throughout the last ten years in Ireland and abroad. Her work has been selected for group shows in Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States, and she has had solo exhibitions in Belltable Arts Centre Limerick, Sligo Art Gallery, Basement Gallery Dundalk, The Workroom Dublin, and the Kevin Kavanagh Dublin. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including OPW, Univeristy College Dublin and Bank Of Ireland.
Kate Betts studied Fine Art Printmaking at University of Northumbria at Newcastle and graduated with honours in 1995 and was awarded the Northern Print Studio Graduate Bursary. She joined The Black Church in 1997 and has been an active member since then, making and exhibiting her own work, teaching on the studio's education programme, and working a five-year term as Director of the Board and Chairperson. Kate specialises in etching although her final results are often not editionable prints in the traditional sense. She has created for example, large-scale etched monotypes, a screenprinted origami performance, and is currently working on elaborate, abstract collages built from her own closely observed, figurative etchings. She has a passion for printmaking and for helping people to develop the skills with which to express their own unique artistic vision.