Suella Holland

I like to explore the hidden world, the beauty that lies behind things which have often been forgotten; the textures and depths of colour in dereliction. I create my own interpretation of what my world experience has been.

— Suella Holland

Suella Holland was born in Dublin and grew up in Navan, County Meath. She graduated with a Degree in Photography from DIT Dublin in 1993.

Having explored many different photographic genres Suella now concentrates her work on the beauty that she sees in decay, specifically in abandoned buildings and the personal items that get left behind.  That beauty is found in the depths of broken objects, the patterns of layers of wallpaper, the textures of peeling paint.

She has exhibited consistently over the past ten years both as a solo artist and in group shows – she took part in the Polaroid exhibition Instant Love in the MadArt Gallery, Dublin in October 2011 and her work was subsequently published in Prism magazine. In 2015 she held a solo exhibition Stories That Remain Untold which subsequently toured around County Meath followed in 2017 by An Essence of Presence which toured into 2018.

2019 saw the solo exhibition ‘Welcome to Graceland’, an homage to Elvis fan Patsy Boylan in the Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown as well as the publication, with writer Martin Towey, of An Act of Madness, one woman’s story which echoes that of thousands of Irish people stigmatised, maltreated and largely forgotten by 20th Century Irish society accompanied by Suella’s photographs and an exhibition.

She has also exhibited as a member of Meath Arts Group, Bailieborough Creative Hub, Cavan Camera Club, North Meath Photographic Society, Breffni Photographic Club and Bailieborough Studio Photographic Club.

Suella has set up Forsaken Ireland —(www.facebook.com/ForsakenEire) a facebook page dedicated to social history and urbex photography exploring the dereliction that is currently prevalent in Ireland.

Suella works at The Gallery Press Publishers in Loughcrew, is an event organiser with The Open Door Sessions, a monthly Arts and Music night in Bailieborough, is a member of Visual Artists Ireland, maintains the Meath Arts Group website, is a founder member of Bailieborough Creative Hub and is a member of Drogheda samba band, the Samba Mammas.

Awards

Tyrone Guthrie Centre Acceptance;
Artist Bursary – Cavan County Council (2019)
Annual Funding Award – Meath County Council Arts Office (2015);
Bi-Annual Funding Award – Meath County Council Arts Office (2007);

Collections
Meath County Council Collection; Meath County Library Archive;
Cavan County Council Collection; Private Collections

Forthcoming Exhibitions
26 June 2019: An Act of Madness – Exhibition and Book Launc
h – Book Market, Kells Co Meath (collaboration with Martin Towey)
18 July 2019: Group show: Bailieborugh Photographers, Baileborough Library, Bailieborough, Co Cavan
10 August 2019: Group show: Past Times/Pastimes Heritage Week Exhibition, Bailieborough Library, Bailieborough
October 2019: ‘Welcome to Graceland’, Bailieborough Library

Previous Exhibitions

2019
Solo Show – ‘Welcome to Graceland’ – Connolly Memorial Hospital,
Blanchardstown, Dublin
Group Show – PopUp Exhibition, Bailieborough Creative Hub, The Library,
Bailieborough, Co Cavan
Group Show – Poetry Town, Bailieborough Creative Hub, Bailieborough
Group Show – ‘Incognito’, Solomon Gallery, Dublin / Lavitt Gallery, Cork

2018
Solo Show – ‘An Essence of Presence”, The Library, Bailieborough, Co Cavan
Group Show – ‘Surveyor’, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co Meath
Group Show – ‘Inside Out’, The Atrium, OPW, Trim, Co Meath
Group Show – Cavan Monaghan Science Festival, Johnston Library, Cavan

2017
Solo Show – ‘An Essence of Presence”, Tuar Ard Arts Centre, Moate, Co Westmeath
Group Project with artist Michelle Boyle and the Bailieborough Poetry LitLab
Group Show – ‘Surveyor’, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co Meath

2016
Solo Show – ‘Stories That Remain Untold’, Dunshaughlin Library, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. Grant aided by Meath County Council Arts Office.
Solo Show – ‘Stories That Remain Untold’, Dunboyne Library, Dunboyne, Co Meath. Grant aided by Meath County Council Arts Office.
Group Show – ‘Lifting the Veil”, Witch’s Hill, Oldcastle, Co Meath
Group Show – ‘Gallery Thing”, Arts Trail, Bailieborough, Co Cavan
Group Show – ‘Postcard 1916’, Old Post Office, Clones, Co Monaghan

2015
Solo Show – ‘Stories That Remain Untold’, The Book Market, Kells, Co Meath. Grant aided by Meath County Council Arts Office.
Solo Show – ‘Stories That Remain Untold’, Oldcastle Library, Oldcastle, Co Meath. Grant aided by Meath County Council Arts Office.
Group Show – ‘Surveyor’, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co Meath
Group Show – Bailieborough Studio Photographic Club, Bailie Hotel, Bailieborough, Co Cavan

2014
Group Show –  ‘Local Photographers’, Bailieborough Library, Bailieborough, Co Cavan.
Group Show –  Breffni Photography Club Exhibition, Bailieborough Library, Bailieborough, Co Cavan.

2013
Group Show –  ‘Missing Meath’, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co Meath.
Group Show –  ‘Traces’, Pop Up Gallery, Kennedy Road, Navan, Co Meath
Group Show –  ‘Surveyor’, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co Meath
Group Show –  ‘Arts Trail’, Navan Shopping Centre and The Central Bar, Navan, Co Meath
Group Show –  ‘Iconic North Meath’, North Meath Photographic Society Annual Exhibition, Headfort House, Kells, Co Meath
Group Show –  ‘Kells Camera Club exhibition’, The Sawmills, Kells, Co Meath
Group Show –  Pop-Up Gallery, Navan Shopping Centre, Navan, Co Meath

2010-2012
Solo Show –Kells Chamber of Commerce AGM, Kells, County MeathGroup Show –  ‘Instant Love’ Polaroid Exhibition, Mad Art Gallery, Dublin
Solo Show – Kells Market Day, Kells Chamber of Commerce, Kells, County Meath
Joint Show – (with Patrick Morris and Ian Rogan) The Railway Bar, Kells, County Meath
Group Show – The Enlightenment Arts Trail, Navan, County Meath
Group Show – Idireadra, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, County Meath
Group Show – Arts Trail, Trimgate Street, Navan, County Meath
Group Shows – Cavan Camera Club; Navan Library; Le Cheile Arts & Music Festival

2006-2009
Solo Show – Come to the Fair, Diamond Cinema, Navan, County Meath, Grant aided by Meath County Council Arts Office.
Group Show – When I Close My Eyes, Toradh Gallery, Civic Offices, Ashbourne, County Meath
Group Show – The Portugal Trip, Kells Heritage Centre, Kells, County Meath
Group Show – The Burren, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, County Meath
Group Show – Horizons – Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, County Meath
Group Shows – Le Cheile Festival; Brú na Bóinne; Jim Connell Memorial Festival; Moynalty Steam Threshing; Life in the Lane; Navan Arts Trail

1995 – 2006
Group Show – People’s Photography – Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Group Show – Inside Out – Irish Life Mall, Abbey Street, Dublin 1