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PARROT Mouth: Protecting our Native Breeds Through Art

An exhibition in Kilcock, Co Kildare, aims to raise awareness of the need to protect Ireland’s wonderful ecosystem... The Irish Field, 29.09.23 - View article

Interview: Kildare artist Mary McGrath on a life in art and her new solo exhibition

A project organised by a group of multidisciplinary Kildare artists is among the endeavours that will mark Brigid 1500 next year. ... Kildare Nationalist, 12.10.23 - View article

Local artist's exhibition calls for appreciation of nature

An exhibition of paintings and original prints by Rosetown-based artist Mary McGrath will focus on vulnerable biodiversity in Ireland, writes Brian Byrne ... Kilcullen Diary, 24.09.23 View article

KFM: Kildare Focus Interview (0:30 mins)

Interview with Mary McGrath about the inspiration for her upcoming interview 'Endangered!' opening on 30th September 2023 at the Kilcock Art Gallery, Kildare ... KFM, 22.09.23 View article

From the Curlew to the Natterjack Toad - how are Ireland's native species doing?

Conservationist Mary McGrath looks at Ireland’s indigenous species and the ways we can all help them survive ... The Journal, 20.09.23 View article

KILDARE: Curragh artist to exhibit at Kilcock Art Gallery

An exhibition of Paintings & Prints by Mary McGrath on Biodiversity “ENDANGERED!” opens at Kilcock Art Gallery on September 30 at 3pm with opening words by Eanna Ni Lamhna and continues until October 21. ... Leinster Leader, 16.09.23 View article

"Endangered" New paintings & prints by Kildare artist Mary McGrath

“My artwork invites the viewer to be aware of their surroundings. To give nature a chance to recover. To appreciate and cherish our ecosystem’s survivors and realise that we can all make a positive difference.”... Into Kildare, Sept 23 View article

Recent Exhibitions



30th September - 21st October 2023

Kilcock Art Gallery was delighted to host Mary McGrath's solo exhibition entitled "Endangered!", which ran from the 30th September to the 21st October 2023.

"My passion for biodiversity and conservation of our natural world continues to imbue my work. My art is an attempt to highlight nature’s beauty, the importance of retaining and encouraging wildlife habitats and what can be lost if we don’t."
Mary McGrath

For more information visit the Kilcock Art Gallery website or visit us on Instagram.

Kilcock Art Gallery, School St. Kilcock, Co. Kildare, W23E5R5

Squirrel by Mary McGrath, included in the forthcoming solo exhibition "Endangered" at the Kilcock Art Gallery from 20th September 2023.

Hear the call of the corncrake, curlew and puffin




Forthcoming Exhibitions


Project Babel

December 2023

I am very pleased to have been included in a collaboration of printmakers from around the globe, brought together by Team Babel. They are a private working group consisting of four printmakers, based at Ratamo printmaking studio in the city of Jyväskylä, Finland.

In honour of Ratamo’s 10th anniversary in September 2023 Team Babel planned a collaborative artwork  based on the painting 'The Great Tower of Babel' (1563) by the well-known Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Printmakers from Studios all over the world were invited to submit a small image, made using different printmaking methods, the theme of which was a square from the original painting selected by lottery. Each artist was asked to respond to their given square in print. One of the representatives of Leinster Printmaking Studio here in Ireland, I was charged with the theme of a painting of men working on a building, the second image here, which is H12 on the grid on the last image.

Team Babel will mount an exhibition, at Galleria Ratamo in Finland this December. They will display all the original prints submitted plus a reconstruction of Breugel's original panting using the artists' printed submissions.

One set of the project work will be donated for the collection of Jyväskylä Art Museum, Finland and two sets of the project  will be stored by Jyväskylä Art Museum to be ready for a possible travelling exhibition in the future.

For more information visit the information page for Project Babel
or email Team Babel.

Galleria Ratamo, Veturitallinkatu 6, 40100 Jyväskylä, Finland

Project Babel - Mary McGrath's response to the theme of a painting of men working on a building - H12 on the grid on the image of 'The Great Tower of Babel' (1563) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, to be exhibited at Galleria Ratamo, Finland, December 2023.


The Artist's Well - Interview with Mary McGrath

Series 3 - Episode 3, 15th October 2022
In this interview with Alan Keane of The Artist's Well, Mary McGrath shares her life and work as a Fine Art Conservator in collections both public and private in Ireland, England, France, Italy and the United States; and her role as Project Manager in the relocation of the Francis Bacon Studio from London to the Hugh Lane Gllery in Dublin.

Watch the full interview at The Artist's Well.

Mary McGrath: Brigid, Forest and Farm

Mary McGrath, artist and conservationist, speaks about animal and wild life species in Ireland during the era of St. Brigid. The series of talks were organised to inform artists when researching Brigid for the Open Call Art Trail, February 2024 in Kildare Town, organised by Sult Artists.

Watch the full talk at Sult Artists on YouTube.