Helen Caird, Visual Artist
Since 2014, Helen’s beautiful drawings of the native birds, bats, trees, mammals and other flora/fauna has enriched the Terryland Forest Park experience for the schools, colleges and the general public visiting this community-driven urban natural heritage sanctuary. Her work there continues as she helps ready this green and blue resource to become a significant regional Outdoor Classroom and Lab in 2021 once COVID restrictions are lifted. An exhibition of these woodland wildlife illustrations is planned in the months ahead.
Helen also developed a lovely seabird project at Galway Atlantaquaria in 2017 where she worked under the direction of Noirín Burke, Director of Education. Her other commissions include a fascinating ‘Science Fiction becomes Science Reality’ installation at the NUI Galway based Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland.
Helen Caird is a graduate of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (2011) with a BA (hons) in Fine Art (Painting) and is now a practising visual artist in Galway City. She is currently an active member and board member of Artspace Studios and was a founding member of ARTknot (2002-2006) and The KitchenTable (2011-2015) Artist Collectives with which she has taken part in a number of group shows nationally. Between 2013 and 2014, she volunteered as board member in 126 Artist-led Gallery where she took up the role as secretary for a time.
Helen’s work, specialising in the areas of drawing and painting, has predominantly explored environmental matters and the concept of place.