Alison Lowry

Alison Lowry is a glass artist living and working from her studio, ‘Schoolhouse Glass’ in Saintfield, Co. Down in Northern Ireland. She graduated, as a mature student, in 2009 from the Ulster University with a First Class Honours degree in Art and Design. Since then, she has won numerous awards including first place in the category, ‘Glass Art’ at the Royal Dublin Society in 2015 and 2009, the Silver Medal at the Royal Ulster Arts Club’s Annual Exhibition in 2010, the Warm Glass Prize in 2010 and 2011, the Bronze Award at Bullseye Glass’ exhibition for emerging artists, 2016, and more recently was placed second at the Coburg International Glass Prize in 2022. Alison exhibits nationally and internationally, and her work is held in several public collections. She is also works as an educator and enjoys teaching all aspects of glass fusing. Alison is the only Irish artist to have been awarded a month-long residency (April 2014) at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York.


Her current solo exhibition, “(A)Dressing Our Hidden Truths’, is inspired by such traumatic histories as the Irish Mother & Baby Homes, Industrial Schools, and the Magdalen Laundries. It also encompasses universal contemporary issues faced by society, such as domestic violence and sexual abuse. The exhibition was opened in 2019 by the (then) Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Catherine Zappone, and remains on display at the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History in Dublin. The exhibition has recently been acquired, in its entirety, for the Museum’s permanent collection

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