Lorraine Cleary is a survivor of domestic abuse and a volunteer with Adapt House women's refuge. She is a member of Tipperary Revitalisation Task Force Arts committee and co-founder of collaborative walking project klaW. She graduated with a First-Class Honours MA in I-Media from UL in 2016 and received a First-Class Honours BA in Fine Art in 2014 from LSAD and was highly commended for the 2014 programme of the Undergraduate Awards in both the Visual Arts & the Media & Arts Categories. She was one of thirteen artists chosen to participate at the inaugural international exhibition of ‘Aligned’ as part of the Undergraduate Awards.
Cleary engages primarily in a sculptural based practice that embraces common materials and textiles. Themes explored in her work arise from a misogynistic culture that has been engrained in Irish society for decades. As a survivor of Domestic Abuse, Cleary feels passionately about using her work to raise awareness and encourage an ongoing dialogue on abuse.
Cleary has had her work published in numerous art magazines and has been featured in the Visual Arts Newsletter several times. She has participated in residencies at South Tipperary Arts Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie. She has been awarded numerous art grants from Tipperary Arts Council and in 2020 Cleary was awarded a bursary from the Arts Council and received a micro grant from the RHA. In 2021 Cleary participated in group exhibitions at Pineapple Black in the UK and 126 Artist Gallery Galway. Cleary’s solo show Vessels of Strength just finished at the Excel Gallery, Tipperary. Cleary has an upcoming solo show scheduled at the Ballai Bana Gallery of Culturlann Mc Adam O Fiaich, Belfast. In 2023 she has a joint group show scheduled in Platform Arts Belfast.