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Una Walker

Una Walker

Research Fellow

National Irish Visual Arts Library, NCAD

BA(Hons), PhD
DRI Role

NCAD Principal Investigator for the Digital Repository of Ireland.

Leader of Kilkenny Design Workshops Demonstrator Project

Research Interests
The historiography of public policy for art and design in Ireland, material and immaterial culture, design history in Northern Ireland
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Una Walker is a research fellow based in the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) at NCAD, Dublin. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the NCAD demonstrator project of the Digital Repository of Ireland, co-ordinated by the Royal Irish Academy.

Her current research interests include the historiography of cultural policy in Ireland and the development of the Kilkenny Design Workshops. She has published widely on topics related to visual artists’ working environment, in Artist’s Newsletter, Art Bulletin and Circa and wrote the UNESCO reference document The survival of the artist: How visual artists live and work in 1997.

As an artist, working mainly in the areas of installation and digital media, Una has exhibited nationally and internationally for over twenty years. Recent exhibitions include Drawing a line (2008) in Harbin, China, and reports from an agent in the field (2007), Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. Her data-based installation Surveiller (2004), which has been exhibited widely, was included in the Troubles exhibition (2009), Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast.

Selected Publications

Walker, U. & Lappin, S. (2012). Positions of periphery to centre: The festival of Britain. In Morrow, R. & Abdelmonem, G. (Eds.). Peripheries. Routledge.

Walker, U. (2012). The construction of ideal living spaces? Kilkenny Design Workshops’ marketing strategies. AIARG Conference, DIT.

Walker, U. (2011). Kilkenny Design Workshops and the ‘plain style’: Why Scandinavian design ideologies were imported into 1960s Ireland’. Association of Art Historians Conference, Warwick.

Walker, U. (2010). Notes and Queries. In E. O’Connor (Ed.) Irish Women Artists 1800–2009: Familiar but unknown. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Walker, U. (2009). Whose past is it anyway: The use of digital databases in exploring personal and collective memory. ISEA Symposium, University of Ulster, Belfast.

Walker, U. (2009). Storytelling, narrative and the digital database – an unfinished project. ELIA , Sofia.

Walker, U. (2008). Ballrooms to barber shops: Visual art venues in Northern Ireland in the latter half of the twentieth century. Artefact, 2(Winter) pp. 58-71.

Walker, U. (2007). Art and research exchange and the artists’ collective of Northern Ireland: The early years. In Bacon, J. & Pierce, S. (Eds.) Footnotes, Interface.

Walker, U. (2005). Elliptical narratives and circular journeys, part 3. In Shaw, B. & Sullivan, P. (Eds.), Static pamphlet: us and them. Liverpool: Static.

Walker, U. (1999). ‘Elliptical narratives, part 2’ in European Journal of Art Education (2).