Angela O’ Kelly studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh and graduated with a Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in 1998. In 2004 she completed a Masters of Arts Management and Cultural Policy in University College Dublin.

O’Kelly is a designer maker who crosses boundaries of jewellery, textiles and sculpture. She combines paper with mixed media using a variety of traditional and non-traditional textile and jewellery techniques. Inspiration derives from a fascination with simple shapes, textures, repetition and colour in urban and rural landscapes.

O’Kelly has exhibited extensively in international exhibitions and galleries. Her work can be seen in many private collections and the public collections of the National Museum of Ireland, the British Crafts Council, London; the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; the Museum of Art and Design, New York; the Cleveland Arts Centre International Jewellery Collection, UK; and the Office of Public Works, Dublin.

Since 1998 O’Kelly has lectured part time in textile and jewellery departments of the National College of Art and Design and Edinburgh College of Art. She has also curated three contemporary craft exhibitions in Ireland and the UK; Texture for the Hub Gallery, UK in 2004; Playthings and Wearable UnWearable for the Crafts Council of Ireland in 2005.



National Museum of Ireland, 2007

Department of Foreign Affairs/ Crafts Council of Ireland, 2006

Office of Public Works, Ireland, 2005

Georgia State University, Georgia, 2004

Cleveland Arts Centre, International Jewellery Collection, UK, 2003

Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2002

American Museum of Art and Design, New York, 2000

British Crafts Council Collection, London 1999


RESUME - Awards

2005 50% Scheme, Crafts Council of Ireland

1999 Janet Fitch Jewellery Award, Chelsea Craft Fair, London

1997 RSA Student Design Awards, Jewellery – Highly Commended

1997 Goldsmiths Platinum Design Awards, Commended, UK

1996 Goldsmiths Platinum Design Awards, Second Place, UK