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Karen Daye-Hutchinson - History of Practice

Karen Daye-Hutchinson studied Fine Art at both Belfast and Manchester.  Specialising in hybrid printmaking, book art and sculpture; her work reflects an interest in habitat, architecture and literature. Using line and colour as a language to explore the parameters of printmaking, with symbolism as an allegory; deconstructing situations, fairy tales, nursery rhymes or poetry that are part of childhood and adult culture. 

Karen’s studio is located at Conway Mill, Belfast; dedicated artists’ studios in an old mill on the famous Falls Road.

Karen was a director and trustee at BPW, Belfast Print Workshop from 2005 - 2019.  The studio is home to around 70+ local printmakers, a mixture of keen amateurs and professional artists.  She can be found here making large print works and teaching courses on etching with aquatint.

In 2019 Karen was elected to join the prestigious ‘Prism Print International‘ a collection of masterly printmakers from around the globe.
To date she has been included in Prism10-Belfast, Prism 11-Tokyo and Prism12-Stockholm.

Collaboration has been an important element of Karen’s practice; enriching both knowledge and experimentation.  She has worked over an intensive two year period 2013-2014 with fellow Belfast Artist Helen Lavery on several projects gaining  two large credible exhibitions that have been show in Belfast; ‘Parenthesis’ and ‘Ellipsis’.  Elements of the two collections have travelled to many locations internationally including the ‘International Print Symposium in Luxembourg’,  in 2018 to include Artist’s Books and hybrid print editions. Other notable collaborations in print and film with Liam B de Frinse and current explorations with Jonny McEwen, Painter.


1985 - 1988

BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Ulster, Belfast.

1984 - 1985

Diploma in Foundation Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University 


2019       Empreinte Atelier de Gravure, Luxembourg 2019 Residency Award

2018       Allianz Arts & Business Annual Sculptural Awards Commission

2018       Arts Council NI SIAP

2016       Arts Council NI SIAP

2014       Arts Council NI SIAP

2008      Brett Martin Anniversary corporate Print award - commission winner 

1996       Marks and Spencer, Sandy Brown, Award for achievement.

1995       PYBT/ British Airways, (Runner-up) Touring Exhibition.

1992       HRH Prince of Wales — Gold Medal 

1992       Arts Council NI SIAP Award.

1993       Mercury Communications, Achievement Award.


Solo & Collaboration 

2020     ‘Mapping’ Dillon Gallery Culturlann, Belfast

2019      Dark Fairytales, Empreinte Atelier de Gravure, Luxembourg

2019      ‘A Harlots Progress’ Artisann Gallery, Belfast

2019      Stafford Gallery Belfast – Stafford Collection 

2018      Salts Mill Leeds, ‘Love Poems’

2017      Stafford Gallery Belfast, ‘Love Poems‘

2015      ‘Ellipsis’ collaboration with Helen Lavery, Engine Rooms, Belfast

2013      ‘Parenthesis’ collaboration with Helen Lavery Belfast Print Workshop 

2010      Book Of Knowledge BPW Karen Daye-Hutchinson & Liam deFrinse 

2006     Monoprints, Belfast Print Workshop,     

2003     Monoprints, Coppermoon Gallery, Belfast       

2001      ‘Super Models’ Coppermoon Gallery, Belfast

1996      New Works Armagh Trian, Armagh, NI. 

1995      Somewhere Else, Refectory, Comber, NI. 

1993      Layers; Arts Council Gallery, Belfast.

1993      Temples and Places, Harmony Hill Art Centre, Lisburn

1992      Anderson and McAuley, Belfast. Shop front exhibition

1991       ‘In A Day Dream’, Star Gallery, Belfast


2020   TOKYO Tokyo Metropolitan Theater 東京芸術劇場 授賞式8月8日
              KYOTO Art Zone Kaguraoka アートゾーン神楽岡

              Cotton Gallery Belfast, NI International Print symposium

              Artisann Gallery Belfast, Invited Artists 

              Eva Gore-Booth, 93 Irish Woman Artists, New York

              Prism 12 Stockholm 2020 Nordens Ljus Galery


2019    Eva Gore-Booth, 93 Irish Woman Artists Literature Museum Dublin

              Prism 11 Inoak Namikidoru Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 

              Impressions Biennial, Galway   

              Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, 

              Dublin, New York, USA 

              ‘St. Brigid’s Day’ 90 Irish Woman Touring, Hamilton Gallery Sligo,                   

              ‘St. Brigid’s Day’ 12 Star Gallery, London, Berlin, New York

              ‘St. Brigid’s Day’ Embassy of Ireland, Berlin

              ‘Nineteen hundred and Nineteen’ Irish Embassy New York, USA

               Island Arts Centre, Anna Cheyne Awards

               ‘Rings’ Leeds Craft Centre, Leeds Museum


2018      Graphic Editions, Oriel Gallery, Antrim

               Emprint, International Print Making Exhibition, Luxembourg (Print/ Books) 

               Hamilton Gallery Sligo, Annual Invited Artists

               Salts Mill Leeds, ‘Bloom’ (10 Works)

               Leeds Craft Centre, Leeds Museum, Scratch the Surface 

               RUA Ulster Museum, Belfast


2017      BPW 40 years, Crescent Arts Centre, 

               Craft NI, Images Need Not Apply        

               Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast Print Workshop Archive 

               BPW Prints, Down Arts Centre, 


2016      Leeds Museum, Etched 

               RUA Ulster Museum, Annual exhibition, Belfast

               ‘A Terrible Beauty Is Born’ Hamilton Gallery Sligo 

               Belfast Print Workshop


2015      RUA Ulster Museum   

               Hotbed press 20:20


2014      RUA Ulster Museum

               Engine Room Gallery Belfast

               Belfast Print Workshop 


2013     20:20 Hot Bed Press, London

              Belfast Print Gallery, Cotton Court

              RUA, annual exhibition Ulster Museum


2012     Belfast Print Workshop, Titanic, Victoria Sq. Belfast


2011      Irish Printmakers – Highpoint Gallery Minnesota USA


2010     Rock, Empreinte, atelier de Gravure, Luxembourg Atelier Bo Paris,

               Edition de 8 coffrets - print collections

               Going Green, BPW, Belfast

               Grand Opera House Love Passion & Revolution

               BPW Selected artists, Luxembourg

               Engramme, Quebec, Canada: Eros, Thanatos

               BPW ’Tall Ships’ Belfast Victoria Square Gallery 

               BPW Gallery Belfast, Words


2008    Brett Martin commission-Six finalists, Belfast Print Gallery, Cotton Court.                      
               Winner, Karen Daye-Hutchinson

               Impressions Biennially, Exhibition of Irish print, Galway 

               UTV collection, Travelling Exhibition


2007     Belfast Print Gallery, Cotton Court, Belfast

               Christmas Show, Engine Rooms, Belfast. 

               Double Elephant, Selected NI Printers Ormeau Baths  

               Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin


2006     Members Exhibition, Engine Rooms, Belfast.

2003     Cavehill Gallery, Belfast

2002     Members Exhibition, Engine Rooms, Belfast.

2001      New Works, Coppermoon, Belfast

2000     Hilton Group, Belfast. Painting commissions-10 pieces     

1999       Members Exhibition, Engine Rooms, Belfast.

                Iontas, Annual exhibition, Sligo Ireland

1998       Royal Ulster Academy 

                Iontas, Annual exhibition, Sligo, Ireland

1997       Members Exhibition, Engine Rooms, Belfast.

                Iontas, Annual exhibition Sligo.

1996       UTV collection, Travelling Exhibition. 

                RCA London.

1994       Iontas, Annual exhibition Sligo, Ireland 

                Young Contemporaries, One Oxford Street

1992       Young Artists, The Prince of Wales Trust, NEC   

                Iontas, Sligo. 

                RHA Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

                Woman on Woman, Old Museum, Belfast.

1991        Young Artists, The Prince of Wales Trust,

                Art for Youth, Dept. Architecture, Queens University.

                Iontas, Annual exhibition, Sligo. 

                RHA Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

                Harbingers Gallery, Glasgow.

                Cavehill Gallery, Belfast Christmas Exhibition.

1990       Art for Youth, Dept. Architecture, Queens University - winner 

                Laganside Gallery, Belfast.

                Iontas, Annual exhibition,  Sligo

1988       Middlesex Polytechnic, student exchange exhibition.

                The Degree Show, University of Ulster.

1987       Garden of Earthly Delights, A.R.E. Gallery, Belfast.

1986       EEC Exhibition, Queen University.

Selected Collections 


Arts Council Northern Ireland

Office of Public Works, Dublin

Royal Victoria Hospital

UTV Northern Ireland

Eastern Health & Social Service HQ

NSPCC Northern Ireland HQ


Equality Commission, Northern Ireland 

Prince William

Hilton Group 

Brett Martin Ireland

Ulster Hospital

Jury’s Hotels

Belfast City Council Offices

Conrad Hotel Dublin

HBO Los Angeles 

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