Dervla O’Flaherty, an artist from North County Dublin completed her BA in Fine Art Painting at theNational College of Art and Design(NCAD), Dublin in 2012 and Post-Graduate studies at Cyprus College of Art in 2014. Dervla received several student and graduate awards following her BA Degree show including ‘RDS Student Art Awards and travelling exhibition’, ‘Emerging Artist Residency Award’ and subsequent group exhibitions at Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat, Co. Kerry. Her work was shown as part of the OPW ‘Art of the State’ Exhibition 2013 ‘Encounters’ (an OPW/DFP exhibition and publication – travelling to four destinations throughout Ireland). Dervla has exhibited widely in Ireland and Cyprus, and has upcoming exhibitions in Edinburgh, Belfast and Iceland. Dervla’s interests within her current painting series ‘places I am looking for’, are derived from active engagement with ideas of place and space, often focusing on the reimagining of place that comes into play in conjunction with memory, recounting and retelling. Her work is influenced by colours, forms and milieu of places she has travelled, picking up narrative from myth, stories and imagination, and becoming new places inhabited by memory, experience and longing.