Sophie Gough makes sculptural work that is influenced by an interest in material research and spatial exploration, often with an environmental consideration towards our built environment. She finds herself in a constant search to look beyond the mere surface of things, frequently seeking to disrupt the relationships we have with familiar entities.

Gough graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland in 2016 with a first class honors BA in Sculpture and Combined Media. Since then she has exhibited Nationally and Internationally in Berlin, Reykjavik , New York, and Utrecht. She has completed residencies with the National Sculpture Factory Cork city, Uillinn, Skibbereen, County Cork and Dada Post, Berlin to name a few. She has interned with Ireland at Venice 2015 for the Venice Biennale, EVA: International 2016 and has just returned from New York where she worked for the world renown sculptor Michael Joo as a studio technician and assistant.

She now lives and works in Cork city where she actively continues her sculptural practice.


Solo Exhibitions / Events / Talks

2019 —

‘Impossible Spaces: A Solo Exhibition of Drawings’ by Sophie Gough at SOMA, Cork.

Solo exhibition curated by Stella Diming Zhong, unnamed_gallery, New York.

2018 —

‘The Materialists: Sophie Gough and Daire O’Shea’, Solo Show at the 126 Gallery, Galway.

2017 —

‘Sophie Gough: Uillinn Artist in Residence Open Studio Event and Exhibition’ Skibbereen Arts Festival.

2017 —

‘Right Here Right Now: Panel Discussion’ hosted by Sophie Gough with panel members Niamh Brown, Andrew Kirwan, Sam McNicholl and Nicole Flanagan, Skibbereen Arts Festival.

2017 —

‘Concretus: Ulterior Objects’, Solo Exhibition, shown as part of Sample-Studios' TACTIC Visual Arts Programme, Elizabeth Fort, Cork, curated by Emily O’Flynn.

‘Workspace Social #17: Sophie Gough’, Ormston House, Limerick.

‘Sophie Gough: Artist Talk’ MA:ARCH CCAE, Cork Centre for Architecture Education, Cork.

Selected Group Exhibitions / Events

2019 —

Drift and Dream collaborative project with composer and sound designer Peter Power as part of The Cork Midsummer Festival in partnership with The National Sculpture Factory, Cork (December 3rd - 5th, 2019).

2018 —

Group Exhibition at Gallery Port, Reykjavik, Iceland Curated by Arni Egglisson

Transforming the Turf, Group Exhibition of Emerging Irish Artists based in New York,UES, New York.

‘Industry’ Group Exhibition at Solstice Art Centre, Meath.

2017 —

‘Group show: Editions’ at Gallery Port, Reykjavik, Iceland. Curated by Arni Egglisson

‘Tombolo: Lay of The Land’, Group Exhibition, Brow Head, Mizen Penninsula, curated by Kari Cahill and Hazel McCague.

‘Transitions: Ep.4’ Group Exhibition, Dada Post Art Space, Berlin, curated by Sheena Malone.

2016 —

‘We are drifters’, Group Exhibition, 126 Gallery.

‘Forward Looking, Looking Back Now’, TACTIC, Cork, curated by Allison Fogarty.

‘LSAD Graduate Show 2016’, Group Exhibition, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick.

‘LSAD Student, Recent Graduate and Tutor Exhibition’, Group Exhibition, LSAD, Limerick 2015 ‘A Mass Communication’, Group Exhibition, LSAD, Limerick curated by Peter Morgan.

‘Particle’, Group Exhibition, Chapel Street, Limerick, curated by Linda Shevlin.

2014 —

‘Foreigners’ Group Exhibition, HKU, Utrecht.

‘Fuerza Bruta’ at The Culture Factory Limerick’ Group Exhibition, Limerick.

2012 —

‘Mind’s Eye’, Group Exhibition, Cork Vision Centre, Cork, curated by Carol White.

Selected Awards/Listings/Residencies

2019 —

Percent for Art Scheme in partnership with Mahoney Architects for the Hive Building, Ballymoss House, Sandyford, Dublin (to be completed December 2019).

Artist in Residence with Peter Power at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork (current residency).

2017 —

Tombolo: Lay of The Land, Artist Residency Award, Cork.

Dada Post Arts Space, Artist Micro-Residency Award, Berlin.

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Artist Residency Award.

Cork National Sculpture Factory, Graduate Artist Residency Award, Cork.

2016 —

Long listed for the RHA Visual Artist of the Year 2016.

Sample Studios, Graduate Artist Residency Award, Cork.

First Class Honors, BA , Sculpture and Combined Media, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick.

Selected Internships/Other Experience

2019 —

Wood Carving Master Class with Adrien Segal, Benchspace Cork.

2019-2017 —

Studio Assistant Technician at Michael Joo Studio, Red Hook , BK, New York.

2018 —

Untitled Art Fair 2018 Installation Technician for Michael Joo Studio at Miami Art Week, Miami.

2016 —

Technician and Research Internship at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork.

Venue Manager of Michael Joo’s ‘This beautiful shipped wreckage’ for EVA 16.

Invigilator for EVA International at Cleeves’ Condensed Milk Factory, Limerick.

Research and Artist Liaison Intern for EVA International 2015.

Invigilator for the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015 Sean Lynch “Adventure: Capital”.

2014 —

Studio assistant to Eleanor Duffin, Dublin.

Studio assistant to Caoimhe Kilfeather for the making and installing of “this attentive place”, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin.

Gallery Internship at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios.


2016-12 —

BA First Class Honors Degree in Fine Art Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick.


4 Month Erasmus studies (1 semester) at HKU, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht.

2012-11 —

Fetac Level 5 Art and Design.