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Inga Hamilton (she/her)

Ireland/Northern Ireland, UK.

tel: +44 (0)797 3757 894

Inga Hamilton Tartan Dress

"It's the easiest thing in the World to create art that shocks, but I want to touch your heart - for 
you to become lost in my work’s intricacy; seized with a childlike desire to be enveloped by it."

Next Symposium Appearance
I am arranging and hosting the Artists Normalising Multispecies Belonging Through Interspecies Communication symposium with the group I run, ARTISTic  - Artist Interspecies Communicators, a group of PostGraduate and PostDoctoral Artists.

Date: 20th November 2024 15:00 – 22:00 GMT (to be confirmed) 


Inga Hamilton is an Autistic sculptor, activist and storyteller currently researching a practice-based PhD at the University of Sunderland. Through her Autistic lens, Hamilton’s research guides us towards a nurturing state of ‘multispecies belonging’ for the health of the planet, its animals and humans.

The recipient of a 2024 Mike Davis Global Design Challenge Scholarship to support her work meeting vitally important goals outlined by the UN, Hamilton’s central focus is ‘The Things Animals Make’. Her research reveals a wonderous world of animal creativity, gifting us a greater understanding of human-animal similarities to explore. This understanding collapses the unhealthy, human-imposed boundaries placed between species and enables us to embrace more equitable relationships with animals where all can flourish. Her aim is to move animals to a more centrally significant place in human lives.

Hamilton’s large, inhabitable sculptures and smaller art-jewellery pieces show in galleries worldwide including VISUAL Carlow; The Chicago Cultural Centre; The Hayward, London; New York’s American Irish Historical Society; Dublin’s Ark and Queen’s University, Belfast.

Often ephemeral, with a fleeting performative element, the works reveal the many facets of her own animal personhood and rich, Autistic sense of multispecies belonging.

Inga has a wide knowledge of materials and making practices including textiles, ceramics, metal, seaweed and the use of found objects. She blends these materials with inviting, transformative narratives that speak of respectful co-existence and Autistic connectivity.

Amongst her artistic experience, Hamilton has spun yarns for the late Alexander McQueen at Gucci, represented Irish craft in the American Irish Historical Society in New York, USA and received the Association of Contemporary Jewellers 2020 Graduate Award. She is the recipient of multiple Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP awards and, in 2014, was chosen as one of Ireland’s leading textile artists.

Hamilton’s career spans three decades and includes creating content and writing for children’s art, craft and learning publications. Her US residencies and visiting professorships include Pyramid Atlantic MD, St Lawrence University, NY, and Flux studios, MD. Inga is an international member of Red Dirt Studios, MD, USA.

Inga lives in the Ancient Lakelands of Fermanagh in Ireland/Northern Ireland. Her research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK, NBDTP.

Visiting Professorships, Residencies & Exhibitions


I welcome invitations
to Galleries, places
of Higher Education. Residencies or of Representation.
I look forward to speaking with you.

Workshops offered


Acid Dyeing (beginner)

Wild Carding

Freeform Crochet (beginner)

Building a Woodland Loom

Creature Making

Sculpting Smoked Ceramic Birds


Please see the Workshops page
in the pull down menu above and then use
the Contact Me page
if you would like to
host one of my workshops.

2010 - present

2010 - present

Artistic Statement

As a maker I explore blending the boundaries between species.


My jewellery, installations and inhabitable sculptures work spotlights the inherent critical thinking and understanding of materials used when makers of all species make.
With readily-dismissed, low-value natural materials, such as seaweed
and salt, I produce desirable, high-value, adornment. Instigating comparative discussion of my work with that of non-human-animal makers employing the same materials and techniques, such as decorator crabs or dolphins challenges the viewer’s concepts of value and adornment in the natural world.


My research is transdisciplinary - working across science, culture and art - synthesising knowledge into a non-speciesist understanding of making.




2021- current   PhD Researcher, University of Sunderland, UK.
                        Researching 'The Things That Nonhuman Animals Make.'                                          Recipient of a Northern Bridge Consortium Full Doctoral Studentship


2017 - 2020    BA Hons Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing, 1st Class Honours                         Ulster University, Northern Ireland.


1ST.                 BA Hons.

DISTINCTION Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (QCF)

PASS              City and Guilds ICT Level 2



2021                Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP Award

2020                Association of Contemporary Jewellery Graduate Award

2020                Executive Dean’s List Award Winner

2019                Subway Ireland Scholarship Winner

2019                Broadening Horizons Travel Bursary Winner

2016                University of Atypical, IDA Award

2013                Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP Award

2013                The Art and Craft of Beer, MD, USA. Judges Award

2012                Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP Award

2011                Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP Award

2009                Arts Council of Northern Ireland Travel Award



2018                Queen’s University Belfast, Naughton Collection.

                                    Permanent Art Installation, EEECS Building.

2014                VISUAL, Carlow, Ireland.

                                    Exhibited As 1 of 5 Leading Textile Artists of Ireland.

2012                Private Commission, FL, USA.

                                    Ceramic Art Installation for Client’s Domestic Setting.

2008                Alexander McQueen, Gucci.

                                    Spinning Bespoke Yarn Blends for Collections.

2007                Lush, UK.

                                    Christmas Window Installations for Top 12 Stores.


Residencies & Professorships

2012                Flux Studios & Red Dirt Studios, MD, USA.

                                    Ceramics Artist in Residence.

2009 & 2011   St Lawrence University, Canton, NY, USA.

                                    Visiting Professor.

2009 & 2011   Pyramid Atlantic. Silver Spring, MD. USA.

                                     Papermaking and Print Visiting Artist Residency.

2009 & 2010   Shiplake College. Henley-On-Thames, UK.

                                     Artist in Residence.

2010                Oak Hammock Farm, Wesley Chapel, FL, USA.

                                     Textile Artist in Residence.


Professional Activities

2001-2021       Elephant Shoes Ink Ltd. Children’s Publishing Company NI.

                                    Owner Director, Editor, Writer w/ Andrew Hamilton, Illustrator.

2012- Present Red Dirt Studio, MD, USA.

                                     Lifetime Member.

2019                WorldSkills Day Participant.

2019                Eddie J. Doherty Silversmithing Workshops.

2012                Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, IRE

                                     Ethics Committee Panellist.

2011                Trinity College. Dublin, IRE.

                                    Using Textiles in Research with Physicist Dr Stefan Hutzler.

2009 & 2010   International Fibre Collaborative

                                   Annual Grant Judge.

2008                Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London, UK.

                                   The Art and Craft of Saving the World Symposium Speaker.

2000 – 2001    Self-Employed

                                   Writer & Content Creator of Children’s Books and Magazines

1996 – 2000    Act-Two Publishing, London, UK

                                   Researcher, Writer and Editor of Children’s Animal, Art and

                                    Reference Books and Magazines.

Memberships Held
A-N -The Artists Information Company
ACJ - Association for Contemporary Jewellery
CBS - Contemporary British Silversmiths
DACS – Design and Artists Copyright Service
DCCOI – Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
UGSWD – Ulster Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers
ACJ NI - Association for Contemporary Jewellers NI



2019                The Duncairn Centre, Belfast, NI

2018-Present  Computer Science Building, QUB Naughton Gallery, NI.

2017                Red Dirt, Mount Rainier, MD USA.

2015                Angie Newman Gallery, EHS, Alexandria, USA.

2015                Foster Art Gallery, Westminster College, Pennsylvania. USA.

2014                VISUAL Carlow, Carlow, IRE.

2013                Gateway Arts, Mount Rainier, MD, USA

2013                Handmade in America, Asheville, NC, USA.

2012                The Ark, Dublin, IRE.

2012                R Space, Lisburn. NI.

2012                Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, IRE.

2011                American Irish Historical Society, NYC. USA

2011                Cornerhouse, Manchester. UK & Waterfront Hall, Belfast. NI.

2011                Turnpike Gallery. Leigh. UK

2011                The Ark, Dublin, IRE.

2011                FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge. NI.

2010                Ulster Festival of Art And Design. University of Ulster, NI

2010                Mathematics ‘Textures’ Conference, Riga, Latvia.
2009                Alternative Village Fete, Southbank, London, UK

2009                Royal Ulster Hall, Belfast, NI
2009                Crack! Festival, Rome, Italy.

2009                Marine Conservation Society, Birmingham, UK
2009                Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, UK
2008                Clarence House, London, UK
2008                ICHF, Touring, UK
2008                Hayward Gallery, Southbank, London, UK
2008                Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London, UK
2008                Memorial Art Gallery, Yale College, Wrexham, UK.
2008                World Financial Centre, New York, NY, USA.                                  
2007                Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago, IL. USA


Charitable Work

2012-Present  Womens’ Aid

2010                Prince’s Trust



3M, Bridgedale Socks, Richard Hare Kilts, Culls Upholsterers

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