Helen Merrigan Colfer is a native of Co. Wexford, Ireland. She is a qualified professional fine artist and art teacher.

Helen studied art for five years at W.I.T. and the Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, where she achieved the following:


  • NCEA Certificate in foundation art 1983

  • NCEA honours Certificate in fine art 1985

  • NCEA honours Diploma in fine art 1986

  • Honours Higher diploma in principles of art & design education 1987

Upon completion of her diploma in fine art she was selected to exhibit her work at the Graduate Exhibition in Temple Bar Gallery Dublin in 1986.  Helen taught art at secondary level from 1987-90 in New Ross, Co. Wexford before becoming head of the art department from 1990-2004 in Athlone Community College, Co. Westmeath

She was also employed as a State Art Examiner for the Department of Education and Sciences for ten years.

In 2004 she left teaching to pursue a fulltime career in fine art and return with her husband to live in Co. Wexford, where she works from her studio in their home.




  • Greenacres Gallery, Wexford Festival Opera 2015

  • Sculpture In Context 2015 National Botanic Gardens

  • Cairde Visual Hyde Bridge Gallery Sligo July 2015

  • Greenacres Gallery, Christmas Exhibition 2014

  • Greenacres Gallery, Wexford Festival Opera 2014

  • Wexford Art Centre Lions Club Open Exhibition 2014

  • Greenacres Gallery, Wexford, Open Submission February 2009

  • Wexford Vocational School, Wexford Festival Opera 2008

  • Art Ireland RDS, November 2007

  • Wexford Insurances Ltd, Wexford Festival Opera 2007

  • Quality Hotel Wexford, Wexford Festival Opera 2007

  • Wexford Vocational School , Wexford Festival Opera 2006

  • Dunbrody Festival 2005, New Ross, Co. Wexford

  • Selskar Design, Wexford Festival Opera 2005

  • Fine Art Graduate Show, Garter Lane Art Center, Waterford 1986

  • Graduate Exhibition, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin 1986

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