“At Art Academy we believe that you were created to create”

Art Academy Founder Sheila Flaherty

Sheila Flaherty is a classical, realist artist and business owner. She graduated in 2011 with a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Art and Education from the National College of Art and Design. She is based in Dublin, Ireland and a current residential artist at MART Gallery and Studios.


“So delighted to find this gift for mum, full of great quality art products that have helped reignite her love of drawing”

Kim Henry

“I received the Da Vinci Box as a gift and was absolutely thrilled with it. The art supplies are fantastic quality and feel like such a treat to use. You can really see what a difference good materials can make to your practice. It’s beautifully packaged and it was so much fun to open and uncover all the bits and pieces inside. The perfect gift for any art lover. Thank you!”

Clover Storan

“You should have seen my banana face when I first opened my Da Vinci Box- Sketching Box! I was amazed by the great selection of really high quality art products. I particularly enjoyed using the sketchbook – really great heavy paper, working fantastically with a wide range of mediums. Everything was beautifully and professionally packed. Whether you’re a beginner artist or bit more advanced, good quality products will only make your life easier and the process of making art way more satisfying. PS. The Van Gogh ear eraser was a really fun twist.”

Nina Ruminska


2010 – 2011 National College of Art and Design. P.G.H.Dip, Art and Education.
2001 – 2006 Limerick School of Art and Design Graphic Design, B.A., Visual Communication.


2020 – present Artist MART Studios and Gallery
2018 – 2020 Art Teacher and Owner Art Academy
2011 – 2017 Art Teacher Department of Education
2009 – 2010 Graphic Designer InHouse Taxfree Global
2007 – 2009 Graphic Designer Neworld Associates
2004 – 2005 Graphic Designer Impact Media

Publications and Media

“Pensive”. Dublin Sketchers Publication. 2018. Pages 21-22.
“Sweet Ramiro Pepper”. The Art Cook Book. Scoop Foundation. 2015. Pages 85-86.
“Dollard & Co.”. Urban Sketchers Instagram. 2019. Posted 29th May.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 – Minerva Gallery, “Queens of Art”, Dublin, Ireland.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 – Online Showcase “Collective Show”, Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles.
2020 – From Me To You, “Studio Members Show”, MART Gallery, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland.
2020 – Dublin’s Sweet Life, “Collective Show”, Dublin, Ireland.
2019 – Dublin Sketchers Exhibition, “Collective Show”, Dublin, Ireland.
2018 – Olives, Oranges and Oysters, “Collective Show”, Oliver Cornet Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
2017 – Incognito, “Collective Show”, Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
2016 – Dublin Canvas, “Collective Show”, Dublin City, Ireland.
2015 – Dublin Canvas, “Collective Show”, Dublin City, Ireland.
2014 – SCOOP, “Collective Show”, The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin, Ireland.


Balla Bán Art Gallery, occasional painting and drawing commissions through Frank MacNamara

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