Irene Dougan is a South Australian artist specializing in handmade and hand-painted clay tile murals.
Irene’s personal works include numerous public art commissions, including the Old Reynella Bus Shelters – 6 large panels representing the work of Gladys Reynell, South Australia’s first studio potter, 2010-2011, Marion Historic Village Signage (24 Signs) 2010, Goodness Gracious Mural 2011 and May Gibbs Mural 2007 at Storybook walk Thalassa Park Garden, Aberfoyle Park, and the Christies Beach Surfboard Toilet block, which received a commendation in the 2000 SA Architect Awards. She has also completed large scale murals commissioned by the City of Onkaparinga in Moana (1999), and Maslins Beach (1998). Irene has had work shown in both group and solo exhibitions, and supplied ceramic ware to retailers nationally. She has held numerous teaching positions, at Pt Adelaide Community Arts Centre, TAFESA, and the Workers Education Association SA. She herself holds a Bachelor of Design (Ceramics), SA College of Advanced Education,1987 and a Graduate ABaF / SA Enterprise Development Scholarship of the SA Enterprise Workshops, 2006 and a Diploma in Accounting 2013. Prior to Beach Road Artworks, Irene’s community cultural development work included Project Coordinator and Arts Worker for the Christie Downs Mosaic Walkway Project, 2000-01, funded by Australia Council and the City of Onkaparinga. She similarly coordinated the Willunga Mosaic Path Project, 1997-98, funded by the Country Arts Trust and City of Onkaparinga. The Christies Downs Storytelling Project, 2002-04, again coordinated by Irene, resulted in the publication and website ‘Tide and Lifelines,’ and was funded by Australia Council, City of Onkaparinga and SA Housing Trust. In 2012 -2013 Irene was the Project Officer and Lead Artist for the Stolen Generations Healing Garden and Memorial Project, City of Playford, funded by FaCSIA and Office for the Arts.