Facing The Fear when Putting Your Work in the Public Eye

Agreeing to do my first exhibition and facing the fear…

I’m really delighted to tell you I am taking part in my very first exhibition at the end of this month in The Grainstore, Ballymaloe, Shanagarry, East Cork. Along with 6 other artists, the title of our exhibition is ‘The Road Not Taken’.

I was asked to participate at the beginning of the year so it was quite the challenge balancing life.

Firstly I jumped at the chance and then ‘the fear’ set-in. ‘Can I do this?’, ‘do I have time for this?’, ‘what am I going to paint’, ‘how can I produce enough work for an exhibition’ and more of the same. My mind ran away with me and my confidence dipped. Thankfully I have a very encouraging husband and together we made time for me to do this, which I am very grateful.

The idea of putting your art on public display will always be difficult but I try to remind myself of something I read some time ago…“What separates artists from ex-artists is that those who challenge their fears, continue, those who don’t, quit.” [1]

So challenge my fears I did and now the countdown is on to exhibition on the 28th of October.

I’ve created landscapes in soft pastel on paper and also oil paintings. In the process I even came up with something completely new by painting tiny oil on coins.

Facing The Fear when Putting Your Work in the Public Eye

I have definitely grown during this process and I’ve learned fear that your next work will fail is a normal part of art making and I’ve embraced it.

“To make art is to sing with the human voice. To do this you must first learn that the only voice you need is the voice you already have.” [2]

Over the final few weeks and days to the exhibition please visit my Facebook page to follow the most up to date news!

References: Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland

Charity Prints for the Irish Guide Dogs

You may have been following my Facebook page where I’ve been updating followers about Scully and Toby, two very beautiful Irish Guide Dogs that I have been painting to raise money for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. (Read my last blog entry to get the full story here).

In the last blog about the Guide Dogs I promised to share with you how I painted Scully, a labrador retriever. I painted Scully in watercolour and here’s how he came to life:A watercolour painting of an Irish Guide Dog

Drum roll….here is the final painting, (of course the final prints won’t have a copyright watermark):

Watercolour painting of Guide Dog

And here is the second painting I finished for the Irish Guide Dogs, this is the adorable Toby:

Print of Toby, an Irish Guide Dog

These prints can now be ordered from me at art@siobhanduggan.ie and purchased here from my website. A limited edition run of only 50 signed and framed archival prints for €75 each will be made of each dog with proceeds going to the Irish Guide Dogs. The prints are the perfect unique Christmas present for the dog-lover in your life or why not put it on your own wish list and treat yourself to a beautiful piece of art?!

There are only 50 prints of each dog available so to avoid disappointment please make sure to place your order today so it arrives in time for Christmas. Orders can be collected from the headquarters of the Irish Guide Dogs in Cork on request. If you want the print delivered, please allow €8.60 for delivery to anywhere in Ireland. Each print will carry the story of the dog and arrive in a lovely presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. You can place your order in advance by emailing your name and address directly to me at art@siobhanduggan.ie
Limited edition prints for Irish Guide Dogs

Charity Prints for the Donkey Sanctuary

You may have been following my Facebook page where I’ve been updating followers about Jimmy and Lorcan, two very special donkeys that I have been painting to raise money for the Donkey Sanctuary. (Read my last blog entry to get the full story here.)

I am delighted to announce that both paintings are now complete and I wish to share with you the final paintings. (Please note: the final prints won’t have a copyright watermark)

This is Jimmy, he’s a character, he loves posing for the camera and pulls the funniest faces, I just couldn’t resist painting him! He was only a year old when he was relinquished to The Donkey Sanctuary from Ennis, Co.Clare. He was hand fed by the staff and he received expert veterinary, farrier and dental care and is one of the many much loved donkeys that can be visited at the Sanctuary.

Painting of Jimmy the Donkey

And this is Lorcan. When Lorcan was only a year old he was chased by youths into barbed wire leaving his ears badly damaged. Now at the ripe old age of 19 he is very well taken care of at The Donkey Sanctuary and is very popular with visitors. He enjoys lots of love and affection and on a wet day snuggles up in the barn.

Painting of Donkey Lorcan

Lorcan’s story was made extra special when on Friday last one of the limited edition prints of Lorcan was presented to President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina on their visit to the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll. I’m sure Lorcan will take pride of place in the Áras!

President Michael D. Higgins and wife Sabina accepting a print of Lorcan from the Donkey Sanctuary

L/r Sabina Higgins President’s wife, Paddy Barrett Founder The Donkey Sanctuary, The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and Noel Carton Head of Operations The Donkey Sanctuary.

These prints can now be ordered from me at art@siobhanduggan.ie and purchased here from my website. A limited edition run of only 50 signed and framed archival prints for €75 each will be made of each donkey with proceeds going to The Donkey Sanctuary. The prints are the perfect unique Christmas present for the animal-lover in your life or why not put it on your own wish list and treat yourself to a beautiful piece of art?!

There are only 50 prints of each donkey available so to avoid disappointment please make sure to place your order today so it arrives in time for Christmas. Orders can be collected from The Donkey Sanctuary in Cork on request. If you want the print delivered, please allow €8.60 for delivery to anywhere in Ireland. Each print will carry the story of Jimmy and Lorcan and arrive in a lovely presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. You can place your order in advance by emailing your name and address directly to me at art@siobhanduggan.ie
Prints of Donkeys from Donkey Sanctuary

Paintings for the Donkey Sanctuary

Paintings for the Donkey Sanctuary; A treat for art lovers and donkey lovers!

Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know that the Donkey Sanctuary is the other charity I have chosen to work with this Christmas. I am currently working on two Paintings for the Donkey Sanctuary and I will sell limited edition prints of the paintings to raise money for the charity before Christmas.

I am familiar with the charity for years as the Sanctuary is close to where I grew up at home in North Cork. Breda Clancy is the lady behind fundraising for the charity and she loved the idea of me creating some Paintings for the Donkey Sanctuary. I travelled up to Liscarroll at the end of September to take some photos of the donkeys. If you’ve never visited the sanctuary I highly recommend it. Kids absolutely love it and you can walk the grounds and visit all the donkeys on the site. It’s sure to turn any frown upside down!

It’s true the saying, never work with children or animals!!

It’s true the saying, never work with children or animals as the donkeys certainly have a mind of their own and getting the photos I wanted proved difficult. Stuart and his team were very patient with me as they guided about 5 different donkeys in front of the camera. Finally we found that the temptation of a ginger nut biscuit perked their interest and before long I had the photos I needed!!

So my Donkey Sanctuary muses are Jimmy and Lorcan. This is Jimmy, he’s a character, he always pushed his way in front of the other donkeys to have his photo taken and pulled the funniest faces, I just could’t resist painting him. Photo of Jimmy the Donkey

Lorcan is probably the smallest donkey I’ve ever seen, often nudged out by the bigger donkeys when it comes to getting your attention but his unusual bent ears made me notice him. This is the lovely Lorcan.
Photo of Lorcan the Donkey
Turns out when Lorcan was only a year old he was chased by youths into barbed wire leaving his ears badly damaged. Now at the ripe old age of 19 he is very well taken care of at the Sanctuary and is well able to fight his corner when a ginger nut biscuit is up for grabs!

The Paintings for the Donkey Sanctuary will be completed later this month, in time for Christmas, and will make a beautiful gift for any animal lover with the added benefit of supporting a much loved charity. A limited edition run of only 50 signed and framed archival prints (€75 each) will be made of Lorcan and Jimmy with profits going directly to the charity. Each print will carry the story of the donkey so you can follow their unique journey. You can place your order in advance by emailing art@siobhanduggan.ie

Feel free to share this post or leave a comment below about Paintings for the Donkey Sanctuary.

Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs

Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs; A treat for art lovers and dog lovers!

At the beginning of the year I came up with an idea of fundraising for some animal charities. The idea was to paint two animals from each charity and sell limited edition prints of the paintings. I decided to concentrate on two such charities based in Cork. The first charity I chose to work with is the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, a National charity with headquarters based on the Model Farm Road in Cork. My earliest memory of the Irish Guide Dogs charity was collecting silver aluminium foil from chocolate wrappers in National School for the Guide Dogs. (At the time I didn’t understand what in earth the dogs could do with these wrappers but I insisted that it was very important to keep eating lots of chocolate just so I could help those dogs!!)

I contacted Anne Burns Fundraising Administrator with the Irish Guide Dogs to tell her of my idea of creating some Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs to help raise some funds for the charity. Anne was really enthusiastic about the project and she invited me to come to the centre to photograph the dogs last month. The opportunity of visiting the Guide Dogs filled me with great excitement. I always associated the golden retriever or labrador with the Guide Dogs but I was amazed to see the varied breeds of dogs; Labradoodle, (labrador x poodle) Golden Doodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle), German Shepherd x Golden Retriver. Anne introduced me to Olive O’Sullivan a Senior Guide Dog Trainer and she explained about how the Guide Dogs offer a comprehensive suite of services which enable both blind and vision impaired persons and families of children with Autism to achieve increased independence and an improved quality of life; The Guide Dog Programme for people who are blind or vision impaired and the Assistance Dog Programme for families of children with autism. She told me all the ways these dogs can change the lives of the people who receive them. They really are awesome animals.

The two Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs I chose to paint are both Labrador x Retriever Cross.

It’s hard not to fall in love with these dogs, one in particular was Toby, he was so affectionate. At every opportunity between shots he would come over and rest his head on my shoulder *heart-melter!*. It didn’t surprise me one bit to learn that Toby will be going on the assistance programme and will make one little boy or girl very happy indeed.

Here is an amazing video that explains alot better than I ever could about the amazing work of the Irish Guide Dogs.

The two Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs I chose to paint are both Labrador x Retriever Cross. Here are photographs of the little heroes, aren’t they gorgeous!
Photos of Irish Guide Dogs Scully and Toby

That’s Scully on the left and Toby on the right, they are both 18 months old. In my next blog I will show you the development of the painting of Scully. To make sure you don’t miss the next installment, click on the RSS feed button (that’s the orange button on the far right) and have updates sent directly to your email.

The Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs will be completed later this month, in time for Christmas, and will make a beautiful gift for any dog lover with the added benefit of supporting a much loved charity. A limited edition run of only 50 signed and framed archival prints (€75 each) will be made of each dog with profits going directly to the charity. Each print will carry the story of the dog so you can follow their unique journey. You can place your order in advance by emailing art@siobhanduggan.ie

Feel free to share this post or leave a comment below about Paintings for the Irish Guide Dogs.

Siobhán’s Paintings Selected in International Art Competition

I’m on top of the World…I have great news to share today.

I have just received notification that my watercolour painting “If I Could Talk I’d Tell You” (Watercolour of Terrier below) just won 2nd overall prize in the 3rd Annual ‘Animals’ International Art Exhibition.
Terrier Dog

The Exhibition is run by Light Space & Time Online Gallery in Florida. The gallery received 581 entries from 13 different countries from around the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom. In addition, the gallery received entries from 36 different states.
Watercolour Painting of Cow
My painting of “I’ve ‘Herd’ It All!” (Red Cow above) also won a special merit in the same competition. Here is a link to the results of the competition . Given the calibre of the other winning artists, I am absolutely thrilled to be chosen as one of the overall winners. To get this sort of recognition is amazing and encourages me to keep painting.

Any suggestions of what my next painting should be!?

How to bring an animal to life – Painting with watercolour

Painting with watercolour

Today I’m going to share with you my step by step process of painting with watercolour . I enjoy painting animals in portrait style as I feel it helps me capture their personality. The up close and personal style helps connect the viewer to the painting.

Winsor and Newton Palette
Here are the supplies for painting with watercolour; I believe the best watercolour paper on the market is Arches watercolour paper 140 lb. I use it for its smoothness and the way it holds water and colour very well. The brushes I used for this painting are; No 10 watercolour sable -round by Winsor and Newton (for larger areas), a Series 16 sable brush (this comes with the pocket box Winsor and Newton Artists’ Water Colour I use (see image above)) and 0 Miniature Pure Kolinsky for finer details.

For this painting I cut 11″ x 9″ from my Arches paper (paper comes in A1 size). I work from a series of photographs I take myself and select the best angle/expression of the animal.This is the photograph I decided to use to create my watercolour…

Photograph of goat from Sunview Farm

I start by lightly, but accurately, sketching the goat on the paper with a 2B Derwent pencil. When you are painting with watercolour you must always paint from light to dark. Watercolour is an unforgiving medium, unlike oil where you can layer over layer to cover a mistake, the same isn’t true for painting with watercolour. I started with blocking in the pinky/peach of the ears and nose. Taking the lightest pink colour I build it up slowly, rubbing out the pencil lines as I go.
Early steps of a watercolor painting of goat
I also like to work on the eyes early on in the painting as these are the most important details to get right. People connect with the eyes (the windows of the soul). It helps me relax into the painting when I get the eyes right! It’s also a good idea to block in the smaller darker areas like the nostrils at this point too as it helps you to judge the tones of the other colours in between.

Small gentle brush strokes are used to create the goat hair, again, light at first and darker and darker until you have built up the coat of the animal. Midway through painting of goat

Painting with watercolour is really rewarding but can be really frustrating.

When you paint from photographs it’s really important not to paint everything you see. Go back and look at the photograph again, can you see the lightest area on the face of the goat, it looks really white and all details of the hair have been washed out? I ignore the photo in this instance as it is not giving me the correct information. I have learned to take notes about the animal and its’ colours while I’m photographing so that when I go back to the studio to work on a painting, I can ignore the information the photograph is giving me and use my own notes to get the colours correct.

Painting with watercolour is really rewarding but can be really frustrating. I go through stages of loving it – to threatening to throw it in the bin! It’s worth persevering with it though as you can produce some beautiful results. The way I paint is quite detailed and takes a lot of time (sometimes up to 20hours to complete a small painting). But when you see and hear the reactions of someone seeing a finished piece for the first time, it’s all worthwhile. Here are the final stages of the painting; I’ve added more detail to the goat and the wooden fence that surrounds her.Final stages of painting

For all the goat lovers out there, I can’t end the blog without telling you a little bit about April. April is an 18 month old Alpine, Toggenburg, Saanen, Anglo-Nubian. She lives on Sunview Farm owned by Anne and Brian Bond in Terelton near Macroom in County Cork. Although born on April 1st, let me tell you, she is by no means a fool, as she answers to her name with a little bleat every time! (no joke). This year she won 2 reserve championships from Cork Summer Show and Dunmanway Show and won best in show at Bantry, beating her mother Maisy into second place. Maisy didn’t talk to April for 2 weeks!!! 😉 (only kidding!!!) Apologies for the goat pun, I couldn’t help myself!

By the way, Anne and Brian make delicious goats cheese; Sunview Goats Cheese

Here I am with the finished painting of April which I have titled “I’m All Ears!”.
Siobhán Duggan Irish artist holding one of her paintings
I also include the link to the print on my website for a closer look.

Thank you for reading and I’d really appreciate it if you could share this post with friends who love animals (especially goats!) or if you think they would enjoy reading my tips on painting with watercolour.

Limited Edition Prints of Animals

So why Prints of Animals?

Well, over the years I have painted oil and watercolor paintings of animals for the sheer joy it. Capturing a look or feel for the animal gives me great joy. While owning an original painting is a beautiful thing, not everyone has the budget for one. That got me thinking about prints and how it would be pretty cool if other people could share in the joy of owning one of my paintings. That’s when I decided to create Prints of Animals.

Of course they are not any old print! For me the finished product had to be superior in quality to other prints on the market. I spent a long time sourcing reputable printers in Ireland. I felt it was really important that my Prints of Animals matched the colours of the original paintings as closely as possible; in depth, presence and luminosity. A big ask, you might say, but I’m pretty determined and I found a print expert as fussy as I, and an absolute genius at what he does. The quality of print is so good it’s hard to tell the original from the print without running your finger over it! That makes me a happy woman!

Close up detail of print

Close up detail of print

As a graphic designer, working with paper for years, the quality of paper I chose was very important to me, and in my opinion is worth every penny. My
Prints of Animals are printed using the finest material, archival pigment inks and the best equipment available to ensure maximum longevity, print quality and colour accuracy. I feel that that these prints of animals are a reflection of me personally, and as an artist. It just wouldn’t feel right to produce them on anything less than perfection.

The added value of these prints of animals is that there are a limited edition of 100 prints of each painting. Each print is numbered 1 of 100, 2 of 100 and so on, titled and signed by myself. To ensure it is a genuine print, I issue a certificate with each print which includes my studio embossed logo and details of the print. We all like to give gifts that are special, have a story, and can be traced back to the designer/artist. If it’s for you or a friend, it makes the perfect gift.

Certificate of Authenticity

I’ve been selling these prints of animals for only a short while, and already I am learning about the people who buy them and the reason they buy them.

When ordered online the framed print comes in a lovely presentation box. I am particularly fussy about presentation and believe that when you buy online you should expect a nicely packaged gift. On receipt of your first purchase you receive a 10% discount on your next print. (I like to look after my loyal customers!)

I’ve been selling these prints of animals for only a short while, and already I am learning about the people who buy them and the reason they buy them. For example, I have found that people love them because of the expression of the animal, sometimes they are bought because the name of the print strikes a cord or the animal reminds them of a childhood pet. As long as they make someone smile and feel happy, I have succeeded in doing what I set out to do.
The most recent sale was to a gentleman who bought “I’ve herd it all” print for a friend of his turning 80 soon. His friend is a farmer who has reared shorthorn cattle all his life and he bought this print as he knew he would love it! How sweet, I love that!

Framed Limited Edition Print

Bought as a gift or for your own home, it gives me great joy to think someone would think so much of my painting, they would hang it in their home to enjoy. That’s is what it’s all about, and I love it!

Check out some of my prints of animals here and please check back often, as I will keep adding to this gallery over the next few months!

If you liked this blog and would like to share it, please click on the links below, I would be delighted if you would.

Life in an Irish Cottage

Watercolour Painting of Irish Cottage

Life in an Irish Cottage

This is where we live, my husband Ben and I. It’s a small little Irish cottage with a big heart nestled in the hills near Macroom in the County of Cork. I moved in with Ben when we got engaged in November 2011. Ben is Australian and moved to Ireland over 10 years ago – it still baffles me how he found this little Irish cottage in the middle of nowhere! I’m glad he did, as I get to live and work in a very beautiful part of the world.

Our Irish cottage is close to The Gearagh (An Gaoire) (irish name for wooded river) which is known for its rare plant life and a haven for birdwatchers. Before I moved here, this part of the country was unknown to me and months later I’m still finding my way around the little byroads and boreens. Getting lost can be fun as you never know what you’ll find; a heron perched on a branch by the roadside, a fox dashing across the road or a friendly cow peering over the ditch (and me kicking myself that I didn’t bring my camera to catch it!!) Finding my way around is one thing, but settling in has been easy, it’s so tranquil and peaceful and everyone you meet is friendly (although, bumping into people out here can be rare!)

I’ve always had a grá for the Irish cottage and always dreamed one day of living in one.

It’s important that this painting of our Irish cottage marks my first blog entry. While friends and family have encouraged me for years to paint more, it was Ben and moving here that gave me the courage to show my art to the rest of the world. I painted this watercolour of the cottage for Ben in 2011 while we were going out only a short time, it was a gift from the heart and something I knew he would love. I’ve always had a grá for the Irish cottage and always dreamed one day of living in one, with a pretty garden and vegetable patch. Not only do I live my dream, I get to design and paint from here while married to an amazing man that understands the need for me to be creative. The more you get to know me, you’ll see I love the simple things in life and this blog is a way for me to appreciate the wonderful things that life can bring.

Some Irish-isms for my non Irish Friends:
Grá = love
Boreen comes from the Irish word Bóithrín which means ‘a little road’

Feel free to share or leave a comment below. I look forward to sharing more images and stories with you about life in an Irish Cottage.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for Siobhan Duggan Art

Thank you for visiting our website (“website” includes any mobile or other applications giving you access to websites).

This Privacy Policy relates to our privacy practices and policies for our website and digital and social media. It sets out what Personal Data we collect and process about you in connection with the services and functions of Siobhan Duggan Art. We will inform you of the following:

• where we obtain the data from,
• what we do with that data,
• how we comply with the data protection rules,
• who we transfer data to and
• how we deal with individuals’ rights in relation to their Personal Data.

Any Personal Data is collected and processed in accordance with Irish and EU data protection laws.

All our employees and contractors are required to comply with this Privacy Policy when they process Personal Data on our behalf.

Please note that we may disclose individuals’ information to trusted third parties for the purposes set out and explained in this document. We require all third parties to have appropriate technical and operational security measures in place to protect your Personal Data, in line with Irish and EU laws on data protection.

We will not disclose personal information to any third party without your consent or on one of the grounds listed herein, except in incidences where an individual is potentially at risk or where the law requires it.

We are not responsible for the content or the privacy policies for any websites that we provide external links to.

These practices may be changed, but any changes will be posted, and changes will only apply to activities and information on a going forward, not retroactive basis. You are encouraged to review the Privacy Policy periodically to make sure that you understand how any personal information you provide will be used.

We need to demonstrate accountability for our data protection obligations. This means that we must be able to show how we comply with the data protection rules, and that we have in fact complied with the rules. We do this, among other ways, by our written policies and procedures, by building data protection compliance into our systems and business rules, by internally monitoring our data protection compliance and keeping it under review, and by taking action if our employees or contractors fail to follow the rules. We also have certain obligations in relation to keeping records about our data processing.

Identity of the Data Controller and Contact Details

Our Data Protection Co-Ordinator can be contacted as follows:-
Email: art@siobhanduggan.ie

Data protection provides rights to individuals with regard to the use of their Personal Data by organisations, including Siobhan Duggan Art. Irish and EU laws on data protection govern all activities we engage in with regard to our collection, storage, handling, disclosure and other uses of Personal Data.

Compliance with the data protection rules is a legal obligation. In addition, our compliance with the data protection rules helps individuals to have confidence in dealing with us and helps us to maintain a positive reputation in relation to how we handle personal information.

The data protection rules that apply to us are currently contained in the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003, in the ePrivacy Regulations 2011 and in related legislation (together the “DPAs”). As and from 25 May 2018, the applicable rules will be contained in the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU Regulation 679/2016) (the “GDPR”) and in related Irish data protection legislation which gives effect to the GDPR.

“Data controllers” are the people who or organisations which determine the purposes for which, and the manner in which, any Personal Data is processed, who/which make independent decisions in relation to the Personal Data and/or who/which otherwise control that Personal Data.

For the purposes of the GDPR, Siobhan Duggan Art is the data controller with regard to the Personal Data described in this Privacy Policy.

What are the data protection rules?

This Policy aims to ensure compliance with the relevant data protection laws. We aim to comply with the following:

Lawfulness, fairness and transparency – Personal data must be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner.
Purpose Limitation. Personal data must be collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes.
Data minimisation – Personal Data must be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to purposes for which they are processed.
Accuracy – Personal data must be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date. Inaccurate Personal Data should be corrected or deleted.
Retention – Personal data should be kept in an identifiable format for no longer than is necessary.
Integrity and confidentiality – Personal data should be kept secure.
Accountability – An important change for Data Controllers. Under the GDPR, we must not only comply with the above six general principles but we must be able to demonstrate that we comply by documenting and keeping records of all decisions.
Special Category Data

We will not collect special category data from you.

Criminal Conviction Data

We will not collect criminal conviction data from you.

Type of Information Collected

We collect two types of information: “Personal data” means any information relating to and identified or identifiable natural person. We will collect this from you when you:

ask about our activities
register for our newsletter
visit our website
or otherwise give us personal information via any of our digital platforms.
We hold some data about you:

your personal details including your name, email address or telephone number (when you provide us with same)
your IP address which is not ever attached to a name or email address and kept only for 8 days in server logs
Technical Information We Collect on Our Website
“Non-Personal Data”. Like most websites, we gather statistical and other analytical information collected on an aggregate basis of all visitors to our website. This non-Personal Data comprises information that cannot be used to identify or contact you. We will collect this from you when you visit our website and accept cookies. This information includes standard information from you (such as browser type and browser language), your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, and the actions you take on our website (such as the web pages viewed and links clicked). Our use of cookies to process information is explained within this policy.

This site uses cookies to enable us to improve our service to you and to provide certain features that you may find useful.

Cookies are small text files that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser to enable us to recognise your browser and help us to track visitors to our site. A cookie contains your contact information and information to allow us to identify your computer when you travel around our site for the purpose of helping you accomplish your voucher purchase, event booking or other function. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but, if you wish, you can set your browser to prevent it from accepting cookies. The “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. The cookies we use do not detect any information stored on your computers.

We use cookies to monitor customer traffic patterns and site usage to help us develop the design and layout of the websites. This software does not enable us to capture any personal information.

Certain information in relation to web usage is revealed via our internet service provider who records some of the following data. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site:

The logical address of the server you are using.
The date and time you access our site.
The pages you have accessed and the documents downloaded.
What browser you use to access the website.
The previous Internet address from which you linked directly to our site.
Some of the search criteria you are using
How we may use this technical information
Aggregate cookie and tracking information may be shared with third parties.

The technical information is used to allow us improve the information we are supplying to our users, to find out how many people are visiting our sites and for statistical purposes.

Some of the above information is used to create summary statistics which allow us to assess the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, discover what information is most and least used, inform us on future design and layout specifications, and help us make our site more user friendly.

We will make no attempt to identify individual visitors, or to associate the technical details listed above with any individual. We will only use the technical information for statistical and other administrative purposes. You should note that technical details, which we cannot associate with any identifiable individual, are not “Personal Data” within the meaning of the GDPR.

Use of Information Collected

We collect and use your information for the following purposes:

To perform the services requested, for example, if you fill out the “Sign up to our mailing list” Web form, we will use the information provided to contact you about your request. This data processing is necessary to provide or fulfill a service requested by or for you.
To perform marketing purposes, for example, we may use information you provide to contact you to further discuss your interest in the service and to send you information regarding the organisation such as our products or services. This data processing for marketing purposes is a legitimate business interest.
To operate and improve our Website, for example, we may analyse and process information for the purpose of improving the customer experience. Information collected may include your browser type and language, or the city or region or country from which you accessed the Website, as well as the ways you interact with the Website, such as pages visited, time spent on pages, the number of clicks and the domain names. We may use third-party analytic providers and technologies, including cookies and similar tools, to assist. We process this information given our legitimate business interest to improve the Siobhan Duggan Art Website and our customer’s experience with it.
For payment purposes, for example, to collect payment from you where applicable. This data processing is necessary to provide or fulfil a service requested by or for you.
Marketing
We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain Personal Data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising. At the point at which you provide us with your Personal Data you will be asked whether you wish to receive any marketing communications from us.

We may use your Personal Data to form a view on what we think you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you (we call this marketing).

We will not share your Personal Data with any third party for marketing purposes.

You may object to direct marketing by using the contact details herein to opt-out.

Third Party Data Processors

We may use trusted third parties as data processors. We require all third parties to have appropriate technical and operational security measures in place to protect your Personal Data, in line with Irish and EU laws on data protection. Any such organisation or individual will have access to personal information needed to perform these functions but may not use it for any other purpose.

Specifically, we need to have written agreements in place with all of our data processors and, before we sign each agreement, we need to have vetted and be satisfied with the processor’s data security. The agreements also need to contain specific clauses that deal with data protection.

In some situations, we may be considered to be co or joint data controllers with the listed third parties. One of these examples would be where we have our business page hosted on Facebook and utilise the advertising capabilities Facebook offers. We would encourage you to be aware of Facebook’s privacy and data notices which can be read at: //www.facebook.com/privacy/explanationYou may also learn more about your ad preferences on Facebook here: //www.facebook.com/help/247395082112892

These processors may be updated from time to time and for an updated list of categories of data processors you should check this Privacy Policy periodically.

We use the following third party data processors in the course of our business:

For online marketing;

MailChimp
Google Analytics
Facebook
Instagram

For online Banking;

PayPal
For website building, hosting and security;

Automattic
Blacknight
WordFence
We may pass on your details if we are under a duty to disclose or share a Data Subject’s Personal Data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply any contract with the Data Subject or other agreements; or to protect our rights, property, or safety of our employees, customers, or others. This includes reporting information about incidents (as appropriate) to the law enforcement authorities and responding to any requirements from law enforcement authorities to provide information and/or Personal Data to them for the purposes of them detecting, investigating and/or prosecuting offences or in connection with crime sentencing.

Other than the above, we will not disclose personal information to any third party without your consent except in incidences where an individual is potentially at risk or where the law requires it.

International Transfers
When we transfer your Personal Data out of the EEA, we ensure an adequate degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:

We will only transfer your Personal Data to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for Personal Data by the European Commission.
Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give Personal Data the same protection it has in Europe.
Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to Personal Data shared between the Europe and the US.
Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your Personal Data out of the EEA.

Data Retention

We have a documented data retention schedule. We will only retain your Personal Data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for and for up to seven (7) years afterwards or otherwise permitted by applicable laws. We may also retain your information during the period of time needed to complete our legitimate business operations, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for Personal Data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the Personal Data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your Personal Data, the purposes for which we process your Personal Data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

Your Data Protection Rights

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

Request information about whether we hold personal information about you, and, if so, what that information is and why we are holding/using it.
Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “Data Subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
Object to automated decision-making including profiling, that is not to be subject of any automated decision-making by us using your personal information or profiling of you.
Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
Request transfer of your personal information in an electronic and structured form to you or to another party (commonly known as a right to “data portability”). This enables you to take your data from us in an electronically useable format and to be able to transfer your data to another party in an electronically useable format.
How You Exercise Your Rights
We have appointed a Data Protection Co-Ordinator to monitor compliance with our data protection obligations and with this policy and our related policies. If you have any questions about this policy or about our data protection compliance, please contact the Data Protection Co-Ordinator.

Data subjects must make a formal request for Personal Data we hold about them or otherwise to exercise their data protections rights whether to make an access request or otherwise by contacting our Data Protection Co-Ordinator who will respond to the request within 30 days.

We are obliged to comply with exceptions to your requests where laid out in law. Such exceptions relate to health data, disclosures that would be likely to cause serious harm to your physical or mental health or emotional condition and opinions given in confidence.

Our Data Protection Co-Ordinator can be contacted as follows:-

Email: art@siobhanduggan.ie

Your Right to Lodge a Complaint
You as the Data Subject have the right to complain at any time to a data protection supervisory authority in relation to any issues related to our processing of your Personal Data. As our organisation is located in Ireland and we conduct our data processing here, we are regulated for data protection purposes by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

You can contact the Data Protection Commissioner as follows:

Use their website www.dataprotection.ie
Phone: +353 57 8684800 or +353 (0)761 104 800
Email: info@dataprotection.ie

Address: Data Protection Office – Canal House, Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois, R32 AP23. Or 21 Fitzwilliam Square Dublin 2. D02 RD28 Ireland.

Consent
By consenting, where this is the appropriate grounds, to our processing your Personal Data in line with this Privacy Policy you are giving us permission to process your Personal Data specifically for the purposes identified.

You may withdraw consent at any time by providing an unambiguous indication of your wishes by which you, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signify withdrawal of consent to the processing of Personal Data relating to you. If you have any queries relating to withdrawing your consent, please contact our Data Protection Co-Ordinator using the contact details set out below.

Withdrawal of consent shall be without effect to the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

Security of your Personal Data

We take appropriate security measures against unlawful or unauthorised processing of Personal Data, and against the accidental loss of, or damage to, Personal Data.

We have put in place procedures and technologies to maintain the security of all Personal Data from the point of collection to the point of destruction. Personal data will only be transferred to a data processor if they agree to comply with those procedures and policies, or if they put in place adequate measures himself. In addition, we have appropriate written agreements in place with all of our data processors.

We maintain data security by protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the Personal Data, defined as follows:

Confidentiality means that only people who are authorised to use the data can access it.
Integrity means that Personal Data should be accurate and suitable for the purpose for which it is processed.
Availability means that authorised users should be able to access the data if they need it for authorised purposes.
We follow strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of your Personal Data, and to protect it against accidental loss, destruction or damage. We use third party vendors and hosting partners to provide the necessary hardware, software networking, storage, and related technology required to run. The data you provide to us is protected using modern encryption, intrusion prevention, and account access techniques.

Existence of Automated Decision-Making

Automated Decision Making refers to a decision which is taken solely on the basis of automated processing of your personal data. This means processing using, for example, software code or an algorithm, which does not require human intervention.

As Profiling uses automated processing, it is sometimes connected with automated decision making. Not all profiling results in automated decision making, but it can do.

This website contains an automated decision-making mechanism, which is used to determine user location. You have the right to object to the use of your Personal Data. Please submit your request through the contact details on this website in writing.

We regularly check the automated tools used to ensure that the profiling is done fairly. Specific measures such as data minimisation are implemented when creating profiles. You are invited to express your point of view through the right of access described above. You can also contest the result of the automated decision by sending an email to the contact details provided in this Policy.

Children’s Personal Data

If you would like to make use of our services and you are not yet 18 years old, we require that an adult is present when you register. Where consent is required to process your Personal Data as a child, we will obtain that consent from the adult who is authorised to give the consent on your behalf.

You must be at least 18 years old to create an account and engage in activities and transactions on our digital and social media. By creating an account or engaging in activities or transactions on our digital and social media, you affirm that you are at least 18 years old and are fully able to enter into and comply with our regular Terms of Use and this Privacy. If we are notified or learn that a child has submitted Personal Data to us through our digital or social media, we will delete such Personal Data.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted on this website so you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any time we decide to use Personal Data in a manner significantly different from that stated in this Privacy Policy, or otherwise disclosed to you at the time it was collected, we will notify you by email, and you will have a choice as to whether or not we use your information in the new manner.

Policy Approval

This Policy has been approved and authorised by:

NAME: Siobhan Duggan

POSITION: Owner and Director

DATE: 2 June 2018

POLICY IMPLEMENTATION DATE: 2 June 2018