Carolyn Mulholland was born in Lurgan, Co Armagh in 1944, and studied at the Belfast College of Art from 1962 to 1966, winning the Ulster Arts Club prize for Sculpture in 1965, and commissioned for a panel in St MacNissi Church in Magherahoney in 1966.
Since then, she has completed many major sculptural commissions, including the Mary Peters lifesize portrait commission (1970), three free-sanding figures for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (1975), and pieces for the Church of the Resurrection, Cavehill, Belfast (1982), a work for the courtyard of Wilton Park House in Dublin for the New Ireland Assurance (1986), Dublin Sculpture Symposium (1988), Jefferson Smurfit Group, Dublin (1989), and Irish Life, Dublin (1992). Her works was exhibited by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin in Brussels in 1996.
Mulholland’s sculpture - Figures (1974-75) may be seen at the Antrim forum, and consist of a number of figures performing on parallel bars. These pieces, cast in fibreglass bronze, are part of a large scale group of balancing figures which she made for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ‘Art in Context’ plan for public art.
In 1990, Carolyn Mulholland was made a member of the prestigious Aosdana, and in 2000 she exhibited with Basil Blackshaw at the Pepper Canister Gallery in Dublin. Her work Night and Day (1992) was purchased by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
In 1998, she fired a lifesize bronze sculpture for the famine memorial graveyard in Clones, Co. Monaghan (1998), and a bronze panel entitled Man with Kite for the new Customs House in Dublin in 2003.
Mulholland has completed major sculptural commissions for institutions across Ireland and Northern Ireland, including St. MacNissi's Church, Magherahoney, Co. Antrim (1966); the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (1975); the Church of the Resurrection, Cavehill, Belfast (1982); New Ireland Assurance, Dublin (1986); Dublin Sculpture Symposium (1988); Jefferson Smurfit Group, Dublin (1989); and Irish Life, Dublin (1992). Her 1996 portrait of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty is on display at the Chester Beatty Library, and her portrait of President Mary McAleese for the Office of Public Works was completed in 2003.
She has held solo exhibitions at Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin (1995) and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in Brussels (1996). In 2000, she held a shared show with Basil Blackshaw at the Pepper Canister Gallery, Dublin. Works include a lifesize bronze sculpture for the famine memorial graveyard in Clones, Co. Monaghan (1998); Group, a private commission of three eight-foot-tall bronze figures (2002); and Man with Kite, a large bronze panel for the new Customs House in Dublin (2003). She won the Irish-American Cultural Institute's O'Malley Award in 1992.