History of Artistic Practice

Education

MA Fine Art, University of Ulster                 1989

BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Ulster      1986

Member of Royal Ulster Academy of Art     2011

Member of Visual Artists Ireland

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018    Mind Fuel, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

2018    Heartscapes, Draíocht, Blanchardstown Dublin

2013    The Liminal Space of the Runner, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

2012     Lebensfries PS2, Paragon Studios, Belfast

2004    The Tears of Things Video works, drawings, photographs, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast

2004     New works on Paper The Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

2001     Drawings and video Works The Market Place, Armagh

1999     Drawings and video works Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia, USA

1998     Still Video projections and related works, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2019    Buildings Are Like Birds, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

2019    International Women’s Day exhibition, Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre, Cookstown 

2018    The World’s Smallest exhibition of Paintings (probably), Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

2018    137th Annual Exhibition Ulster Museum, Belfast.

2017    Two person exhibition, ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast

2017    136th Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy of Art, Ulster Museum, Belfast

2017    Homeland International Video Loop Festival La Place Art Space, Barcelona, Spain

2017    The Art of Printmaking: 40 years of Belfast print workshop, Fenderesky Gallery,  Belfast

2016    135th Royal Academy Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast 

2016    Summer Exhibition Engine Room Gallery, Belfast

2015    Homeland, Video, Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, Co Tipperary 

2015    Group Exhibition, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast  

2015    Virtually There All-Ireland touring exhibition

2015    134th Royal Academy Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast 

2014    133rd Royal Academy Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast 

2013     Beyond Les Fleurs du Mal Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

2013    132nd Royal Academy Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast (prizewinner)

2012    The Living Skull, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast 

2012    Working Drawing The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon Co Leitrim 

2011    Contemporary Artists From Northern Ireland, N I Executive Office, Brussels, Belgium

2010    Wildly Different Things, Sir John Rogerson Quay, Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin

2009    The Visual Force - 6th Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art curated by Slavka Sverakova, The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast 

2009    The International Portfolio -The Birth Experience, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, New York & Stone Lobby Double Exhibition, University of Toronto, Canada

2007     Resolutions New Art from Northern Ireland The Katzen American University Museum, Washington DC USA 

2006     Body of Work The Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University, Belfast

2005     Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, Invited artist

2005     Contemporary Irish Art Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co Roscommon

2005      Mind, Body, Spirit The Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University, Belfast

2005      Works on Paper, The Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

2005      Drawings 2005 Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin

2004/5   Hand Held International Exchange Exhibition, Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia, USA; Rome Centre for the Arts, Georgia, USA; and India House Gallery, Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California, USA

2001      Hidden lives – Private visions Barrick Museum, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA

2001      Shamrocks and Six Guns Alexandre Hogue Gallery, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

2000      Open Water International Exchange Exhibition: Gallery Route One, Point Ryes Stn, California San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery; Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach                                         

2000      The Glass Millennium, The Fenderesky Gallery, Crescent   Arts Centre, Belfast.

1999      Out of Belfast (with Kathy Herbert and Eilis O’Baoill), Denison University, Ohio, USA 

1999      Three Artists (with David Crone and Graham Gingles) The James Baird Gallery, St John’s, Canada

1999      Daughters of the Middle Border University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.

Awards

2017      Arts Council of Northern Ireland Visual Arts Award

2013      Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy, 132nd Royal Academy Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Adjudicator Paul Gough

2013      The Drawing prize, 132nd Royal Academy Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Adjudicator Paul Gough

2006      Arts Council of Northern Ireland Visual Arts Award

2004      Arts Council of Northern Ireland Visual Arts Award

2003      Arts Council of Northern Ireland International Artists Profile Award

2002      Arts Council of Northern Ireland Visual Arts Award

2001      The Bass Ireland Arts Award

2000      Fellowship, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co Mayo

2000      Arts Council of Northern Ireland Visual Art Award

1999      Arts Council of Northern Ireland Visual Art Award

1999      British Council Award

1999      Aer Lingus/Arts Council Artflight to USA

1997      Arts Council of Northern Ireland Visual Arts Award

1996      Arts Council of Northern Ireland Visual Arts Award

1996      Aer Lingus/Arts Council Artflight to England.

1994      EV+A Open Award. Adjudicator, Jan Hoet, Belgium

1994      First Prize, ‘Siolru’, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin

1991      Alice Berger-Hammerschlag Trust Travel Award to Europe

1990      The Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation, Canada

Collections

Print Archive, University of Colorado, USA

Mid America Print Council, Ohio, USA

Seacourt Printworkshop, Bangor, The Northern Ireland Print Project

The Ballinglen Archive, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co Mayo.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast - commissioned artwork 1996

National Maternity Hospital, Dublin

The Ark, Temple Bar, Dublin – commissioned artwork 1999

Private Collections in Ireland, Scotland, England, USA, Canada, Holland, South Africa and Australia

Selected Reviews /Publications

2018      Online review Mind Fuel, by Slavka Sverakova

https://slavkasverakovapart2.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/sharon-kelly-mind-fuel-the-crescent-gallery-belfast-27th-aug-8-sept-2018/

2017      Collapse the Box for NVTV Interview with Marianne O’Kane Baol

2017      Sharon Kelly at ArtisAnn Gallery Belfast, online review by Slavka Sverakova

https://slavkasverakova.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/sharon-kelly-at-artisann-gallery-belfast-may-4-27-2017/

2017      Arts in Education Portal, Ireland, article of Virtually There Project

2015      Virtually There Kid’s Own Publishing Partnership. ISBN 978-190243293-9

2013      Sculptural Textures and the Work of Sharon Kelly Online Essay by Emily Holt   

2013      Online review, Process Lab collaboration with Robin Price, by Slavka Sverakova

2013      Online review of The Liminal Space of the Runner by Slavka Sverakova

https://slavkasverakova.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/sharon-kelly-the-liminal-space-of-the-runner-the-gallery-crescent-arts-centre-belfast-january-25-february-16-2013/

2004     The Tears of Things Monologue, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast. Essays by Chris Agee and Dr Slavka Sverakova                                 

2005      Dialogues: Women Artists from Ireland IB Tauris edited by Katy Deepwell ISBN 1-85043-621-5

2005      Sharon Kelly Peter Haining for The Linenhall Library, Belfast.

2004      Sharon Kelly Artists profile, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

1996      Thinking Long Contemporary Art in the North of Ireland by Liam Kelly, Gandon Edition Kinsale, p.127, 128 – 129, 157, 213

Special projects / Residencies

2019      Virtual Artist in residence for Virtually There, St Patrick’s PS Crossmaglen, Co Armagh (Kid’s Own Publishing Partnership project since 2010) 

2018      Artist in Residence, 24 HR Race, Victoria Park, East Belfast

2018      Open Studio as part of Heartscapes solo exhibition, Draíocht, Blanchardstown, Dublin

2018      Artist in Residence Hartstown Community School, Blanchardstown, Dublin

2018      Walk & Sketch in Belfast City Parks, 8 Outdoor Sketching events, organizer and facilitator

2017      Artist in Residence, World Championship 24 HR Race, Victoria Park, East Belfast

2017      Initiator in association with writer, Martelle McPartland & visuals for Dance production Landscapes of Loss by Maiden Voyage Dance, MAC Belfast and Market Place Theatre, Armagh

2017      Walk & Sketch in Belfast City Parks, 6 Outdoor Sketching events, organizer and facilitator

2016      Visual Art workshop for The Death Box project with Therese Kieran and Lucy Beevor

2015      Commissioned animation for documentary Film Writing in Dust, Lurgan

2015      Commissioned Book cover for Good Relations Project, Jethro Centre, Co Armagh

2015      Summer City Sketching / PS2  & Wide Skies Sketching

2015      Commissioned artist / co-facilitator for Grandad Built our House Book Project with children all over Ireland. Kid’s Own Publishing Partnership and Health and safety Authority, Republic of Ireland

2015      Commissioned artist / co-facilitator for book project I can taste the rain, exploring travel choices with children, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

2014      Commissioned artist / co-facilitator for Too Cold For Sharks A book on ocean Safety for Children by children. Kid’s Own Publishing Partnership and Health and safety Authority, Republic of Ireland

2013      Process Lab, Rehearsal Room Part 1, PS2, Belfast.

2013      Artist Collaborator for IDEA (Investigate dance, Encourage Art) Research & Development Programme with Maiden Voyage Dance, Belfast

2013      Only A Giant Can Lift a Bull, A book on Farm Safety for Children by children. Kid’s Own Publishing Partnership and Health and safety Authority, Republic of Ireland

2013      Artist Collaborator for IDEA (Investigate Dance, Encourage Art) Research & Development Programme with Maiden Voyage Dance, Belfast

2009      Creator of Visual Art works commissioned for 4 Quartets Dance Project, Maiden Voyage Dance, Music and Visual Art Collaboration, inspired by TS Eliot’s poem

2008      Visual Art work / Assistant Set Design for Lily’s Image a short film by Susanne Stich  

2005/6   University of Ulster, Project leader, sitescreening Project, Part Funded by ACNI Architecture’s Special Initiative.

2004/5   Co-organizer of an International exchange exhibition between artists from Northern Ireland, Georgia, USA and California, USA.

2003/5    Kidsown Publishing Partnership, Sligo. Selected artist for C.R.E.A.T.E. a multi media project in an educational setting exploring history of the linen industry

2000/2   Kidsown Publishing Partnership, Sligo. Selected Artist for Multimedia Maps a cross-border project, Kilkeel, Co. Down, Kilcurry, Co. Louth

1997       Connect Public Art Project. Collaboration with Poet Joseph Woods, that considered the architecture of the railway stations in Portadown and Drogheda. 

1996/00 Artist-in-residence for Craigavon Area Hospital Group Trust, Co Armagh.

1995/6   Lifting the veil Site-specific project and year-long exhibition of work on issues relating to infant death, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin

1998      Featured artist in Too Late for Names: A documentary film about infant death by Double Band Films, BBC Northern Ireland, broadcast November www.doublebandfilms.com

Teaching & Lectures

2019       Public Lecture; Fine Art School of Art, Ulster University

2018 /19 Visiting Lecturer, Life Drawing B Des, Animation, Ulster University.

2016       Resource provider for A level Art & Design teachers CCEA, Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment, Northern Ireland

2016       Talk and workshop facilitator for Royal Ulster Academy of art Annual Exhibition

2015       Visiting Lecturer, Ulster University, Belfast

2015       Invited panelist, for Artist’s Reality, Royal Ulster Academy, Ulster Museum, Belfast

2015       Invited panelist International seminar Homeland, Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, Co Tipperary 

2013       Live Interview with Rowan Hand, Destination Newry TV, Nov 15th 

2013       Lecture, School of Fine Art, Ulster University, Belfast

2013       Public Lecture, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

2011       Paper presentation: An Artist’s Response to Infant Death / Northern Ireland Conflict Rivers of Recovery: Queensland Art Therapy Conference ANZATA, Brisbane, Australia

2008       Talks to senior and student midwifes, Queen’s University, Belfast (& 95/96, 2000 - 2007)

2003       Visiting Lecturer Drawing Module, School of Architecture, University of Ulster

2002       Co-presenter for workshop at Young at Art Conference, Stranmillis College, Belfast.

2002       Part – time temporary Lecturer in life-drawing BA Textiles and Fashion Design, University of Ulster. 

2000       Visiting lecturer, Limerick City Institute.

2000       Talks, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, California, USA.

1999       Talks/Symposium, Denison University, Granville, Ohio, USA.

1999       Talks, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, California, USA.

1999       Lecture, Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia, USA.

1999       Visiting lecturer, North West Institute, Derry. (and 1994, 1995, 1997)

1998       Art in Health Care Setting Queen’s University of Belfast.

1998       Series of talks to prisoners, Longkesh/Maze Prison.

1997       Invited speaker at International conference: The Facts, The Fears,The Future Irish Sudden Infant Death Association, Dublin Castle.

1996       Talks/workshop: Angels and Mechanics Exhibition Conference, Riverside Studios, London

1995       Speaker, Clinical conference, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin.