History of Artistic Practice
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.
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
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
2017 Collapse the Box for NVTV Interview with Marianne O’Kane Baol
2017 Sharon Kelly at ArtisAnn Gallery Belfast, online review by Slavka Sverakova
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
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.