About

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Hello!

I am multi-media artist living by the sea on the west coast of Ireland in Co.Donegal; working in art, illustration, ceramics, animation, workshop facilitation and arts project management.

On first leaving school I completed an honours degree in Decorative Arts which cemented my life long passion for the hand made, specialising at that time in ceramics. First exhibiting porcelain paper clay light pieces decorated with translucent poetry. I went on to train in studio pottery skills; twenty years on – after years of creativity in that field, combined with workshop facilitation, my love of words and story found me back in an educational setting where I combined the hand crafted and hand drawn elements with digital layering during an animation degree. 

In the last weeks of that degree I was honoured to be chosen to present my final animation to HRH Prince Charles, the only student from the college to meet him on his visit to Donegal, thereafter receiving the Derek Hill award for creativity.  At last! in this consuming combination of words, story, drawing, hand crafted and digital I felt creatively at home.

Since 2010 I have had the pleasure of being a member of Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s education panel; since 2016 in a regional managing role, as co-ordinator in Donegal and on occasion Sligo too for CRAFTed the education flagship programme. Being part of the education panel has afforded me great training and practical experience of how best creative projects can be applied across the school curriculum and the essential team dynamics of teacher, children and artist, Not to mention the delight at seeing so many wonderful innovative creations by the children and all involved with these projects come to fruition and share the joy of that journey. 

I know how essential creativity and creating is to me. I love to encourage this part of our nature and skill set to flourish in others; facilitating creative workshops has always been an integral part of my creative path. My experience has ranged from working one to one, to working with groups of sixty people …and from busy boisterous toddlers to amazingly, wonderful ninety two years olds!

EDUCATION

 1993-1995    Harrogate College of Arts and Technology,  Art and Design Foundation

                          Course. 2yr part time.

1995-1999     BA (hons) Decorative Arts 2/1. Nottingham Trent University. 

1999-2000     Craftworks, Studio Pottery Skills course, Derry. (NI, paralell to the      

                          Thomastown ceramics training course, funded only a few years.)

2012- 2016    BA Animation.1st grade (71percent) Letterkenny Institute of Technology. 

                          Derek Hill Award for Creativity at graduation.

EXHITIONS/SHOWS

1999               DJanogly Showcase, Nottingham.

1999               Young Designers Exhibition. Islington Design Centre, London.

1999              Guildhall Craft Fair Derry.

2000               Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham. ‘Written Art’ group exhibition.

2005-2009   National Craft Fair, RDS,Dublin.

2006-2008   Showcase, RDS, Dublin.

2009              dew Donegal Elemental Women group exhibition, Sulis, Carrickmacross, 

                        Monaghan.

2010-11       dew Donegal Elemental Women group exhibition,’Celebrating Celtic 

                       Coastal Culture.’Manor House Rathlin Island, Benbecula in the outer 

                       Hebrides and Sherkin island Cork. Start of a touring exhibition through 

                       Ireland,Scotland,Wales and their Islands. Featured on RTE Nationwide.

2010             Culture Night Exhibition in Donegal Gealtacht with dew.

2010             Mill Cove Gallery, Cork. Work selected for the Irish Contempory Ceramic

                       Awards.

2012-on       Mary from Dungloe Artists group exhibition.

2012              An Gailearaí, Gweedore, Co.Donegal. ‘Balor na Suile Nimhe’ animation 

                       produced by Derrybeg School during CRAFTed project. Exhibited June/

                       September.

2012             ‘Balor na Suile Nimhe’ animation shown during the Balor Festival at An Sean 

                       Barracks, Falcarragh, Donegal.

2014-16       The Art House Gallery, Dunfanaghy, Co.Donegal.

2015             Student animated christmas card chosen to send out and represent the college christmas    

                       greeting that year.

2016             present my final year animation work to HRH Prince Charles on his visit to Donegal.

2017             ‘Landing’. Three woman exhibition at Donegal Airport

2017             ‘Melting Pot’.  Three person exhibition at the Ardara festival.

2017            ‘Lunasa’ & ‘Changing Donegal Landscapes’ Donegal Gaeltacht Plein Eire 

                       exhibitions.

2017              ‘Art in Mini’ two works selected for this group show, Inishowen, Donegal.

2017              DDCOI, Donegal and Sligo CRAFTed projects at the Hyde Gallery, Sligo     

                       during the Lily and Lolly Craftfest.

2018            ‘ We are Donegal’  group show Culture Night, 2018 curated by Peadar McDaid.

2019             DCCOI Craft Village at Bloom in the park with our Cupán Cré – eco art keep cup

 EMPLOYMENT 

1997/98   Royal Armouries Museum -Leeds. Gallery host. 

1999-3     Self Employed. Dunlewey Pottery, Co.Donegal. Making, selling &  

                   teaching pottery. 

2000         Experience with Judy Greene, Michael Kennedy, Benbulben and Potsmiths         

                   potteries. 

2000         Teaching Ceramics night class, FÁS, Derrybeg, Co. Donegal. 

2003         Worked with three different potters while travelling in New Zealand. 

2002-4     Youthreach, Gortahork, Co.Donegal. Teaching Ceramics.

2004         An Tobár Derrybeg, Co.Donegal. Teaching Ceramics with adults with learning 

                  and physical disabilities,

2007-12   Peace of Earth Ceramics . Self employed potter and Ceramic          

                   jewellery designer, also teaching ceramics. 

2008         Set up Arts Centre in the Donegal Gaeltacht at An Chuirt hotel. 

2008         Errigal Arts Festival – teaching wheel thrown pottery 

2010-on   DCCOI, CraftED education flagship programme in Sligo/Donegal . Artist in 

                   the class room working in ceramics and animation.

2012-17   CPD through DDCOI, CRAFTed programme with Donegal and Sligo 

                  Education centres.

2013         CPD for Donegal education centre teachers; in animation.

2012/13   Heritage week. Dungloe, Donegal. Teaching needle and nuno felting 

                  techniques/animation.

2012-15   Summer  volunteer in gallery, Erratic Makers. Dungloe, Co.Donegal. 

2013-On  Kim Sharkey Art. Home based studio creating illustration, animation and  

                  workshop facilitation, including children’s summer camps. Selling online and 

                  in galleries.

2014-On Carrickfinn Artists Courses. I established this facility to bring professional training 

                  to artists in Donegal. In 2014, Adrienne Geoghegan’s children’s book course 

                  and in 2017/18/19 Niall Laverty of 9 lines, gesture drawing course.

2015         ‘Once Upon A Place’ Laureate na Og project. I put in a proposal to bring Eoghan Colfer and his

                  storytelling troop to the Donegal Islands; I managed the ocean going leg of this tour sourcing 

                  accommodation, lifeboat and schools , ensuring photo permissions and sourcing 

                  additional funding.

2015-On  Co-Ordinating Charity Caisleain Oir Christmas fair,  local 30 year old annual fair.

2016-on   DCCOI, CRAFTed project CO-Ordinator for Donegal.

2017         Artwork for Udaras na Gaeltacht “Giorria an Gairdin” Irish language theatre 

                   programme. 

2017         Cover art ‘Metamorphic’, 100 21st century poets respond to Ovid’s    

                   Metamorphoses. Editors Nessa O’Mahony and Paul Munden, featured on RTE radio. Recentworks          

                   Press.

2018         Presentation at The Ark Dublin for DCCOI CRAFTed CPD day.

2018         Facilitated National Drawing Day Workshop at the Glebe Gallery, Donegal.

2018         Developed new Cupán Cré – eco art cup ceramic products.

2018         Cover Art ‘The North’ poetry magazine Irish Edition, launched poetry Ireland and Bloomsbury,           

                   London with the Irish Poetry Society.

2019         Illustrated children’s book ‘Mór agus Muilc’ by John Óg Ó Colla. Publisher Éabhlóid.

2019         Managed and developed branding for a new two day ‘Donegal Artisan’ event for the Mary  from                             

                   Dungloe International Arts festival in partnership with Artist Heidi Nguyen, to promote professional                

                   Donegal makers of food and craft products.

2019         Facilitated National Drawing Day Workshop at the Glebe Gallery, Donegal.

2019         Cover Art ‘ The Hollow Woman on the Island’ by Nessa O’Mahony, featured on RTE radio. Publisher              

                   Salmon Poetry.

2019         In conjunction with two other artists established Donegal Creative Breakfast an informal monthly       

                   networking meet up at different arts venues around the county.

2019         Developed ‘Mo Thaisce Cré’ – eco art ceramic jewellery

2019         Cover art, Máire Dinny Wren’s latest poetry collection, to be launched November this year.

TRAINING/CONFERENCES

2000       Women in business training, Donegal Enterprise Board.

2003       Wet Felting workshop, picture making and hat making in New Zealand.

2004       Weekend in the Woods, County Clare. Traditional blacksmithing.

2005       Weekend in the Woods, County Clare. Traditional Wittling.

2007       Book Binding Course, Cló Ceárdlann Cnóc,Co, Donegal.

2008       Traditional Skills Development Course with Immeall Trá.

2008       Exposing Craft Seminar CCOI. (How best to display craft for exhibition or retail.) Kilkenny.

2009       Basket making course with Theresa Downes, Donegal.

2009       Education and crafts seminar CCOI. Kilkenny.

2010       Training for CRAFTed programme with CCOI .

2010       Marketing with social networks. Bord Failte.

2011       Child protection certificate. Athlone education centre.

2013       Character design and development masterclass, IFB.  Panellists Troy 

                 Saliba, Jason Tammemagi (Geronimo Productions), Bronagh O’Hanlon (Brown 

                 Bag), Nicky Gogan (Still Films), Paul Bolger (Pillarstone Productions), Lindsay 

                 Jane Sedgwick (writer of Punky), Ciaran Foy (Citadel) and Gareth Lee (Irish 

                 School of Animation).

2014       Two day character development for illustration and animation masterclass at 

                 the Humdinger festival, Dog Ears, Derry.

2014       Adrienne Geoghan. I organised a week long course in the Donegal gealtacht, 

                 by this reknowned author/illustrator and children’s book bootcamp tutor (Carrickfinn Artist Courses)

2015       DAFF Dublin Animation Film Festival. Mackinon & Saunders, Laika, Brown Bag, Tomm Moore and 

                 Aardman studios amongst others delivered presentations at this two day event.

2015       Irish VFX and Animation Summit, Google, Dublin.

2016       Bruce Block,  amazing masterclass on visual storytelling for film, animation 

                 and visual effects with Screen Training Ireland.

2016       Directing animation for features,shorts and tv with Seamus Reilly, Tomm Moore, 

                 Niamh Sharkey, Seamus Malone and others. Animation skillnet training.

2016       Storytelling Masterclass with John Aoshima (cedits: Kubo and the two strings, 

                 Gravity Falls, American Dad)

2016       Children’s Media Conference, Sheffield.  

2017       Gesture Drawing masterclass with Niall Laverty, Guiness enterprise centre. Six 

                 week course. Animation Skillnet.

2017       Gesture Drawing three day masterclass with Niall Laverty, in Donegal. Also

                 organised and sourced funding (Carrickfinn Artists Courses).

2017       Karl Gnass ‘Spirit of the Pose’  figure drawing workshop.  Animation skillnet.

2017      ‘Heritage through the Arts’, conference. Gweedore, Donegal. Ealain na 

                  Gaeltacht.

2018        The Ark Dublin for DCCOI CRAFTed CPD day.

2018        Gesture Drawing three day masterclass with Niall Laverty, in Donegal. Also

                  organised and sourced funding (Carrickfinn Artists Courses).

2019        Bologna Children’s book fair – various industry talks.

2019        Life Drawing class with Alan Clarke, T Block Dublin.

Membership

DCCOI

Ceramics Ireland 

Scbwi

Children’s books Ireland