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Sharon Kelly

Sharon Kelly : August, mini residency

Sharon’s practice gravitates around drawing and her interest spans the intersections between art / life; art / health and art / sport. Much of her work takes its generative force from personal experience and in recent years she has explored the parallels between running and drawing (creative force and process).

During her short residency Sharon welcomed the opportunity to return to the West Country taking time to reflect on life’s passage and notions of ‘revisiting’.

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Having been born in the West Country, Sharon has spent the last 36 years living and working in Northern Ireland.

In 2017 she created a body of work The Liminal Space of The Runner responding to her own running experience from which developed experiments in running, drawing and mapping. She was artist in residence at the World Championship 24HR Race, Belfast 2107 creating over 40 sketches, inspiring her to develop Mind Fuel an investigation into the physical and mental challenges of ultra running. Kelly interviewed endurance athletes and again engaged as artist in residence at the 2018 Irish 24HR Race as she developed work across drawing, video and stop-motion animation.

Alongside her studio practice, Kelly has undertaken many educational projects. She has been virtual artist in residence with a primary school in Crossmaglen, County Armagh since 2010. The project, organised and initiated by Sligo-based Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership, uses video-conferencing software to connect children and teacher in the classroom with artists in their studio.

Other creative and collaborative ventures have included Landscapes of Loss – a multi media dance production for Maiden Voyage Dance exploring the territory of grief over time, relating to infant death 2013 – 7 and 4 Quartets inspired by the poem by TS Elliot.