Self Portrait as Beast
Billie Ireland is an artist based in Mid-Wales in the UK. Although she is known for her organic abstract paintings her work has developed over the past two decades to also encompass sculptural and assemblage elements whilst exploring photography and moving image. This multi-disciplinary approach is used to capture raw and intuitive responses to her experience of biological and spiritual birth. The artist’s ongoing research themes are grief, memory, trauma and the maternal. Her practice continues to be rooted in the handmade and her interest in the alchemy of materials. She is currently developing her practice within an academic setting at Masters level.
Education Art Workshops & Community Arts
Over the past 16 years, I have delivered qualifications and informal workshops to a wide variety of groups, both in higher & further education and in the community.
I have extensive experience of working with disadvantaged groups and people with learning and/or mental health difficulties. I have taught in residential care, NHS, hospice and mental health day service and other community settings.
Projects have included murals and mosaics for Surestart Children's Centre, Newstead. Stonebridge City Farm, Westdale Lane Allotments, LIFE Day Centre for adults with learning difficulties, New College Nottingham and Crocus Fields Children's Home.
Some of the educational workshops I can deliver include the following:
• Murals and tile/ pebble mosaic
• Art & Design
• Drawing, paper arts and pyrography
• Painting & printmaking
• Traditional techniques in Gesso, relief work and gilding
• Egg tempera. Acrylic and water-based mediums.
• Felt making and fibre arts, silk painting, dyeing and stitch.
• 3D model making and sculpture.
The Hormone Hermit and the Hairy Moon - Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham University . UK .
Billie Ireland - The Lace Market Gallery, Lace Market, Nottingham.
Billie Ireland -The Art Store, Dublin, Ireland.
Paintings-The Assembly Rooms, Derby, UK.
Billie Ireland - Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
Billie Ireland - Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham, UK.
The Secret Postcard Show- The Old Lockup Gallery, Cromford, UK.
The Secret Postcard Show - The Old Lockup Gallery, Cromford, UK.
Explorations, 3 Person Show - Thirty Five Gamble, Nottingham, UK.
The Drawing Project - Crocus Gallery, Nottingham, UK. (Permanent Collection)
The Big Hang - Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK.
Nottingham Castle Open - Nottingham Castle Gallery and Museum, Nottingham, UK.
Painting In Progress - The Lace Market Gallery, Lace Market, Nottingham, UK.
IFA Touring Show - Hatworks, Northampton, UK & Europe.
The Great Art Fair - Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
New Trends in Painting - LCB Depot, Leicester, UK.
Derby Open - Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, UK.
Spain meets Ireland - Sir John Borlase Warren, Nottingham, UK.
Virtual Collect - Experian, Nottingham, UK.
Circa - Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
Open Studios Exhibition - Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
Connect - Leicester City Art Gallery, Leicester, UK.
Createx - City Library & Foreningen Norden, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Createx - The Art Exchange, Nottinghm, UK.
Visualise - Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
Open - Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby, UK.