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.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2018
The Hormone Hermit and the Hairy Moon - Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham University . UK .
2007
Billie Ireland - The Lace Market Gallery, Lace Market, Nottingham.
2003
Billie Ireland -The Art Store, Dublin, Ireland.
2002
Paintings-The Assembly Rooms, Derby, UK.
2002
Billie Ireland - Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
2001
Billie Ireland - Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham, UK.
Group
2018
The Secret Postcard Show- The Old Lockup Gallery, Cromford, UK.
2017
The Secret Postcard Show - The Old Lockup Gallery, Cromford, UK.
2014
Explorations, 3 Person Show - Thirty Five Gamble, Nottingham, UK.
2012
The Drawing Project - Crocus Gallery, Nottingham, UK. (Permanent Collection)
2010
The Big Hang - Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK.
2009
Nottingham Castle Open - Nottingham Castle Gallery and Museum, Nottingham, UK.
2009
Painting In Progress - The Lace Market Gallery, Lace Market, Nottingham, UK.
2008
IFA Touring Show - Hatworks, Northampton, UK & Europe.
2006
The Great Art Fair - Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
2006
New Trends in Painting - LCB Depot, Leicester, UK.
2005
Derby Open - Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, UK.
2004
Spain meets Ireland - Sir John Borlase Warren, Nottingham, UK.
2003
Virtual Collect - Experian, Nottingham, UK.
2002
Circa - Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
2002
Open Studios Exhibition - Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
2001
Connect - Leicester City Art Gallery, Leicester, UK.
2001
Createx - City Library & Foreningen Norden, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2001
Createx - The Art Exchange, Nottinghm, UK.
2001
Visualise - Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
2000
Open - Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby, UK.