Ursula Burke is an Irish artist who works in a variety of media including Porcelain Sculpture, Embroidery and Drawing. Much of her Fine Art practice deals with issues of Representation and Identity within contemporary Ireland and she completed a practice based PhD at the University of Ulster, Belfast exploring these themes.


During March 2018 she won the Golden Fleece Award, the Visual Artists Ireland Suki Tea Award which grants her an artist residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and she was also awarded a Windgate Craft Artists Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Centre. She undertook an artist residency and exhibition with the Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, Jan - April 2017 and was awarded the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British School at Rome Fellowship in 2014. She is Joint Prize Winner of the Claremorris Open, Ireland 2015. She is an artist member of Outland Arts, Fermanagh and Associate Academician of the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has taken part in the following exhibitions internationally: Resurgence, Hillyer Arts Space, Washington, USA 2016; Irish Wave, Birth of a Nation, San Wei Gallery, Beijing, China ; Displacements – The Trouble with being Human these Days, Ex Elettrofonica Gallery, Rome ; Roman Remains, Transition Gallery, London ; Arafudo Art Annual, Fukushima, Japan ; Art of the Troubles, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK ; SCOPE New York, represented by Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland & Art International, Istanbul, represented by Ex Elettrofonica Gallery, Rome.


Recent solo Projects/Exhibitions include representation at Supermarket Art Fair Stockholm by Ormston House Limerick, March 2017/ ‘Vestiges’ at Ormston House, Limerick September 2016 & ‘Vestige’ at the Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, during May 2016. She undertook a major solo exhibition titled ‘Hope for a Better Past’ with the MAC Belfast, 2013 and worked with the National Portrait Gallery London on ’National Memories local Stories’ project during the same year.


Future projects include; Futures, the RHA Dublin; On a Pedestal, the Office of Public Works Dublin; The Dock Leitrim, Ireland; The Big Houses Project, curated by Mary Cremin for Galway Capital of Culture 2020; a three venue touring exhibition with Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris/ the Ulster Museum, Belfast and Visual - Carlow, Ireland; an artist residency at Vermont Studio Centre and CCI, Paris.


She is a previous co-director of Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast, previous administrator and gallery manager of Queen Street Studios, Belfast and Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Ulster. She was a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland and the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland. She is currently External Assessor for Sculpture and Ceramics at the Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland.


Her work is part of the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Ulster Museum Collection, Belfast, the Office of Public Works, Ireland, the Harbour Commission Northern Ireland Ireland and in private collections nationally and internationally.

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