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Rosie McGurran

Rosie McGurran's BiographyRosie McGurran is a native of Belfast and has been living and working in the village of Roundstone in the West of Ireland for over seven years. She is a graduate of Fine Art at the University of Ulster (1992) and has practised as a visual artist since then. Her work is mostly influenced bythe surrounding landscape of connemara where she paints semi-abstract and figurative works.

There is a strong sense of narrative and story telling in her work, particularly in the semi-autobiographical female figures she so often paints and draws. In recent years Rosie McGurran's work has also been shaped by travels to Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the U.S. She exhibits regularly throughout Ireland and internationally and during the Summer months opens the doors of her studio in Roundstone to the public for open viewing.

Rosie McGurran is the recipient of many awards, most recently the Conor Prize for figurative work at the Royal Ulster Academy in Belfast of which she is also an Associate member.

2007 The Conor Prize, The Royal Ulster Academy, (painting award for figurative work)
2007/08 Galway County Council Bursary, (The Inishlacken Project)
2006 Galway County Council Bursary, (Travel and Materials Award)
2006 Elected Council Member of The Royal Ulster Academy
2006 Nominated for Galway County Arts Award
2005 Galway County Council Bursary, (The Inishlacken Project)
2004 Arts Council of Ireland Commissions Award, (publication with writer Ursula Rani Sarma)
2004 Galway County Council Bursary
2004 Invited Artist, Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition
2003 The Mills Selling Award, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, (award for work by an artist under 35)
2002 Elected Associate, The Royal Ulster Acadmey, Belfast
1999 Nominated, The Glenn Dimplex Award
1998 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Bursary
1997 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellowship to the British School at Rome
1997 The Victor Treacy Award, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, (award for an artist under 30)
1994 The Belfast 1991 Award, (emerging artist award)
1994 The Ulster Arts Club Small Works Award
1992 The Daler Rowney Painting Prize, (graduate award)

2008 The Dunmoochin Foundation for the Arts, Victoria, Australia, (November 08)
2008 The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Greece, (September 08)
2006 The Arthur Boyd Centre for the Arts, NSW, Australia
2005 The Mary Anderson Centre for the Arts , Indiana, U.S
2001 The British Embassy, Reykjavik, Iceland
2000 Roundstone Open Arts Week, Galway, Ireland
1999 The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, County Monaghan, Ireland
1999 Artist in Residence, Limavady Borough Council, (1994-96 & 99)
1994-95 Artist in Residence, North and West Belfast Health Trust
1995 Artist in Residence, The Royal Victoria Maternity Hospital, Belfast
1995 Artist in Residence, Moyle Borough Council, County Antrim

Selected Exhibitions and Projects 1997- present
2009 The Redhouse Arts Centre, Syracuse, New York, (curating The Inishlacken Project Showcase Exhibition, visting Artist, Syracuse University)
2009 Drawn to the West, curator and exhibitor, work made in the West of Ireland by Artists from Northern Ireland, Galway Museum
2008 Galway Museum, joint exhibition and publication launch with writer, Ursula Rani Sarma
2008 Curating The Inishlacken Project, residency, 2001-present
2008 The Carlinn Gallery, County Louth
2008 Aras Eanna Arts Centre, Inish Oirr, Aran Islands, County Galway
2008 Inishlacken, A Place Apart, The Galway Arts Centre, group show
2008 A Fresh Look, Art from the Ulster Television Collection, The Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, County Louth
2008 Dolan’s Fine Art, Galway
2007 Cavehill Gallery, Belfast, group exhibitions, 1994-present
2007 The R.U.A at the Gordon Gallery, Derry
2007 Home and Away, (solo exhibition), Clifden Arts Week, County Galway
2007 Clearing Ground, (solo exhibition), Northern Star Gallery, Roundstone
2007 The Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition, OBG, Belfast, 1992-present
2007 Westland, The Russell Gallery, County Clare, (group exhibition)
2006 New Work, The Cavehill Gallery, Belfast, (solo exhibition)
2006 The Boyle Arts Festival, County Roscommon, (group exhibition)
2006 The UTV Collection, The Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University, Belfast
2005 Provanhall House, Glasgow, (two person show), Scotland
2005 Indiana University, (group show)
2005 The Line of Desire, Northern Star Gallery, Roundstone, (solo drawing exhibition)
2004 Owning the island, Clifden Arts Week, (solo exhibition, large scale installation/gallery intervention)
2004 Tulca, Festival of Visual Arts, Galway University, (solo exhibition)
2004 Drawing from experience, Clotworthy House Arts Centre, Antrim, (solo exhibition, drawing)
2004 The Best of Galway, Gallerie Faouedic, Lorient, France, (group show)
2003 The Lie of the Land, The Townhouse Gallery, Belfast, (solo exhibition, landscapes)
2003 From Rome to Roundstone, Galway City Hall, (solo exhibition, retrospective, 1998-2003)
2003 Go tell the birds, The Lyric theatre, Belfast, (solo exhibition)
2002 Island People 2, The Linenhall Library, Belfast, (group show)
2002 Island People 1, Northern Star Gallery, Roundstone, (group show)
2002 The Eakin Gallery, Belfast, (group show)
2002 Part two, Queen Street Studios ,Belfast, (group show)
2002 From Past to Present, OPW, Dublin, ( group show)
2001 Another Story, The British Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland, (solo exhibiton)
2001 Galleri Fold, Reykjavik, Iceland, (group show)
2001 Galleri Hornith, Reykjavik, Iceland, (group show)
2001 Once upon a Time in the West, The Townhouse Gallery, Belfast, (solo exhibition)
2001 The Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath, England, (group show)
2001 The Art Garden, Bristol, England, (group show)
2000 The Stable Gallery, Roundstone, ( group show )
2000 The Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Ireland, (solo exhibition)
2000 Pageant, The Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast, (solo exhibition)
2000 Hilsboro Fine Art, Dublin, (group shows)
1999 Exploring Negativity, Queen Street Studios, Belfast, (group show)
1999 Sleepwalker, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, (solo exhibition)
1999 Terra Incognita, Belfast Waterfront Hall, (solo exhibition)
1999 Four Belfast Artists, the Bridge Gallery, Dublin, (group show)
1999 The Bourne Vincent Gallery, Limerick University, (group show)
1999 Views from an Eerie, Queen Street Studios, Belfast
1999 Glimpse, The Bank of Ireland, Belfast, (group show)
1998 The Art of the Irish, The Flowerfield Arts Centre, County Antrim
1998 Portraits of the Irish in Rome, Saint Mary’s College, The West Belfast Festival, (solo exhibition)
1998 The British School at Rome, (solo exhibition)
1998 The British Embassy, Rome, (group show)
1998 The British Consul General, Villa Crispi, Naples, (group show)
1997 The Victor Treacy Award Exhibition, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, (group show)
1997 Whatever you say, The Stoneleaf Gallery, Dublin, (solo exhibition)
1997 The Moon Gallery, Mount Berry, Georgia, U.S.A., ( group show )
1997 Arts and Business, Belfast Waterfront Hall, Northern Ireland, (group show)
1997 Landscapes North and South, Glebe House, Donegal, Waterford City Hall, A.I.B. New York
1997 Hidden Her-story, Women’s Secret History, The West Belfast Festival, (group show)

Illustrations/Book Covers/Magazines
Inishlacken, A Place Apart, Poster, 2008
Rome changed my colours, Galway Now, Magazine, February 2008
Breathing life into an island, Publication with Ursula Rani Sarma, 2008
Memories of Ballynahinch , Publication 2008
Roundstone Open Art Week, Poster 2002
From Past to Present, Art from the Collection of the OPW, 2001
Artslink, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 2000
Artwords, Poetry and Visual Art, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 2000,
The Eye of the Beholder, Ireland’s Homes and Interiors, 1999
The Belfast Festival At Queens, The Irish Times, 1999
The Dancers Dancing, Eilis Ni Duibhine, Blackstaff Press, 1999, (novel)
Vision of Belfast, Belfast City Council, 1999
Landscapes North and South, (catalogue), 1997
Crime and Punishment in West Belfast, Queens University Press, 1994

Galway City Council, Ireland
Galway County Council, Ireland
The National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
The Office of Public Works, Dublin, Ireland
Farmleigh House, Dublin, Ireland
Ulster Television, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland
Department of Finance and Personnel, Northern Ireland
British Midland Airlines, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Pembroke College, Oxford University, England
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland

Private collections: Ireland, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome, Naples, Reykjavik, Frankfurt, The Hague, Innsbruck, Moscow, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpar, Johannesburg, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland

Talks and Lectures
The Inishlacken Project, from 2001 to 2008, The Redhouse Arts Centre, New York, January 09
Visiting Lecturer, The University of Syracuse, New York, January 09
Inishlacken a Place Apart, Gallery talk, The Galway Arts Centre, February 08
The UTV Collection, The Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Gallery talk, February 08
Studio Talk, The Arthur Boyd Centre for the Arts, Bundanon, NSW, Australia, October 06
The Royal Ulster Academy, Gallery talk, King House, Boyle Arts Festival, July 06
The Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Gallery talk, The Ulster Museum, Belfast, September 05
The Inishlacken Project, Why here? Why now?, Northern Star Gallery, Roundstone, September 05
Visiting Lecturer, G.M.I.T, Fine Art Department, March 05, February 03
Adult Education Tutor, Connemara West Education Programme, 2002-06
Visiting Lecturer, Reykjavik Academy of the Arts, Iceland, 2001
Murals of Belfast Political and not, Queen Street Studios, Belfast, November 1996

Dillon inspired Artist to follow in his footsteps, Marie Louise MacCrory, The Irish News, Belfast, June 2007
Rosie McGurran at the Cavehill Gallery, Ian Hill, the Ulster Tatler, March 06, Belfast Telegraph
Longley on Dillon a dream now fulfilled, Liz Baird, Belfast Telegraph, June 2006
A State of Collaboration, Ros Drinkwater, The Sunday Business Post, Dublin, September 05
Big Art from a Small Island, Ros Drinkwater, The Sunday Business Post, Dublin, 4/09/04
Ju st Picture Perfect, South Belfast News, 22/03/02
Rosie’s island People, Jenny Lee, The Irish News, Belfast, 23/11/02
Artistic, Untouched View of Island Life, Ian Hill, Belfast News Letter, 4/12/03
To Inishlacken in the footsteps of Gerard Dillon, Eileen Battersby, the Irish Times, Dublin, 10/07/02
The Art House of Roundstone, Rosita Boland, The Irish Times, Dublin, 06/07/00
Rosie McGurran/Pageant, Gavin Weston, The Sunday Times, London, 18/06/00















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