BIOGRAPHY EILEEN FERGUSON

 

Eileen Ferguson was born in Edinburgh.  She studied Fine Art at The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee 1982-1986.  Then went on to Study an MA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster at Belfast 1988-1989.

In 1990 she was awarded an Artist in Residency for 3 months at the Tyrone Guthire Art Centre at Annaghmakerrig . In 1991 she was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Bursary .  Over the next few years Eileen has been awarded funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland for residencies in America at Rancho Linda Vista , Tuscon Arizona, exhibiting in Atlanta Georgia.  Culture Ireland has awarded her grant aid towards a variety of exhibitions.  Eileen has been involved in the Artist in Prison Scheme Arts Council of Ireland. She has also had artist in residencies in Cill Raillig and Inis Oirr.

In 2002 Eileen was a prize winner in Revealing Objects at Queens University Belfast and has exhibited in the Royal Ulster Academy.

In 2019 She won first prize at the North West Open Exhibition Leitrim Scuplture Centre, She will be exhibiting again at the Royal Ulster Academy in October 2019.

She been awarded commissions The Partick Kavanagh Bicentenary Monaghan County Museum , Per Cent of Art Scheme the Former Garda Barracks Monaghan. Eileen was selected for the Leabhar Mor Na  Gaelige collaboration between Poets calligraphers and visual artists.

Touring exhibition across America and Canada.

Eileen has exhibited widely in Ireland most recent solo exhibition  was in the Alley Art Centre Strabane 2017. Past solo shows have been in Temple Bar Gallery Dublin, The Arts Council Gallery Belfast. Sligo Art Gallery.

She has had many group exhibitions. Selection - The Origin Gallery Dublin, Luan Gallery, Boyle Arts Festival , Kingshouse, Chelsea Arts Fair New York, Slaughterhouse Gallery London, Richard Demarco Gallery Edinburgh,Claremorris Open. Boltax Gallery New York State.Gracefield Art Centre Dumfries, Aberdeen City Gallery, Drogheda Art Centre

 

Eileen has work in public collections The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Bank of Ireland , The Office of  Public Works, Monaghan County Museum, VEC Monaghan and private collections.

She has had reviews in The Irish Times, Belfast Telegraph , Irish Independant, Sunday Tribune, West Hampton News New York. .

Her studio is situated in the Old Victorian Post Office in Clones she is a co founder . The studios have recently been awarded capital grant funding for refurbishment .

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