Artist Statement

Sharon Adams tells stories through crafted objects. Deeply rooted in the farming landscape, her practice is directed by an intuitive response to the local and her emerging relationship to her homeplace. Seeking out points of connection with its lines and surfaces, textures and patterns she produces objects and drawings informed by a life-long relationship with a landscape that is both familiar and ever-changing. 

Previous work includes interpretations of tools and of land & weather measurements.  In 2018 she started to make direct explorations of her connection to the townland where her family has farmed for five generations, and this new body of work responds specifically to the area that lies within the horizon seen from her home at Frocess Yard.

Film Makers Documentation by TACA Works

Experimental Gastronomy by Steinbeisser

Biography

After a successful career in event management, Sharon left London in 2008 to join the full-time degree course in 3D Materials Practice at the University of Brighton, graduating in June 2011.

In the process of her studies, it became clear that the time had come to move back to Northern Ireland. So in spring 2013 she exchanged her London flat for a lovely old farmhouse next to her family home in County Antrim. With her workshop established in one of the stone barns, she continues to explore the landscape around her.

 

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BBC Radio Ulster Interview 2015

Selected Exhibitions

  • Horizon (solo show) R-Space Gallery, Lisburn, January 2019
  • Contained, Frocess Yard, August Craft Month 2018
  • Intersection (solo show) Flowerfield Arts Centre August 2018
  • Film Makers, Nerve Visual Derry, November 2017-January 2018
  • Film Makers, The Braid, Ballymena July-August 2017
  • Five artists show in a byre, August Craft Month 2017
  • Works of the Heart, Toast, Westbourne Grove, London Feb 2017
  • Spoon Unit Twelve Gallery, Staffordshire Sept-Dec 2016
  • Five artists show in a byre 2016 Ballymena August 2016
  • Film Makers, R-Space Gallery Lisburn 2016
  • Natural Makers, Touchstones Rochdale, December 2015-February 2016
  • Five artists show in a byre, Ballymena, August 2015
  • RDS National Craft Competition, Dublin, June 2014
  • The Art of Craft, Marketplace Arts Centre, Armagh, May-June 2014
  • MADE 2014, Space CRAFT, Belfast, March-April 2014
  • Hand Crafted, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, January – March 2014
  • Make it Slow, Art Unpacked, Yorkshire, October 2013 – November 2014
  • Utility, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, January -March 2013
  • Dazzle, National Theatre, London, November 2012- January 2013
  • Art and Domesticity, Studio Fusion Gallery, Oxo Tower,  September 201
  • Things That Fall in Between, R-Space, Lisburn, May/June 2012
  • South Square Gallery, Bradford, November/December 2011
  • Mint Explores, London, September 2011

Education

  • 2008-2011 University of Brighton BA(Hons) 3D Materials Practice (WMCP) First Class Hons
  • 2007-2008 Camberwell College of Art London Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1987-1991 Thames Polytechnic London BSc(Hons) Applied Biology 2:1
  • 1980-1987 Ballymena Academy Co Antrim Northern Ireland

Awards & Public Collections

  • 2019 Arts Council Northern Ireland acquisition (Dualling, 2018)
  • 2017 Mid & East Antrim Council Collection (Mark Making, Peat Charcoal, 2017)
  • 2014 RDS, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Purchase Award (Thicker than Water, 2014)
  • 2014 RDS National Craft Competition, Mixed Materials Medal (Thicker than Water, 2014)

Other

  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary from Design and Crafts Council of Ireland 2019
  • Recipient of a Jerwood Bursay 2019
  • Community artist, Northern Health & Social Care Trust 2018-ongoing
  • Project marketing and impact tracking, Shuttles and Shafts 2017-ongoing
  • Project Artist, Arts Care, Here & Now Festival 2017-18
  • Joint Curator: Form Function & Food, R-Space Gallery, 2016
  • On Your Marks, documentation published March 2016
  • Visiting Lecturer University of Brighton, January – March 2013
© Sharon Adams 2018-19