Dr Helen Sharp: ‘Holism’

 In this specially commissioned diptych and correlating written work from Dr Helen Sharp she explores her journey to wellness.

Artist Bio Born Northumbria, raised in The Outer Hebrides, live on an island in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Sharp grew up on the island of Vatersay in Scotland and left the islands to take up a place in Edinburgh College of Art where they gained a First Class honours in Sculpture and received the Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarship for highest academic achievement. She went on to gain a Masters with Distinction in Time Based Art from Dartington College of Arts (gaining the highest result in the university). After some time lecturing and also exhibiting internationally many times, Sharp became a director of Catalyst Arts Gallery in Belfast and completed a PhD from the University of Ulster.

 

Dr Sharp has curated and produced exhibitions, live art events, and programmes of community arts over the last 20 years including Fix02 the largest festival of live art in Northern Ireland with 40 artists and 28 locations. She was invited to curate and produce 'Humbly Through the Dust' for The British Council, an exhibition featuring 20 artists including Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Henry Moore and Mark Wallinger. Sharp also writes for various art publications including CIRCA, A-N Arts, The Vacuum and I currently write Features for Horse and Hound Magazine and The Irish Field.

A word from Helen “I own 5 beautiful horses and studied Equine Management at College of Farming and Rural Industry and am a qualified Equine Sports Therapist. I am currently studying towards a qualification in Equine Rehabilitation. I still make art sometimes.“

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