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Breda Burns Biography


Education


2015 BA (Hons) in sculpture in CCAM, Galway. First class Honours. 

1982 Diploma/Degree in Art and Design, Regional Technical College, Sligo. 

1978 Visual Certificate in Art and Design, Regional Technical College, Sligo. 

 • I am registered teacher with the Teachers’ Council of Ireland.


Solo Exhibitions

2017 New Works. The Green Fuse Gallery. Westport. Co Mayo.

2017 Arus Innis Gluire Bellmullet Co Mayo.

2017 The Model Arts Centre. Sligo. 

2017 Archiving Activism. Artist Award for Bealtaine. Curated by Linda Shevlin with Sligo/Mayo Arts office’s. 

2016 Between Tides and Peripheries. Claremorris Gallery, Co Mayo.

2009 360° of the Reek. Inaugural exhibition, Custom House Studios and Gallery, Westport, Co Mayo.

2008 Death Valley +. No10, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1.

2003 Chasin’ Space. The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

2000 Constant Web. Library, Westport, Co Mayo.

1993 Friendly Shadows. Medieval Wall, Galway. 

 Friendly Shadows. Westport Arts Festival.

1992 Friendly Shadows. The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. Co Mayo. 

 Friendly Shadows. Foxford Centre. Co Mayo,

1984 Garage. Westport Arts Festival. Co Mayo.




Primary Group Exhibitions


2017 Neustadt an der Weinstrabe. By invitation. Germany.  Symposium and Exhibition. 

 Invited Artists.  Hamilton Gallery, Co Sligo

 Wright Artists, Westport, Co Mayo.


2016 Overlap. Four-person show. Aras Enna, Inis Oírr. Arann Islands, Co Galway.

 A Terrible Beauty. The Hamilton Gallery, Co Sligo.

 Matchbox. Curator/Exhibitor, McGing’s Westport Arts Festival. Co Mayo. 

 Copyright. The Wright Artists. Clew Bay Hotel Gallery, Westport, Co Mayo 


2015 Degree Show. CCAM, GMIT, Galway.

 MGHU. Claremorris Gallery, Claremorris, Co Mayo.

 OFF THE WALL. Four-person show, GMIT, Castlebar, Co Mayo.  

 Town Hall Launch Inaugural exhibition for official opening of new Town Hall Westport, Co. Mayo 

 Landscape in Line. The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

 Plein-Air. Clew Bay Hotel Gallery, Westport, Co Mayo

 Life Begins. Curator/Exhibitor. McGing’s, Westport Arts Festival, Co Mayo.

 Mayo Artists. The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

 Joe Hill 100. Halmstad, Sweden.

 Wright Now. Clew Bay Hotel Gallery, Westport, Co Mayo


2014 Group Show. The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

 Winter Show. Wright Artists. The Clew Bay Hotel Gallery, Westport, Co Mayo.

 Small Talk. Curator/Exhibitor. McGing’s. Westport Arts Festival, Co Mayo.

 Winter Show. Custom House Studios and Gallery, Westport, Co Mayo.


2013 How The light gets in. Four-person show, Ballina Arts Centre

 Mayo Artists. The Linenhall Arts Centre. Castlebar. Co Mayo.

 Right Now, Clew Bay Hotel Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo.  

 Literary Influences. McGings. Curator/Exhibitor. Westport Arts Festival. Co Mayo.


2012 Right back at ya. Wright Artists. Clew Bay Hotel Gallery, Westport, Co Mayo.

 Summer and Winter Shows. Ealain Uisce, Mulranny, Co Mayo.

 Taking Liberties. The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim.


2011 Freedom. Leitrim Sculpture Centre. Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim. 

 Summer and Winter Shows. Ealain Uisce, Mulranny, Co Mayo.

 Mayo Artists, The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo

 Things That Matter McGings, Westport Arts Festival. Westport, Co Mayo..  

 Ballyhaunis Open. Co Mayo. 

 Food for Thought, and five untitled shows with the Wright Artist, Westport.

 BLINK.With two artist colleagues curated a programme of 17 exhibitions, Westport.


2010 Untitled. Mayo Education Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

 With two artist colleagues initiated and curated “BLINK” with a programme of 18 exhibitions as part of Westport Arts Festival, Co Mayo.

 Winter exhibition. Custom House Studios and Gallery. Co Mayo.

 Wright on, Renewal, Wright Christmas and five untitled with the Wright artists. Westport


2009 Invited Artists. Old Bank of Ireland, Westport, Co Mayo.

 Winter Show.Sea Sky Shore, Westport, Co. Mayo. 

 Mayo Artists. The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo. 

 Bricks 4 Hope. organiser/exhibitor, Westport, Co. Mayo.

 Ard Tonn. Sculpture Commission. Louisburgh, Co Mayo.


2008 Westport Arts Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo

 Ealain Uisce, Mulranny, Co. Mayo.


2007 Mount Falcon House Hotel, Ballina, Co. Mayo 

 Westport Arts Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo


2005 White Flowers for ‘05. RHA. Dublin 

 Marion Finucane / Tsunami auction show coordinator, Westport, Co Mayo.


2004 Food for Thought. The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

 Ealain Uisce, Mullranny, Co Mayo


2000 Mayo Artists Millennium Show, The Linenhall Arts Centre, 

 GMIT Castlebar, Co Mayo, 2000


1998 Kissing a Different Earth. Artist Symposium, Germany

 7 @ the Quay, Waterfront Gallery, Westport, Co Mayo.


1994 Blue. The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. 


1993 Amhirgin Art Gallery, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo.

 Inisbofin Arts Festival, Inisbofin, Co Galway.

 Tír Sailé. Shortlisted exhibition, Foxford, Co. Mayo.

 Sligo Arts Festival.

 Small Works, Yeats Gallery, Sligo.


1985 Keyhole. Series of Exhibitions, various locations.

 Young Westport Artists. Various Locations.

 Mining Awareness. Exhibitions, Dublin and countrywide.


1982 Bank of Ireland Student Show. Sligo Student Show, Yeats Gallery.



Community work


I continue to be involved in a wide range of community and educational activities. I am the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Custom House Studios and Gallery, Westport, of which I was a founding member. I am a member of the Wright Artists Co-operative. I am a member of Visual Artists Ireland, WestInk Society of Printers and Mayo Artists initiative. I have worked on murals, including a series that won a first prize in the cultural section of Co-operation North. I have designed and constructed many prize-winning floats. I have and continue to be a curator, organiser and participant of many art auctions and exhibitions.



Radio experience


For five years artist colleague Gráinne O’Reilly and I have researched, presented and produced ‘The Arts Show’ on Westport Radio. The programme interviews local, national and international artists from many genres and at various stages of their careers. This experience has sparked a renewed awareness in me of the value of sound and words and this new perspective became part of my practice consisting of collecting a series of very specific on location interviews which are worked into sound and visual installations.


Residencies


• Bealtaine Artist Award.

• Summer Artist in Residence GMIT Mayo camp

• ARTFarm, Co Galway.

• Cill Rialaig, Artist retreat, Co Kerry.

.• Henrich Boll Cottage, Achill, Co Mayo

• Mayo Artist in Residence, Mayo County Council

• Lisnue Art Project, Ballinrobe. Co Mayo

• Sculpture Studios Easkey, Co Sligo

• NTDI, Castlebar, Artreach 3, Co Mayo

• Kunstation, Germany

• Kiltimagh IRD and Youth Reach, Co Mayo

• Crann Mor Arts Ability Project, Co Mayo

• Killawalla National School, Co Mayo

• Davitt College, Castlebar, Co Mayo


Bursaries and Awards


• Cathaoirleachs (Mayors) Award. Westport UDC

• Materials grants Mayo Co Council

• Linenhall nominee for AIB Award

• Recipient of a civic reception by Westport UDC

• Tyrone Guthrie Centre, MCC recipient