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Bronagh Lawson's Biography

Bronagh Lawson

Bronagh was born in Newtownards and brought up in Portaferry and Strangford, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. In the eighties, she left her home to explore life in another context. She completed a Foundation Diploma at Bristol Polytechnic and obtained a first-class degree in Textiles and Fashion from Winchester School of Art.

As one of ‘Thatcher's children’ on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, she started her own business in London, selling limited edition knitwear and jewellery. Awarded the Calvin Klein - Harvey Nichol Fulbright award in 1991 for excellence in Fashion, she went to study for four months at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

NI Arts Council

Bronagh returned to Northern Ireland in 1992 but unable to settle in the insular environment, left for Zaragoza, Spain, were she designed and made costumes for a Ballet troupe. Back home again in 1994, she taught art to a group of teenagers, before embarking on a formal business training with the NI Small Business Institute and the Townsend Enterprise Park. She has now been working for the last 12 years as a Training and Business Consultant in areas of multiple, severe deprivation in Belfast and the border counties, using her creative mind and professional business skills for a wider social purpose. During this time, she has kept up her ‘purely’ artistic practice in sketch books of her travels in Europe and Asia.

In the summer of 2005, she took a course in Etching at the Belfast Print Workshop (BPW) because she wanted to learn a new way of ‘downloading’ her creative thoughts. The course gave her an addiction to Etching, the output of which she has been showing in a number of exhibitions at the BPW. At the end of 2008 Bronagh, had a one-woman exhibition at the Clotworthy Arts Centre in Antrim.

Bronagh Lawson is currently Artist-in-Residence at the City East Business Centre where she is working on a new body of work; some selected pieces will start the City East Art Collection. During her residency she will work on a number of projects, the first of which is ON THE EDGE. Bronagh was attracted to the residency opportunity because it links together her artist practice and 13 years of consultancy experience working on social development projects mainly in interface areas.

Exhibitions

Engine Room Gallery Summer Show Engine Room Gallery, Belfast
July 2010
Cutting Stories, Engraving Lines Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
June to July 2010
Words and Image Belfast Print Workshop Gallery, Belfast*
June 2010
I Love Strangford – Solo exhibition Wild Strawberry Gallery, Strangford
Spring 2010
Royal Ulster Academy 128th Exhibition Northern Bank Buildings, Belfast
Autumn 2009
Curator of ON THE EDGE: 7 selected artists City East Business Centre, Belfast
September to October 2009
Engramme Eros/Thanatos selected prints Centre de production en estampes/diffusion en art actuel Quebec, Canada
October 2009
Love Passion & Revolution Grand Opera House, Belfast
April to May 2009
Saint Patrick’s Day exhibition Artzyard Gallery at Castleward, Strangford
March 2009
Spring/Easter exhibition Artzyard Gallery, Portaferry
February to April 2009
St. Valentine’s Love show Belfast Print Workshop Gallery, Belfast*
February 2009
Annual Christmas show Belfast Print Workshop Gallery, Belfast*
December 2008
Gallery listing Galerie L’Art au Zenith, Nyons (26), France
December 2008
Flowing Waters, Hidden Dragon – Solo exhibition Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim (N. Ireland)
November to December 2008
3D Print - Off the page Belfast Print Workshop Gallery, Belfast*
September 2008
Summer exhibition- 8 artists The Basement gallery, Enniskillen
May 2008
Annual Christmas show Belfast Print Workshop Gallery, Belfast*
December 2007
Double Elephant Prints Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
November 2007
New Irish Artists Killock Gallery Show, Jersey
September 2007
Selected Members  Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg, Canada
September 2007
10 x 10 — show based on identity in Ireland today Belfast Print Workshop Gallery touring to Cork*
September 2007
12 inch Belfast Print Workshop Gallery, Belfast*
July 2007
Artists response to the N.I. environment  Place exhibition space, Belfast
June 2007
Annual Christmas Show Belfast Print Workshop Gallery, Belfast*
December 2006
The Binary Experiment, Digital Prints Belfast Print Workshop Gallery, Belfast*
October 2006
What you see is what you see Belfast Print Workshop Gallery, Belfast*
October 2006
New Belfast Print Workshop members The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast
2005
3 Artists Downpatrick Arts centre
1991
*'Print circular' — Belfast Print Workshops Gallery's commercial web site