ARTIST'S BIOGRAPHY

Heather Wilson lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

After completing her B.Ed. in Dramatic Art with English, she went on to teach in primary education for five years.

From1998 - 2006, she attended the School of Art and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast, completing her foundation year, a B.A. in Fine and Applied Art, and a Masters of Applied Art.

Heather creates projections and object-based installation, wall mounted works and small-scale sculptural objects. Her work combines quality craftsmanship and aesthetics with a highly conceptual approach, often belying the perceptions and blurring the labels that are set up between fine and applied art. She is able to incorporate a diverse range of materials in her work, from glass to metal, porcelain, textiles, and print to photography. Through each of these mediums, she is able to bring her own unique voice allowing the material to give expression to what she wants to communicate.

Her recent work has explored the relationship between objects, lighting and space, with a focus on the installation of work. This approach helps to create unique and unusual outcomes, which are ideal for exhibition in architectural and gallery spaces.

As a qualified teacher, Heather has gained a vast experience in facilitating workshops at all levels from primary to tertiary levels of education, as well as in working with adult learners and cross community groups. She is skilled in talking about her practice through lectures and presentations and in helping to develop other people’s ideas and practice through discussion and demonstration. Recently, Heather was employed by the University of Ulster as an associate lecturer in the Fine and Applied Art Department.

Heather has been an active participant in the arts and crafts sector of Northern Ireland since 1998, through involvement in local and national craft fairs, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and through membership of arts organisations.