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Michelle Stephens

Michelle Stephens creates installations, wall mounted works and small scale sculptural objects.

Michelle graduated with First Class Honours from her B.A. (Hons) in Fine and Applied Arts Degree, Textile Art, in June 2010. During this time she spent a year on placement in the US as part of on the Business Education Initiative (BEI) Scheme 08/09. She is currently based at R-Space Gallery in the Linen Rooms, Lisburn, as part of Craft NI’s 2011 making it programme for craft business development.

A defining characteristic of my work has been the sustained commitment to the conceptual synthesis of contemporary and historical processes, with a particular interest in the exploration of line and structure. I reference the historical process of weave alongside new technologies. My work acts as a physical manifestation of my own personal reflections and reactions to given places as well as a dialogue with the particular materials and techniques

Her work combines quality craftsmanship and aesthetics with a highly conceptual approach. She utilises laser-cutting alongside woven construction techniques, with potential of adapting work to a variety of architectural and public spaces.

Michelle works to both public & private commission.

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2011 ‘Material Messages’, R-Space at the Linen Rooms Lisburn
2011 ‘A Christmas Trilogy’, SpaceCRAFT, Belfast
2011 ‘Making Christmas Special’, Craft NI Gallery, Belfast
2011 ‘Xmas Art at the Ivory’, Victoria Square, Belfast
2011 ‘Royal Ulster Academy’s 130th Annual Exhibition’, Ulster Museum, Belfast
2011 ‘Fragments’, Craft NI Gallery, Belfast
2011 National Crafts Competition Travelling Exhibition, Strabane, Dublin, Co. Sligo and Co. Westmeath
2011 RDS National Crafts Exhibition, RDS, Dublin
2011 ‘+1 Residency Show’, University of Ulster, Belfast
2010 The Christmas Exhibition, Waterfront Hall, Belfast
2010 ‘Christmas 200’, Canvas Gallery, Belfast
2010 Royal Ulster Academy’s 129th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
2010 ‘CRAFTFEST 2010’, Tower Gallery, Castle Ward
2010 National Crafts Competition Travelling Exhibition, Co. Wicklow, Dublin
2010 RDS National Crafts Exhibition, RDS, Dublin
2008 ‘Fusion II’, SpaceCRAFT, Belfast
2008 ‘Going Green’, Touring Exhibition, SpaceCRAFT, Belfast and The County Museum, Dundalk
2008 ‘Common Thread’, Arts Care gallery, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast
2008 ‘Degree Show 2010’, University of Ulster, Belfast
2007 ‘Fusion’, Space CRAFT, Belfast

2012 Lisburn Young Artist of the Year, Lisburn Arts Advisory Committee
2011 ‘Making It’ Programme participant, Craft NI
2011 Support for Individual Artist Programme, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
2011 Murial Gahan Scholarship Nominee
2011 1st Prize Multimedia Textiles, RDS Crafts Competition, RDS Dublin
2010 Murial Gahan Scholarship Nominee
2010 1st Prize Multimedia Textiles, RDS Crafts Competition, RDS Dublin
2006, 2007 & 2008 Dean’s Prize, Faculty of Arts, University of Ulster, Belfast

2011 ‘Untitled I’, purchased by private collector
2011 ‘Composition I-III’, purchased by private collector
2010 ‘Crepe Weave Series’, Open University Art Collection, Belfast
2010 ‘Just One’, purchased by private collector
2008 ‘Yellow’, purchased by private collector
2007 ‘Look A Little Closer’, purchased for private collection
2007 ‘Recycled and Reused Fragments I’, purchased by private collector

2011 Ulster Tatler
2011 Ulster Star
2010 Ulster Star
2010 Lurgan Mail
2010 Belfast Telegraph
2008 ‘Going Green: An exhibition of Craft, Applied Art and Design by 13 selected Arts/Designers/Makers’, CRAFTMARK, pp. 30-31
2008 Robinson, J. ‘Northern Ireland Homes and Lifestyle’, May 08, Issue 21, pp. 99-102
2007 ‘Moment by Moment: A Pilot Arts Programme at the Cancer Centre for Northern Ireland’ DVD and Information pack. Belfast Health and Social Care Trust in association with Artscare.
2007 ‘Moment by Moment: A collection of writings and artworks created by patients and staff of the Cancer Centre.’ Belfast Health and Social Care Trust in association with Artscare.

Contact Details

R-Space at the Linen Rooms,
32 Castle Street

Tel: 07908955614