After the History

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126 Artist-Run Gallery & Studios is delighted to present After the History by Ursula Burke, preview; Friday, 30th July from 6 to 9 pm. Please pre-book a place now. Booking is free and open to all.  The exhibition will run until August 22nd 2021. Wed – Sun, 12 to 6 pm.


Ursula Burke’s work explores abuses of power in many realms of the social and political in the West. Whilst her work is born out of a context of contested spaces, identities and borders within Ireland her work also looks outwards towards multiple international paradigms, posing questions in relation to the success or failure of the political enterprise in contemporary terms. Formally, her work appropriates tropes deeply invested in the Classical, and re-inserts them in the contemporary. She is also inspired by historic tropes of representation and display in Medieval and Renaissance wall tapestries such as the Cluny Tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn, which were in themselves expressions of power relations and societal hierarchies.


For this exhibition she explores these themes and has created a new sculptural work using the age old and prized method of fine art tapestry, a new skill which she practiced during Covid restrictions. Woven throughout the exhibition textile sculpture and porcelain/soft sculpture can be found including a sculpture dedicated to the French Mannerist Sphinx called Blue Sphinx.   



Ursula Burke is an Irish artist who works in a variety of media including Porcelain Sculpture,Embroidery Sculpture and Drawing. Much of her Fine Art practice deals with issues of Representation and Identity within contemporary Ireland.


She was recently awarded a Markievicz Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Decade of Centenaries, Department of Arts and Culture. She had a solo exhibition at the Ulster Museum, Belfast titled A False Dawn in 2020. She undertook an artist residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and a solo exhibition also titled A False Dawn in September 2019. She is a winner of the Golden Fleece Award and the Visual Artists Ireland Suki Tea Award – March 2018. She undertook an artist residency and group exhibition titled So It Is with the Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, Jan – April 2017 and was awarded the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British School at Rome Fellowship in 2014. She is Joint Prize Winner of the Claremorris Open, Ireland 2015. Solo Exhibitions include The Precariat, The RHA Gallery, Dublin 2018; The Precariat, The Dock Arts Centre, Leitrim; Solo representation at Supermarket Art Fair Stockholm by Ormston House Limerick, March 2017; ‘Vestiges’ at Ormston House, Limerick September 2016 & ‘Vestige’ at the Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, during May 2016. She undertook a major solo exhibition titled ‘Hope for a Better Past’ with the MAC Belfast, 2013 and worked with the National Portrait Gallery London on ’National Memories local Stories’ project during the same year. She is an Associate Academician of the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Her work is part of the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; the Arts Council of Ireland; the Linenhall Library, Belfast; the Ulster Museum Collection, Belfast; the Office of Public Works, Ireland; the Harbour Commission Northern Ireland and in private collections nationally and internationally.