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Ursula Halpin


Ursula Halpin was born in Dublin, Ireland. In 1991 she moved to Galway to study a Diploma of Fine Art at the Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology majoring in Printmaking before taking a break to raise her daughter. Halpin graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours (First class) from University of South Australia and her work has been exhibited locally at SASA Gallery, Nexus, Seedling Art Space, and Fontanelle and nationally at SCU, ANU and Wagga National Glass Gallery, NSW. Halpin was awarded the Graduate in Residence by Canberra Glassworks, (ACT) undertaken in March and April of 2017 and a Helpmann Academy mentorship with artist Kirstie Rea during that same period.

Halpin’s practice spans glass, textiles and sculpture. In the accompanying Fran Festival exhibition at Sister Gallery, NÁIRE ORTHU (Shame on you all) Halpin explores how her family traditions of craft have assisted in overcoming generations of inherited trauma and shame. Using glass material incorporating textiles, in particular Irish lace and Irish crochet-lace, Halpin’s practice looks at developing a new feminist discourse. Through autobiographical narratives Halpin examines how making has assisted in transcending, estrangement, loss of identity and culture as a result of experiencing abjection through historical and contemporary immigration.

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