Brígh Strawbridge is an artist and designer based in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. She works in a variety of mediums and fields including drawing, painting with oils, watercolours, inks and acrylics, installations, paper cutting, set design, graphic design and photography. Her work covers a diverse and wide range of ideas. It is often inspired by nature and the culturally inherited narratives found in folklore, music, history and mythology . The intricate workings of nature and the fine line between the conscious and sub-conscious frequently feature in her work as does the wildlife and landscapes of her native Co. Wicklow.
She graduated from IADT (Institute of Art, Design & Technology) with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Fine Art (Visual Arts Practice). In 2012 she was awarded the Belmont Mill Residency shortly after graduating. Before spending four years at IADT she studied Art Foundation, Graphic Design and Photography at Stillorgan College of Further Education, Co. Dublin.
During her time in Northern Ireland she worked with some of the top art venues and organisations in Belfast including; The MAC, (The Metropolitan Arts Centre), The Crescent Arts Centre, Catalyst Arts, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich and Young At Art. As a Co-Director at
Catalyst Arts (2013- 2014), an artist led space that promotes both local and international artists, she co-curated and organised exhibitions within the space and other galleries around Northern Ireland. She has taught extensively in multiple venues across Northern Ireland including workshops and classes in Drawing & Sketching, Oil Painting in both Advanced and Beginners classes, Acrylic Painting, Watercolour & Ink Painting and Paper Cutting.
She has worked with Hoodwink Productions on the set design and production of Lilly's Magical Garden and Lilly's Magical Christmas , these dance based performances are specifically created for children in early development.
1st Class Honours, BA Fine Art, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún
Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, 2012
Art Foundation, Stillorgan College of Further Education, Co. Dublin, 2008
2020 Shine! Landscape Awards 2020 M.A.D.S Milano, Milan, Italy
2017 At The Fade, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Co. Offaly
2013 Precursor, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Co. Antrim
2012 IADT Showcase, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
2011 Rara Avis, The Drawing Project, Dún Laoghaire, Co.Dublin
2011 The Siege of Bitterns, D Light Studios, Dublin.
2010 Unit 30 Something, Smithfield Square Dublin.
2008 8 x 8 , Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.
Awarded a Bursary at Belmont Mill, Artists Studios, Co. Offaly, June - August 2012. Awarded the Solo Show at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, Co. Offaly October/November
Commissioned to produce The Fairytale Forest, at The MAC , on display November
2015 - January 2016.
Set Design & Production
The design and building of the set for Hoodwink Productions, Lilly's Magical Christmas
December 2015 and for Lilly's Magical Garden May 2016.
Album cover artwork, design and photography for Clear Skies by Réal