Bernadette Burns lives and works on Sherkin Island.
Her work focuses on memory and change, on how there are many strands and versions of a story, rather than a clear and factual truth. Her work refers to places that have personal meaning or memories. The healing, spiritual and transforming qualities of water hold a special significance; her work constantly refers to lakes, pools, waterfalls, reservoirs, bays, beaches, shoreline and sea.
Her art practice is mainly painting, though she also works with drawing, photography, video and book making.
Bernadette was a lecturer in Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Technology for many years. She was one of the instigators of BA Visual Art, an innovative honours degree programme delivered by DIT on Sherkin Island. She has given up teaching in order to focus on her own art practice.
She has exhibited her work in Ireland, Spain and Greece.
November 2015, residency at Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annamaghkerrig (awarded bursary from Tipperary Co. Council).
September 2016, invited artist for Bád, Damer House Gallery, Roscrea
May 2015, Video work selected for Loop, Damer House Gallery, Roscrea
January 2009, Body of Water, exhibition of work by Bernadette Burns, Majella O’Neill Collins, Patricia Hurl and Therry Rudin at Galeria Safia, Barcelona,
November 2008, Body of Water, exhibition of work by Bernadette Burns, Majella O’Neill Collins, Patricia Hurl and Therry Rudi West Cork Arts Centre
2006, Exploring Tipperary at Source Arts Centre, Thurles,
2006, North Tipperary Artists, Co. Council offices, Nenagh,
2005, Jacob’s Ladder at the NSC, Mahon, Cork
2004, Crossing Over, The Warren Gallery, Castletownsend, Co. Cork and Cunnamore Art Gallery, Sherkin Island, West Cork