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Christine O’Reilly Wilson

A foundation course in Art and Design led eventually to a degree in Fine Art at John Moores University in 1996.

In 1998 Christine won a scholarship from ”The Margaret Wethered Bequest Fund” to finance a Masters Degree from the University of Liverpool.

2000 – 2002, awarded financial bursary and academic support from North West Arts Setting-up Scheme.

Christine has exhibited widely over a number of years in various parts of this country, Europe and the USA. Christine is involved in various local art groups and shows with them on a regular basis.

A winner of the National Acrylic Painters Prize in 2004. Part of the very successful, “TEN” exhibition during the 2004 Liverpool Biennial, in which she showed with Maurice Cockrill, John Hoyland and Terry Duffy among the ten artists.

Recently Christine was one of the prize-winners in The Alternative Turner Competition held in Liverpool in 2007.

The artist has a studio space at Arena Studios, 4 Jordan Street, Liverpool.

Christine has been part of various Community Art projects, working all over the North West, she also goes into schools to work as an artist, as well as teaching Art and Design in Secondary Education.

During the summer 2009 I was again based in the Williamson Art Gallery involved in delivering Art workshops for children aged 8 - 15 years of age. I led an abstract painting group of workshops.

The theme of the whole programme was science and technology. We looked at insects, leaves, fibres and all kinds of things to discover the structures that are normally hidden from the human eye.

Working on canvas boards, the children painted the images taken from under microscopes of bacteria, germs and virus, as well as images taken from outer space looking back at the earth. Some of the paintings where absolutely stunning and a couple of examples are on this page.

I have a wide experience of working with children, young adults and older adults.

I am a print-maker and painter by preference but have led classes in drawing, 3-d design ceramics and textiles.

My love is working with colour and I do try to bring that into most things I do.

In Autumn 2009 I was involved in the Fringe Festival, working with Urban Arts to create pastel motifs on selected buildings icluding Parr Street and Wood Street.

In September 2009 I had a solo show at Norton Priory in Runcorn. It is a beautiful and tranquil place and informed the series of works I produced for the exhibition.

I was very interested in the history of the place and the turmoil of the reformation, and a lot of the work is my response to ideas that developed from that point.

At present I am trying to focus on work for the 2010 Liverpool ArtsBiennial. Jane Hughes, Wendy Williams, Sue Mycroft and myself plan to have an exhibition for the first month of the festival in The Gallery in Stanhope Street.