Education: University of Ulster 1984- 1987 BA (Hons) Decorative and Applied Arts, Ceramics. Rupert Stanley College. Belfast. 1983 Foundation degree Art and Design. NVQ 2 with Distinction General printmaking SERC. Bangor 2013.
Steph was born in Belfast, and now lives and works as an Artist in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Steph is a member and former board member of Seacourt Print Workshop a large printmaking collective in Bangor. Steph uses this facility as her studio space, and facilitates classes in Cyanotype, Textile heat press, Screen Printing and Photo Intaglio techniques. Steph exhibits nationally and internationally and was the recipient of many Individual and disabled artist awards. The Artist is involved in voluntary support for well being in the arts, she is a member of University of Atypical, and Visual Artists Ireland.
The Artist explores and returns to themes concerning “A sense of place”; The relationship to the land, identity, history and ancestry. Through printmaking, mixed media and photographic references, she expresses these traces of memories through construction and deconstruction of colour, line and mark making in search for the essence of a place in time, the connection to the past and a sense of belonging. Steph's practice is rooted in landscape. " I paint what I find as an artefact, documenting as a reimagined memory of a place in time: the emotion, the oneness. Remembering allows concentration, my physical limitations loose importance and I am free to "walk" for miles in my imagination"
SOLO SHOWS 2020 The Persistence of Memory. Ards Arts Centre. Newtownards (postponement until 2021)
2019 Resilience. Seacourt Print Workshop. Bangor
2017 Environmental Baggage. Seacourt The Centre For Contemporary Printmaking. Bangor.
GROUP SHOWS 2021 Making the Future. Ulster Museum. Belfast My Lockdown Sanctuary. Seacourt Print Workshop. Bangor
2020 International Mini print Biennale 2020. Seacourt Print Workshop. Bangor 2019 Creative Peninsula. Ards Arts Centre Bangor Castle Museum
2018 Shape Arts Open. “The Social Model of Disability” The Pavillion Gallery. London. Creative Peninsula. Ards Heritage Arts centre. Bangor Castle Museum. International Mini Print Biennale. Seacourt Gallery Bangor. That was then, this is now. Seacourt Gallery Bangor.
2017 Creative Peninsula. Ards Arts Centre Arizona group show. Seacourt Gallery Bangor Restoration. The National Trust. Mount Stewart. Guest 2. ADF Gallery, Belfast. Marking Identity. Belfast International Airport.
2016 Members Show. Seacourt Gallery. Bangor. Symbiosis. Bothnia Biennale. The Cultural Centre, Vanha Paukku, Lapua. Finland. Peoria City Gallery. Arizona, USA. Pyramid Atlantic Gallery . Washington D.C. Edens Blueprint. The Oriel Gallery. Antrim, N.I. Peoria Gallery. Arizona. USA. Belfast International Airport. First and Deputy 1st Ministers Office, Brussels. 20×20. Hot Bed Press Neo Artists Gallery. Bolton. West Yorkshire Print. The Art House. Wakefield. Blue Coat Print. Liverpool. Oceanographic. Seacourt Gallery. Bangor. Portaferry Visitor Centre.
2015 AIMPE. Awagami. Tokushima. Japan. Members Show. Seacourt Gallery. Bangor. First and Deputy 1st Ministers office. Brussels. F.E McWilliams Gallery, Banbridge. 20×20. Hot Bed Press.
2014 Members Show. Seacourt Gallery. Bangor. Printmakers. SERC Bangor.
WORKSHOPS Course facilitator at Seacourt Print Workshop Photo intaglio Cyanotype Heat press textiles Screen printing A level Schools general printmaking Volunteer work. Chest, Heart and Stroke
AWARDS Arts and Business Awards commission 2021 Northern Irish Screen, Digital Film Archive commission 2021 DDAF award commission of work 2021 Ards and North Down Council Artist award 2020 University of Atypical Arts Council NI emergency funding 2020/21 IDA ADF artist award 2020/21 IDA ADF artist award 2018/2019 Ards and North Down council Artist award 2017/2018 IDA ADF Artist award 2016/2017
RESIDENCIES Vannah Pakkua Cultural centre. Lapua, Finland. September 2017
COLLECTIONS Awagami. Tokoshima, Japan. Civil Service N.I collection, Arts Council. 2019