GTG Artists Present: Ursula Burke


The Golden Thread is delighted to continue our series of new short films by artists reflecting on their work with a piece by Irish artist Ursula Burke.

Ursula’s film ‘From Canova to De Chirico’ looks at the integration of the classical and the surreal in her art.



About the Artist

Ursula Burke is an Irish artist who works in a variety of media including Porcelain Sculpture, Embroidery Sculpture and Drawing.

She currently has a solo exhibition at the Ulster Museum titled A False Dawn. She recently undertook an artist residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and a solo exhibition also titled A False Dawn.

She is winner of the Golden Fleece Award and the Visual Artists Ireland Suki Tea Award – March 2018. She undertook an artist residency and group exhibition titled So It Is with the Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, Jan – April 2017 and was awarded the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British School at Rome Fellowship in 2014. She is Joint Prize Winner of the Claremorris Open, Ireland 2015. Solo Exhibitions include The Precariat, The RHA Gallery, Dublin 2018; The Precariat, The Dock Arts Centre, Leitrim; Solo representation at Supermarket Art Fair Stockholm by Ormston House Limerick, March 2017; ‘Vestiges’ at Ormston House, Limerick September 2016 & ‘Vestige’ at the Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, during May 2016.

She undertook a major solo exhibition titled ‘Hope for a Better Past’ with the MAC Belfast, 2013 and worked with the National Portrait Gallery London on ’National Memories local Stories’ project during the same year. She is an Associate Academician of the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


GTG Artists Present is funded by Community Foundation NI

Porcelain Masterclass

Porcelain Masterclass with Ursula Burke at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

22 and 23 July
Time: 11am to 5pm, day one and two, with lunch break in between (lunch not provided).
Cost: £80 – includes all materials and firing of one piece.

Make your own piece of surrealist porcelain sculpture. Using the slip cast method, each participant will be encouraged to build a small piece of porcelain sculpture using plaster moulds made by participants. Strange and wonderful sculptures will be encouraged.

Day One – learn how to make two, three and four part plaster moulds. Objects to cast from will be provided.

Day Two – Learn how to slip cast using porcelain slip and plaster moulds made from day one in order to make a piece of porcelain sculpture.

A 50% deposit is required to secure a place. Please contact ursula.burke@gmail.com or 0044 7926806491.

Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
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