Sharon Dipity graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London, 1986 with a B.A. Honours degree in Textiles; and U.C.E, Birmingham, 2001 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Scenography. She works across the media of drawing, sculpture, installation, printmaking, painting, textiles and performance. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in Ireland and Europe, most recently at Working Artist Studios, Ballydehob with her solo show ‘Leap of faith’. Sharon’s work is in several private collections. In 2014, Sharon was commissioned by HSE South Cork Arts and Health Programme to create a series of artworks for Blackrock Hall Primary Care Centre. Sharon is the recipient of several arts bursaries from ‘The Arts Council of Ireland’ and was awarded residencies at the ‘Ballinglen Arts Foundation’, Mayo in 2018 and ‘The Tyrone Guthrie Centre’, Co. Monaghan in 2010 with bursaries from Cork County Council; at ‘The Cill Rialaig Project’, Kerry, 2011; and at ‘Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre’, 2016 and 2017. She attended ‘CREATE Professional Development Course for Artists working in Health Care Settings’ in 2008. Sharon has worked on the Arts for Health Programme since 2007.
I actively develop links between my professional art practice and participatory arts. My approach is process led and projects are multi-disciplinary and accessible to all levels of ability. The residents’ interests and calendar year are starting points from which to branch out and introduce new ideas and techniques. My aspiration is to bring a little bit of magic and delight into the hospital environment with projects that inspire, provide stimulation and enhance enjoyment and confidence.