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Deardre McKibbin

Born in Hertfordshire in 1958, I spent my formative childhood years in Switzerland before the family moved back to Northern Ireland where I have lived ever since. Following a teaching degree which majored in mathematics and art I found the only demand in schools at that time was for my skills as a mathematician. I left the teaching profession in 1990 to raise my own family and gradually found the time to become more absorbed in the visual arts again. With my new found time I studied architecture at QUB to a post graduate level and returned to life drawing, painting and ceramics.
In 2002 I started and managed a not for profit gallery for emerging artists which I ran for 4 years during which I curated 25 mostly solo or two man exhibitions. During this time I decided to take my own artistic endeavours more seriously and returned to drawing, painting and sculpture in both ceramics and bronze, as my main artistic outlets. A year’s BTEC foundation course at Castlereagh College for which I attained a distinction, confirmed my desire to keep my skills broad based and gave me the confidence to come out as an artist.
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