Bernadette Bradley

Freelance Book Cover Designer, Flyer Designer, & More

Location:Lifford, Donegal, Ireland
Phone: 0879176166
4 Skills
Artist/Tutor specialising in figurative and portraiture art work in various mediums including Acrylics and oils. Some art work can be viewed on at while website is about to be updated. Resume:
I am a local artist with extensive experience of working with children, youth and an older age group for community groups. I recently finished facilitating “Confluence The Three Rivers Project” comprising groups from Sion Mills, Castlefin and Lifford. This community project researched local history and imagery and concluded in an exhibition of future visions for the river areas involved. The exhibition was held in the newly refurbished old stable area in Sion Mills in early July. The Strabane Chronicle and The Strabane Weekly News covered the event.

I have facilitated groups in Belfast, Holywood, Castlederg, Strabane, Letterkenny and Lifford. Sion Mills features in my recent work as there is a sculpture by me located there, which was well received by the local press. “Abridged” is a publication by the arts council the February issue of which contains a photograph by me of the Sion Mills engine room (page 47). I have been commissioned by numerous public bodies to execute large-scale murals involving all age groups and cross border community initiatives.


Curriculum Vitae – relevant experience, qualifications and experience

RUA 2010 & 2011
Alley Theatre, Strabane Solo 2008
An Griannan Theatre, Letterkenny Solo 2007
Work selected for these at various times Tuesday’s Child, Glebe Gallery, Sligo
Small Works, Solas Nua, Context Gallery, Howth 1916 Asgard Mosaic Competition


North West Regional College, Derry (71849, 06/2009 - 06/2011, PT)

NOCN (09/2008 - 05/2009, PT)
NVQ (level 1 to 5)
Intermediate Floral Art and Design - NAFSA 21 cr 09/2009

Belfast Metropolitan College, Castlereagh Campus (71519, 1993 - 1994, FT)
BTEC Diploma
Art and Design Disti 1994 FAADS Foundation

Belfast Institute (09/1997 - 05/1998, PT)
FETAC (Ireland)
Teaching adult and further education pass 09/1997

Foundation Year
Foundation in Art and Design Pass 06/1977
BTEC Registration Number BG64746


ETB Drop in Centre
The Diamond Castlefinn
Art facilitation to community group
Ongoing, (interrupted by Covid )

Antilitter/Recycling project
Galway City Council
Art Facilitation to youth groups
Nov 2018-April 2019

Soul Craft Centre
8d Railway Street
Co Director/facilitation to community
April 2015

Sion Mills Education Trust
Address: Sion Mills Co. Tyrone
Nature of work: Art Tutor- Confluence Three River Project
From May 2013 to early July 2013

Strabane District Council
Address: 47 Derry Road, Strabane BT82 8DY
Nature of work: Portraiture Workshops in Newtownstewart
May 2013

Vocational Educational Committee
Address: Errigal College Letterkenny, Donegal
Nature of work: Art Tutor
From September 2005 to June 2006, part-time

Strabane District Council
Address: 47 Derry Road, Strabane BT82 8DY
Nature of work: Casual Art Tutor, includes community art contracts at Melvin Hall and Ballycolman Hall 2006

From January 2005 to December 2011, part-time

Border Arts Lottery Funded
Address: Stranorlar & Castlederg Arts Groups
Nature of work: Art tutor, includes crossborder art contract for mural work
From September 2000 to June 2001, part-time

Address: Various Belfast
Nature of work: Art Tutor
From April 1995 to June 1999, part-time
Belfast Project Work
Address: Upper Springfield Project, 1998
Crescent Art Workshops, 1995-1997
Nature of work: Art Tutor

North Down Borrough Council
Address: Queen's Hall, Holywood
Nature of work: Art & Craft Instructor
From September 1990 to September 1999, part-time

Nature of work: Art & Craft Instructor
Yearly Event 2005 - 2009

Address: Loretto Convent, Letterkenny
ddress: Cara House, Letterkenny
Nature of work: Art & Craft Instructor
Weekly over 2005

Address: Community Art Forum, Lifford
Nature of work: Art & Craft Instructor
Weekly over 2000

Public Mural work
Maguire Cup Mural Ballycolman Hall, Strabane 2005
Melvin Youth Club Mural Melvin Hall, Strabane 2005
“Haman” Murals “Wellbeing” Health & Beauty Spa 2005
Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone
“Popular Music” Mural Donegal Summer School of Music 2004
6 Towns Mural Strabane District Council 2004
St. Conals Historic Church of Ireland, Letterkenny 2003
Church Mural
Victorian Garden Mural Newtowncunningham Health Centre 2002
Italian Murals Pat’s on the Square, Letterkenny 2001
Cross Border Mural Border Arts Castlederg/Stranorlar 2000
Historic Mural Winecellar Entry, White’s Tavern, Belfast 1999
Children’s Mural Upper Springfield Project, Belfast 1998
Celtic Mural Newtowncunningham Health Centre 1998
Garden Mural Hillcrest Nursing Home, Letterkenny 1998
Turkish Mural The General Hospital, Letterkenny 1997
Titanic Theme Queens’s Hall Holywood, Co. Down 1996

Summary of relevant professional projects and activities

Recent Work pending

Drawn From Borders project to be exhibited (Derry/ FortDunree)

Galway County Council 2019
An anti litter art project ‘The trees have eyes’ facilitation project cumulating in outdoor sculpture for the Children’s Millennium Park in Galway city.

Masala Restaurant – Strabane November-December 2015

Depicted scenes of rural India in a series mural artworks and paintings throughout the restaurant.

Provided a series of art workshops and drop-in advisory sessions aimed at marginalized individuals within the community to promote wellbeing and resilience through a combination of art and reflective mindfulness.

Gutz Musical – November 2015

Set and backdrop design.

Soulcraft Centre CIC – Strabane Sep 2015-Present

Urney Presbyterian Church – Clady 2015

Facilitating a series of art classes for mature participants.

St. Patrick’s Pantomime – Strabane January 2015

Set design and facilitation.

Ferry Outhouse Mural – Ballindrait June 2005

Designed a round wall mural for Ferry outhouse.

Youth Club Murals 2005

The challenge was to ignite the youth interest in 2 different youth clubs to produce 4 large scale murals. Work evolved over 4 months and involved visual research by young and older attendees identifying local heroes and landmarks to pool an assortment of imagery. This was distilled to 4 works and celebrated the life of a youth club for Melvin Hall and the Sam Maguire Cup won by Tyrone for the Ballycolman Hall. In addition all participants created many personal artworks during the process of creating the murals. 2 murals were by me, the other two were executed by the participants under my guidance. The Client was Strabane District Council.

Border Arts 2000 – Castlederg & Stranorlar

I was chosen to facilitate two towns in the research, execution and development of two large scale murals,that celebrated uniqueness of place. Work was carried on in the respective towns and involved a series of night class facilitation in visual research. On completion of the murals both artists and communities met to exhibit and celebrate the results of their efforts.

The Client was Gordon Speer acting for Border Arts 2000.

Upper Springfield Project – Belfast 1998

Working right on the peace line divide between two communities in strife, my task was to facilitate Catholic and Protestant Groups to jointly create a vast wall mural for their community hall. Subject matter was tricky but eventually popular themes were agreed on. Belfast humour “saved the day” yet again. The resultant imagery included classic Belfast black city cabs animated with Simpson cartoon characters. Despite initial reticence from the participants, the endeavour to enhance their community hall fostered cooperation and enjoyment for all.

1. Weekly Art classes to local community hub in Castlefinn. Ongoing.

Artist’s Statement

Since attending art college in 1976 (University of Ulster), I have persisted on my visual journey. Linking myself to the ‘Romantics’ I have referenced the language of Dylan Thomas, and Yeats and my own poetry as a catalyst for much of my work. The ongoing conscious and subconscious dialogues and dilemma of one’s mortality and the human condition drive much of my art-making. For me, dreams, poetry and music are pointers to the invisible world of the spirit inspiring and informing a visual dialogue. Artistic maturity has involved me on a diversity of artistic exploration, embracing conceptual thinking through a variety of mediums. Experimenting and exhibiting through photographic narrative installation and performance art along with poetry is key to my artistic practice. Prevailing themes continue to inform my visual response to the tangible and unseen world. Anxiety is resulting from media saturation, and subsequent alienation. The malaise and resulting chaos of society’s reliance on addictive substances are concerns that find their way into my work. Then the task is to use the most appropriate medium to best convey that response. The human spirit conveyed in the portraiture is my other passion. I strive to capture the inner state as opposed to what the sitter presents. The intriguing phenomenon of human versus spirit pervades and fuels my thinking in art as in life.