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Contemporary Visual Artist
Midge
a.k.a. Brigid Mullally, BSc Hons, MA
Born in 1963 in London, UK
@ ACE (Artistic Creations & Exhibits)
I am a professional multidisciplinary mixed media artist with fifteen years of experience, specializing in landscape, figurative, portraiture, and abstract painting. In addition to my artistic practice, I offer tuition to individuals of all ages through art workshops, demonstrations, and community-engaged projects. My extensive background includes significant involvement in exhibition curation and active participation in the voluntary arts sector.

Brigid Mullally (a.k.a. Midge) was born in London, UK, in 1963, and currently resides in Cheshire, UK. She is a multifaceted artist whose creative pursuits span various mediums and disciplines. Midge recently completed her studies, earning an MA in Contemporary Art with Industry Experience from Salford University in 2021. Prior to her artistic pursuits, Midge obtained a BSc Hons 2.1 in Software Development, showcasing her interdisciplinary approach to both technology and the arts.

Renowned for her dynamic and expressive works. Midge predominantly works on paper, canvas or specifically prepared hand made supports and employs combinations of oils, encaustic, cold wax, acrylics, soft pastels, charcoal, ink, and watercolour,  often intermixing these mediums to create vibrant and textural semi-abstract landscapes, seascapes, figurative compositions, still life scenes, abstract paintings and drawings. Her art is deeply influenced by her extensive travels or inspired by her love of nature and music, resulting in a diverse body of work that captivates viewers with its rich colours, textures, and conceptual depth. Her artistic vision is characterized by her exploration of diverse subject matters, observational studies and conceptual inquiries inspired by the natural environment, music, scientific concepts, symbolism, identity, mythology and cultural beliefs. Her commitment to pushing creative boundaries is evident in her participation in various notable projects and series. Recent work stemming from her MA research projects delve deeper into themes such as human resonance, somatic responses to music, psychology and sociology, resulting in experimental methods of printing and abstraction or adopting technologies to generate digital art. These explorations build upon earlier projects such as “Landscape Excursions” (2023) and “MonoTechniq” (2020), showcasing Midge’s evolving artistic practice and thematic depth.

Midge’s contributions to the art world extend beyond her solo endeavors, as evidenced by her participation in numerous group exhibitions and art events. Notable recent exhibitions include “Life as We See It” (2024) and “Landscape Excursions” (2023) at Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham, along with regular prior appearances in Cheshire Open Studios and Castle Park Arts Annual Open Exhibitions for which she received both Mayor’s and Visitor’s Choice Awards. She was additionally chosen as a Wildcard artist to partake in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year for three consecutive years (2015-2017). Her work has also been showcased at prestigious venues such as Chester Cathedral, Howarth Art Gallery, Stockport Art Gallery, Raw Sienna Gallery and Marburae Art Gallery. Midge’s art has garnered recognition from both critics and collectors, with her pieces being collected by private collectors in the UK, Ireland, France, and the USA. Additionally, her participation in events like “Panoply” at Partisan Collective and “All it’s Glory” at Chester Cathedral further solidifies her standing as a prominent figure in the contemporary art scene.

Voluntary Arts Contributions

Throughout her professional trajectory, her involvement in the voluntary arts sector has been enriched by the expertise garnered over an 18-year tenure in the Telecommunication industry, where she served as a software engineer and project manager. This background has proven instrumental in orchestrating a myriad of local and regional art initiatives, including but not limited to the coordination of esteemed events such as Cheshire Open Studios (2011 – 2023), Castle Park Arts Annual Open Exhibition (2016 – present), and “The OPEN Contemporary” in collaboration with SKarts at Stockport Art Gallery (2011-2012). Moreover, her recent endeavor entailed spearheading the conception and execution of a ‘Digital Arts Strategy’ Project (2023), which received funding from the UK Government Levelling Up Fund and was conducted in partnership with the local council and Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham.

Her tenure within the voluntary sector has additionally afforded her the opportunity to engage in various art installation projects, characterized by community-centric and socially immersive workshops. These endeavors include notable contributions to events such as the Cultural Olympiad Celebrations & MMU/Crewe Centenary Celebrations (2012), Spilling the Beans (2013), and, more recently, the Covid19 Reflections Project (2023) in collaboration with Cheshire West & Chester Council. Notably, her dedication to the arts sector was recognized with the nomination as the Arts Committee Chair (2023) at Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham. In this capacity, she diligently serves on a voluntary part-time basis alongside the Board of Trustees and the Arts Committee, comprising a committed cadre of volunteers tasked with curating the center’s annual exhibition program across its five gallery spaces.

Mixed media ARTIST
MENTOR & TEACHER
CReative designer
 RESEARCHER
FACILITATOR
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Art is the thread that connects our inner and outer worlds. Exploration and learning help provide the impetus for creating art, where as intuition based on knowledge and experiences form the crucial linchpins which help me bring my inspiration and ideas together into something meaningful and engaging.

Midge

Education

2018-2021 MA Contemporary Art with Industry Experience, University of Salford Graduated 2021

2011 PTTLS – Level 4, Mid Cheshire College, Cheshire
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector – Level 4

2005 NOCN, Mid Cheshire College, Cheshire
National Open College Network, Art & Design Studies – Level 2

1998–2001 The University of Salford, Salford, Manchester
BSc Hons 2.1 in Software Development.

KEY ROLES

July 2009 to Present Professional Mixed Media Artist & Art Tutor
Jan 2016 to Present Professional Art Tutor – Life Drawing,  Bespoke Dance & Functions
2011-Present Arts Committee Chair & Curator (voluntary role), Castle Park Arts Centre & Galleries

2011 to 2023 Project Coordinator (voluntary role), Cheshire Open Studios

For more information also see Workshops, Community and Exhibitions and Experience below for additional work-related information or contact me for a full resume/CV.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023: Landscape Excursions, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2017: Mount Pleasant Open Studios/Sculpture Trail, Mount Pleasant Gardens, Kelsall, Cheshire, UK
2017: O.S.D., Abbeywood Gardens, Cheshire, UK
2016: O.S.D., Winsford Marina, Winsford, Cheshire, UK
2015: O.S.D., Goostrey, Cheshire, UK
2014: O.S.D., Winsford, Cheshire, UK
2014: The Red Lion, Winsford, Cheshire, UK
2012: O.S.D, Event City, Manchester, UK
2011: O.S.D., Winsford, Cheshire, UK
2010: O.S.D., Winsford, Cheshire, UK

JOINT EXHIBITIONS & COLLABORATIONS

2024: “Life as We See It”, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2020: Mono Techniq (with 3D artist Craig Louden), Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2017: “Reflections”, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire UK
2014: Art in the Park Festival, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2012: Manchester Gift Show, Event City, Manchester, UK
2012: The Studio, Nantwich, Cheshire, UK
2012: Art on the Balcony, Glasshouse Bar & Grill, Sandbach, Cheshire, UK
2011: Student & Classes Exhibition at Castle Part Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2024: Winter Open Exhibition, VAC Gallery, Northwich, Cheshire, UK
2023: Castle Park Arts 38th Annual Open Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2020: Castle Park Arts 35th Annual Open Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, UK
2017: Castle Park Arts 34th Annual Open Art Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Cheshire, UK
2017: Abbeywood Arts Exhibition, Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere, Cheshire, UK
2016: Castle Park 32nd Annual Open Art Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2014: Castle Park 30th Annual Open Art Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2014: Open Exhibition, Cubby Hole Arts Hub, Crewe, Cheshire UK
2014: St Luke’s Joy of Art Exhibition, Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere, Cheshire, UK
2013: Castle Park 29th Annual Open Art Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2012: Castle Park 28th Annual Open Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2012: “The Open Contemporary” with SKarts, Stockport Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
2012: St Luke’s Joy of Art Exhibition, Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere, Cheshire, UK
2011: St Luke’s Joy of Art Exhibition, Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere, Cheshire, UK
2011: Castle Park 27th Annual Open Art Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2010: Castle Park 26th Annual Open Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019: “Panoply”, MA Group Exhibition, Partisan Collective, Islington Mill, Salford, UK
2018: CASC Exhibition, Abda Gallery, Northwich, Cheshire, UK
2017: Cheshire Open Studios Annual Open Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Cheshire, UK
2016: Cheshire Open Studios Annual Open Exhibition, Charles Roe House, Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK
2016: Eclectic Mix 3, Howarth Art Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire UK
2016: “All it’s Glory” with Art up Close at Chester Cathedral, Chester, Cheshire, UK
2015:
Cheshire Open Studios Annual Open Exhibition, Funky Aardvark Gallery, Chester, UK
2015: Northern Artist Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2014: Seaside Exhibition, Salt Line Studios, Alsager, Cheshire, UK
2014: Northern Artists Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2014: Art up Close Artists Exhibition, Electric Picture House, Congleton, Cheshire, UK
2014: Cheshire Open Studios Annual Exhibition, Marburae Art Gallery, Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK
2014: Spilling the Beans with Art up Close, Crewe Hall, Crewe, Cheshire, UK
2012: Cheshire Open Studios Annual Exhibition, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2011: Room at the Top, Victoria Mill Arts Centre, Congleton, Cheshire, UK
2011: Cheshire Open Studios Annual Exhibition, Raw Sienna Gallery, Knutsford, Cheshire, UK
2010: Cheshire Open Studios Annual Exhibition, Victoria Mill Arts Centre, Congleton, Cheshire, UK

AWARDS

2016: Mayor’s Choice Award, Cheshire Open Studios Annual Exhibition
2014: Visitor’s Choice Award, Castle Park 30th Annual Exhibition

ARTS EXPERIENCE

2009 – Present: Professional Mixed Media Artist & Art Tutor
2016 – Present: Professional Art Tutor (Life Drawing), Bespoke Dance & Functions
2011 – Present: Arts Committee Chair & Curator, Castle Park Arts Centre & Galleries
2011 – 2024: Project Coordinator & Curator (voluntary role), Cheshire Open Studios

2023: Project Admin/Artist Assistant (w. Lead Artist Helen Davies), Covid-19 Reflections, Frodsham, UK
2023: Arts Project Administrator, “Digital Arts Strategy”, UK Government Levelling Up Fund & Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK
2023: Lead Artist, Teens Summer Art School, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK

2019: Lead Artist, “Painting the Seasons”, Overhall Primary School (Artmarks), Winsford, Cheshire, UK

2018: Art Demonstrator, Seascape Oil painting, Warrington Art Group, Warrington, Cheshire, UK
2018: Art Tutor, Watercolour Workshops, Hale Art Group, Wirral, UK

2017: Wildcard Artist, Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, Gower Penninsula, Wales, UK
2017: Art Demonstrator, Mixed Media Pastel Painting, Congleton Art Group, Congleton, UK
2017: Art Demonstrator, Mixed Media Pastel Landscape Painting, Davenham Art Group, Cheshire, UK

2016: Art Tutor, Mixed Media Acrylic & Pastel Painting, Sandbach Art Group, Cheshire, UK
2016: Wildcard Artist, Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, Ambleside, Lake District, UK

2015: Art Demonstrator, Landscape Oil Painting Workshops, Goostrey Art Group, Cheshire, UK
2015: Wildcard Artist, Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport, UK

2014: Lead Artist, ‘WWI’ with Cloughwood Academy (Artmarks), Northwich, Cheshire, UK

2013: Lead Artist, “Big Draw” with Bexton Primary School, Knutsford, Cheshire, UK
2013: Lead Artist, “Spilling the Beans” with Art Up Close, Crewe Senior Forum, Crewe, Cheshire
2013: Lead Artist, ‘Gustav Klimt’ with Cloughwood Academy (Artmarks), Northwich, Cheshire, UK

2012: Assistant Artist, Cultural Olympiad Celebrations (w. Lead Artist Michael Troy), The Brooks Children’s Centre, Crewe, UK
2012: Lead Artist, Cheshire East Council & Art Up Close, MMU/Crewe Centenary Celebrations – “Railway History” with Beech Road School in Crewe, Cheshire, UK
2012: Lead Artist, Cheshire East Council & Art Up Close, MMU/Crewe Centenary Celebrations – “Emotions” with Wistaston Drama Group in Crewe, Cheshire, UK

2011: Lead Artist, Brusheads (Art for the Elderley) with Art Up Close,, Crewe, Cheshire, UK
2011: Exhibition Organiser/Marketing & Promotions, Skarts – The Open Contemporary Art Exhibition, Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport, Manchester, UK
2011: Lead Artist, “Working in the Round”, Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport, Manchester, UK
2011: Art Demonstrator, July Festival, Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK

artistic research
We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.

John Dewey

 

 

community engagement
Art serves as a catalyst for healing individuals, our society and our environment.

Healing Arts,

Featured Services
WORKSHOPS & DEMOS

Private or group tuition, contract-based workshops, art group or public demonstrations.

exhibitions

Find out where you can see my work as part of solo, group, and local exhibitions.

Burning Skies
COmmissions

Any type of commissions considered in pastel, acrylic, oil, encaustic or mixed media.

Wistaston Drama Group
Community Projects

Socially engaged community projects with schools, elderly or vulnerable groups

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    CONTACTS

    Phone: +44 (0)7808944550

    Email: midge@artjournals.co.uk

    working hours

    Monday-Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00

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