Born in Clones, Co Monaghan, in 1944, Constance Short has worked both as
an artist and as an arts organiser and cultural conduit.

Artist Biography
Arts Organiser and Cultural Conduit Biography

Artist Biography

In the past 40 years Constance Short has had solo exhibitions, executed commissions (Bank of Ireland and GAA Museum etc) , given workshops on many aspects of Art, and painted murals with children, (approx 40 with the Arts Councils "Paint on the wall scheme") and community groups and whole villages and colleges, with the biggest "cast" being 5000 in Crossmaglen ,and in Dundalk IT (3000). Her most recent art in the community projects involves tile (Ardee girls NS with 300 participants) and a 3-d models of The Secret Garden, Dundalk Museum with a group of children.

Her work has taken her to many countries (mainly solo exhibitions and workshops):Ireland; Dublin, Hugh Lane Gallery ( Graphic Studio group) Henkricks Gallery (group shows) and Project (solo and group) etc. Galway: solo shows in Galway Arts Centre, Town Hall Theatre, Spiddal Library and Aras Eanna, Inis Oirr. Belfast: Fenderesky Gallery (group) theatres (solo). Dundalk: Basement gallery (solo), schools (40) and community centres. The USA; New York City, ( solo show, SoHo 20 gallery) Fairfield University, Conn, (solo show and workshops as part of their international visiting artists programme) Wellesley University, Mass( solo) and Westfield State University, Mass (workshops), England; London in The Poetry Society (twice), Germany; Wiesbaden, (invited by Lar Cassidy/ The Arts Council, part of Frankfurt Book Fair), The Czech Republic (solo) and Australia (group).

Her most recent major Dublin exhibition; THE WHOLE 9 YARDS, was in Project Arts Centre, Dublin in Nov 2003 and her next; I BELONG ON THE BORDER was in The Basement Gallery Dundalk 5th Nov 26th Nov 2004, an eight room installation in print, paint, wood sculpture, sound and light, live performances, documentation etc., dealing with all the aspects of marginalisation.

The Linen Hall Library Belfast exhibited The Whole 9 Yds from Sep27th to Oct 15th 2004. Constance did a residency in the library for the first week receiving groups to discuss the contents of her artwork. This was repeated in Galway Arts Centre in Janruary 2005.

She has written extensively on the Arts, most recently in CONTEXT and The Sculpture Society Magazine.
She was a member of The Graphic Studio in Dublin for 10 years.

Constance Short has worked with poets Paul Durcan (Collaborative pieces for our 50th Birthdays in 1994 and 60th birthday in 2004), Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill (cover of her book Pharaoh's Daughter), Eavan Boland (six drawings: In Her Own Image), The Poetry Society, London ( 2 Exhibitions). Cover for London poetry magazine Aquarius, and with Macdara Woods, for “From Inniskeen to Parnassus”, and many more.

Arts Organiser and Cultural Conduit Biography

As arts organiser and cultural conduit, Constance Short, is a founder member of Project, East Essex St,. At that time she was also secretary and exhibitor with Independent Artists (annual exhibition Hugh Lane Gallery) who were the most vociferous lobbyists for the renewed arts act of 1973. She set up the arts office for Dundalk UDC (now Town Council) on a consultative basis from 1987-1990,(a unique achievement at the time) bringing major artists, poets and theatre groups to Dundalk, and initiating many arts in community projects such as theatre workshops for amateur drama groups, Tarry Flynn with Thomas Mac Anna and cast chosen from nine amateur groups, platform concerts for emerging musicians both classical and traditional, Saturday morning children's art classes, summer arts projects and so on.

Employed originally as Education Officer with Co-operation North, Constance saw the need for deeper involvement from the groups who were twinning North and South. So she initiated and implemented the cultural ( straight arts exchanges) and cultural diversity ( asking why to violence, our attitudes and perceptions) programmes for Co-Operation North, now Co-operation Ireland, from an extensive North/South woman's exchange programme to major conferences on cultural diversity funded by the IFI., for example; Cultural in Ireland, Division or Diversity?, Traditional Music, Whose Music ? etc.

She has been a shareholder in the Abbey Theatre, has worked on projects with Poetry Ireland ( Cross border Poetry Comp.,) The Irish Film Board/NI Film Board,( zig-zaged the border with mobile cinema for three weeks to celebrate 100 years of Film and much more.

With Tony Carroll, Constance is currently, compiling a poetry, prose and visual arts anthology EDDIES OWN AQUARIUS which will contain the work of many major figures in these arts throughout Ireland England Scotland and Wales and who are contributing their work to celebrate the 70th birthday of the London based poet and editor of the renowned poetry magazine AQUARIUS, EDDIE S LINDEN (known also as Edward Sean Glackin Watters Quinn). Date of publication; 2005.