Studied at the University of Ulster

Sandra Turley was born in England in 1950 and studied at the University of Ulster, Coleraine from 1968 to 1971 and at Queens University, Belfast from 1971 to 1975.

View “This Original Self” within the Collection

This Original Self by Sandra Turley

This Original Self by Sandra Turley

Using the Process of Devore Printing

The artist book ‘This Original Self” within the Wexford County Art Collection has absence as its subject. Created through the process of Devore Printing, in which the natural fibres of the fabric are burnt away leaving ghostly images of a portrait with text from a poem. The portrait and the words within this book are never complete, sentences never begin or end, everything is fragmented and suggested. The book is bound in an accordion style in cloth-covered boards.


  • Universtiy of Ulster, Coleraine, 1968-71
  • Queens University, Belfast, 1971-75
  • Upper Bann Institute of Further Education, Lurgan, 1995-96
  • University of Ulster, Belfast, 1996-99

Solo Exhibitions

  • ‘Conceived’ Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York, United States of America, 2001
  • “Passage/Pasaiste”, Residency Show, Ceardlann na gCroisbhealach, Falcarragh, Co. Donegal, 2000

Group Exhibitions

  • “Selected Works from the Women’s Studio Workshop’, Westchester Gallery, New York, 2003
  • ‘6×6 for Ireland”, 411 Gallery, Hangzhou, Chine, 2003
  • “Iontas’, Fourteenth National Small Works Competition, Sligo, Portadown, Limerick, 2003
  • ‘International Book Arts Exhibition”, Jordan River Arts Centre, Michigan, United States of America, 2002
  • ‘Iontas’, Twelfth National Small Works Art Competition and Exhibition, Sligo, Belfast, Cork, 2001
  • 2nd Mini-Textile International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Mxespai, Barcelona, 2000
  • ‘Diversity’, Harmony Hill Arts Centre, Lisburn, N. Ireland, 1999
  • ‘Passing On’, The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 1999
  • ‘Textile Art in Focus”, The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast, 1998


  • Bloomfield Award for Best Textile Design Student, Upper Bann Institute, Co. Armagh, 1996
  • Artists book Residency Grant, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York, 2001
  • Art Flight, Arts Council of Ireland, 2001
  • The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Craigavon Borough Council Regional Bursary Annaghmakerrig, 2002
  • General Art Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 2003


  • Craigavon Borough Council, Co. Armagh
  • Craigavon Area Hospital
  • Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York
  • Virginia Commonwealth Unversity, Virginia
  • Bucknell University, Pennsylvania
  • Reed College Library, Portland, Oregon
  • Wellesley College, Storrs, USA