Halliday, Irene

Elected to RSW 1955

Artists Statement

I have already known how fortunate I was to live and work in Arbroath through school and college years. It was a rich environment, a sea town with harbours and related architecture, with imagery of trawler and fisherman and with a constant awareness for the sea. It provided romantic subject matter and invited painters to observe, to translate, to transform and to find the elusive pleasure of picture making.


1948 - 1953 - From Arbroath High School and Dundee Art College successive scholarship and lectureships before becoming Principal Lecturer, Head of Art & Design at Didsbury College of Education, Manchester Polytechnic 1956 - 1979. I also spent an academic year as a Visiting Professor at State University College, Buffalo, New York State, 1972 - 1973. I left full-time teaching at Manchester Polytechnic in 1979 but continued to teach summer schools in Alston, Hull, Lancashire and Harrogate. I have never moved far from Scottish painting and in 2002 have returned to live in Arbroath. The sea coast and the land around my home continues to give me great pleasure.


1994 - Derby City Art Gallery, Open Prize
1954 - Travelling Scholarship to Italy
1953 - Post Diploma Scholarship

Selected Exhibitions

Manchester Academy of Fine Arts
Solo Exhibition - Arbroath Art Gallery
Dundee Art Gallery
Salford Art Gallery
Solo Exhibition - Loomshop, Lower Largo
Lantern Gallery, Worsley
Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester
Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh
AIA Gallery, Buffalo, New York
RA, RSA, RSW and RGI Annual Exhibitions

Public Collections

Arbroath Art Gallery
Dundee City Art Gallery
Glasgow Art Gallery
Greenock Art Gallery
Bolton Art Gallery
Salford Art Gallery
Dundee Education Authority
Edinburgh Education Authority
Fife Education Authority
Manchester Education Authority
Wigan Education Authority
The Scottish Committee of the Arts Council of Great Britain
Glasgow University
Shell Centre, London
Granada TV
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
Co-Operative Bank, Manchester
BritOil, Glasgow
Pilkington Glass Plc, St Helens
CT Bowrings Plc, London
Commission by Churches in the Diocese of Manchester
Aumbry Door, St Johns, Miston
St Christopher's Withington
Church of St Chad, New Miston

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