Irene Sanderson is a painter, illustrator, printmaker and calligrapher, working mainly in ink and watercolour on absorbent papers such as Xuan and washi.  This is a very immediate process and very expressive but ink grinding and paper stretching make it time-consuming and meditative.

She leads holidays for hfholidays and conducts workshops throughout the country teaching the arts of watercolour and ink on paper.

2018

Cumbria Open 2018  Upfront Gallery, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith

2017

Cumbria Open 2017  Upfront Gallery, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith

Designer and illustrator for blossom  A novel by Masako Saito translated by Don Sanderson published by Donko Books  www.donkobooks.com

Fluidity  Joint show with ceramicist Bridget Drakeford.  The Ice House, Holland Park, London.  In Association with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts and Leisure Services

Summer Exhibition The Lake Artists Society, Grasmere, Cumbria

Spirit in the Eden Armathwaite, Carlisle

hArt BD Fownhope, Hereford HR1 4PU  www.bdporcelain.co.uk

2016

Cumbria Open 2016  Upfront Gallery, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith  www.up-front.com

Designer and illustrator for Katie and the Floods published by Joellen publications  www.joellenpublications.co.uk 

Spirit in the Eden Armathwaite, Carlisle

hArt BD Fownhope, Hereford HR1 4PU  www.bdporcelain.co.uk

2015

Cumbria Open 2015  Upfront Gallery, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith  www.up-front.com

hArt Venue 7  Fownhope, Hereford HR1 4PU  www.bdporcelain.co.uk

Lead artist  The Big Draw  Florence Arts Centre, Florence Mine, Egremont CA22 2NR  www.florencemine.com

Designer and illustrator for Joe and the Camera published by Joellen publications  www.joellenpublications.co.uk

Borderlines  Workshop with author Sue Fox for the Carlisle Book Festival www.borderlinescarlisle.co.uk

2014

Alston Art Group Summer Show

Spirit in the Eden Armathwaite, Carlisle

hArt  Venue 43  Fownhope, Hereford HR1 4PU  www.bdporcelain.co.uk

C-Art: Ground  Florence Arts Centre, Florence Mine, Egremont CA22 2NR (C-Art 2014)   www.florencemine.com  Group exhibition

Upfront Gallery Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith   Exhibition of works as one of their resident artists  www.up-front.com

Chinese Landscape Approaches  “The Grot”, Rydal Hall, Rydal (“…this beautiful retreat” Wordsworth)

The Big Draw  Florence Arts Centre, Florence Mine, Egremont CA22 2NR  www.florencemine.com (awarded commendation)

Designer and illustrator for Joe and the Window published by Joellen publications  www.joellenpublications.co.uk

2013
Contemporary Cumbria  Upfront Gallery, Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria

Borderlines  Joint show with ceramicist Bridget Drakeford.  The Ice House, Holland Park, London.  In Association with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts and Leisure Service

2012
Gallery II  Rheged, Penrith
Rock Solid? expo  Kendal Museum, Station Road, Kendal
Public Art Collection, House of Lords (Two works selected for the permanent collection)

2011
Twelve (Cumbrian Artists)  The Gallery, Rheged, Penrith

2010
hart (Hereford Art Week)  Artist in residence: Fownhope, Hereford
Love Carlisle – Love/Hate Banner  Artist-guide for youth project
The Rock Currock Youth Project, Currock, Carlisle

2009
Eden  Mural: Cranstons Food Hall, Cranstons, Ullswater Road, Penrith
At the Eastern Gate  Joint show with ceramicist Bridget Drakeford.  The Ice House, Holland Park, London.  In Association with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts and Leisure Service
Ink & Stone  Solo exhibition: Hip Gallery, neo’s, Cockermouth, Cumbria

2008
The Mustard Seed Garden Path to Blencathra  FRED (Art Invasion of Cumbria) fold gallery, Market Square, Kirkby Stephen
Art in Action Ireland  Exhibitor and demonstrator Townley Hall, Dublin

2007
Contemporary Open Art Exhibition  Circle Gallery, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Light & Dark  Joint show with photographer Robert Blomfield: Freeman College, Merlin Gallery, Tintagel House, Sheffield
Pig in Japan  Award from the Arts Council England
Exhibition: Gallery St Ives, Tokyo
Artist in residence: Kawane Arts Centre, Shizuoka
Workshops: (on drawing) for Fujisawa Civic Centre and for Autism Society of Japan, Tokyo
Research: landscapes of the urban, rural and spiritual
Women’s Arts International Festival  (Ink-painting instruction) Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Society of Lake Artists Exhibition  Grasmere New Hall, Grasmere
Windows on our Mind  Lead artist for exhibition celebrating creativity of those whose lives are affected by mental health issues. Bluebell Bookshop and shop windows throughout Penrith In association with Eden Mind

1993-present  Studio in Cumbria.
Freelance illustration for various publishers (Paul Norbury Publications, Ward Lock etc)
Tutor for Cumbria County Council, Higham Hall College, HF holidays, Tullie House Museum, Eden Arts, Creative Partnerships Cumbria

1981-93 Studio in Sheffield
Graphic artist: University of Leeds
Lecturer: University of Sheffield, Sheffield School of Art
Tutor: Leeds Municipal University, Dept of Visual Studies

1978-81  Studio in Kyoto, Japan
Illustration and design for the British Council
Lecturer: Seika University of the Arts  (International Design)

1976-78  Studio in London
Freelance illustration for various publishers (Chatto and Windus (Random House Group) etc)
Lecturer: London City University Adult Education

1975  Became disciple of Mushin, Master Painter of the Shijo School (Maruyama-ha), Kyoto
Graduate Student: Kyoto Municipal University of Fine Art
Publication The Teaching of Writing in Japan (ISBN 0 7049 0478 0)

1974  Graduate student: University of Fine Art, Sapporo

1972-76  Studio in Tokyo, Sapporo then Kyoto

1971-72  Travelled overland to Japan

1969-71  Associate: Sutherland-Hawes and Associates (Graphic Art and Design) Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London (clients included the Post Office, the Royal Academy)

1969  Graduated University of Reading B.A.Hons, Fine Art (Typography and Graphic Communication)