Bettina Seitz

(b 1963 Lohr, Germany, lives in Sligo, Ireland)

1988 - 1989 Freie Kunstakademie Nürtingen, Germany
1989 - 1993 Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, Turin, Italy
1993 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Sculpture
1994 Co-founder of Area 4 Artist Studios, Sligo
2020 Part time lecturer, Fine Arts Department / YAADA, Sligo Institute of Technology

Bettina Seitz’s sculptural practice is concerned with our connection to the other - from how we relate as human beings to each mother to how we relate to the 'Other' in the sense of our interconnection with everything and other dimensions. In her work she explores the experience of being, that is aware of and must confront such issues as personhood, mortality and the dilemma or paradox of living in relationships with other humans, while being alone with oneself.

Using a wide range of techniques and materials, including resin, concrete, wax, aluminum and bronze, she strives to evoke a sense of stillness and lightness in her sculpture installations of highly stylised, often life size human forms.

Seitz's recent work 'Ghosts' - a series of site responsive, life-size sculptures - reflect on our connection to the past and the disempowerment of women in Irish society and recent history. Using various techniques, including casting over life models, moddeling, reinforcing and assembling in Jesmonite acrylic resin, fabric and glass fibre, 'Ghosts' was ran as a pilot project in December 2016 with temporary installations in various public buildings, including The Model, Sligo Courthouse and Cathedral.

Her most current exhibition ‘Underwave’, an underwater exhibition of sculptures representing successive arrivals to our shores, from Sligo’s earliest settlers to people contributing to our modern multicultural society, was filmed underwater in Sligo Bay and streamed online.

She has exhibited her work widely in various countries, including Ireland, UK, USA, Germany, France, Italy and has worked on many private and public commissions here and abroad. Her work can be found in numerous collections around the world, including the Boyle Civic Collection, Mc Cann Fitzgerald Collection, Chinthurst Sculpture Garden,UK and collections in Saudi Arabia, the UK, the USA, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy and South Africa. In 2007 she designed the Volta Award for the Dublin International Film Festival.

Selected exhibitions:
‘UNDERWAVE’, Underwater exhibitions of sculptures, filmed and streamed on, Tread Softly Festival, Ireland (2020); 'Design and Destroy: The Beauty of Ephemerality' – Irish Society of Stage and Screen Designers, National Exhibition, Factory Performance Space, Sligo (2019); ‘1919’, Irish Consulate, New York (2019); ‘SpessArt-Unterwegs’, Alte Turnhalle/Kulturhalle, Lohr, Germany (2019), 'Legacy', Boyle Arts Festival, King House, (2019), 'Walking Birds Mountain II', Thread Softly Festival, The Factory Performance Space, Sligo (2019), '1919', Hamilton Gallery/Yeats Gallery, Sligo (2019), 'St. Brigid', Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, 12 Star Gallery, London, Department of Agriculture Dublin & Irish Embassy Berlin (2019), An Irish Airman foresees his Death, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo (2018); 30x30 SpessArt, Alte Turnhalle / Kulturhalle, Lohr, Germany (2018); Boyle Arts Festival, King House (2018,2017,2016); 'Walking Birds Mountain', Thread Softly Festival, Factory Performance Space, Sligo (2018); Crazy Jane, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo (2017); 'Ghosts'- a site-responsive exhibition inspired by the women of 1916, The Model, Sligo Courthouse, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Lyons Cafe and Thomas Connolly's as part of the Sligo 1916-2016 Centenary Programme ( 2016 ); The Trembling Veil with Patrick Hall and Nick Miller, Belgravia Gallery, London, UK (2015); Liminal Spaces / Yeats 2015 International Architecture Competition, The Model, Sligo; Of this Place-Contemporary Visual Reflections from Yeats Country, El Ateneo, Espacio Prado, Madrid and Hamilton Gallery, Sligo (2015); Impressions and Portraits of Yeats, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo (2015); Belgravia Gallery, London; Kloster Wechterswinkel, Germany; Ross Gallery, Donegal (2014); 'Naked-The Art of the Elegant Nude', Belgravia Gallery, London; Gordon Gallery, Derry; BBK Gallery, Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, Germany (2013); Boyle Arts Festival; Belgravia Gallery, London; Hamilton Gallery, Sligo (2012); Art House Project, Boston; Franck-Haus, Marktheidenfeld, Germany; Belgravia Gallery, London (2011);

Selected recent public art commissions:
Sandsculpture for Tread Softly Festival, Streedagh Beach, Sligo (2020); 'Nine Queens', Sand Sculpture for Thread Softly Festival, Rosses Point Beach, Sligo (2019); PPN Sculpture for European Capital of Volunteering, Doorly Park, Sligo (2018); Volta Award for Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (2007-2019); Public Art Sculpture for Städtische Anlage, Lohr, Germany (2015); Swim Ireland Awards (2014); St. Angela's College, Sligo (2013); Chinthurst Sculpture Garden, Surrey, UK (2009/2010); Nazareth House Nursing Home, Sligo (2008); Cluain Aoibhinn, Claremorris (2006); Markree Castle, Sligo (2002/2005); Augenärtztliches Operationszentrum Lohr, Germany (2003);

Selected community art projects:
Rockfield N.S., Coolaney, Co. Sligo, 2020
Culture Night Sculpture Workshops at Artist's Studio, 2009, 2010, 2012 - 2020
Public Art Project, Ballinlig N.S., Co. Sligo, 2014
Sligo County Council, Artist in the Community, Strandhill N.S.. Sligo, 2011/2012
Caidre Festival Workshops with Footsteps Downsyndrom Group, Sligo, 2003, 2004, 2005
Sculpture Workshops for Children and Adults at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, 2003
Public Art Project with Residents from St. Michael's Road Housing Estate, Longford, 2003
Public Art Project with Youth Group from Racecourse Resource House, Cranmore, Sligo, Project Award Sligo Arts Office, 2003
Intergenerational Public Art Project with Children and Senior Citizens at St. Patrick N.S., Sligo Arts Office Maugherow Project, 2003
Art in Primary Schools ( Co. Sligo VEC ), Ceramic Mural, Beltra N.S., Co. Sligo, 2002
Art in Primary Schols ( Co. Sligo VEC ), Ceramic Mural, Strandhill N.S., Co. Sligo, 2000
Art in Primary Schools ( Co. Sligo VEC ), Ceramic Mural, St. Patrick N.S., Ballinful, Co. Sligo, 1998
Artist in Residence, Collooney Co. Sligo ( funded by Arts Council of Ireland and Sligo County Council ), Public Art Project with various primary and secondary schools, 1998
Public Art Project, Leoganger Kinder Kultur Tage, Leogang, Austria, 1997
Public Art Project, Public Seating on Rockwood Parade, Sligo Arts Festival, 1996 with Mercy N.S., Sligo
Public Art Project, Ceramic Mural, Tobergal Lane, Sligo Arts Festival, 1995 with Cartron N.S., Sligo

Awards and Grants:
2020 Creative Ireland Open Call
2016 Sligo County Council 1916-2016 Centenary Program of Events
2015 Culture Ireland Grant
2011 Culture Ireland Grant
2011/09 Bursary, Sligo County Council
2009 Bursary, Leitrim County Council
2007 Arts Council Travel Award
2001 Arts Council Travel Award
1994 Arts Council Material and Equipment Grant

2007 SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland
2005 Support Stipend for Can Serrat, Spain
2004 Cill Rialaig, Ireland