Dragana Jurisic

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Dragana Jurisic


Dragana Jurisic was born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia (then Yugoslavia). She is currently based in Dublin, Ireland. Dragana won a number of awards and exhibited widely both in Ireland and abroad. In 2008, Dragana completed Masters in Fine Art at the University of Wales, Newport, receiving a distinction for her work. In 2009, she was selected as an Axis MAstar, “An annual selection of the most promising artist from the UK’s leading MA courses” and shortlisted for the Emerging Visual Artist Award (Ireland). She also had her first solo exhibition Seeing Things in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales.

In 2010, Dragana participated in 11 group exhibitions in North Ireland, Belgium, Wales, USA, England, Canada, Poland and Ireland. She received the Arts Council Ireland Travel and Training Award. As well as that, Dragana was selected as a finalist in The Julia Margaret Cameron Award (a worldwide competition for women photographers), short listed for the European Women's Lobby Photography Prize, Arts Council of Ireland Project Award, Salon Contemporary's Artist Award, number of public art commissions and residencies, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (National Portrait Gallery, London), got an Honourable Mention in London International Creative Competition. One of her works from the Fairy Forts series was acquired by the Irish State Art Collection.

In 2011, Dragana had two solo exhibitions: A Riddle in Riverbank Art Centre, Newbridge, Ireland and Seeing Things in Droichead Arts Centre, Ireland. Her work was also shown in Disruptive Stillness in Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, USA and 181st RHA Annual Exhibition in Dublin. In May 2011, Dragana received The Curtin O’Donoghue Emerging Photographic Artist Award, Arts Council Ireland Travel and Training Award, Culture Ireland's Imagine Ireland programme funding and the Graduate Student Prize by The International Rebecca West Society.