Based in Belfast, Cherry studied at the University of Ulster, gaining her BA Hons in Fine & Applied Art and graduated from the Master of Fine Art course in 2011. She was awarded Artists Enhancement Award (ACES) from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) in 2013/14, the ACNI ARCH Development Artists Residency in Washington DC, in 2012 and individual ACNI SIAP Awards in 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2016. She is currently based at Creative Exchange Studios. She is also an experienced socially engaged artist working with contentious groups across Northern Ireland, using art as a catalyst for change and discussion. This work influences and informs her own practice. She has exhibited across Ireland at The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, VOID, Derry, Artslink, Buncrana and Sligo Arts Centre, Washington DC, New York, Bilbao and is in private collections in Italy, UK, El Salvador, America, South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka.
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