Elizabeth early career was as a trained PA working for Management Consultants & Recruitment Companies in the City of London. She later ran her own art tourism business organising painting holidays in Southern Ireland employing local artists. Organised and curated art exhibitions both solo and group which included an international event attended by President Mary Robinson of Ireland that received critical acclaim.
Exhibited in group and solo shows in London and at the Royal Society in Dublin, Ireland. An installation work ‘Wear it’ went on loan to The Centre for Reconciliation, Wicklow, Ireland and was used in peace process workshops. She has participated in the Basildon Art Trail 2010, 11 & 12. Exhibited at the WOA Gallery, Westcliff. Her work as Shea Coffey is in several private collections in UK and Ireland. She paints mostly in oils and pastels but has recently moved into abstract work and mixed media.
A conceptual & theoretical thinker, she is educated to Masters level (London Guildhall & University of London) with special interest in US & UK politics (US Foreign Policy and US Presidents). She has presented academic papers at London University and St. Anne’s College, Oxford. Lectured at London Metropolitan to first year undergraduates and worked in SE (Special Needs and Gifted & Talented) in a local school. Member of and active participant in the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) since its inception. Research on a book is currently on hold while she focuses on her work with TFEA. She is a humanitarian, politically engaged and environmentally conscious.
Elizabeth has always had a keen interest in helping support her local arts community and has worked as a volunteer in this sector since 1999. Initially with the Essex Gallery Commission which became The Foundation Essex Arts and registered as a charity. She was instrumental in developing TFEA’s new direction and has worked in close collaboration with her fellow Trustees to bring to fruition the Bursary for Basildon and Essex Students and to re-establish the BAT Collection as relevant to the future of arts in the Borough and the broader arts community.
Member of The Creative Industries Federation, The American Politics Group (UK based international organisation).