Joanna Kidney Artist in Residence


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Artist in Residence at Killruddery

We have been honoured to have Joanna Kidney set up studio in our Horse Yard Stables for 3 month as artist in residency at Killruddery from July – October 2019, during her time here Joanna had been developing her current project Pendulum for her upcoming Solo Exhibitions in the LAB Gallery, Dublin and List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, USA. Pendulum is a body of drawings, paintings and 3 dimensional work. It explores an abstract visual vocabulary which consolidates the organic and geometric qualities of her work. This project was gratefully supported by Wicklow County Council.

Joanna works with encaustic paint an ancient, immediate and tactile painting process using molten pigmented beeswax. These paintings explore a distilled language of marks and lines in conversation with the tactile and luminous qualities of the paint.

Due to renovations for the imminent expansion of our Farm Shop and daily opening of the Grain Store for breakfast and lunch, Joanna has relocated a couple of weeks early to her Winter Studio in Glencree Reconciliation Centre, thus her Open Studio is not possible at Killruddery, however, Joanna invites anyone who was keen to take up the Open Studio on the 27th of October to emails her directly to arrange a studio visit: We apologise for any disappointment our renovations have caused and Thank Joanna, sincerely, for the presence of your beautiful creative energy, while here at Killruddery. We look forward to your Workshop for kids this Sunday 27th October.

‘I am so grateful for the opportunity and support to be Artist in Residence at Killruddery- to concentrate on my work surrounded by such a hive of inspiration and nature’.

Joanna Kidney was born in Dublin and currently lives in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Through drawing, painting and installation, her work explores ideas of temporality and the interrelationship between all living matter. Seeking to make some sense of life, it reflects on how complex and vulnerable our lives are within the infinite universe.

Solo Exhibitions include: List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia (upcoming), The LAB, Dublin (upcoming), Wexford Arts Centre (2018), West Cork Arts Centre, Uillinn (2018), Galway Arts Centre (2016), Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow (2015), RHA Atrium, Dublin (2013) and The Drawing Project, Co. Dublin (2012). She has exhibited widely in group shows in Ireland, France, Germany and the USA.

She is the recipient of Arts Council and Wicklow County Council funding, an RHA Studio Award, a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship and a DIT Award of Excellence. Residencies include: Swarthmore College Artist in Residence, Philadelphia (upcoming); Kilruddery House and Gardens Artist in Residence, Co. Wicklow; Brigham Young University Artist in Residence, Utah; Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo; The LFTT Library @ The Guesthouse, Cork with the artists collective The Tellurometer Project. She is a founding member of Outpost Studios, Bray, Co. Wicklow (2014); a member of the artists collective The Tellurometer Project (with Helen G. Blake, Joanne Boyle, Raine Hozier Byrne, Rachel Fallon, Laura Kelly and Susan Montgomery) and a featured artist on The Drawing Suite. Her work is included in the collections of AIB, The Central Bank, OPW, UCD and Dept of Environment, Northern Ireland.

Instagram: @joanna_kidney and  #joannakidney