Joanna Kidney was born in Dublin and is based in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Her practice considers the immensity and the mystery of being human. It is a web of interrelated ideas around consciousness, perception, temporality and holism. Through drawing, painting and installation, her work offers open, poetic prompts and a contemplative space.
She has held Solo Exhibitions at The LAB Gallery, Dublin (2022); Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre (2018); Galway Arts Centre (2016); Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow (2015) and Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2013). Her work has been exhibited in Group Exhibitions in the Painting Centre, New York; The European Central Bank, Germany; Gallerie HD Nick, France, Contemporary Art Space, Chester and venues in New Mexico and Virginia, USA.
She has been awarded a Cooper Foundation Grant (USA); Arts Council of Ireland and Wicklow County Council funding; an RHA Studio Award; a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship and a DIT Award of Excellence. International residencies Kiðjaberg, Iceland and Brigham Young University, Utah. Her collaborative practice includes mergeemerge, a collaborative drawing project with Michael Geddis (2016- 2022); Place|Lab Collective, 17 artists from USA, UK and Ireland (2019- to date); Skimming Stones, a collaborative video work with dance artist Liadain Herriott (2015-2016); Hexagon, a collaborative printmaking project in Cork Printmakers, Cork (2014) and The Tellurometer Project, a collaborative collective of 8 Irish artist. She is a co founder of Outpost Artists Studios, Bray, Co. Wicklow (2014) and co-facilitator of the Wicklow Artists Salon with writer Philip St John. She sits on the Board of Directors of Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow.
Her work is in the collections of Allied Irish Banks; The Ballinglen Museum of Art; The Central Bank of Ireland; Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland; Fleschmann Hilliard PR; Lee Hotels; O’Connor Sutton Cronin Engineering; Office of Public Works, Ireland; University College Dublin and Wicklow County Council. Her work is in private collections in Ireland, USA, UK, Spain, France, Switzerland.