Joanna Kidney’s practice is a continual enquiry of an abstract vocabulary through drawing, painting and installation. On a quest for the non-material, it attempts to reflect on our place within the complex, infinite universe. An interest in temporality, duality and the interconnectivity between living matter informs the work.
Joanna grew up in Dublin, Ireland and graduated with a first class Honours Degree in Visual Communication from TU, Dublin. She currently lives in Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
Solo Exhibitions include: List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia (upcoming), The LAB, Dublin (upcoming), Metamurmuration, West Cork Arts Centre, Uillin, Cork (2018); We are hurtling into the future, Galway Arts Centre, Galway (2016); Wunderkammer, Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow (2015); Dig, undig, redig, RHA Atrium, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2013); Sing yourself to where the singing comes from, The Drawing Project, Co. Dublin (2012); This speaking place, Stone Gallery, Dublin (2006); Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast (2005); In and out of a familiar world, Linenhall Arts Centre, Co. Mayo (2003); The shape of a moment, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork (2003).
Selected Group Exhibitions include: The Blues, the Painting Centre, New York, curated by Kathy Cantwell and Lisa Pressman (2020); Odd Nature, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico (a collaborative project with Gary Barton, Jennifer Barton, Claudine Bigelow, Nuala Clarke, Karina Hean, Joanna Kidney, Melanie Mowinski, Joe Ostraff, Melinda Ostraff, Linda Reynolds, Michelle Rowley, Jen Watson, Sally Weaver) 2019; RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin (2003, 2011-2017) Claremorris Open Exhibition, curated by Brian Cass, Director of Trinity Creative, TCD, Dublin (2015); Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, Visual, Carlow (2014); Boyle Arts Festival, Co. Roscommon (2014, 2013); Contemporary Art from Ireland, European Central Bank, Germany (2006), Metamorphosis in White, Gallerie HD Nick, France (2003); Les Quatre Saisons de l’Art, Gallerie HD Nick, France (2002); Shortlisted entries for First National Solo Exhibition Award (three person show with Sinead Fox and Niall Martin), Sligo Art Gallery (2002) and Works on Paper (three person show with Gerard Cox and Jane Proctor), Ashford Gallery, RHA, Dublin (2002).
Awards and bursaries include Arts Council Travel and Training Awards, Wicklow County Council individual and group bursaries; a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship; RHA Studio Award; Runner-up Award, Open Exhibition, Mermaid Arts Centre (selected by Patrick Murphy, Director RHA, Dublin); an Artlinks Bursary; the Wicklow County Council Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary and a DIT Award of Excellence.
Residencies include Swarthmore College Artist in Residence, Philadelphia (upcoming); Odd Nature, residency and collaboration, Kiðjaberg, Iceland; 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; Hexagon, a residential collaborative printmaking project in Cork Printmakers, Cork; Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry; the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co. Monaghan and Heinrich Boll, Co. Mayo. Her work can be seen in the collections of AIB, Ballinglen Museum Collection, The Central Bank, Dublin, OPW, UCD and the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland.
She is a founding member of Outpost Studios, Bray, Co. Wicklow (2014). Collaborations include merge emerge, a collaborative drawing project with Michael Geddis (2016-to date); Odd Nature, a collaborative project with 18 artists from USA, UK and Ireland (2019- to date); Skimming Stones, a collaborative video work with Dancer and Choreographer Liadain Herriott (2015-2016); Hexagon, a collaborative printmaking project in Cork Printmakers, Cork (2014); The Tellurometer Project, a collaborative artists collective with Helen G. Blake, Joanne Boyle, Raine Hozier Byrne, Rachel Fallon, Laura Kelly and Susan Montgomery (2011- to date).