Knowledge (2017) Acrylic on found canvas, 50 x 50 cm.JPG

Ally McGinn

Curriculum Vitae

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I am a conceptual painter and installation artist exploring the process and nomination of art. Combining elements of traditional painting and sculpture with found objects and interventions, forming new conversations and relationships between materials, viewer and space.

Working with a subversion of organised activity my work explores a narrative questioning our perceptions of art. What tells us something is a piece of art? The process, materials, artist, viewer, experience or effect? My practice explores these questions with a combination of found objects and manipulated semiotics, paying homage to the composite art form, with a rigorous examination and critique of the modern artist and our modern condition.

Presenting the ‘everyday’ in art, creates a contradictory complex, minimalist presentation of objects and installations depicting sequences of actions that echo the relationship between painting and performance; presence in potentiality.

Creating conversations through relational aesthetics these works are juxtapositions of incident and chance against an organised reliance on the interior and exterior of the ‘Artworld’.


         Currently studying - 2017/18 - MA Bath Spa School of Art and Design

        2014- 2017 - 1:1 - BA Hons Fine Art, Bath Spa School of Art and Design

        2003-2004 – Distinction, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Salisbury College


 Selected Group Exhibitions

           2017 - MA Open Studios, Bath

           2017 - Stock, Bargehouse at The OXO Tower, London

            2017 - Bath Spa Degree Show, Bath

            2017 – Wall space showcase, Bath Spa

            2017 – Access all areas, Bath Spa

            2017 - Open Studios, Bath Spa

            2017 - No Working Title, London

            2017 - Unseen Tides, Bath Spa

            2016 – Wall space, Bath Spa

            2016 – Sluice exhibition, Bristol

            2016 – Open Studios, Bath Spa

            2016 – Tantamount A, Bath Spa

            2016 – Tantamount B, Bath

            2014 – Beginnings, Bath Spa

            2013 – No Title, Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

            2012 – Langport Art Festival – Great Bow Wharf, Langport

Professional Experience

            2017 - Logistics and organisation, Stock exhibition at the Bargehouse, London.

            2017 – Organiser and collaborator, Wallspace Showcase -  Showcase exhibition in Bath.

            2016/17 - The Gainsborough Spa, commission winner.

2016/17 No Working Title, participant in a collaborative project with Bath Spa and Kingston University in partnership with Tate Modern.

            2016 – ‘Unseen Tides’ residency, 1 week in Cornwall, followed by an exhibition in Bath 2017.

2016 – Organiser and collaborator - Wall Space, Bath – pop-up shop and open studios, exploring the studio in the public realm.

            2016 - Porthleven Prize - 1-week residency in Cornwall.

2015/16 – Installation, curation, marking and organising team – Tantamount A and B exhibition, Bath.

2015 - No Working Title, participant in a collaborative project with Bath Spa and Kingston University in partnership with Tate Modern.

            2014 – Marketing team leader – Beginnings Exhibition, Bath Spa.

2011 – Designer – Commissioned to create designs for merchandise for ‘Baby Sensory’ a nationwide company.

2005-2012 – Up to 3 times a year – working with ‘Open Creative’ and ‘Toozali’, two creative community businesses, to help organise and run workshops for young people in the community.

2008-2010 – Occupational Therapy Assistant – Working with disabled adults with art therapy.