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Ally McGinn

Curriculum Vitae

Website : www.allymcginn.com
Instagram : @misspentpotential
Email : alison.mcginn14@bathspa.ac.uk
Phone : 07527 962716                                   


I am a conceptually representational painter and installation artist, working within a narrative that questions perceptions of art and the conditions of painting. Combining elements of traditional painting and sculpture with found objects and interventions, forming new conversations and relationships between materials, viewer and space.

Bringing the audience into conversation with the functional object in painting, through a formal reconsideration of material and meaning. Re-signifying value through the re-presentation of artefact to examine the things we are looking at and the ways we look at them. An ontological examination of objects that presents an epistemological resignification. Representing the process of making, and re-presenting that process to the viewer.

What tells us something is a piece of art? The process, materials, artist, viewer, experience or effect? My practice explores these questions with a rigorous examination and critique of the modern artist and our modern condition. Exploring a perceptual process the works aim to question our perceptions of the things we are looking at, and the ways we are looking at them.


2017/18 - 1:1 - 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

2018 - Line and Point, Centrespace, Bristol
2018 - MA Degree Show, Bath Spa
2018 - Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street
2018 - Nature Morte, Fringe Arts Bath
2018 - Soft Rebellion, Fringe Arts Bath
2018 - LOL, Fringe Arts Bath
2018 - Biography in Cloth, Fringe Arts Bath
2018 - Pavilion of Painting, Fringe Arts Bath
2018 - This Temporary Matter, Fringe Arts Bath

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

Selected 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.

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