Ally McGinn stumbled upon the artworld in 2014 and went on to graduate from Bath Spa University (2018) with a MA in Fine Art and a passion for philosophy. She spends her time asking questions in her studio on the Somerset Levels.
A conceptually representational painter and writer, her work explores the narrative describing perceptions of art and the conditions of painting. Combining found objects, manipulated semiotics and painterly language to create paintings that aim to question our perceptions of the things we are looking at and the ways we are looking at them.
Her work has been exhibited around the UK since 2016 and is going international in 2021. She has won several awards and residencies, including ‘The Bath Open Art Prize’ (2019) and has had two solo shows (2019/2020).
Recent questions consider support and confinement, rhythm and place, and the self that echoes within, and without, painting.
Website : allymcginn.com
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Instagram : @ally.mcginn
2017/18 - MA (Hons) Fine Art, Bath Spa School of Art and Design.
2014/2017 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Bath Spa School of Art and Design.
2020 - The House That Painting Built, 44AD, Bath.
2019 - Paint(In)g, Roper Gallery, Bath.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 - A-Z, 44AD, Bath
2020 - 2020, Centrespace, Bristol
2019 - If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail, Brighton
2019 - Town Hall Open, Trowbridge
2019 - AIROpen, AIRGallery, Altrincham
2019 - Bath Open Art Prize, 44AD, Bath
2019 - Various Exhibitions, Fringe Arts Bath
2019 - MA Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street
2019 - Blue Monday, 44AD, Bath
2018 - Line and Point, Centrespace, Bristol
2018 - Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street
2018 - Various Exhibitions, Fringe Arts Bath
2017 - Stock, The OXO Tower, London
2017 - No Working Title, London
2017 - Unseen Tides, Bath
2016 - Sluice, Centrespace, Bristol
Awards and residencies
2019 - Bath Open Art Prize - 44AD prize winner.
2018/2019 - Bath Artists Studios graduate residency, Bath.
2018 - Walcot Chapel residency, Bath.
2016/17 - The Gainsborough Spa, commission winner.
2017 - Ede and Ravenscroft Award.
2016 – ‘Unseen Tides’ residency, Cornwall.
2016 - Porthleven Prize, Cornwall.
2019 - Ongoing - Founder, organiser, and member, Incubation Chamber. Critical group based in Bath.
2017 - Logistics and organisation leader, Stock exhibition at the Bargehouse, London.
2017 – Founder, organiser, and collaborator, Wallspace Showcase - Showcase exhibition in Bath.
2016/17 – No Working Title, participant in a collaborative project with Bath Spa and Kingston University in partnership with Tate Modern.
2016 – Organiser and collaborator - Wall Space, Bath – pop-up shop and open studios, exploring the studio in the public realm.
2015 - No Working Title, participant in a collaborative project with Bath Spa and Kingston University in partnership with Tate Modern.
Home (2019) Oil on canvas