Bio 


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.

Info 


Website : allymcginn.com
Email : allymcginninfo@gmail.com

Instagram : @ally.mcginn


Education

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.


Solo Exhibitions

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.


Professional Experience

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