ÁINE MAC GIOLLA BHRÍDE
Kunstverein Aughrim is working with artist Áine Mac Giolla Bhríde throughout 2023, collaborating in a curatorial capacity in the development of new artistic methodologies.
Mac Giolla Bhríde uses writing as a way of producing thought. For the artist, diaristic, observational texts, authored in specific locations, have the potential to collapse distance and enable the co-habitation of memory and thought. Situated Writing like this is a new development in Mac Giolla Bhríde's largely sculptural practice. Kunstverein Aughrim is working with them to unravel the meaning and mechanics of reading and writing in and from a specific location, testing how the architectural reality of a site can inform an attitude, feeling or conviction through spatial presence, invited or not. Two upcoming solo exhibitions at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny (April) and Void Gallery, Derry (November) will frame Mac Giolla Bhríde's practice and present their new work. A Winter Preview of the artist’s work will be held at Kunstverein Aughrim on the evening of Thursday 21 December 2023.
Áine Mac Giolla Bhríde graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 2016 and, since then, their work has been included in several projects: Habitat HQ, a site responsive installation solo project organised by the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, in which the artist created an immersive sculptural environment within the brutalist concourse of Trinity College’s Arts Building. Other recent exhibitions include: UNCANNY, a two-person exhibition with Nicolas Bourthoumieux at 10N, Brussels, …and the days run away like wild horses over the hills…, Scoil Lorcáin, Dublin (2019), Periodical Review 2017, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2017), NEU-GEN 2017: Towards Both the Parts, NCAD Gallery, Dublin (2017). Mac Giolla Bhríde’s first solo exhibition, work suite, took place at mother’s tankstation, Dublin in February 2018. Their second solo exhibition with the gallery, ~ set opened at mother’s tankstation, London in May 2019. Mac Giolla Bhríde is the recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Next Generation Award 2017, Visual Arts Bursary Award (2019, 2020), and has been selected for residencies at FLACC, Genk in Belgium (2019) and Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin (2018 – 2020). Mac Giolla Bhríde was also one of the artists selected for the Platform Commissions programme for the 39th EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art held in Limerick, Ireland. Augmenting the 19th century architecture of Limerick’s Sailor’s Home, they presented and/or land in September 2020 as part of Phase 1 of the Biennial. Mac Giolla Bhríde held their third solo exhibition with mother’s tankstation | Dublin in Autumn 2021.
Kunstverein Aughrim’s collaboration with Áine Mac Giolla Bhríde is supported by the Regional Cultural Centre and the Arts Council of Ireland.