Approved: 16.08.2006

Bridget Kennedy

Artist, Project manager, Fundraiser, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

Bridget Kennedy (b. 1970 Voorburg, Netherlands) is a compulsive organiser. She uses systemisation as a survival tactic, as a means of creating a little quietness amidst the clamor of modern life. She lives on the outskirts of a small village in the North of England. Whilst seeking out wildness and wilderness through interaction with nature she succumbs to the ever present desire to tame and control.

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  • Location: Allenheads, North East
  • Activities: Higher education, Residencies, Fundraising, Project management, Evaluation, Photographic documentation
  • Categories: Film & Video, Installation, Intervention, Printmaking, Sculpture
 
 
 

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    Biography

    Bridget Kennedy (b. 1970 Voorburg, Netherlands) is a compulsive organiser. She uses systemisation as a survival tactic, as a means of creating a little quietness amidst the clamor of modern life. She lives on the outskirts of a small village in the North of England. Whilst seeking out wildness and wilderness through interaction with nature she succumbs to the ever present desire to tame and control. She sees herself as a librarian of the landscape, constantly cataloguing. A fascination with maps brings together her two main interests: landscape and the translation of information. Looking is an activity that is under constant scrutiny in Kennedy's practice, with regard to cartography she is intrigued by the leap of imagination that a map-reader undergoes in order to understand a three dimensional environment when looking at a set of symbols on a piece of paper. She expects her viewers to work together with her on their relationship with her pieces, giving clues in titles such as "Trying to understand the creation of the universe with beads and wire" and "Every letter is a number, every number is a colour (creation myths one and two)". There are two main strands to her practice, one is studio based and one is work made in response to place. She uses drawing, sculpture, photography and moving image in conjunction with the study of historical, critical and literary texts to aid her research and sustain her practice. In recent studio based work she has been re-coding texts and images that relate to landscape then meticulously hand replicating this information to create complex drawings and sculptures. Cool and impersonal at first glance these works expose a very human fragility on closer inspection. Imperfections resulting from the hand-made, homespun and irrational character of the romantic subtly compete with the rigid framework.

    CV & Education

    Current Exhibitions:

    Power in The Land, Oriel Davies Gallery: 6th February - 6th April 2016 

    The Story of Wylfa, archival exhibition marking the final shut down of Wylfa Nuclear Power Station, Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey: 23rd Jan - 10th July 2016

    Solo exhibitions

    2015- Strata, ACA shop, Allenheads

    2012 - Black Middens Project, Bellingham Heritage Centre, Bellingham

    2011 - Bridget Kennedy Recent Works, The Board Room, Incubator, NETPark, Co Durham

    2008 - Landline (Pantone coated), Veggverk, Akureyri, Iceland

    2007 - "I can still feel the wind in my hair", Emerged, 54 Bell Street, Glasgow

    2006 - "Every Day I Will Live", Barnes Flat Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

    1999 - From NY848467 to NY863454, ACA (Allenheads Contemporary Arts), The Old School House, Allenheads

    1998 - Observations, Hancock Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    1995 - Zaira, Design Works, Felling, Newcastle upon Tyne

    Group exhibitions

    2016- Power in The Land, (Touring with publication) Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys, Wales.

    2016- The Story of Wylfa, archival exhibition marking the final shut down of Wylfa Nuclear Power Station, Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey

    2015- If I could Sink My Teeth Into The Whole Earth, ExLibris Gallery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. 

    2014- Another Landscape, The Shed, Haltwistle

    2012 - Geological Etiquette, Mining Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    2012 - Happy Yesterday, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys, Mid Wales

    2011 - In a Constant State of Flux, 151 Sidney Grove, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    2011 - Pop Up Cinema, Eden Arts, Penrith

    2011 - Scientific Stranger, Heritage Open Day Event , Blacksmith's, Allenheads

    2011 - Scientific Stranger II, MOMA Wales and CAT, Wales

    2010 - Northern Soil, ACA Shop , Allenheads

    2010 - So what's different today?, Globe Gallery, North Shields

    2010 - We all own the Mona Lisa, New Bridge Street Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    2009 - "(...)", Gallerie Omphalos, Terlizzi, Bari, Italy

    2009 - Artland, various venues, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham

    2009 - Triparks, Dovetail, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    2008 - More Than Yesterday, Globe City, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    2008 - The Great Purpose, Mile End Park Pavilion, London

    2007 - "Further More", Tramway, Glasgow

    2007 - FRED 07, FRED / Fold Gallery, outdoor interventions in Cumbria

    2007 - Loch Long, Bluttenweisse, Berlin

    2007 - Multiplicity, In House, Edinburgh

    2006 - "Kunstvlaai 6", Westergasfabriekterrein, Amsterdam

    2006 - "Parasite", Gallery Blaak 10, Rotterdam

    2006 - Members Show, Transmission, Glasgow

    2003 - Contraflow, The Pentagon Centre, Glasgow

    1999 - Run Rabbit Run, ACA, Allenheads + Waygood Gallery Newcastle, two centre exhibition (rural / urban)

    Residencies

    2015: If I Could Sink My Teeth Into The Whole Earth, XL Gallery, Newcastle

    2011 - Utopian Realism, Centre For Alternative Technology, Wales

    2008 - Triparks, Allenheads Contemporary Arts and Aunehead Arts, Northumberland National Park

    2006 - student residency, Cove Park, Argyll and Bute Public

    Commissions

    2001 - soft play, Commissions North, West Chevington Family Centre

    Projects

    2014- present: Power in The Land, working together with X10 group of artists investigting the impact of Nuclear Power in Britain and beyond

    2012- Utopian Realism, research, production and exhibtions with Mair Hughes

    1999 - Fathom Five, collaborative events at various venues, North East

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2016- Funding for Power in The Land from Arts Council Wales

    2011 - Funding for Utopian Realism from Awards for All, Arts Council England, England

    2009 - Black Middens Project, VARC project fund, Tarset, Northumberland

    Qualifications and training 

    2007 - Masters of Fine Art, AHRC funded, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow 

    2006 - exchange student, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam 

    1994 - Stained Glass Apprenticeship, Vetrate Artistiche Toscane, Siena, Italy 

    1993 - NVQ Welding, Lloyds British, Low Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne 

    1992 - BA Hons, Fine Art (Sculpture), University of Newcastle upon Tyne