Approved: 16.08.2006

Bridget Kennedy

Artist, Project manager, Fundraiser, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

Bridget Kennedy (b. 1970 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

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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 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