Approved: 10.02.2015

Alison ONeill

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 10.02.2015

Alison O’Neill is a video artist. Her videos employ a cut and paste sensibility layering still and moving images on top of and inside one another. O’Neill is interested in what the screen means and how this space can be built upon or hollowed out in order to represent other things.

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    Artist Statement

    Alison O’Neill is a video artist. Her videos employ a cut and paste sensibility layering still and moving images on top of and inside one another. O’Neill is interested in what the screen means and how this space can be built upon or hollowed out in order to represent other things.

    Motherhood remains a longstanding interest in O’Neill’s work and informs both how she makes the work and its subject matter. She is interested in how perceptions of herself were altered and distorted by motherhood, particularly young motherhood, and how her relationships to others, places and sites of power were affected by this. More recent work considers landscape and place but retains the same preoccupation with distorted and altered subjectivities.

    Her work is informed by women’s writing, feminist theory and her own experiences.

    Recent screenings include The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2019), The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester (2018), The Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh (2018) and The Nightingale Cinema, Chicago (2017).

    CV & Education

    Education

    PGCE Art and Design, University of Cambridge

    MA Feminist Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts, University of Leeds

    BA (Hons) Fine Art, Falmouth College of Arts

    Selected Recent Exhibitions and Screenings

    2019 Acropolis Remix, The Wrong Biennale

    2019 Home, Gallery at Home, Usk, Wales

    2019 Time to Think, Pil'ours festival, France

    2019 Open Out, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

    2018 Oh MotHER, Custom House Leith, Edinburgh

    2018 The Art of Surrender: Motherhood and Moving Image, Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh

    2018 The Art of Relation, Cambridge Artworks, Cambridge

    2018 Birth Rites Collection Prize Shortlist Screening, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

    2018 Birth Rites Collection Prize Shortlist Screening, Kings College, London

    2017 Quickening, Curated by Extended Practice, Nightingale Cinema, Chicago

    2017 Lass Struggle at FiLiA Conference, Institute of Education, London (Co-curator)

    2017 Sketch Open Drawing Prize (shortlist exhibition), Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster

    2017 Sketch Open Drawing Prize (shortlist exhibition), Plymouth College of Arts, Plymouth

    2017 Nasty Women London, The Black and White Building, London

    2017 Sketch Open Drawing Prize (shortlist exhibition), Black Swan Arts, Frome

    2017 Sketch Open Drawing Prize (shortlist exhibition), Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough

    2017 Nasty Women Cambridge, Cambridge Artworks, Cambridge

    2017 Desperate Artwives 5th Edition, Granby Space, London

    2016 Brood Film Festival, Exeter Phoenix

    2016 Object, Object, Alison Richard’s Building, University of Cambridge

    2015 Project AfterBirth, White Moose Gallery, Devon

    2015 ProCreate Project Launch, Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London

    2015 Motherhood and Creative Practice: Maternal Structures in Creative Work, LSBU (Screening)

    2015 One For Sorrow, Arts Centre Gallery, North Hertfordshire College

    2015 Birth Rites Collection Competition shortlisted artworks - MediaCityUK, Salford

    2014 Residents Artists Exhibition, Arts Centre Gallery, North Hertfordshire College, Hitchin

    2014 Intervention at The Contents of an Unquiet Mind, Remade Heaven, Cambridge

    2013 Postcards from Cambridge, Intervention at various locations around Cambridge

    2012 We did not dream, Open Studio, Work completed on Cambridge School of Art Residency

    2011 Follow the Fellow, Changing Spaces, Regent Street, Cambridge

    Residencies/Awards/ Affiliations

    2019-2020 Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award

    2019-2020 a-n Professional Development Mentoring Bursary

    2018 Digital Artist Residency http://digitalartistresidency.org/

    2017 Shortlisted for Birth Rites Collection Competition 2017

    2017 Shortlisted for Sketch Open Drawing Prize 2017

    2016-2018 Associate Artist at DIEP (Digital Institute for Early Parenthood)

    2015 Shortlisted for Birth Rites Collection Competition

    2014-2015 AA2A Artist in Residence, Arts Centre, North Hertfordshire College

    2011-2012 AA2A Artist in Residence at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

    Publications/Conference Papers

    2019 Book Chapter: O'Neill A and Paul J, One for Sorrow: the collaborative work of mother and not-yet-mother in The Maternal in Creative Work: Intergenerational Discussions on Motherhood and Art Ed. Elena Marchevska and Valerie Walkerdine

    2016 Art History and the Objectification of Women, Objectification and Gendered Violence Symposium, Crassh, University of Cambridge

    2015 Imaginary Children, Motherhood and Creative Practice: Maternal Structures in Creative Work, LSBU