Joanna Kidney

Joanna Kidney is an Irish visual artist. Her practice is a practice of sense making, a web of interrelated ideas around how complex and tiny our lives are within the vast universe. It is an enquiry of the non-material, that which is not visible and concrete. Concerned with the holistic, temporal and interconnected aspects of being human, the work offers open, poetic prompts towards these ideas. Using a language of abstraction, her work is an enquiry of the mark and the line through drawing, painting and physical space.

She has taught in Ireland, The Netherlands and the USA. She is an annual presenter and tutor at the International Encaustic Conference, USA. Her Encaustic Painting Workshops are supported by R&F Handmade Paints, USA. 

She has exhibited in Solo and Group Exhibitions in Ireland, France, Germany, UK and USA. She has been awarded a Cooper Foundation Grant (USA); Arts Council of Ireland and Wicklow County Council funding; a Royal Hibernian Academy Studio Award; a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship and a Dublin Institute of Technology Award of Excellence. International residencies include Kiðjaberg, Iceland and Brigham Young University, Utah. Her practice includes collaborations with visual artists, dance artists and artists collectives. Her work is held in Irish and International Public and Private Collections. She sits on the Board of Directors of Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow, is a co-founder of Outpost Artists Studios and co-hosts Wicklow Artists Salon with writer Philip St John.