Our Thriving Tribe ‘Zoom Room Sessions’, the curators of Our Thriving Tribe in conversation with arts professionals in Ireland. This session’s invited guest is Bernadette Kiely.
Bernadette is a visual artist based in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland. She graduated from the College of Art and Design, Waterford I.T. with first class honours in Graphic Design Communications and worked for two years in Graphic Design in London and Architecture in New York before attending the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London, UK.
Her largescale paintings and drawings have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at The Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, LUAN Gallery, Athlone, Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Model Gallery, Sligo, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland, Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Skive Kunstmuseum, Skive, Denmark and in group exhibitions at The Royal Academy, London, UK, The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, The Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, N. Ireland, the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Kinsale Arts Festival, the American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA.
Bernadette’s new exhibition has just opened at the Taylor Galleries titled “one touch of nature makes the whole world kin”, taken from Ulysses’ famous speech in William Shakespeare’s play Troilus and Cressida. Continuing with Bernadette Kiely’s theme of mapping the changing landscape and the passage of time, the exhibition includes paintings depicting flooding on the river Nore and on the Suir and paintings referencing wildfires, a theme she first explored in the late ‘90’s. The exhibition also includes a series of small paintings made in response to her nightly walks around the deserted streets of Thomastown where she lives. Here the presence of absence is palpable. A film to accompany this exhibition ‘One Touch of Nature Makes the Whole World Kin’ can be found clicking here.
Bernadette Kiely was elected to the membership of Aosdana in 2007. Aosdana is the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland. Founded in 1981, Aosdana honours artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland, and assists members in devoting their energies fully to their art practice.
Bernadette’s studio residencies include the RHA Schools in 2015, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co. Monaghan and Cill Rialaig Artists retreat Centre, Co. Kerry. Bernadette’s work is held in public and private collections in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA and Korea. She is represented in Ireland by Taylor Galleries, 16, Kildare Street, Dublin in Ireland.
As a curatorial project, Our Thriving Tribe (OTT) aims to expand upon the current discourse on entrepreneurship within the arts in Ireland. A process of enquiry into the context of artistic practice by researching entrepreneurship from the perspective of the artist in order to generate new knowledge within this field. OTT is produced by Visual, in Ireland as part of the Arts and Humanities Entrepreneurship Hub (AHEH) Project.