Artist in Residence
A recipient of the Arts Councils Next Generation bursary, Ali Kirby worked with The Dock on a mini summer residency in 2017. Ali will work with The Dock again in 2018 on a project that will see her complete research and develop new work from ideas generated when she spent time visiting homes in Leitrim as part of that 2017 miniresidency. Her sculptural assemblages and installations physically respond to the built environment. She uses ordinary construction materials which are re-purposed to create seemingly robust structures that reveal their fragility upon inspection. Her approach to materials and colour is intuitive, often employing a muted palette, soft textures and hard edges to create the various surfaces and forms normally associated with architecture.
Ali Kirby, born in Dublin, Ireland, was recently awarded the Next Generation Bursary Award for Visual Art from the Arts Council of Ireland. Recent exhibitions include Thinking Living Dwelling (2017) the Dock, Leitrim, Futures, Series 3, Episode 1 (2017) Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, only connect (2017) Kevin Kavanagh gallery, Dublin, all shimmers here (2016) MART Gallery, Dublin, Describing Architecture - Memory and Place (2015) City Assembly House, Dublin, the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition (2015) Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Periodical Review #4 (2015) Ormston House, Limerick.