Aisling McCoy

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Aisling McCoy is an Irish artist whose work looks at how we inhabit space. Her background as an architect is central to her practice, which investigates the conflict between architecture as an intellectual concept – created through images – and it’s translation into built form. She’s particularly interested in the ideological aspect of inhabitation and the role of both architecture and photography in constructing the ideal. Over the past year her art and teaching practice has focused on the physicality of the photograph; both as a method of translating space, and an object which generates its own space of meaning.

A graduate of the MFA Photography programme at the Belfast School of Art, Aisling’s work has been exhibited internationally. In 2017 she was a selected artist for PhotoIreland New Irish Works, was awarded the Seen Fifteen/Belfast Exposed Futures Exhibition Award, and is the recipient of the Arts Council Next Generation Award. She is currently working on a new body of work at the former Tempelhof airport in Berlin, which will be exhibited as a solo show in London in early 2018.

Selected Exhibitions
2019 Poetics of Space, Space Lhomond, Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris
2019 New Irish Works, Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland, Dublin
2019 Capture, SO Fine Art, Dublin
2018 Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin Art Book Fair, Dublin
2018 Open House Dublin, Home on the Grange, Dublin
2017 Engage, Gallery of Photography, Dublin.
2017 THF (solo show) Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery, Belfast.
2017 New Irish Works, The Library Project, PhotoIreland, Dublin.
2017 Interactions, Belfast Exposed, Belfast.
2016 New Irish Works, Space Lhomond, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
2016 Home on the Grange, Open House Dublin.
2016 PhotoLondon, Peckham 24, Belfast Exposed Futures at the Copeland Gallery, London.
2016 Circulations Festival, 104 Gallery, Paris.
2015 Beyond the Camera, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi Province, China.
2015 Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award, Travelling exhibition: Rome, Madrid, Dublin, Kaunas, Oslo, Istanbul.
2015 RDS Student Art Awards Exhibition, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin.
2015 Scopic MFA Graduate Exhibition, Darc Space Gallery, Dublin and Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, Belfast.
2015 Nine Lives, The Tank, Design Museum, London.
2015 Royal Hibernian Academy, Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2013 PhotoIreland, The Beginning of the Sharpness, Dublin
2013 Culture Night, Block T, Dublin
2012 IAF Open House, Describing Architecture Exhibition. Dublin
2012 Royal Hibernian Academy, Annual Exhibition, Dublin

2019 Futures Artist at Unseen Amsterdam, Nominated by PhotoIreland
2019 Travel & Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland
2019 New Irish Works, Selected Artist
2019 Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, residency, Institut Français
2017 Next Generation Award, Arts Council of Ireland
2017 Project Studio Award, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
2017 Belfast Exposed/ Seen Fifteen Exhibition Award
2017 Belfast Exposed Futures, Selected Artist
2016 New Irish Works, PhotoIreland, Selected Artist
2015 Kassel Photobook Festival Dummy Book Award 2015, shortlisted book