Alison O’Shea (b.1996) is a visual artist and curator based in the Backwater Artist Studios, Cork, Ireland. Her curatorial and artistic practices’ primary research concerns include alternative methodologies of productivity, and creating sustainable practice models through speculative fiction.
Alison was curatorial resident with TACTIC Visual Arts Programme, Sample Studios, Cork, graduate resident at NO. 46 Grand Parade Gallery, Cork, desk research resident at The Guesthouse Project, Cork. Recent curatorial projects include; a passive house, Fiona Kelly, Dori O’Connell, Mary O’Leary and Lily O’Shea, relaxation*, Siuán Ní Dhochartaigh, Glasgow, UK; Over or Under, Molly O’Leary and Dominique Rivard, co-curated with Joe Henry and Cecelia Graham, Glasgow, UK; and Burning Down the House, Cork, Ireland, Avril Corroon, Michelle Doyle and Isabel English.
Recently completed a Masters of Letters in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) at Glasgow School of Art and completed her BA Hons in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design in 2018. Group shows have included Cahoots: Sample w/ A4, A4 Sounds, Dublin, Ireland, 2019, SEE/SAW, CCAD, Cork, Ireland, 2018, 5+1, Shanghai Institute of Design, Shanghai, China.
Her work in the service industry as waitress/bar-tender/kitchen porter remain a large part of her practice. Alison is a recipient of a Visual Arts Bursary Award 2021 from the Arts Council of Ireland.