MLitt Curatorial Practice // Glasgow School of Art ’19
Ally is a Canadian artist, curator and activist currently based in Brisbane.
“Exploring art making as a methodology that suggests the human condition is more complex than it is currently understood, I examine, instigate and provoke notions of the individual experience through specifically focusing on philosophical discourse, body image, embodiment and ethics.
I acknowledge there is power within the unwell body and believe there is tremendous value and potency through examining these subjects through the contemporary art lens. I am continuously interpreting; my desire to communicate and facilitate the theoretical concepts of art is highly valuable to me and my practice and I strive to make a difference in society”.
As an artist, Ally’s work has been exhibited across the UK – including Edinburgh College of Art’s Wee Red Bar – as well as in Canada, in addition to several online exhibitions organised by galleries based in Chile, China, Hungary, Italy and Spain. Her past curatorial projects include roles with organisations in Birmingham, Glasgow. London and Ontario.
Throughout her studies, she was awarded a number of grants and scholarships, such as Glasgow School of Art’s Student Initiated Projects Fund, Art Access Scholarship and Art Sustainability in Action Fund (2019). More recently, she received the Visual Arts Scotland Artist Workers Fund Micro Grant (2020).
Ally is also an accomplished writer and public speaker, having contributed to numerous publications and conferences. Her most intensive project to date is titled The Starving Artist: Understanding the Value of Eating Disorders, Body Image and Thinness in Art. This project culminated in the publication of a non-profit book dedicated to providing educational resources and starting conversations around eating disorders; featuring the work of 25 international artists exploring themes concerning visual identities associated with eating disorders. The book has been acquired by over 30 universities worldwide, and has also raised over £2000 for The Starving Artist Fund, which helps individuals access inpatient treatment.
Sometimes Memories Never Leave Your Bones
Acrylic on print
15 x 10 cm
I Can’t Make Me Love Myself
Acrylic on print
10 x 15 cm
2017 – 2018
MLitt Curatorial Practice: Contemporary Art, Glasgow School of Art.
2015 – 2018
BA (Hons) Art History, Queen’s University, Ontario.
The Virtual Art Fair, Third Edition (upcoming).
IT, The Spongleheim Gallery (upcoming).
Chained by Alexandria Zlatar, Online Fine Arts Museum.
Heroines Wave: The Enclosed Garden
Dispensary Gallery Exhibition
After Greed Became Form
Confinement Chronicle Exhibition, frikifish, Barcelona.
Subvert, Toula Gallery.
Natura, Arte Habitat, NAH_Remote: COEXISTENCE, Bergamo Italy.
Young Artists Self, Isolated, The GAP Arts.
Do It Yourway
The Crown of The Corona Exhibition, Budapest.
(Far from the) Turmoil The Organ, CULTIVATE.
NY20+ International, Nongyuan Culture.
Psychasthenia Exhibition and Publication
CRACovid(a) Project, Centro in Romagna per la Ricerca Arte Contemporanea.
Forced Collaboration: Isolation Special Collaboration
LOCKDOWN Group Exhibition, Fronteer Art Gallery.
SHIFT: International Biennale of Performance, Collaborative & Participatory Arts [SHIFT: ibpcpa].
#SHOWANYTHINGSHOW2020, Edinburgh College of Art.
Transnational Queer Underground Competition
Detour, University of Maine Emery Arts Center.
Creative Materiality, Haus_a_rest.
Anticipations: Illusions, predictions and dystopia, La Pan Galleria, Chile.
Uncovered Streets, Glasgow.
ART OF CARING, St George’s Hospital, London.
PEERFEST Art Exhibition, Mental Health Awareness, Birmingham.
BFA Bookworks Exhibition, Union Gallery.
Artist Residency: Art Dreams Foundation, London.
Visual Arts Scotland: Artist Workers Fund MicroGrant
Glasgow School of Art MLitt Top Sitting Student and Distinction for academic excellence in Dissertation
Glasgow School of Art Student Initiated Project Fund Recipient
Glasgow School of Art Access Scholarship Award Recipient
Glasgow School of Art Sustainability in Action Fund
2016 – 2018
Queen’s University Pannel Grant Award for Academic Achievement
Queen’s University Deans Honours List
Curatorial Intern, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow.
Co-Curator, DWD PEERFEST Art Exhibition Mental Health Awareness, Birmingham.
Co-Curator, Hand Drawn Action Packed & Drawing in the World Day Symposium events, The Hunterian/Hayward Touring Gallery, Glasgow.
Co-Curator for Re-Setting, Re-Sowing, Re-Interpreting: A Case Study in Curating Public Artwork, Glasgow School of Art.
Curatorial Assistant of Contemporary Art, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston, Ontario.
Curator and Advisor in the creation of the Mentor College Art Show, Kingston, Ontario.
Art Reveal Magazine, Issue #54.
Artists responding to…, August Issue.
Bring Me Magazine, Issue #34.
Art of Portrait Magazine, Issue #44.
BeautyMute Magazine, Issue #195.
Lightwork Magazine, Debut Issue – Lockdown Theme.
Stilo Style Diary Magazine, Fall Issue.
The CiiN Magazine, CiiN 17.
Creativ Magazine, Issue 39.
House of Letters Zine, Issue 2.
Marjen Magazine, Fashion Issue.
VPRCOMMMag Avant Garde Lifestyle Magazine
Necro Magazine, Youth Issue 2 Cover
The Gathering Zine (RCA MRes), Publication in collaboration with The Design Museum London.
Flea Circus, Volume One- Little Victorie.
Prolific Quarterly Magazine
En- Vie Fashion Magazine
XPRESSIONS A.N, #253.
Peach Velvet Magazine
XPRESSIONS VOL 4, #257.
Midnight Climax Magazine
CURIOUS Magazine, Volume 2 No.4, Queer Issue.
TOMMY Magazine, Cover / Feature.
Start in Art Cover & Feature
Beyond the Commons: The Pop
Lewis Andrews: Uniting Sun
Gaada Projects: Quarantzine, Issue 3 , Shetland.
MALVIE Mag, Vol. 08
MALVIE Mag N&B, Vol. 01
Sangre Magazine Colour Pop Issue
The Comfort Zine
Gaada Projects: Quarantzine Issue 2, Shetland
Cover Page & feature of Luxia Magazine
Gmaro Magazine, Issue #05.
The Only One Magazine, April Issue.
Prolific Quarterly Webtorial
Edith Magazine, Apr Issue #104.
BeautyMute Magazine, Issue #181.
Be Louder Magazine: Younger
Mob Journal: Quarantine Edition
ONLYCHILD Magazine: Artist Feature
OVER Magazine, Beauty Freak!
TEEN Cruze Magazine May: TEEN + LOVE
Féroce Magazine, May Issue.
No. 8 Magazine
Prolific Quarterly Magazine, Spring/Summer.
Prolific Quarterly Magazine, Boudoir Print.
Prolific Quarterly Magazine, Social Media Spotlight
The Ciin Magazine
The Mass Magazine, Matriarchy p. 31-33.
Evon Magazine Mar
The TEEN Cruze Magazine
OVER Magazine, Beauty Freak!
Stilo Style Diary, Issue 25
Stilo Style Model Diaries, Feature Story.
Penny Thoughts, Issue #31.
Worthwhile Magazine Interview
The Fox Magazine
Toreador Magazine & Web Feature
Brand Model Magazine
Cooltsalon’s Cooltzine, #3: Changes Contributor’s Spotlight Artist.
Broken Grey Wires Magazine, Featured Artist.
Average Art, Featured Artist.
John Byrne Award Editor’s Choice
A5 Magazine, Featured Artist.
Wotisart, Featured Artist.
FreeLit Magazine, Happiness Issue.
FreeLit Magazine, Technology Issue.
FreeLit Magazine, Time Issue: Works on pgs 7, 27 (Double Page Spread), 49, 60, 64 (Back Cover of Magazine).
The Candy Zine, Issue Eleven: Identity Issue, Feature on p. 38.
Deadly Eyebrow Zine, Issue 1.
Grounders Magazine, Issue 2, Artist biography and artwork.
Royal College of Psychiatrists: Eating Disorders International Conference, University of Strathclyde.
Confronting Shadows: Mindful and Ethical Communication of Sensitive Content, Glasgow.
Perception: Epistemology & Mind, Glasgow.
Postgraduate Art Symposium, Glasgow School of Art.
Poster/Presentation, Curating Beyond the Exhibition, CCA, Glasgow.
Other Work Experience
Writer, A Curator’s Guide to Curating Your Life, Comback Magazine.
Research project – The Starving Artist: Understanding the Value of Eating Disorders, Body Image and Thinness in Art.
Gallery Assistant, Art Gallery of Mississauga.