Within her art practice, Aisling Ward makes video installations, performances and participatory activities which explore labour, collective memory, gender, class and deep time. Through collaborative research methods, she examines movement, gesture and human and non-human entanglements in relation to resistance and choreo-political action.
Entangled Threads explores the social history of lace manufacturing in the artist’s hometown in Derbyshire. Using dance and repetitive rhythm as forms of ignition and generation, the work gestures towards a reclamation of feminist resistance within the workforce, whilst investigating notions of collective identity, class and the female body’s historical and continuing relationship to machines.
Aisling is currently studying a PhD in Advanced Practices at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is focusing on collaborative pedagogical re-imaginings and curatorial entanglements outside of institutional frameworks, specifically those within peripheral, working-class areas in the Midlands.
Aisling Ward is a Nottingham-based artist, curator and researcher who received her MA (Hons) Fine Art degree from Edinburgh College of Art in 2020. She is currently Curator at Artcore Gallery, Derby and an Associate of the New Midland Group. Recent group shows include: Share Bears, Backlit Gallery, Nottingham, Ways of Protest, Elysium Gallery, Swansea and Final, Not Over, Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, London.