Tina Keane (b.1940) is an internationally acclaimed artist who has worked since the 1970s in a wide variety of media, ranging from performance and installation to film, video, digital technologies and neon sculpture. An influential and consistently inventive artist, she is a leading exponent of media installation work. Her work encompasses social issues, poetries of memory, and constructions of gender, aesthetic pleasure, technical experimentation and explorations of visual perception. Keane’s solo exhibition at England & Co gallery in 2013 included several works from the 1980s, including the dream-like Faded Wallpaper (1988) which explores visual perception, madness and the search for identity. Installation works with video and neon include Ghost Train (2002) a film that explores the space between two worlds, and Caution: Thin Ice from 1993-94, a subtly complex combination of neon wall-text, poem-etched glass table, and video monitor displaying a continually spinning skater. Keane has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and has been Artist in Residence at various institutions including the Banff Centre in Canada. She is a founder member of Circles—Women in Distribution and curator and programmer of exhibitions and screenings including The New Pluralism exhibition at the Tate (with Michael O'Pray, 1985). She has won awards from the Arts Council, Channel 4, the British Council and London Production Board. Transposition, Keane’s major performative projection from 1999-2000, was re-performed and screened in Tate Tanks in October 2012, and her short film, Beauty in Motion was screened at the 2013 London Film Festival. In 2015, as an Artist in Residence at the Bealtaine Festival, Keane produced her most recent film, a landscape film, made in Co Wexford, Ireland.
Tina Keane | This award will provide the financial support to enable me the time and space needed to investigate new ideas for future projects and art works. At this point in my career an award, such as this, will allow me to progress and explore further concepts within the media of film and video; and neon sculpture.