Anita McKeown

Public Artist in Residence, SMARTlab

Anita is an interdisciplinary artist, producer, curator and researcher, working across disciplines including film, audio and performance. Her work continues to be exhibited and performed nationally and internationally. Her work in the main is project-based, context-responsive and ecologically sensitive interventions that arise from extended relationships within a location.

She is Co-founder and Creative Director of Arts Services Un-incorporated (ASU), a not-for-profit community arts organisation established in 2006 and based in southeast London. In 2008 she was elected by invitation to the Royal Society of Arts. In 2004 she won the prestigious Bravo Award, the only non-US citizen to do so, for a digital AV public art project in Memphis, TN.

She has worked for a number of organisations within the arts, including ART.e @ the art of change, Lewisham Youth Theatre, Irene Taylor Trust/Music in Prisons, Razor Edge Theatre Company and Heart N Soul Theatre Company, utilising her extensive experience of project development and management as well as cross-arts experience within a range of contexts. Anita holds a degree from Falmouth College of Arts and an MA from the University of Westminster and is currently working on a doctorate with the National College of Art & Design in collaboration with SMARTlab at UCD.

She is currently in New Mexico undertaking research for her PhD and working on a project as part of the NeoRio Arts Symposium 2013. The Ice Cream Olympics is a local food and biocultural diversity arts and education project in collaboration with Good ™ and Wild Rivers Recreation Centre, part of the newly designated national monument – Rio Grande Del Norte.

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