about the art
My art practice generally revolves around the ideas of Colonialism, Orientalism, Migration and Gender. Currently, my focus is on feminism while investigating the 'Culture of Shame' in various societies. Through wide range of symbolism, historical fragments and socio-cultural juxtaposition, I
try to engage my work with the living issues of the society where I live or lived. Therefore, often my work explorers the links of present with past, one culture with another; and society with my personal entity (as an artist, female, mother, migrant and human). I am academically trained as
mixed media oils and traditional style Indian miniature paintings. My work is experimental, and I endeavour to extend my practice into contemporary mediums such as videos, installation, performances, sound and multimedia projections.
about the artist
Amna Walayat is Pakistani born visual artist. She was resident in the UK and France before settling in Cork, Ireland. She has an M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art, History, Theory and Criticism from UCC, Cork (2016); and M.A. in Fine Arts from University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan (2002). She has worked as Program Organizer with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts; Curator with Alhamra Arts Council and PhD studio-based researcher with PURAF, University of the Punjab (2004-2007). She recently established the Ireland-Pakistan Arts Exchange (IPAE) to bring both art communities together through creating opportunities for networking and exchange. She is a recipient of Arts Council Ireland Visual Artist Bursary Award, Professional Development
Award 2021 and Dilkusha Award 2021
Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism, M.A. UCC, Cork, Ireland 2016.
Studio-based Painting : Certificate École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France, 2010.
Fine Arts (Painting), M.A., Institute of Art and Design, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan,
Solo Exhibition and Workshop, Cork Lifelong Learning Festival, Turners Cross
Community Centre, Cork, IR. March 2019.
Solo show in connection with Seminar, Girl Summit Ireland, Cork City Council-
Millennium Hall, Cork, IR, 2016.