The artist leading the Alleyways project is Kevin Killen. Based in Northern Ireland, Kevin’s creative practice focuses on site-specific neon installations and large-scale public artworks. He also has extensive experience of working in a range of community settings on creative projects. Kevin’s current practice is the creation of self-made neon light sculptures and installations, often site-specific. The works capture moments in time, representing life and peoples’ physical journeys as snapshots of lives. Born in 1977 in Belfast, he graduated from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College in 1999 and completed further specialist training in neon making in Dallas, Texas in 2009.
Kevin Killen has been working with Armagh residents since September 2018, finding out about the lesser-known histories of the narrow streets and alleyways in the centre of the city, and meeting some of the people who live and work there. As he learns more about the stories of the city from working with all sorts of local groups, Kevin has been exploring a variety of themes and visual possibilities for the scheme.
CREATIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERS
We are working with a fantastic team of community partners on the project. Their positive energy, creative ambition and hard work are making the journey of the Alleyways project a special one for all involved.