Aileen Kelly was born in Northern Ireland in 1967. She studied Fine Art at the University of Ulster and won a scholarship to the European MA in Fine art at Winchester School of Art in Barcelona. Aileen has shown in a number of prominent exhibitions and won the prestigious national visual art award ‘Perspectives’ in 1999. She was also shortlisted for the AIB Artists of Promise Award in 2003. One of her most recent works was selected for the Spirit of Womenhood exhibition in London 2014. Showing alongside international artists such as Tracy Emin, ‘School Number One’ draws on a constant theme in Aileen’s work related to power and vulnerability. The selection panel included curators from the White Cube, Sotheby’s and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Aileen is based at Childers Street Studios in Deptford South London.
Currently based at Acme Studios, Deptford, London.
1997 – 1998 European MA Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, England
1992 – 1994 PGCE Art and Design, Goldsmiths College, London
1986 – 1989 BA Fine Art, University of Ulster, Belfast.
2016 Marked, Cueb Gallery, SE London
2012 Public Enquiry ii, Centre for Arts and Learning, Goldsmiths College, London
2010 Interrupt, Cueb Gallery, London
2005 Laundry, Context Gallery, Derry, NI
2002 Happy Birthday, Market Place Gallery, Armagh , NI
2001 Clowning Around, Context Gallery, Derry, NI
2017 Crekside Open 2017, Selected by Jordan Baseman
2015 Creekside Open 2015- Selected by Richard Deacon.
2015 Cueb Open 2015, Cueb Gallery London
2014 Bahrain International Arts Festival, Manama, Bahrain
2014 Propeller Foundry, Deptford, SE London
2014 Spirit Of Womanhood, Oxo Tower, London
2014 Tipping the line, Occupy My Time Gallery, London
2013 8 Studios From Here, Cockpit Arts, London
2012 Silence - Abridged Poetry & Visual Art publication,
Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2012 Echo, Engine Room Gallery, Belfast
2003 Allied Irish Bank, Artist Of Promise Award, Shortlisted Artist - RHA, Dublin
2000 - 2007 Individual Artist Awards, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
1999 Winner of ‘Perspective 99’ National Visual Art Award, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, NI