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

GROUP EXHIBITIONS                     

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