Biography

Aisling is a photographic artist, moving-image maker, curator and writer from Dublin, Ireland. Currently based in London, she is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology’s MRes course in Photography, in which she reflected on the representation of Irish women in Britain post the Good Friday Agreement, and also Wimbledon College of Arts one-of-a-kind (and no longer running) BA course in Fine Art Print and Time-Based Media.

She has an intensely research-based practice, which spans photography, archival material, writing and moving image. Her work focuses on the migration of women from Ireland to the UK, using ethnographic interviews, photography and moving image to connect histories of migration with the contemporary.

Recent exhibitions include Images Are All We Have at PhotoIreland Festival, July – August 2022; On the History and Practice of Photography in Ireland at PhotoIreland Festival, July – August 2022 and Photo Fringe online 2020.

She has presented academic papers and posters at various national and international conferences, most recently as part of the Women’s History Association of Ireland ECR/PGR Day 2021, the Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences The Opportunities of Crisis: Resilience and Change in World History, and Migrant Belongings: Digital Practices and the Everyday. She has won various awards for papers and research, including an Emerging Scholar Award and a Research and Innovation Seed Fund for Emerging Researchers from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology.

Currently, she is a participant in the London Creative Network programme at Four Corners, London.

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Education

2022, MRes Photography, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dublin, Ireland

2016, BA Hons Fine Art Print and Time-based Media, University of the Arts London, Wimbledon College of Arts, London UK

2013, FETAC Level 6 Advanced Diploma Photography, Colaiste Dhulaigh, Dublin, Ireland

2011, FETAC Level 5 Diploma Communications and Media Production, Colaiste Dhulaigh, Dublin, Ireland

Solo exhibitions

2014, Photographs From Berlin, Wimbledon College of Arts Library, London, UK

Group exhibitions

Current

7th July – 28th August 2022

Laura, from Heartland / Hearthland

Images Are All We Have, PhotoIreland Festival; The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin Ireland

Past

2020, Ireland is my Hearth-land, Photo Fringe, online

2016, Immigration / Emigration, Show Two, Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK

2016, Accidental Journeys, Liminal States, Gallery on the Corner, Battersea, London, UK

2016, Accidental Journeys, Spectacle, Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK

2013, A Short Way from Here and Common History, Colaiste Dhulaigh graduate show, Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland

2013, A Short Way from Here, Four Degrees of Separation, The Twisted Pepper, Dublin, Ireland

2012, Various portrait photographs, Homeless Gallery, PhotoIreland Festival; Migrations, D-Light Studios, Dublin, Ireland

Screenings

Current

7th July – 28th August 2022

Mamó, from Heartland / Hearthland

The Claddagh, from Heartland / Hearthland

PhotoIreland Festival, On The History and Practice of Photography in Ireland, Dublin Ireland

Past

2020, The Claddagh, Elbow Room, Bussey Building, London UK

Presentations / reviews

2021, Photo London x BJP portfolio review, Somerset House, London UK

2019, Presenter, Folio Friday, Photographer’s Gallery, London UK

2018, Photo Scratch #15, Hotel Elephant, London, UK

2017, Photo Scratch #11, Hotel Elephant, London, UK

2017, Spring Showcase, Hotel Elephant, London, UK

2017, Q Art Open Crit, The Mall Galleries, London, UK

2017, Show and Tell @ TATE EXCHANGE, Tate Modern, London, UK

2016, Presenter, Folio Friday, Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK

Awards / Grants

2022, (current) Part of the London Creative Network (LCN) programme at Four Corners, London UK

2022, Belfast Photo Festival open submission, shortlisted, Belfast UK

2021, Emerging Scholar Award, Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences The Opportunities of Crisis: Resilience and Change in World History, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford UK

2020, Student Assistance Fund, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dublin, Ireland

2019, Research and Innovation Seed Fund for Emerging Researchers, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dublin Ireland

2016,  The Old Girl’s Club Mentorship III – Shortlisted, London UK

Online features/interviews

2022, (upcoming) feature: Source Graduate Photography Online, Source magazine, online

2022, Instagram residency, Vessel Editions Instagram

2019, Instagram residency, Photo Scratch Instagram

2018, Instagram residency, Photograd Instagram

2017, Instagram residency, The Old Girl’s Club Instagram

2016, Interview: “Aisling Keavey, photographic artist”, Creative Choices, online

2016, Interview: “Meet a Third Year – Aisling Keavey, Print & Time-Based Media student”, Wimbledon College of Arts blog, online

2016, Feature: The Print Space Trajectory, online

2016, Instagram takeover of Wimbledon College of Arts Instagram for Print and Time-based Media

2014, Feature: Girls Get Busy Zine #22, online

2013, Feature: Man With A Movie Camera, online

2013, Feature: Lenscratch self-portraits exhibition, online

Conference Presentations

2021, panel presentation, Thesis in Three, Panel 1 – Women, identity and Irish society; Women’s History Association of Ireland ECR/PGR Day 2021, online

2021, panel presentation, Using Digital Ethnography Methods to Explore Hybrid Identities among Irish Immigrant Women in London, Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences The Opportunities of Crisis: Resilience and Change in World History, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford UK

2021, panel presentation, Using Digital Ethnography Methods to Explore Hybrid Identities among Irish Immigrant Women in London, Migrant Belongings: Digital Practices and the Everyday, Utrecht University, online

2020, panel presentation, Postcolonial Ireland; Representations of the Irish Diaspora in Britain from 1980 to the Present Day, British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, DeSoto Hotel, Savannah, GA. USA

2019, Poster Presentation, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology Teaching and Research Showcase, How have the Irish diaspora been represented from 1980 to the present day? Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin Ireland

2019, Panel presentation, Society and Progress; How have the Irish diaspora been represented in England from 1980 to the present day? Limerick Postgraduate Research Conference: “Research and Society: Innovation, Information and Impact”. The University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Residencies

2022, (upcoming) Joya: arte + ecología, Artist in Residence, Los Gázquez, Spain

2013, Creative retreat, Valletta, Malta

Texts

2018, Accidental Journeys, The Journal of Psychology, Gender and Trauma

2016, ‘“The subject of an exhibition tends more and more to be not so much the exhibition of works of art, as the exhibition of the exhibition as a work of art” – Daniel Buren The Artist as a curator and how the gallery functions as an artistic medium and as gendered space’, Undergraduate Honours thesis

2016, “The Photography of Trauma”, The Precursor Project

2015, “How do Narrative Forms and Notions of the Archive Relate to Art Practice Today?”

Teaching

2022, Graduate Student Assistant, School of Performance, Wimbledon College of Arts, London UK

2017, Reading group facilitator, We Should All Be Feminists, The Depot, Hackney, London UK

2016, Workshop facilitator, Narrative Photo-book workshop, Object Book, Merton Abbey Mills, London UK

2015, Screen-printing assistant, CCW Progression Centre, Camberwell College of Arts, London UK

2014, Linocut printmaking assistant, CCW Progression Centre, Camberwell College of Arts, London UK

Curation

2017, Co-curator, The Reality Principle, The Depot, Hackney

2016, Co-curator, LIMINAL STATES, The Gallery on the Corner Battersea

2013, Curator, Four Degrees of Separation, The Twisted Pepper, Dublin

Publications

2022, Heartland / Hearthland, self-published artist book

2016, Immigration / Emigration, handmade artist book, unique

2016, Accidental Journeys, handmade artist book, edition of 2

2013, A Short Way From Here, self-published photo book, edition of 15

2013, Common History, self-published photo book, edition of 15

Collections

Various self-published and handmade books in private collections in Ireland and the UK

Memberships

Irish in Britain

Women’s History Association of Ireland

British Art Network

Other

2018 – present, Reviewer, JAWS Journal, Peer-reviewed academic journal of arts writing by students