Ailbhe Greaney
  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom


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Born, Galway Ireland.
Lives and works in Belfast.


Photographer | Art and Design Research Institute
Lecturer in Photography |
BA(Hons)/MFA Photography Campus + ELearning,
Belfast School of Art, Ulster University.


Ailbhe’s work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, most recently in Belfast, Liverpool, London, New York and Paris. The work ‘Street Flower’, created as part of a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, directs attention to possibilities within her work-in-progress ‘The Arrangement’ (from Flower Arrangement), of which it is the first chapter. Its selection as one of 50 pieces, out of over 700 international submissions, for Photography Is Magic, places the work in an optimistic context, one where a kind of magic might be “activated in the viewer…. (within which) those transformations and awakenings of perception that art and its processes can prompt” (Charlotte Cotton). Ailbhe has spoken both nationally and internationally at conferences ranging from the Society for Photographic Education Conference ‘Family Values’ in Orlando Florida to‘Fast Forward Women in Photography’ at the Tate Modern, London, where she was selected as one of 15 speakers from over 250 international submissions.The paper ‘States of Colour: Irish and Vietnamese Women after Albert Kahn’s Archives of the Planet’ extends the narrative of the work ‘Street Flower’, engaging with a museum collection, Albert Kahn’s Archives of the Planet, and Museum garden, at Musée Albert Kahn in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris.

Ailbhe has been a Lecturer in Photography at Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art since 2007 and Course Director of the MFA Photography Degree from 2013-2017. A founding member of the BA(Hons) Photography & Video Degree (2007) and MFA Photography Degree (Campus 2010/ E-Learning 2015), she is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Ulster University Art & Design Research Institute (RIAD). She was appointed Fulbright Commission Ambassador to Ulster University in 2016, and acts as an advisor for both the Irish and British Fulbright Alumni Societies, IUSA Culture Panel and as a selection panel member for the Fulbright Commission Ireland’s Student/Scholar Award in the Arts.

Prior to her appointment at UU Ailbhe worked as a Curatorial Intern under Jennifer Blessing at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, on the exhibitions: Speaking with Hands: Photographs from The Buhl Collection, 2004 / Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, 2004 / Matthew Barney The Cremaster Cycle, 2003.

She has served as Editorial Assistant at Blind Spot Magazine, New York; Advanced Digital Imaging Artist with Lux Imaging, New York; Gallery Assistant + Print Manager (Voluntary), Here Is New York Exhibition, 116 Prince St, New York; Digital Output Centre Manager, School of Visual Arts, New York and Graduate Teaching Assistant, MFA Photography Dept; School of Visual Arts, New York, under the mentorship of Sarah Charlesworth, Anna Gaskell, Collier Schorr, Stephen Shore, Charles Traub and Randy West. 

BA(Hons) Communications Degree Graduate from Dublin City University, Ailbhe also holds an MFA with Distinction from the School of Visual Arts New York, where she graduated as a Fulbright and Aaron Siskind Memorial Scholar. She is also the recipient of the SVA MFA Chairman's Award 2000-2003, Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary 2006, Arts Council Travel Award 2012, Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Award 2014 and SPE International Conference Grant Award (with the research paper Street Flower; An Impossible View, ranking highest out of 247 proposals received by a 10-member peer review panel). Her work is held in the collections of the School of Visual Arts New York and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master, School of Visual Arts New York

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

Bachelor, Dublin City University

Award Date: 1 Oct 1999

External positions

Fulbright Ambassador for Ulster University, Fulbright Commission

1 Sep 2016 → …


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