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Fiona Kelly

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Birth year

Lives in
Cork, Ireland

Works in
Cork, Ireland


exhibition/performance, traditional, surrealism, conceptual, performance, installation, mixed-media, sculpture


Fiona Kelly illustrates contemporary fables. In uniting banal objects, concentrated debris and throwaway remnants with playful slogans, she generates happenings. Her combinations facilitate the viewer’s questioning of the absurdities Kelly finds in unremarkable environments.

What was thought to be familiar has to be re-assessed.

Born in Westmeath 1985, Cork based Artist Fiona Kelly holds a B.A in Fine Art, Sculpture, received from Cluain Mhuire, Galway (2005) and a B.A (Honours) in Fine Art, Printmaking, from the Crawford College of Art, Cork (2008).

 Recent exhibitions include Missing Something Which No Longer Exists (Solo), 126, Galway, Ireland 2014; the Awarded European Pépinières pour Jeunes Artistes MAP Residency exhibition There are Thousands of Taps Dripping (Solo), Ratamo Centre for Printmaking, Jyväskylä, Finland 2013; POST-IT, Boarders and Crossings, IMPACT8, Dundee, Scotland 2013;The Mythical and Mundane, Siamse Tire, Kerry, Ireland 2013 and Drawn to Print, Spike Island, Bristol, U.K 2013.




2014: Missing Something Which No Longer Exists, 126, Galway, Ireland. (Solo)
2014: Hot off the Press, Gormleys Fine Art, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


2014: (Title to be Confirmed) Two Person Show, The Courthouse Gallery, Ireland. With Lorraine Walsh.

Residencies and Awards:

2013: European Pépinières pour Jeunes Artistes MAP Residency Award, Ratamo, Jyväskylä, Finland.
2013: Travel and Training Award, Art Council of Ireland.
2012: Awarded Teaching Residency, Swansea Print Workshop, Wales.
2012: Lorg Printmakers Emerging Artist Award, Impressions 12’, Membership Bursary, Ireland.
2012: Ruth Katzman Scholarship Residency Award, The Art Students League of New York. U.S.A.
2012: Individual Artist Bursary, Westmeath County Arts Council (2011/10/09/07).
2011: Artist in Residence Award, Jyvaskyla Centre for Printmaking, Jyväskylä, Finland.
2011: Shortlisted Artist, H.S.E Percent for Art Scheme, Knocknacara, Galway, Ireland.
2011: Artist in Residence, B.I.A.P Platform China, Beijing, China.
2011: Travel and Training Award, Art Council of Ireland.
2011: Cork City Twinning Grant, Cork Contemporary Projects @The Don Gallery, Shanghai.
2011: Culture Ireland Award, Cork Contemporary Projects @ The Don Gallery, Shanghai.
2010: Artist in Residence Award, Ateliers BaZtille, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands.
2009: Invited Artist, Paperback, Magnet Arts Festival, Portlaoise, Co Laois, Ireland.
2008: Cork Printmakers, Graduate Membership Bursary.
2007: National Bursary Residency, Belmont Mill, Artist Studios, Ireland.
2007: Artist in Residence, S.I.M, Seljavegur 32, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions:

2013: There are Thousands of Taps Dripping, Ratamo Gallery, Jyväskylä, Finland. (Solo)
2010: The Self Portrait Collective, Ateliers BaZtille, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. (Solo)
2010: Object’s Fables, Belmont Mill, Belmont, Offaly, Ireland. (Solo)
2009: The Kitchen Table. Art Trail: Rediscovering Locality, 24 Nicholas St. Cork, Ireland. With Amanda Rice.
2007: a guide to spotting stuff, and other things, Gas Lane Gallery, Westmeath, Ireland. (Solo)
2007: Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival, SIM @ Seljavegur 32, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. With Sigbjorn Bratlie.

Selected Group and Juried Exhibitions:

2013: Custom House Gallery Group Exhibition, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
2013: Boarders and Crossings, IMPACT8, Dundee, Scotland.
2013: The Mythical and Mundane, Siamse Tire, Kerry. Ireland.
2013: Drawn to Print, Spike Island, Bristol, U.K. (Catalogued Invitational Exhibition)
2013: Lorg Presents, The Shed, Galway, Ireland. (Catalogued Exhibition)
2013: Impresiones Gigantes, Granada, Spain. (Invitational)
2013: Drawn to Print, The Cove Gallery, Swansea, Wales. (Catalogued Exhibition)
2013: Twenty-One, The Atrium, City Hall, Cork, Ireland. (Catalogued Exhibition)
2012: Impressions, Galway Arts Centre. Ireland. Selected by Norman Ackroyd. (Juried Exhibition)
2012: Big Visual Dynamite, The Workshop @ TACTIC, Cork Culture Night, Ireland.
2012: Hack the City; Artvertiser Project, Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
2012: Alumni, Vytlacil Gallery, The Art Students League of New York, U.S.A. (Invitational)
2012: Open, Limerick Printmakers, Ireland. Selected by Marianne Keating (Juried Exhibition)
2011: Howaya Now? Mullingar Arts Centre, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. (Invitational)
2011: Conversations amongst Endpoints, The Don Gallery, Shanghai, China.
2011: Have you seen a Monkey? Fact and Fiction in an Irish Landscape, Banagher, Ireland. (Invitational)
2011: Wat Blijft komt Nooit Terug, Ateliers BaZtille, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. (Invitational)
2011: Impressions of Your City, Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland. (Invitational)
2010: Impressions, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland. (Juried Exhibition)
2010: Road Roller Project, Cork Printmakers in association with ArtTrail, Cork, Ireland.
2010: Cork Contemporary Projects, Engage Arts Festival, Bandon, Cork, Ireland.
2010: The Boon Tea Room, The Space, Cork, Ireland.
2009: Cork Printmakers, The Fenton Gallery, Cork, Ireland.
2009: Paperback, Intervention with disused Retail space, Portlaoise, Laois, Ireland.
2009: Exchangesix, ZeroPrint Studio, Seattle, USA. Touring Exhibition.
2008: Impressions, Galway Arts Centre, Galway , Ireland. (Juried Exhibition.)
2008: Tales from the Black Lodge, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, USA.
2008: The Fledgling Show, The Lavit Gallery, Cork , Ireland. (Invitational)
2008: Soup, Crawford College of Art B.A, Cork, Ireland.
2008: Ladyfest, ESB Substation, Cork, Ireland.
2007: Blank Space, James Barry Gallery, Cork, Ireland.
2007: Auf getz; Belmont Mill, Offaly, Ireland.
2007: Fear Not, Iontas, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo, Ireland. (Juried Exhibition)
2007: Holga, Monster Truck Gallery, Francis St., Dublin, Ireland.
2006: Death Swap; Cannonball press, AD HOC Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA.


2012: TETRIS-Trad, Durational Sound Performance.
2010/09:The Battery Operated Trad Experiment, www.myspace/


2008: B.A (Honours) in Fine Art, Printmaking, Crawford College of Art, Cork.
2005: B.A in Fine Art, Sculpture, Cluain Mhuire, G.M.I.T. Galway.

Professional Experience:

2013: A Guide to Artist Residencies, Professional Development Instructor, 126, Galway, Ireland. (Invitational)
2012: Master class in Relief Printmaking Instructor, SPW, Wales.
2012: Drawing Instructor, Hotchpotch Narratives, SPW, Wales.
2012: Drawing Instructor, Throwaway Remnants/ Unconventional Landscapes, SPW, Wales.
2012: Professional Development Instructor, A Guide to Artist Residencies, Ranelagh Arts Centre,Dublin,Ireland & SPW Wales.
2012: Printmaking Instructor, Logos and Sign Theory, Westmeath Art in the Community Project.
2011: Carborundum Workshop Instructor, Seven Flower Colour Primary, Shanghai, China.
2010: Curator, Cruiverbal, The Space, No 7 South Mall, Cork, Ireland.
2010: Co-Curator & Gallery Technician Team, The Space, No. 7 South Mall, Cork, Ireland.
2009: Co-Curator, Crawford College of Art B.A Exhibition, Cork, Ireland.

Invited Speaker:

2012: Artist in Residence Talk, SPW, Swansea, Wales.
2011: Cork Printmakers AGM, Cork, Ireland.
2011: This constant movement of Bricks, Galleria Harmonia, Jyvaskyla, Finland.
2011: Peer to Ear, Basement Project Space, Cork, Ireland.
2007: Artist in Residence Talk, Seljavegur 32, Reykjavik, Iceland

Publications/ Reviews:

2013: Tiainen, Johanna, Observations of a World Citizen,Keskisuomalainen.
2012: Madden, Angela: Face to Face, Summer Issue, Midlands Art and Culture Magazine.
2011: Koskinen, Anssi: Kelly et Brunet; Artists in Residence, Keskisuomalainen.
2011: Rucina, Linda: Artist Residencies in Iceland, Arterriory.
2011: The Don Gallery Shanghai, A Conversation Amongst Endpoints, Catalogue.
2011: Farry, Rodney: Suburban Hotchpotch, Westmeath Examiner.
2010: O’Brien, David; Gaynor, Fergal: Cruciverbal. Enclave Review.
2010: Adams, John: Artbeat UCC Radio
2009: Art Trail Cork, Rediscovering Locality, Catalogue.


European Pépinières Laureate
Visual Artists Ireland.
Cork Printmakers.
Backwater Artist Group.
National Sculpture Factory.
Cork Contemporary Projects.
Lorg Printmakers.
Custom House Studios.
Catalyst Arts Belfast.

Jyvaskyla Museum of Art, Finland.
Crawford College of Art, Cork City, Ireland.
Eli Lilly, Ireland.
Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland.
Crawford College of Art, Cork City, Ireland


Recent Exhibits

Fiona Kelly participated in these exhibits:

126 Artist-Run Gallery © Kerry Guinan
Sep, 2009 The Battery Operated Trad Experiment
Aug, 2009 Exchangesix,
ZeroPrint Studio
Jul, 2009 Paperback, Intervention with disused retail space
Portlaoise, Ireland
Oct, 2008 Tales from the Black Lodge
Altered Esthetics
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