Ailbhe Greaney

Lecturer in Photography/Course Director MFA Photography
Belfast School of Art.

Lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Born, Galway Ireland.


2000 – 2003: School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA, MFA Photography and Related Media Department, MFA Photography and Related Media with Distinction.
1996 – 1999: Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, Department of Humanities, School of Communications, BA (Hons) Communication Studies.


SPE (Society for Photographic Education) International Conference Grant Award Recipient.
Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency.
Arts Council Of Ireland Visual Arts Travel Award.
Arts Council Of Ireland Visual Arts Bursary 2006.
Graduate Assistantship; awarded by the School of Visual Arts, NY.
Aaron Siskind Memorial Scholarship.
School of Visual Arts Chairman's Award.
Fulbright Award.


-'Photography Is Magic’, Aperture Foundation, New York. Curated by Charlotte Cotton. Selected Artists Inc: Delaney Allen / Syl Arena / Lucy Wood Baird / Stella Baraklianou / Amelia Bauer / G. Roland Biermann / Thom Bridge / Radek Brousil / Drew Brown / Bubi Canal / Ellen Carey / Jesse Chehak / Joseph Desler Costa / Adam Ekberg / Annabel Elgar / Ailbhe Greaney (Street Flower)/ Valerie Green / Jill Greenberg / Aaron Hegert / Matthew Herrmann / Sheree Hovsepian / Noah Jackson / Jessica Labatte / Dionne Lee / Matthew Leifheit and Cynthia Talmadge/ Jo Longhurst / Jason Lukas / Chris Maggio / Irene Mamiye / William Miller / Chris Mottalini / Deepanjan MukhopadhyayJennifer Niederhauser SchlupZachary Norman / Ryan Oskin / Megan Paetzhold / Meghann Riepenhoff / Anastasia Samoylova / Michael Schmid / Marco Scozzaro / Katie Shapiro / Tabitha Soren / Jessica Thalmann / Sonja Thomsen / Patricia Voulgaris / Marta Wlusek /  Guanyu Xu / Hyounsang Yoo / Junsheng Zhou.

-‘Rewind’, Installation, Tate Liverpool, Look/15 /Liverpool International Photography Festival. Curated by Anna Fox. Invited Artists Inc: Karen Knorr, Sarah Jones, Natasha Caruana, Melanie Friend, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Alijca Dobrucka, Joy Gregory, Sophy Rickett, Chinar Shah, Marilene Cardosa Ribeiro, Helen Sear, Bettina Von Zwehl, Clare Strand, Anna Fox, Neeta Madahar, Hannah Starkey, Susan Lipper, Effie Paleologou, Sarah Pickering,  Vicki Churchill, Eileen Perrier, KayLyn Deveney, Ailbhe Greaney (Street Flower), Maria Kapajeva, Anne Hardy, Joanna, Piotrowska, Emma Critchley, Tereza Zelenkova, Steffi Klenz, Giulia Marchi,, Lottie Davies, Joy Gregory, Jill Quigley, Trish Morrissey, Helen Goodin, Shiho, Kito, Nandini Valli.

-‘Street Flower’, Paris Photo CCI Weekend Focus On Photography, Espace Lhomond Paris.

-‘Wilde Art’, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. Curated by Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes. Invited Artists Inc: Neil Bartlett, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Patrick Chambon, Ailbhe Greaney (‘The Light Beautiful’), Maggi Hambling, Seamus Harahan, McDermott & McGough, Brian O’Doherty, Hugh O’Donnell, Yinka Shonibare, MarkWallinger, Ines et Eyal Weizman. 

-‘Migration Memory, and Place’, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Denmark, Inc: Ailbhe Greaney (A View’), Installation.
-‘A View’,  Installation, Lanyon Gallery, Queen’s University Belfast, with Reading/Performance by Ciaran Carson.
-‘A View’, Installation, Chelsea Bridge, Queenstown Road, London.
-'A View Is Where We Are Not’, PhotoIreland, ‘Migrations: Diaspora & Cultural Identity’, The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

-‘Different Dimension/Different Dimension 2’, The 2nd Novosibirsk International Festival of Contemporary Photography, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Siberia& Metenkov Photographic Museum, Ekaterinburg, Russia, Ailbhe Greaney (Here & There’).
-‘Art Media and Contested Space’, Public Art and Billboard Project, Belfast City, Northern Ireland. Curated by Declan McGonagle. Participating Invited Artists Inc: Ailbhe Greaney (‘Here & There’), Paul Seawright, Peter Kennard + Kat Phillips, Anthony Haughey, Alfredo Jaar.
-‘Here & There /Neither Here Nor There’, Open/Invited Eva 2008, ‘too early for vacation’, Limerick City Art Gallery, Limerick. Curated by Hou Hanru.


Street Flower: An Impossible View.
SPE (Society for Photographic Education) Conference “Family Values”, Florida, USA.

States of Colour: Irish and Vietnamese Women after Albert Kahn’s Archives of the Planet.
Fast Forward: Women In Photography; Tate Modern London.

The Light Beautiful.
The Wilde Days in Paris with Société Oscar Wilde and THE OSCHOLARS.

The Concept of ‘Home’; conceptual reproduction, repetition and doubling within photographic practice.
Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers with University College London, co-funded by the European Union and the NORFACE Migration Programmme.

The Concept of ‘Home’; conceptual reproduction, repetition and doubling within photographic practice.
Migration Memory, and Place with The University of Copenhagen, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj.

‘A View’, Representing The British and Irish Fulbright Association.
The 35th Annual International Fulbright Association Conference London; Fulbrighters, Minding the gaps (and Bridging Them)!

US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Knowledge Inter-change Conference.


Ailbhe Greaney’s photographic practice investigates the intrinsic link between the photograph as document of place and as creator of place. The re-creation of place through photography, re-photography, repetition, doubling and mimicry in an effort to “re-member” and/or identify is examined. It investigates the camera’s ability to create a “third place”, neither here nor there, and to realise the imaginary aspects that embody any emotive place. Here the transformative powers of photography within our culture are considered, particularly how these powers relate to the reformulation of place and the reconfiguration of memory.

In this way the materiality/immateriality and malleability of photographs is explored, as well as the importance of repetition, gesture and performance within the traditional photo album and social media. This reflects upon the use of technology in navigating family divides, and in the creation of an impossible view.

Ailbhe has been Lecturer in Photography at Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art since 2007 and Course Director of the MFA Photography Degree since 2013. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Ulster University Art & Design Research Institute (RIAD). She has recently been appointed Fulbright Commission Ambassador to Ulster University, 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 exhibition: Speaking with Hands: Photographs from The Buhl Collection; 2004; as well as Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present; 2004;  and 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 (Voluntary), Here Is New York Exhibition, 116 Prince St, New York; Manager Digital Output Centre, 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.