Ailbhe Greaney

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

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

Ailbhe’s work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, most recently in Belfast, Liverpool, London, New York and Paris. She has spoken both nationally and internationally at conferences ranging from ‘Fast Forward Women in Photography’ at the Tate Modern, London to the Society for Photographic Education Conference ‘Family Values’ in Orlando Florida.

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 since 2013. 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.


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 (Paper ranked highest out of 247 proposals received by 10-member peer review panel).
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.


-'Arts Council Northern Ireland Collection’, Belfast Exposed, Belfast. Curated by Deirdre Rob.

Invited Artists Inc: Paul Seawright / Donavan Wylie / Susan MacWilliam / Peter Richards / Ailbhe Greaney / Fergus Jordan / Laura McDowell / Joanna Karolini / Mairead McClean / Adrian O’Connell / Angela Halliday.

-'209 Women’, Portcullis House, Palace of Westminister, London & Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. Curated by HIlary Wood, Tracy Marshall, Cheryl Newman, Lisa Tse.

Invited Artists Inc: Ailbhe Greaney / Hannah Starkey / Haley Morris-Cafiero / Wendy McMurdo/ Alison Jackson / Rut Blees Luxemburg/ Teresa Eng / Julia Fullerton-Batten / Amak Mahmoodian / Sian Bonnell/ Trish Morrissey / Michelle Sank / Dragana Jurisic / Lottie Davies/ Karen Knorr/ Natasha Caruana

-'Beyond View’, Belfast Exposed, Belfast. Curated by Hannah Watson.

Invited/Selected Artists Inc:  Christopher Barr / David Copeland / Jean Curran / KayLynn Deveney / Robert Ellis / Errol Forbes / Paul Gaffney / Clare Gallagher / Richard Gilligan / Richard Gosnold / Ailbhe Greaney (Street Flower)/ / Frederic Huska & Michelle Moloney / Paddy Kelly / Jim Maginn / Yvette Monahan / Peter Neill / Martin Parr / Maria Przybylska / Lucy Rehill / Nael Quraishi / Johnny Savage / Paul Seawright / Lee Stitt / Tommy Weir / Donovan Wylie.

-'Photography Is Magic’, Aperture Foundation, New York. Curated by Charlotte Cotton.

Selected Artists (from over 700 submissions) 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. (Solo Exhibition).

-‘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.
Selected Artists Inc: Ailbhe Greaney (‘A View’), Installation. (Solo Exhibition).

-‘A View’,  Installation, Lanyon Gallery, Queen’s University Belfast, with Reading/Performance by Ciaran Carson. (Solo Exhibition).

-‘A View’, Installation, Chelsea Bridge, Queenstown Road, London. (Solo Exhibition).

-'A View Is Where We Are Not’, PhotoIreland, ‘Migrations: Diaspora & Cultural Identity’, The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. (Solo Exhibition).

-‘Different Dimension/Different Dimension 2’, The 2nd Novosibirsk International Festival of Contemporary Photography, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Siberia& Metenkov Photographic Museum, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Invited Artists Inc: Ailbhe Greaney (‘Here & There’).

-‘Art Media and Contested Space’, Public Art and Billboard Project, Belfast City, Northern Ireland. Curated by Declan McGonagle.
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. (Solo Exhibition).


Street Flower: An Impossible View.
John Berger Now, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK.

Street Flower: An Impossible View.
Family Values, SPE (Society for Photographic Education) Conference, Florida, USA.
(Street Flower, An Impossible View” emerged from a 10-member peer review panel among the highest ranked from 247 proposals received, and was awarded a 2017 SPE International Conference Grant).

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)!

Invited Speaker, 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.