Ali Kirby is an award winning Irish artist and designer. Her studio practice is multi disciplinary, focusing on interior design, exhibition making and collaborative design for the public realm. Her background in interior design and fine art gives her a strong understanding of aesthetics and materials, a sharp eye for colour and detail, and a unique creative approach to balancing the beautiful and the functional, when it comes to each project.
As a contemporary artist, her work is primarily concerned with our embodied experience of architecture. Using construction and industrial materials, Kirby creates site responsive sculptural installations. These tactile, immersive environments are designed to draw our attention to colour, scale, form, surface, light and presence. As an interior designer, Kirby translates her passion for colour, form and materiality into tangible, thoughtful spaces that enhance and support the everyday human needs of her clients. As a collaborator, Kirby works closely with architects, cultural institutions and communities to find creative solutions to all kinds of challenges. From reimagining a park that needs a fresh perspective, to creating one off events for the general public, Kirby strives to contribute high quality work from research and development stages right through to implementation and results.
Clients and collaborators include:
Irish Architecture Foundation
Andrew Bell Design
Dublin City Council Culture Company
Boys + Girls
Dublin Port Company
Ali Kirby graduated in 2014 with first class honours (BA) in Fine Art from LSAD, specialising in Sculpture & Combined Media. Recent exhibitions include (solo) planes, (2018) Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, (group) Recalling Familiar Entities (2018) 126 gallery, Galway, Thinking Living Dwelling (2017) the Dock, Leitrim, Futures, Series 3, Episode 1 (2017) Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, only connect (2017) Kevin Kavanagh gallery, Dublin, all shimmers here (2016) MART Gallery, Dublin, Describing Architecture - Memory and Place (2015) City Assembly House, Dublin, the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition (2015) Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Periodical Review #4 (2015) Ormston House, Limerick, Periodical Review #4 (2014) Pallas Projects, Dublin, First Light, LSAD Graduate Show (2014), LSAD, Limerick, Essays for the House of Memory (2014) Ormston House, Limerick, Open Drawing Awards (2013) LSAD, Limerick, Single Channel (2013) Chartier Arts Venue, Connecticut, USA, Undertow (2012) the LAB, Dublin, Undertow (2011) Ormston House, Limerick, Open Drawing Awards (2010) LSAD, Limerick.
Sunday Times, Culture Magazine, Flock of the new, Cristín Leach, 2 April 2017, p.8.
Circa Art Magazine, only connect, Marie Farrington, 29 March 2017, online.
Irish Times, Arts & Ideas, The Hunger Games in reverse, Aidan Dunne, 28 March 2017, p.10.
Limerick Leader, The Arts Interview, 23 February 2017, p.3.
Irish Arts Review, Regeneration, Graduates article, Autumn edition 2014, p.93.
LandEscape Art Review, March 2013, interview p.58
Arts Council Travel and Training Award 2018.
Arts Council Next Generation Bursary Award 2017.
Fire Station Artist's Studios Sculpture Workshop Residency Award & Bursary 2016.
Royal Hibernian Academy Studio Award 2015.
DLR Professional Development Grant 2017.
Arquetopia, Puebla, Mexico, January - February 2019.
Albert Cottages Residency, Dublin, March 2018 - March 2019.
PROCESS Residency, ArtBox, Dublin, January 2017.
Ali Kirby in conversation with Ann Mulrooney, Director, Visual, Carlow, 21 September 2018.
Ali Kirby in conversation with curator Daniel Bermingham, 126 gallery, Galway, 24 March 2018.
To Dwell is to Think - A talk about place, location and influence. Anna Macleod, Ali Kirby and Jo Holmwood. The Dock, Leitrim, 16 September 2017.
Basic Talks, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, Dublin, 12 May, 2017.
Casa Gilardi - Luis Barragán, Mexico City, Mexico, January 2019.
e1027 - Eileen Gray, Roquebrune Cap Martin, Nice, May 2017.
The Barcelona Pavilion - Mies Van der Rohe & Lilli Reich, Barcelona, May 2017.
Ormston House presents Ali Kirby at Platforms Project, Athens, May 2018.
Interior design for private clients - ongoing.
soft boundaries - Concrete Collar presents Ali Kirby x Andrew Bell for Irish Architecture Foundation, Open House, Dublin, October 2019.
Dublin City Council Culture Company, ongoing.
Boys + Girls, installation for APMC Awards, Marker Hotel, Dublin, May 2019.
Concrete Collar, Test Shoot, Dublin, May 2019.
Gyproc Corporate Stand, Architecture Exposition, RDS, Dublin, October 2018.
Templeogue Decor - ongoing.
Public Art Panels:
Infrastructure - The Buildings and Public Places Panel, Fingal County Council's Public Art Programme 2017 - 2021.