Aisling Prior has worked with many artists and public bodies, implementing innovative approaches to curating artists to work in expanded contexts. She believes in the agency of art and its central role in everyday life. Working with artists to produce projects which have the capacity to challenge received understandings of autonomy, auteurship, ownership, taste and connoisseurship particularly interests her as a curator. She also commits to including the work of lesser known artists in projects and exhibitions she curates.
After graduating from UCD in 1984, Aisling lived in Paris, where she was a founder member of a non-profit Centre Culturel Irlandais, under the aegis of which she co-organised a retrospective of Irish cinema at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1987. One of the founders of the Galway Film Centre in 1988, she was also director of the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland (Visual Artists Ireland) from 91-97. She was Public Art Advisor to the Arts Council of Ireland from Sept 2011 to Nov 2014 and Editor of its website www.publicart.ie from Sept 2012 to Dec 2014. Aisling is currently Curatorial Associate to Fingal County Council’s forthcoming Public Art Programme.
Interested in: Socially engaged practice, painting and sculpture. I curate artists for commissions and exhibitions in many diverse and unique contexts.