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  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

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Dr Aisling O'Beirn is an Associate Lecturer in fine art sculpture. Her current sculptural work is concerned with exploring space as a physical structure and a political entity by making and animating forms relating to observed and theoretical structures being studied by contemporary astronomers and physicists. It is an extension of previous work on the politics of place, but still rooted in uncovering tensions between disparate forms of official and unofficial information.Previous projects have investigated ideas around entropy, order, disorder and balance and how laypersons try to understand scientific and mathematical ideas. Recent work has been facilitated by Armagh Observatory and Dunsink Observatory.O’ Beirn has exhibited nationally and internationally. She was included in Northern Ireland’s first participation in the 51st Venice Biennale. Her work manifests variously as sculpture, installation, animation and site-specific projects. O’ Beirn (in collaboration with Dr. Martin Krenn) is also working on a three year (2016 / 2019) collaborative research project as part of TRACES (Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritage with the Arts), funded by Horizon 2020Her work can be seen on www.aislingobeirn.comShe welcomes practice based research projects, which explore theses issues.

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Research Output

Dialogical Art and Productive Failure: Interview with Aisling O' Beirn in Dialogical Interventions

O'Beirn, A., 1 Feb 2019, Dialogical Interventions : Art in the Social Realm . Krenn, M. (ed.). Angewandte ed. Vienna, Austria: De Gruyter, Vol. Book Series of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. p. 90 - 97 8 p. (Book Series of the University of Applied Arts Vienna).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
  • 51 Downloads (Pure)

    Dispersed Presence: Long Kesh/Maze Prison, its Artefacts as Catalysts of Testimony

    O'Beirn, A. & Krenn, M., 30 Oct 2019, Art, Anthropology and Contested Heritages: Ethnographies of TRACES. Schneider, A. (ed.). 1 ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, Vol. 1 . p. 173-185 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Dispersed Presence Transforming Long Kesh/Maze

    O'Beirn, A. & Krenn, M., 17 Jan 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • 58 Downloads (Pure)

    Restaging the Object: A Participatory Exploration of Long Kesh/Maze Prison

    O'Beirn, A. & Krenn, M., 25 Jun 2019, 1 ed. Berlin: K. Verlag. 226 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 221 Downloads (Pure)

    'Re-staging the Object: A participatory exploration of Long Kesh/Maze Prison’ Workshop

    O'Beirn, A. & Krenn, M., 31 Aug 2019, Uncovering Material Knowledge’ conference. Queen's University Belfast

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • 10 Downloads (Pure)


    MAC International 2018 - Shortlisted Artist Prize

    O'Beirn, Aisling (Recipient), 8 Nov 2018

    Prize: Other distinction



    • 2 Examination
    • 2 Membership of committee
    • 1 Membership of board
    • 1 Other

    External Examiner

    Aisling O'Beirn (Examiner)

    8 Feb 2019

    Activity: Examination

    Dillon Gallery Culturlann McAdam O'Fiaich (External organisation)

    Aisling O'Beirn (Member)


    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    Art and Design Research Institute (Organisational unit)

    Aisling O'Beirn (Member)


    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    PS2 (External organisation)

    Aisling O'Beirn (Member)

    10 Dec 2017 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board