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Niamh Ann Kelly
Lecturer and Researcher
School of Art , Design and Printing
Centre for Visual, Performing and Media Arts in Ireland


Niamh Ann Kelly is an art writer and researcher and lectures in Critical Theory at the School of Art Design and Printing at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She is a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics), IAAH (Irish Association of Art Historians) and IMA (Irish Museums Association), and RICH (Research Institute for Culture and Heritage). She previously worked at the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, where she developed a number of programmes including My Museum , a Sunday family programme and The Saturday Club , arts workshops for local children, which won the Gulbenkian Award: Best Education Programme 2001. She also researched and wrote a museum activity book for children.

Her main research interest is museology and the roles that art and design play in modes of historical remembrance. She is completing her PhD at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis ( http://www.hum.uva.nl/asca/ ), a Research Institute at the University of Amsterdam . This research is entitled: History by Proxy - Imaging the Great Irish Famine , and is being conducted under the supervision of Mieke Bal ( http://www.miekebal.org/ ), Hanneke Grootenboer and Nancy Pedri. On this topic Kelly has presented conferences papers in Dublin , Connecticut , Manchester and Amsterdam and has chapters forthcoming in academic publications with Rodopi Press and Quinnipiac University .

Kelly is an active art critic and has (now VAI) written catalogue texts, along with articles for Art Monthly ( http://www.artmonthly.co.uk/home.htm ), CIRCA ( http://www.recirca.com/ ), Source, Sculpture Society Newsletter, CARA Magazine and has also reviewed art for RTE Radio 1 and Lyric FM. She has been invited to give workshops, public lectures and chair/participate in panel discussions on art in such venues as: The National Museum of Ireland, The National Gallery of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Limerick City Gallery of Art and The Ulster Museum. She is currently working on a creative publication called Art-Watching ; a collaborative project consisting of a limited edition Art-Book of digital drawings and texts reflecting upon the collections on display at the Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane and The National Gallery, London and has edited a supplement in CIRCA, called Art-Watching , Summer 2006.

Alongside teaching at DIT, Kelly has developed a number of research projects on Learning and Teaching strategies for Critical Theory in Art and Design. These projects explored the potential of active and independent learning engagements for students. They included a focus on the relationship between text, image and sound in learning articulation and the use of digital media and Learning Portfolios as teaching and learning tools for Critical Theory on studio-based programmes. On this subject she has co-authored a paper published in Enhancing the Curricula (2005) with The London Institute.


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