History and Past Exhibitions

Alison Kay was born in 1953 and studied at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design (IADT). In 1978 she set up a ceramic studio in Sandycove and also taught part time Adult Education classes with the VEC in Dun Laoghaire for 10 years.  
In 2004 she set up a new studio in Shankill and works as a ceramic artist.
In 2007 she was selected for Crafts Council of Ireland “Portfolio”
In 2021 she was selected for DCCI Portfolio Critical Selection 2021-2022.             

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International Fairs

2022  Collect,  Somerset House, London
2013 Ceramic Art London, UK
2010 Shanghai Expo, China

Consulate General of Ireland, Shanghai, China
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Office of Public Works – Private Collections
National Museum of Ireland

2008 Winner of Hallward Ceramic Sculpture Award
2010 Crafts Council of Ireland's Excelence in Making award in association with the Mill Cove Gallery
2012 Winner of the Ceramics Ireland, Peter Brennan Pioneering Award
2016 Winner of 135th Royal Ulster Academy perpetual silver medal prize.  Sponsored by Tom Caldwell Installations.                                                                          

Solo Exhibitions
2009 Millcove Gallery, Castletownbere, Co Cork

Group Exhibitions

2023  'Conect' Artnetdlr group show, Walters, Dun Laoghaire.                                                 Royal Hibernian Academy 193rd Annual Exhibition,  Dublin.                                         Clay Works, The Printworks,  Dublin Castle.  Dublin                                                        Decennium, SO Fine Arts Editions, Powerscourt Town House,  Dublin.                       Wexford Festival Art Exhibition. Green Acres, Wexford.                                                 Selected members exhibition, Rathfarnham Castle. Dublin.                                           Royal Ulster Academy 142nd Annual Exhibition. Belfast.                                               Winter show.  SO Fine Art Editions. Powerscourt Town House.  Dublin.

2022 Royal Hibernian Academy 192nd Annual Exhibition, Dublin.                                          Made in Ireland, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin                                                                       Clay Works. Dublin Castle,  Dublin.                                                                                     Conjuring Form,  DCCI's Critical Selection exhibition.  National Design and                 Craft Gallery,  Kilkenny.                                                                                                         Making Time. Alison Kay and Frances Lambe. The Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford           Made in Ireland, F.E McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Co Down                                                                        

2021 Royal Hibernian Academy 191st Annual Exhibition. Dublin.                                           Conjuring Form, DCCI's Critical selection, Doneraile House, Cork.                                 Made in Ireland, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.                                                             Winter Show, SO Fine Art Editions, Powerscourt Town House, Dublin.                                                                                                                         

2020 Land/Marks Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin                              Unfolding  Lexicon Gallery, DunLaoghaire.  Curated by Angela O'Kelly                   SO Fine Arts Winter Show. Powerscourt Town House, Dublin.

2019                                                                                                                                          Hinterland Collaborative Exhibition, Eblana House, Dun laoghaire                              The Royal Hibernian Academy 189th Annual Exhibition, Dublin                                  The Royal Ulster Academy 138th Annual Exhibition, Belfast                                          Somewhere In Between, 4 person show at SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin   

 2018                                                                                                                                      The Royal Hibernian Academy 188th Annual Exhibition    

VASE: Function Reviewed, Curated by Brian Kennedy. Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin
The Royal Hibernian Academy 187th Annual Exhibition, Dublin (Invited)                    Touchstone. Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin                                                                  Crossroads, J.Cacciola Gallery, Bernardsville, New Jersey. USA                                      The 136th Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition.  Belfast                              

The Royal Hibernian Academy 186th Annual Exhibition.  Dublin
VASE: Function Reviewed. Curated by Brian Kennedy .National Craft Gallery.  Kilkenny
The Royal Ulster Academy 135th Annual Exhibition.  Belfast

Portfolio @ Solomon, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
Centred, Wandesford Quay, Cork
The Royal Hibernian Academy 185th Annual Exhibition, Dublin
Create 2015, Brown Thomas, DublinChristmas group show, The Graphic Gallery, Dublin

The Royal Hibernian Academy 184th Annual Exhibition, Dublin
Eigse open submission exhibition, Visual Art Centre, Carlow
Centred, Farmleigh, Dublin
Vue, Portfolio at the RHA, Dublin

Open submission show, the Concourse, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Ceramics Art London,UK
Royal Hibernian Academy 183rd Annual Show, Dublin
Bravera, The Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
Irish Craft Portfolio at the RHA, Dublin

2012 'Source'. The Concource, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
'The Art of Craft'. The Market Place Arts Centre, Armagh
Royal Hybernian Academy 182nd Annual Show, Dublin
'Irish Ceramics' at The Barony Centre, West Kilbride, Scotland
Ceramics Ireland Annual Selected Show. Rathfarnham Castle, Co Dublin
'Portfolio' at the RHA, Dublin

Portfolio, National Crafts Gallery, Kilkenny
Royal Hibernian Academy 181st Annual Show. Dublin
transFORM. Farmleigh, Dublin and Millennium Gallery, Portadown
Contemporary Craft from Ireland, New Ashgate Gallery. Surrey. UK
Portfolio at RHA. Dublin
'Create' Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, Co Down

‘Breath', Bluewall Gallery, Cavan
Portfolio at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Royal Hibernian Academy 180th Show, Dublin
3rd Annual Irish Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition
Mill Cove Gallery. Castletownbere. Cork
Shanghai Expo, Ireland Pavilion, Shanghai
'Sculpture in Context' National Botanical Gardens, Dublin

‘Organic Geometry’ National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Royal Hibernian Academy 179th Show, Dublin
Ceramics at the Hallward. Merrion Sq. Dublin
Designers and Makers. F.E.McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Co Down

‘Second Nature’ Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
‘Sculpture in Context’ National Botanical Gardens, Dublin
‘Ceramics at the Hallward’ Merrion Square, Dublin
Ceramics Ireland Show Dalkey Castle, Co Dublin
Plan Expo at the RDS, Dublin
Royal Hibernian Academy 178th Show, Dublin
‘Winter to Spring’ at the Hallward, Merrion Square, Dublin

’17 Prime Makers’ Farmleigh, Dublin
’17 Prime Makers’ Aberystwyth, Wales
‘Sculpture in Context’ National Botanical Gardens, Dublin
Ceramics Ireland Show, Dalkey Castle, Co Dublin
Plan Expo at the RDS, Dublin