About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

Filter Artists:

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/9664
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: Not specified
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Website: www.deirdrekelly.net
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Artists' Books
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 10
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


no date Master of Arts, Wimbledon School of Art, London
no date Bachelor of Education, Bristol Polytechnic


Kelly is an Artist Book maker and Curator. From 1986 - 2001 she ran The Hardware Gallery in London, which focused on works of art on paper, including Artists' Books. She is a contributing editor on Artists' Books to Art North magazine. Based in Venice she is a Resident Artist and Curator at SGgallery, Scuola Internationale di Grafica.
See also NIVAL Artists' Books collection for work by this artist.