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Dr Roisin Kennedy


Roisin Kennedy

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Art History and Cultural Policy
University College Dublin, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Dr. Róisín Kennedy is a graduate of UCD and the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the critical reception of modernist art in Ireland, the role and function of art writing post 1880, censorship and on the position of women as artists and subjects in modernist art. She completed an IRCHSS funded PhD on Politics of Vision: Critical Writing on Art in Ireland, 1939 -1972 in 2006. She has published widely on the subject in edited collections and in Circa and Third Text. She was awarded an Arts Council Bursary in Curatorship by the Arts Council in 1998 for which she curated and catalogued the historic and contemporary state collection at Dublin Castle, and wrote Dublin Castle Art, (1999). She is former Yeats Curator at the National Gallery of Ireland, (2006-08), where she curated The Fantastic in Irish Art and Masquerade and Spectacle: The Travelling Fair in the Work of Jack B. Yeats in 2007. She co-curated Hair and Hegemony at the Highlanes Gallery in 2017. She co-edited Nobody's Business, The Aran Diaries of Ernie O'Malley (2017), Harry Clarke and Artistic Visions of the New Irish State (2018) and Censoring Art. Silencing the Artwork (2018).


  • School Head of Teaching and Learning
    University College Dublin, College of Arts and Humanities, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2015 - 31 Aug 2018
  • Member of the College of Art and Humanities Research, Innovation and Impact Committee
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2018


  • BA
  • M Litt
    University of Edinburgh
  • PhD
    University College Dublin


  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand