Aileen studied Craft Design at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, specializing in Ceramics and has been creating handmade tile projects for the public arena for the past 22 years. As well as establishing Artlink (with Marie Barrett and Lisa Spillane), she lead a number of community based Public Art projects in Donegal through Artist in Residence in Schools projects and Artist in the Community projects before emigrating to the United States in 2002.
During her residency she proposed to create artwork in response to the natural environment of Dunree, engaging Artlink members in a series of hands on workshops. This took the form of an artist talk and presentation of public artworks created in the last 12 years with a discussion on ways of engaging the community. The workshops included exploring clay and tile using text, print and relief carving.
The first of these workshops took place on Friday 17th of August at Fort Dunree.