Master of Arts, Wimbledon School of Art, London

Bachelor of Education Honours Degree, Bristol Polytechnic



Atlantis Paper Company

Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland

BP Europe, Brussels

National Gallery of Canada Library, Canada

The British Library, UK. Hardware Gallery artists books collection (1986-2003)

Covington & Burling, UK

Charing Cross Hospital, London

Kings College School, London

Lawrence Graham, London

LBC, London

Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy

Museu da Gravura, Curitiba, Brazil

Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, USA

NIVAL, Dublin, Ireland,

October Films, London, UK

Sedgewick Group International, UK

Tate Gallery Library, London, UK

Tate Archive, Tate Britain, UK, 2021 Hardware Gallery archives (1986-2003)

The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn NY, USA

University of Leeds Library, UK

Victoria & Albert Museum, UK,



Broosistan, Brussels

Equitable House Ltd, UK

Editorial Nascimento, Chile, UK

Reuters Ltd, UK



Companion of the Guild of St George, 2021

British Council / Museu da Gravura, Brazil 1994

Whatman Paper Prize 1988

Atlantis Paper Purchase Prize 1987

Sericol Purchase Prize 1986



2024 ‘Fragile STORIES’ Mandy Bonnell & Deirdre Kelly, Burano Lace Museum, Venice, Italy

2024 ‘The Lie of the Land’ Carolyn Curtis Magri & Deirdre Kelly, The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, UK

2023  Thread – Fabric – Paper, Galerie Druck & Buch, Vienna, Austria

2023 ‘The Name of the Water’ Karen Daye-Hutchinson & Deirdre Kelly, ArtisAnn, Belfast, Ireland

2023  M A P P I N G, Galerie Druck & Buch, Vienna, Austria

2023, Charta Picta, Vas – Venezia, Cartiera di Vas, Quero, and Venice, Italy

2023 ‘Tracery’ The Blue Gallery Brantwood House, Lake District, UK

2023 ‘Changing Landscapes’ DARS Museo di Santa Chiara, Gorizia, Italy

2023 ‘Shifting Borders’ Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Leeds, UK

2022 Mediterraneum project Istanbul, Marseilles, Manduria

2022 ‘Home to Where the Heart is’ – Mayo Day Castlebar, Ireland

2022 ‘Sussurrato tra le Pieghe e I Punti’, Palazzo Beltramini Asolo, Italia

2022 ‘SEMINAL’ SGgallery Venice, Italy

2021 ‘Remapped’, Weiss Villa, Biorama-Projekt, Joachimsthal, Germany

2021 ‘Paper Boats’ LA Printmaking Society, Museum of Art, Fort Worth Colorado, USA

2021 ‘Islands’ Project with Nuala Clarke, Ballinglen Arts Foundation Education Programme, Ireland

2021 ‘Paint 2021’ Invited artist, Silvermine Galleries, Connecticut, USA

2020 ‘Dimension of Identity’ Changsha, China

2020 ‘Still Utopia: Islands’ Gallery MC, New York, USA

2020 ‘Tip Off’ On Paper Supreme Qingdao Tiantai Art Center, China

2020 ‘Back Soon (but Better)’ We are Here Venice, Italy

2020 ‘Unlocked” Martano, Puglia, Italy

2020 ‘Water: works on paper’ Artery Melbourne, Australia

2018 ‘Made of Mayo’, Ballinrobe, Ireland

2017 ‘No Turning Back’ Migrations Museum Project, London, UK

2017 ‘Migrations’ Eagle Gallery, London

2016 ‘Leporelli Veneziani’ Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy

2016 ‘Imago Mundi’ representing Ireland for Luciano Benetton collection

2015 ‘Broosistan’ special commission for nomadic country visiting Venice

2015 ‘Map Room: Tra due element sospesa’, SG gallery, Venice, Italy

2014 ‘Not to be Used for Navigation’, SG gallery, Venice, Italy

2013 ‘Off the Map’, Alba, London

2012 ‘Reincarnation’, London Print Studio, UK

2012 ‘Civilizing the Wilderness’ Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival, Ireland

2003 ‘Mappa Mundi’, Lawrence Graham, London

2002 Galerie Luc Queryel, Paris

2001 Dean Clough, Halifax

1996 Galerie Luc Queryel, Paris

1996 The Brahm Gallery, Leeds

1996 Harriet Green Gallery, London

1993 New Academy Gallery, London

1987 Intaglio Gallery, London



2011- ongoing Resident Artist, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia, Italy

2012 & 2013 & 2016, 2018, 2022, 2023, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, North Mayo, Ireland

2002 Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy

1994 British Council Award, Resident Artist exchange, Museu da Gravura, Curitba, Brazil



‘A Walk Past Standing Heads’ Wild Pansy Press 2016

‘Meeting of the Waters’ Wild Pansy Press 2016

‘Islands & Bridges’ Wild Pansy Press 2009

‘Maria’ Wild Pansy Press 2000



‘TRACERY  Venice & the Lakes Interlaced’ catalogue published, Brantwood Trust & Wild Pansy Press 2023.

‘Venetians’, Carlo Mion, newspaper article, La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre 16 May 2022

‘Contemporary Identities’ International Art Magazine, Issue 12, 2021

‘Remapped’ video 3.00 Ivan Crosatto & Piero Giacon, 2021

‘Spitze auf Backstein’ newspaper article, Kultur regional, Mittwoch 28,07,2021

‘By our echoes we chart a new geography’ article Ian McKay, Art North Magazine 2021

‘Déirdre Kelly Artist based in Venice’ Documentary by Emanuele Confortin 2020

“Outlook” D – Repubblica Magazine May 2020

‘Aqua Poetica’ Imprint Magazine Print Council of Australia Nick Chlivers, 2020

‘The Telegraph Newspaper’ 2018

‘The Irish Times Magazine’ Manchán Magan 2016

Mapping, Jeremy Crampton, Wiley-Blackwell 2010

Art Monthly, September 2001

Segundo Caderno, Brazil, September 2000

Galleries, August 2000

Arts Review, August 2000

Watch Art Start, BBC, 1998

Tele Venezia, Italian Arts TV Programme 1992

Artists Newletter, 1991

Watercolours, Drawings & Prints, 1991



SG Gallery, SIG, Venice 2009 – ongoing

London Print Studio Gallery, 1998-2000

Hardware Gallery, London, 1985-2003

Tate Gallery Archive acquired Hardware Gallery 1985- 2003 Archive 2021, UK

British Library acquired Hardware Gallery Artists Books Collection 2021, UK



‘Tracing Ruskin’s Threads’ with Rachel Dickinson Ruskin Conference, Ca’ Foscari, Venice 2023

‘TRACERY  Venice & the Lakes Interlaced’ Circolo Britannico, Venice 2023.

‘non identitá’, Accademia di Brera, MIlan 2021,

‘Pagine d’arte’, Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna 2015,

Fondazione di Bevilaqua la Masa, Venice 2011,

‘Impact’ Conference, University of West of England 2001,

‘Book to Basics’ Conference, Dean Clough Halifax 1998,

Artists Books Conference,Tate Gallery London 1995

& at many universities including Winchester School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art, Brighton University, UCAD Ireland & Royal College of Art, London,

Lives and works in Venice, Italy