Ciara Aherne is an emerging Irish artist. 


The body of painting work is an introspective and idiosyncratic commentary of the contemporary world. It unveils ironic humour in the societal expectations imposed on women and the oxymorons that surround our everyday lives.

With a diagnosis of endometriosis in 2015 with dysmenorrhea and mittelschmerz, the research is very personal. Up to 50% of women with infertility have endometriosis and it is a taboo topic to openly discuss sexual health. The frustration of no cure and often unrealistic expectations from doctors to urgently conceive motivates the work.

The ability to adopt humour can challenge adversity. The bright themes bring a sarcastic comedic spin to a dark subject matter. The colourful and playful imagery is a satirical illusion of happiness and reflect an inner maternal turmoil.

Figures with balaclavas and buckets on their heads reappear throughout the paintings; they serve as a maternal instinct to protect and provide optimism in a rather bleak world. The façade of infantile themes conceals morally weighted concepts.

Ciara Aherne

2021       BAEd. Fine Art, National College of Art & Design, Dublin

2016       MA Irish History, Maynooth Univeristy, Kildare.

2015       BA (History and Geography), Maynooth University, Kildare. 


2020      'Art Feeds', Collective Exhibition, Riverbanks Art Centre, Newbridge. 

2020      Bedroom Gallery, Online Group Instagram Exhibition.

2019       'Cahoots', Group Exhibition, Inspire Gallerie, Dublin.  

2019      'JuneFest', Collective Exhibition, Newbridge. 

2019      Yellow Box, Group Exhibition, NCAD, Dublin. 

2018      Yearly Exhibition, Group Show, Periphery Space, Gorey. 

Community & Art Education

Art Educator, County Carlow Development Initiative, 2019

Freelance Art & Education Roles (Portfolio preparation tutor, tour guide, CPD assistant), NCAD.

Volunteer Art Educator, Rialto Youth Programme, Dublin Learning City Festival, May 2019.