Alissa Kleist

PS² Freelands Artist Programme Curator


I am a curator based in Belfast. I am one of the founders and Co-Directors of Household, where I collaboratively curate site-specific exhibitions, residencies and events, often with other institutional and community partners in public, disused, and non-institutional spaces.

I am currently the project curator of the PS² Freelands Artist Programme (2018-2020), funded by the Freelands Foundation. From 2015 to 2018, I was the Curator (Exhibitions) at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry, where I worked on commissioning and delivering exhibitions and new projects with local and international artists. Prior to this, I was the Assistant Curator at CCA (2013-2014)

I was a co-director of Catalyst Arts (Belfast) from 2011 to 2013, where I collectively ran the organisation, curated exhibitions, and delivered projects in a variety of contexts. From 2013 to 2015, I worked for the contemporary photography magazine Source Photographic Review and I regularly write for a number of publications.

As an independent curator, I have delivered projects at institutions such as Lismore Castle Arts, Black Church Print Studio, Golden Thread Gallery, Millennium Court Art Centre and PS².

I hold a first class honours Master of Fine Art degree (2011) and an Executive Leadership Postgraduate Certificate (2019) from Ulster University. I have given talks and lectures at the invitation of institutions and organisations such as a-n, the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) Dún Laoghaire, Ulster University, National College of Art and Design (NCAD) Dublin, Limerick School of Art and Design, Queen’s University Belfast, Gothenburg University, Belfast City Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Artists Moving Image Northern Ireland, Visual Artists Ireland, Tate, and IKT.

I sit on the Arts Council Ireland peer panel (2018-2023) and am a Jerwood Arts Artist Adviser.(since April 2020)

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