Lived experience has informed Ní Riain’s artistic practice as both a writer and composer since she begin to create.

However, not all of her work references these experiences, in fact, Ní Ríain’s interests are startlingly varied and necessarily inquisitive.

A selection of works dealing more specifically with deafness, communication difference, disability, mental ill-health, war, conflict and addiction are listed here.

She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the arts through her creative projects with Arts & Disability Ireland, Unlimited UK, Shape Arts, Drake Music, DaDafest, the British Music Collection and as a panellist for Music Masters and Sound and Music’s Pathways

Ailís sits on the Ivors Academy Equality, Diversity and Inclusion steering group and is a board member for Disability Arts Online.

Read an article by Ailís published in The Journal about invisible disability.