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.

Those works which explicitly relate to lived experience are referenced on this page. These works reference deafness, disability, depression, addiction, sexual assault and mental ill-health.

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

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.

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