Ailish Claffey is a dance artist, choreographer and curator based in Ireland.
With a background in Performing Arts (Bull Alley) and music (RIAM), Ailish has a special interest in health, well-being and older people. Creating and performing new work in a collaborative capacity since 2007, her choreographic work examines the complexity of human relationships and explores the lived experience of those she works with.
Ailish is Dance Artist in Residence at The National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital, kindly funded by South Dublin County Council and The Arts Council, Ireland. Based in The Age Related Health Care Unit, Ailish’s dance film documentary The Dance Back Home received a Certificate of Excellence from the HSE Excellence Awards 2018. The film was commissioned by South Dublin Co. Co. and made in collaboration with visual artist Deirdre Glenfield in association with The National Centre for Arts and Health.
Founding member of HAVOC and Dance Artist in Residence at The National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital, Ailish has curated, designed and delivered many large scale projects and her work has been kindly supported by the Arts Council Ireland, South Dublin County Council, Kildare County Council, The National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital, The Meath Foundation, Dance Ireland, Culture Ireland among others.