Alison Pilkington completed a practice led PhD in painting at National College Art and Design Dublin awarded in 2015. In 2012 she was awarded a British Institution Award for painting at the Royal Academy Summer Show London, She has been selected for the Marmite Painting Prize, London 2012 and 2016. She was shortlisted for the Kurt Beers 100 Painters of Tomorrow publication (2013). She was 3rd prize winner at the Artslant International Jurors Award in Dec 2013.
Recent exhibitions include: Paint The Gloom Away, (Group)Terrace Gallery, London (2020), Mountain Size,(Group) Pineapple Gallery, Middlesbrough (2019), How We Roam (solo)The Dock, Carrick on Shannon,(2018).and RHA Ashford Gallery Dublin 2018. Will We Remember Volcanoes (solo) Westminster Art Library London June 2017. Strangelands (group) Collyer Bristow Gallery London, Sept 2017. Contemporary British Painting, touring exhibition to 4 Museums in China, Sept 2017 to January 2018. Academy Summer Show (2016) Slippery and Amorphous–Contemporary Painting Group Show(2016). Marylebone Crypt Gallery, Marylebone, London. & Sluice at Art Helix, New York. (2016), SPECTRUM(Group) (2016)Herrick Gallery Mayfair.