Alissa Kleist is a curator based in Belfast and Derry. She was the Curator (Exhibitions) at CCA Derry~Londonderry (2015- 2018) where she worked on commissioning and delivering exhibitions and projects with artists such as Zach Blas, Sarah Browne, Nathan Coley, Benedict Drew, Seamus Harahan, Rana Hamadeh, Ryan Gander, Lauren Gault, Pakui Hardware,Elizabeth Price, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Ciara Phillips, Roee Rosen, Andrew Norman Wilson, and many others.
Alissa was a co-director of Catalyst Arts (Belfast) (2011 – 2013) where she ran the organisation and worked with local practitioners and international artists such as Phil Collins, Sean Lynch, and Artur Zmijewski. At Catalyst, she curated exhibitions such as In A Certain Light (2013) at Lismore Castle; P.O.V. (points of view)(2013) at Monstertruck Dublin; FIX International Performance Arts Festival (2013); Fata Morgana (2012), and delivered projects in a variety of contexts. From 2013 to 2015 she worked for the contemporary photography magazine Source Photographic Review.
She regularly writes for a number of publications, including VAN, Circa Online and Paper Visual. She also works as an independent curator and in this capacity has curated projects in galleries such as PS2, Golden Thread, and MCAC Portadown. She was the recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland ACES award for Curatorial Practice (2013/14). She holds an MFA from Ulster University and has given talks and lectures at the invitation of institutions and organisations such as the University of Ulster, National College of Art and Design, Limerick School of Art and Design, Queen’s University, Belfast City Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Visual Artists Ireland, Plus Tate, and IKT.