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 prizewinner at the ArtSlant International Jurors Award in Dec 2013.
She exhibits widely in Ireland and internationally.