Approved: 13.08.2015

Noelle Gallagher


Approved: 13.08.2015
  • Location: Ireland

Artist Statement

Noelle Gallagher’s practice is concerned with inhabiting the physical world. Choosing a visual language that combines new media with traditional oil paint, she works with the tension between these two forms: the fixity of torn digital prints, and the fluidity of thinned oil paint.

Architectural spaces provide the source material for her paintings in recent months. A new body of work investigates the former UCD medical school at Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, where she studied Anatomy and Physiology prior to studying Art. Her recent visits to the building (which now houses the National Concert Hall and the Irish Architecture Foundation) were not prompted by nostalgia, but rather by a curiosity as to how the spaces have reinvented themselves during the intervening years. Her paintings avail of the chance movement of fluid oil paint to undermine the photographic elements of the paintings, and perspective is skewed to allude to how memory alters our sense of place.            

A residency in Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin (in association with Describing Architecture) has prompted Gallagher to develop a collection of works in response to the history and fabric of the building. Her approach to investigating place and space involves spending time in the building, drawing and filming, as well listening to those who inhabit the place. These intense periods of research are balanced with quieter periods in the studio where she watches the footage, and chooses digital images to anchor her paintings. Using layers of oil paint, she then heightens or eradicates the digital images in her re-imagining of the place and its past.


A recent development in her practice is her movement away from exclusively wall-based work, as she experiments with showing small paintings in a wooden box. Instead of being fed images from the wall, the viewers are empowered to discover the paintings for themselves. Although conceived from a stance of anti-preciousness, the paintings are shown in a well-crafted box that is not dissimilar to one which houses the good cutlery that is reserved for special events. This viewing process lends the experience a sense of occasion and immerses the viewer in the physicality of the work.

CV & Education

Curriculum Vitae

Noelle Gallagher, Saoirsinn, na Forbacha, Co. na Gaillimhe, Eire        [email protected]


2011    Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway, Ireland. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons.) Degree in Paint.

Exhibitions and Residencies:


Finalist in Neo:artprize2015 exhibition, Bolton, UK (27 Aug – 1 Nov) Panel: Ian Davenport, Amiri Gad (Exhibitions Curator, The Serpentine Galleries, London), Margot Heller OBE, (Director, South London Gallery) Helen Phelby (Senior Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park)

Selected for the Claremorris Open Exhibition (COE ’15) by curator Brian Cass (19 Sep – 3 Oct)

Co-curated group shows in the Burren College of Art, Co.Clare and 126 Gallery, Galway as part of the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award (11 – 26 Sep 2015)

Selected for The Open West, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery, UK (16 May- 28 June) Panel: Lyn Cluer Coleman, Sarah Goodwin, Neville Gabie and Alastair Gordon

Solo show in Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin (9 May – 29 Aug) in association with Describing Architecture showing paintings that respond to the building.

Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award in the Burren College of Art. Artist Talk and Tutorials to students of BCA as part of the award.

Upcoming solo show with the University Hospital Arts Trust, Galway

Invited to participate in Sift, a group show of Irish Contemporary Painting co-curated by John Busher and Trudi Van Der Elsen, Wexford Fringe Festival, (17 - 31 Oct 2015)

Invited to include work in forthcoming group show Vector: Recent Moments in the Representation of Landscape, curated by Will O’Kane, Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee, Co.Clare.


Describing Architecture curated by Antóin Doyle MRIA, City Assembly Hall & Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin, (Oct 16 – Nov 8 )Artist-in-Residence in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin in association with Describing Architecture

Open Studio during Hidden Rooms conference in Powerscourt Townhouse (Nov 25)

Engage Members’ Show curated by Austin Ivers, 126 Gallery, Galway from Culture Night (Sep 19) to Oct 12th.

Selected by Karl Bielik for Off the Wall, the Terrace 9th Annual Open, Frederick Terrace. London (Aug 9th)

Selected by curator Paul McAree for 7th Annual 126 Members Show as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2014 (Jul 14 – Jul 30)

Selected for Spring Members Show with Ormston House Limerick, “Essays for the House of Memory” curated by Haizea Barcenilla (Feb 7 – Mar 1)

Shortlisted for Eva International 2014 curated by Bassam El Baroni Enniskillen Open Exhibition, The Higher Bridges Gallery,

(Sep 11-Oct 11)

Two week residency at The Cill Rialaig Project, Ballinskelligs, Co.Kerry in May


Finalist in Eigse Carlow Arts Festival Open Submission. Selected by Amelia Stein (RHA) and Stephen McKenna (RHA) (Jun 7 – Sep 8)

Selected for Ormston House members' show "What has been shall always never be again" curated by Dr. Ian Alden Russell. (Aug 15 - Sep 5)

“Small talk” Exhibition as part of Westport Arts Festival    (Sep 27- Oct 6)

Selected for “Pace” Engage Art Studios members’ show curated by Shelly McDonnell as part of Clifden Arts Festival (Sep 20-30)

Linenhall Arts Centre exhibition to celebrate National Drawing Day.

Selected for Signal Open Exhibition, Bray, Co.Wicklow (Aug 2013)

One week residency at The Cill Rialaig Project, Co.Kerry


Residency at the Docks Shed as part of the Adapt Galway initiative Open Studio during residency (May 23 –Jun 14)

5th Annual 126 Members Show (Jan 11- Feb 4) Short-listed for Claremorris Open Exhibition.


Kitchen Table Collective Installation and Projection as part of Tulca Festival of Visual Arts 2011, curated by Megs Morley (Nov 4-20)

Selected for RDS Student Art Awards Travelling Exhibition at Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin (Aug 18-Oct 7)

Selected for Royal Dublin Society Student Art Exhibition, Dublin Horse Show, Dublin 4 (Jul 28-Aug 7)

Centre for Creative Arts and Media Degree Show

Reviewed by The Irish Times Art Critic Aidan Dunne as ‘distinctly promising’



Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award from the Burren College of Art and 126

Awarded a residency in Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin as part of Describing

Architecture curated by Antóin Doyle. Individual Artist Bursary from Galway County Council 2014

Awarded a three week residency at The Cill Rialaig Project, Co.Kerry