Alva Gallagher

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Gallagher explores concepts of depth and rhythm through the mediums of Bronze, Molten Glass and most recently amalgamating the two with hand cast cement fondu. The finished works act as metaphors for the fragility of life. She manipulates glass at the furnace and kilns within her studio, hot casting her work by way of lost wax technique and hot casting into hand built moulds. Gallagher has exhibited in numerous group shows both Nationally and Internationally with work in prestigious National and International Collections and has worked on glass workshops in the US. (Pilchuck Glass School Seattle)

In 2008 Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher was announced as the Winner of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards Jim Mc Naughton/Tilestyle 10,000 euro Bursary award for work of high distinction in Sculpture at The Beacon Hospital, the largest Award to be honoured to any individual at the 2008 Ceremony. Most recently in 2009/10 Alva has shown her work in acclaimed Exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin and London, being the sole Irish Artist to represent her country at each.

She has since been Invited by The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, to represent Ireland in European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark as part of a major European Exhibition involving 30 European Countries. She also recently had work on exhibit in ‘Is Mise Ireland’ in China. An exhibition of contemporary Irish Art at 411 Galleries in Shanghai and The Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China which ran in conjunction with the Olympic Games and aimed, with the world’s focus on China, to present and highlight modern Ireland to the world. Alva will also be exhibiting at this years ‘Sculpture In Context’ at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, an annual outdoor exhibition of major European Sculpture and at The Hallward Galleries ‘Sculpture at the Hallward’. She will be unveiling her most recent and most ambitious work at The Millcove Sculpture Gardens in Castletownbere West Cork this August. Alva also exhibited at the 127th Royal Ulster Academy of Art held in the Historic Titanic Drawing Offices in the Titanic Quarter Belfast.

In the past year Gallagher has had work on exhibition at the 126th RUA (Royal Ulster Academy of Art) in Belfast and the Annual King House Exhibition in Boyle, Ireland and at La Galerie SEMA in Paris (mentioned below) and has had her work added to such prestigious collections as the monumental Gherkin in London, The Bruce Shaw Collection in Dublin, The Beacon Medical Group Collection, The AWAS Collection at the Dublin Docklands and The McCann FitzGerald Collection in Dublin.

Award winning Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher recently concluded a major exhibition at one of Europe’s most prestigious Galleries, La Galerie SEMA, 23. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris which was formally opened by the Irish Ambassador in France, H.E Anne Anderson on the evening of March 8th past and was reviewed in La Monde. Gallagher was chosen as the Sculptor for the Allianz Business2Arts Awards 2007. The Ceremony to present the awards took place at the Mansion House in Dublin. The Ceremony and Gala Banquet was formally launched by President of Ireland Mrs. Mary McAleese who presented Gallagher’s work to the awardees. Here in Ireland Gallagher exhibits year round with new work at the Hallward Gallery on Merrion Square in Dublin and at The Castle Upton Gallery in Northern Ireland.

Gallagher's work, among others, was recently on exhibition at ‘Heal’ in The Naughton Gallery, Belfast where Gallagher was presented with an award for work of distinction. She has recently completed a major commission for the Beacon Medical Group, for a major piece of Sculpture which is now sited at the Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, Dublin and by the Secretary General of Ireland for a piece of sculpture now sited within her personal office within the Department of Education and Science, Dublin. She has most recently received a major private commission at ‘The Guerkin’ in London, AWAS Dublin and The Bruce Shaw Collection.

Before completing an honours degree at the National College of Art and Design Dublin Gallagher was awarded the first Irish Scholarship to the renowned Pilchuck School of Sculptural Glass and furthered her studies there in Seattle, Washington. She has exhibited extensively both Nationally and Internationally, ‘In the Making’ 10 years of Art purchased by OPW at Farmleigh Gallery, this exhibition was made up of Irelands most prestigious and Leading Artists and Gallagher’s exhibiting work was on loan from the Secretary Generals Office for the duration of the exhibition, and ‘Body of Work’ at the prestigious Naughton Gallery, Belfast. She has been included in major exhibitions in Paris (above), Tokyo, Berlin, London, Denmark and Frankfurt Germany, The latter mentioned Germany ‘Contemporary Art from Ireland’ at the European Central Bank Frankfurt was formally opened by the esteemed Mr. Jean Claude Trichet, president of the ECB. Including having work in State, National and International Collections, (The Secretary Generals Office, OPW and The National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks), Gallagher has work in numerous private collections, in particular she has executed a corporate commission for BMW and Agip Oil in The Hague.

Commissions and Collections:

‘The Guerkin’, London
The McCann Fitzgerald Collection
The Secretary General of Ireland, Secretary Generals Office, Dublin, Ireland State Collection
The Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. Commission of large bronze and crystal piece.
The Bruce Shaw Collection
BMW Corporate Commission to commemorate 20yrs. BMW Collection. Oct 05’
Holland, The Hague. Private Collection - Agip Oil Consultant, The Hague
The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Piece purchased for permanent collection.‘What’s In Store’. National Collection.
Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher Private Collection,
OPW Percentage of Art scheme ~ Piece purchased by Office of Public Works, St Stephens Green, Dublin. State Collection.
Harcourt Developments
Dundrum Town Centre
Ahern and Co.
Oyster Point Collection, Blackrock, Dublin
AWAS - Corporate Commission, Dublin Docklands


Artists Statement
Alva Gallagher

 

I grew up in the fishing village of Killybegs, Co. Donegal. My entire childhood revolved around activities of the
sea. I learnt to dive at a very young age and adore the solitude and sense of calm I experience in the depths of
the water. The characteristics of the ocean continually inspire me, particularly its unpredictability and perpetual
rhythm.
Through making these pieces of glass I wish to create visual parallels between suspension and weight,
floating image and text between layers of glass, which in turn describes the fragility of life.
I wish to explore the feeling of being totally immersed in water and making the choice to float back to
the surface out of the comfort of the enveloping depth ~ the tenuous line between breathing and never breathing
again. I am deliberately drawing the viewer into these pieces to grasp for an instant the lure of this experience.
Reminiscent of pools of water I am inviting the viewer to peer into their depths. Thus exposing what
lies in the darkest realms of the ocean. A ghost ship, aging, growing, decaying and becoming more beautiful in
time without ever being disturbed. An object that was once so familiar is tragically made alien and never to be
seen or touched again.

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Gallagher explores concepts of depth and rhythm through the mediums of Bronze, Molten Glass and most recently amalgamating the two with hand cast cement fondu. The finished works act as metaphors for the fragility of life. She manipulates glass at the furnace and kilns within her studio, hot casting her work by way of lost wax technique and hot casting into hand built moulds. Gallagher has exhibited in numerous group shows both Nationally and Internationally with work in prestigious National and International Collections and has worked on glass workshops in the US. (Pilchuck Glass School Seattle)

In 2008 Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher was announced as the Winner of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards Jim Mc Naughton/Tilestyle 10,000 euro Bursary award for work of high distinction in Sculpture at The Beacon Hospital, the largest Award to be honoured to any individual at the 2008 Ceremony. Most recently in 2009/10 Alva has shown her work in acclaimed Exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin and London, being the sole Irish Artist to represent her country at each.

She has since been Invited by The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, to represent Ireland in European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark as part of a major European Exhibition involving 30 European Countries. She also recently had work on exhibit in ‘Is Mise Ireland’ in China. An exhibition of contemporary Irish Art at 411 Galleries in Shanghai and The Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China which ran in conjunction with the Olympic Games and aimed, with the world’s focus on China, to present and highlight modern Ireland to the world. Alva will also be exhibiting at this years ‘Sculpture In Context’ at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, an annual outdoor exhibition of major European Sculpture and at The Hallward Galleries ‘Sculpture at the Hallward’. She will be unveiling her most recent and most ambitious work at The Millcove Sculpture Gardens in Castletownbere West Cork this August. Alva also exhibited at the 127th Royal Ulster Academy of Art held in the Historic Titanic Drawing Offices in the Titanic Quarter Belfast.

In the past year Gallagher has had work on exhibition at the 126th RUA (Royal Ulster Academy of Art) in Belfast and the Annual King House Exhibition in Boyle, Ireland and at La Galerie SEMA in Paris (mentioned below) and has had her work added to such prestigious collections as the monumental Gherkin in London, The Bruce Shaw Collection in Dublin, The Beacon Medical Group Collection, The AWAS Collection at the Dublin Docklands and The McCann FitzGerald Collection in Dublin.

Award winning Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher recently concluded a major exhibition at one of Europe’s most prestigious Galleries, La Galerie SEMA, 23. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris which was formally opened by the Irish Ambassador in France, H.E Anne Anderson on the evening of March 8th past and was reviewed in La Monde. Gallagher was chosen as the Sculptor for the Allianz Business2Arts Awards 2007. The Ceremony to present the awards took place at the Mansion House in Dublin. The Ceremony and Gala Banquet was formally launched by President of Ireland Mrs. Mary McAleese who presented Gallagher’s work to the awardees. Here in Ireland Gallagher exhibits year round with new work at the Hallward Gallery on Merrion Square in Dublin and at The Castle Upton Gallery in Northern Ireland.

Gallagher's work, among others, was recently on exhibition at ‘Heal’ in The Naughton Gallery, Belfast where Gallagher was presented with an award for work of distinction. She has recently completed a major commission for the Beacon Medical Group, for a major piece of Sculpture which is now sited at the Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, Dublin and by the Secretary General of Ireland for a piece of sculpture now sited within her personal office within the Department of Education and Science, Dublin. She has most recently received a major private commission at ‘The Guerkin’ in London, AWAS Dublin and The Bruce Shaw Collection.

Before completing an honours degree at the National College of Art and Design Dublin Gallagher was awarded the first Irish Scholarship to the renowned Pilchuck School of Sculptural Glass and furthered her studies there in Seattle, Washington. She has exhibited extensively both Nationally and Internationally, ‘In the Making’ 10 years of Art purchased by OPW at Farmleigh Gallery, this exhibition was made up of Irelands most prestigious and Leading Artists and Gallagher’s exhibiting work was on loan from the Secretary Generals Office for the duration of the exhibition, and ‘Body of Work’ at the prestigious Naughton Gallery, Belfast. She has been included in major exhibitions in Paris (above), Tokyo, Berlin, London, Denmark and Frankfurt Germany, The latter mentioned Germany ‘Contemporary Art from Ireland’ at the European Central Bank Frankfurt was formally opened by the esteemed Mr. Jean Claude Trichet, president of the ECB. Including having work in State, National and International Collections, (The Secretary Generals Office, OPW and The National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks), Gallagher has work in numerous private collections, in particular she has executed a corporate commission for BMW and Agip Oil in The Hague.

Commissions and Collections:

‘The Guerkin’, London
The McCann Fitzgerald Collection
The Secretary General of Ireland, Secretary Generals Office, Dublin, Ireland State Collection
The Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. Commission of large bronze and crystal piece.
The Bruce Shaw Collection
BMW Corporate Commission to commemorate 20yrs. BMW Collection. Oct 05’
Holland, The Hague. Private Collection - Agip Oil Consultant, The Hague
The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Piece purchased for permanent collection.‘What’s In Store’. National Collection.
Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher Private Collection,
OPW Percentage of Art scheme ~ Piece purchased by Office of Public Works, St Stephens Green, Dublin. State Collection.
Harcourt Developments
Dundrum Town Centre
Ahern and Co.
Oyster Point Collection, Blackrock, Dublin
AWAS - Corporate Commission, Dublin Docklands


Artists Statement
Alva Gallagher

 

I grew up in the fishing village of Killybegs, Co. Donegal. My entire childhood revolved around activities of the
sea. I learnt to dive at a very young age and adore the solitude and sense of calm I experience in the depths of
the water. The characteristics of the ocean continually inspire me, particularly its unpredictability and perpetual
rhythm.
Through making these pieces of glass I wish to create visual parallels between suspension and weight,
floating image and text between layers of glass, which in turn describes the fragility of life.
I wish to explore the feeling of being totally immersed in water and making the choice to float back to
the surface out of the comfort of the enveloping depth ~ the tenuous line between breathing and never breathing
again. I am deliberately drawing the viewer into these pieces to grasp for an instant the lure of this experience.
Reminiscent of pools of water I am inviting the viewer to peer into their depths. Thus exposing what
lies in the darkest realms of the ocean. A ghost ship, aging, growing, decaying and becoming more beautiful in
time without ever being disturbed. An object that was once so familiar is tragically made alien and never to be
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Gallagher explores concepts of depth and rhythm through the mediums of Bronze, Molten Glass and most recently amalgamating the two with hand cast cement fondu. The finished works act as metaphors for the fragility of life. She manipulates glass at the furnace and kilns within her studio, hot casting her work by way of lost wax technique and hot casting into hand built moulds. Gallagher has exhibited in numerous group shows both Nationally and Internationally with work in prestigious National and International Collections and has worked on glass workshops in the US. (Pilchuck Glass School Seattle)

In 2008 Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher was announced as the Winner of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards Jim Mc Naughton/Tilestyle 10,000 euro Bursary award for work of high distinction in Sculpture at The Beacon Hospital, the largest Award to be honoured to any individual at the 2008 Ceremony. Most recently in 2009/10 Alva has shown her work in acclaimed Exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin and London, being the sole Irish Artist to represent her country at each.

She has since been Invited by The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, to represent Ireland in European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark as part of a major European Exhibition involving 30 European Countries. She also recently had work on exhibit in ‘Is Mise Ireland’ in China. An exhibition of contemporary Irish Art at 411 Galleries in Shanghai and The Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China which ran in conjunction with the Olympic Games and aimed, with the world’s focus on China, to present and highlight modern Ireland to the world. Alva will also be exhibiting at this years ‘Sculpture In Context’ at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, an annual outdoor exhibition of major European Sculpture and at The Hallward Galleries ‘Sculpture at the Hallward’. She will be unveiling her most recent and most ambitious work at The Millcove Sculpture Gardens in Castletownbere West Cork this August. Alva also exhibited at the 127th Royal Ulster Academy of Art held in the Historic Titanic Drawing Offices in the Titanic Quarter Belfast.

In the past year Gallagher has had work on exhibition at the 126th RUA (Royal Ulster Academy of Art) in Belfast and the Annual King House Exhibition in Boyle, Ireland and at La Galerie SEMA in Paris (mentioned below) and has had her work added to such prestigious collections as the monumental Gherkin in London, The Bruce Shaw Collection in Dublin, The Beacon Medical Group Collection, The AWAS Collection at the Dublin Docklands and The McCann FitzGerald Collection in Dublin.

Award winning Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher recently concluded a major exhibition at one of Europe’s most prestigious Galleries, La Galerie SEMA, 23. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris which was formally opened by the Irish Ambassador in France, H.E Anne Anderson on the evening of March 8th past and was reviewed in La Monde. Gallagher was chosen as the Sculptor for the Allianz Business2Arts Awards 2007. The Ceremony to present the awards took place at the Mansion House in Dublin. The Ceremony and Gala Banquet was formally launched by President of Ireland Mrs. Mary McAleese who presented Gallagher’s work to the awardees. Here in Ireland Gallagher exhibits year round with new work at the Hallward Gallery on Merrion Square in Dublin and at The Castle Upton Gallery in Northern Ireland.

Gallagher's work, among others, was recently on exhibition at ‘Heal’ in The Naughton Gallery, Belfast where Gallagher was presented with an award for work of distinction. She has recently completed a major commission for the Beacon Medical Group, for a major piece of Sculpture which is now sited at the Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, Dublin and by the Secretary General of Ireland for a piece of sculpture now sited within her personal office within the Department of Education and Science, Dublin. She has most recently received a major private commission at ‘The Guerkin’ in London, AWAS Dublin and The Bruce Shaw Collection.

Before completing an honours degree at the National College of Art and Design Dublin Gallagher was awarded the first Irish Scholarship to the renowned Pilchuck School of Sculptural Glass and furthered her studies there in Seattle, Washington. She has exhibited extensively both Nationally and Internationally, ‘In the Making’ 10 years of Art purchased by OPW at Farmleigh Gallery, this exhibition was made up of Irelands most prestigious and Leading Artists and Gallagher’s exhibiting work was on loan from the Secretary Generals Office for the duration of the exhibition, and ‘Body of Work’ at the prestigious Naughton Gallery, Belfast. She has been included in major exhibitions in Paris (above), Tokyo, Berlin, London, Denmark and Frankfurt Germany, The latter mentioned Germany ‘Contemporary Art from Ireland’ at the European Central Bank Frankfurt was formally opened by the esteemed Mr. Jean Claude Trichet, president of the ECB. Including having work in State, National and International Collections, (The Secretary Generals Office, OPW and The National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks), Gallagher has work in numerous private collections, in particular she has executed a corporate commission for BMW and Agip Oil in The Hague.

Commissions and Collections:

‘The Guerkin’, London
The McCann Fitzgerald Collection
The Secretary General of Ireland, Secretary Generals Office, Dublin, Ireland State Collection
The Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. Commission of large bronze and crystal piece.
The Bruce Shaw Collection
BMW Corporate Commission to commemorate 20yrs. BMW Collection. Oct 05’
Holland, The Hague. Private Collection - Agip Oil Consultant, The Hague
The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Piece purchased for permanent collection.‘What’s In Store’. National Collection.
Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher Private Collection,
OPW Percentage of Art scheme ~ Piece purchased by Office of Public Works, St Stephens Green, Dublin. State Collection.
Harcourt Developments
Dundrum Town Centre
Ahern and Co.
Oyster Point Collection, Blackrock, Dublin
AWAS - Corporate Commission, Dublin Docklands


Artists Statement
Alva Gallagher

 

I grew up in the fishing village of Killybegs, Co. Donegal. My entire childhood revolved around activities of the
sea. I learnt to dive at a very young age and adore the solitude and sense of calm I experience in the depths of
the water. The characteristics of the ocean continually inspire me, particularly its unpredictability and perpetual
rhythm.
Through making these pieces of glass I wish to create visual parallels between suspension and weight,
floating image and text between layers of glass, which in turn describes the fragility of life.
I wish to explore the feeling of being totally immersed in water and making the choice to float back to
the surface out of the comfort of the enveloping depth ~ the tenuous line between breathing and never breathing
again. I am deliberately drawing the viewer into these pieces to grasp for an instant the lure of this experience.
Reminiscent of pools of water I am inviting the viewer to peer into their depths. Thus exposing what
lies in the darkest realms of the ocean. A ghost ship, aging, growing, decaying and becoming more beautiful in
time without ever being disturbed. An object that was once so familiar is tragically made alien and never to be
seen or touched again.

New Page 1

Gallagher explores concepts of depth and rhythm through the mediums of Bronze, Molten Glass and most recently amalgamating the two with hand cast cement fondu. The finished works act as metaphors for the fragility of life. She manipulates glass at the furnace and kilns within her studio, hot casting her work by way of lost wax technique and hot casting into hand built moulds. Gallagher has exhibited in numerous group shows both Nationally and Internationally with work in prestigious National and International Collections and has worked on glass workshops in the US. (Pilchuck Glass School Seattle)

In 2008 Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher was announced as the Winner of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards Jim Mc Naughton/Tilestyle 10,000 euro Bursary award for work of high distinction in Sculpture at The Beacon Hospital, the largest Award to be honoured to any individual at the 2008 Ceremony. Most recently in 2009/10 Alva has shown her work in acclaimed Exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin and London, being the sole Irish Artist to represent her country at each.

She has since been Invited by The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, to represent Ireland in European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark as part of a major European Exhibition involving 30 European Countries. She also recently had work on exhibit in ‘Is Mise Ireland’ in China. An exhibition of contemporary Irish Art at 411 Galleries in Shanghai and The Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China which ran in conjunction with the Olympic Games and aimed, with the world’s focus on China, to present and highlight modern Ireland to the world. Alva will also be exhibiting at this years ‘Sculpture In Context’ at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, an annual outdoor exhibition of major European Sculpture and at The Hallward Galleries ‘Sculpture at the Hallward’. She will be unveiling her most recent and most ambitious work at The Millcove Sculpture Gardens in Castletownbere West Cork this August. Alva also exhibited at the 127th Royal Ulster Academy of Art held in the Historic Titanic Drawing Offices in the Titanic Quarter Belfast.

In the past year Gallagher has had work on exhibition at the 126th RUA (Royal Ulster Academy of Art) in Belfast and the Annual King House Exhibition in Boyle, Ireland and at La Galerie SEMA in Paris (mentioned below) and has had her work added to such prestigious collections as the monumental Gherkin in London, The Bruce Shaw Collection in Dublin, The Beacon Medical Group Collection, The AWAS Collection at the Dublin Docklands and The McCann FitzGerald Collection in Dublin.

Award winning Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher recently concluded a major exhibition at one of Europe’s most prestigious Galleries, La Galerie SEMA, 23. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris which was formally opened by the Irish Ambassador in France, H.E Anne Anderson on the evening of March 8th past and was reviewed in La Monde. Gallagher was chosen as the Sculptor for the Allianz Business2Arts Awards 2007. The Ceremony to present the awards took place at the Mansion House in Dublin. The Ceremony and Gala Banquet was formally launched by President of Ireland Mrs. Mary McAleese who presented Gallagher’s work to the awardees. Here in Ireland Gallagher exhibits year round with new work at the Hallward Gallery on Merrion Square in Dublin and at The Castle Upton Gallery in Northern Ireland.

Gallagher's work, among others, was recently on exhibition at ‘Heal’ in The Naughton Gallery, Belfast where Gallagher was presented with an award for work of distinction. She has recently completed a major commission for the Beacon Medical Group, for a major piece of Sculpture which is now sited at the Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, Dublin and by the Secretary General of Ireland for a piece of sculpture now sited within her personal office within the Department of Education and Science, Dublin. She has most recently received a major private commission at ‘The Guerkin’ in London, AWAS Dublin and The Bruce Shaw Collection.

Before completing an honours degree at the National College of Art and Design Dublin Gallagher was awarded the first Irish Scholarship to the renowned Pilchuck School of Sculptural Glass and furthered her studies there in Seattle, Washington. She has exhibited extensively both Nationally and Internationally, ‘In the Making’ 10 years of Art purchased by OPW at Farmleigh Gallery, this exhibition was made up of Irelands most prestigious and Leading Artists and Gallagher’s exhibiting work was on loan from the Secretary Generals Office for the duration of the exhibition, and ‘Body of Work’ at the prestigious Naughton Gallery, Belfast. She has been included in major exhibitions in Paris (above), Tokyo, Berlin, London, Denmark and Frankfurt Germany, The latter mentioned Germany ‘Contemporary Art from Ireland’ at the European Central Bank Frankfurt was formally opened by the esteemed Mr. Jean Claude Trichet, president of the ECB. Including having work in State, National and International Collections, (The Secretary Generals Office, OPW and The National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks), Gallagher has work in numerous private collections, in particular she has executed a corporate commission for BMW and Agip Oil in The Hague.

Commissions and Collections:

‘The Guerkin’, London
The McCann Fitzgerald Collection
The Secretary General of Ireland, Secretary Generals Office, Dublin, Ireland State Collection
The Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. Commission of large bronze and crystal piece.
The Bruce Shaw Collection
BMW Corporate Commission to commemorate 20yrs. BMW Collection. Oct 05’
Holland, The Hague. Private Collection - Agip Oil Consultant, The Hague
The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Piece purchased for permanent collection.‘What’s In Store’. National Collection.
Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher Private Collection,
OPW Percentage of Art scheme ~ Piece purchased by Office of Public Works, St Stephens Green, Dublin. State Collection.
Harcourt Developments
Dundrum Town Centre
Ahern and Co.
Oyster Point Collection, Blackrock, Dublin
AWAS - Corporate Commission, Dublin Docklands


Artists Statement
Alva Gallagher

 

I grew up in the fishing village of Killybegs, Co. Donegal. My entire childhood revolved around activities of the
sea. I learnt to dive at a very young age and adore the solitude and sense of calm I experience in the depths of
the water. The characteristics of the ocean continually inspire me, particularly its unpredictability and perpetual
rhythm.
Through making these pieces of glass I wish to create visual parallels between suspension and weight,
floating image and text between layers of glass, which in turn describes the fragility of life.
I wish to explore the feeling of being totally immersed in water and making the choice to float back to
the surface out of the comfort of the enveloping depth ~ the tenuous line between breathing and never breathing
again. I am deliberately drawing the viewer into these pieces to grasp for an instant the lure of this experience.
Reminiscent of pools of water I am inviting the viewer to peer into their depths. Thus exposing what
lies in the darkest realms of the ocean. A ghost ship, aging, growing, decaying and becoming more beautiful in
time without ever being disturbed. An object that was once so familiar is tragically made alien and never to be
seen or touched again.

New Page 1

Gallagher explores concepts of depth and rhythm through the mediums of Bronze, Molten Glass and most recently amalgamating the two with hand cast cement fondu. The finished works act as metaphors for the fragility of life. She manipulates glass at the furnace and kilns within her studio, hot casting her work by way of lost wax technique and hot casting into hand built moulds. Gallagher has exhibited in numerous group shows both Nationally and Internationally with work in prestigious National and International Collections and has worked on glass workshops in the US. (Pilchuck Glass School Seattle)

In 2008 Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher was announced as the Winner of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards Jim Mc Naughton/Tilestyle 10,000 euro Bursary award for work of high distinction in Sculpture at The Beacon Hospital, the largest Award to be honoured to any individual at the 2008 Ceremony. Most recently in 2009/10 Alva has shown her work in acclaimed Exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin and London, being the sole Irish Artist to represent her country at each.

She has since been Invited by The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, to represent Ireland in European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark as part of a major European Exhibition involving 30 European Countries. She also recently had work on exhibit in ‘Is Mise Ireland’ in China. An exhibition of contemporary Irish Art at 411 Galleries in Shanghai and The Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China which ran in conjunction with the Olympic Games and aimed, with the world’s focus on China, to present and highlight modern Ireland to the world. Alva will also be exhibiting at this years ‘Sculpture In Context’ at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, an annual outdoor exhibition of major European Sculpture and at The Hallward Galleries ‘Sculpture at the Hallward’. She will be unveiling her most recent and most ambitious work at The Millcove Sculpture Gardens in Castletownbere West Cork this August. Alva also exhibited at the 127th Royal Ulster Academy of Art held in the Historic Titanic Drawing Offices in the Titanic Quarter Belfast.

In the past year Gallagher has had work on exhibition at the 126th RUA (Royal Ulster Academy of Art) in Belfast and the Annual King House Exhibition in Boyle, Ireland and at La Galerie SEMA in Paris (mentioned below) and has had her work added to such prestigious collections as the monumental Gherkin in London, The Bruce Shaw Collection in Dublin, The Beacon Medical Group Collection, The AWAS Collection at the Dublin Docklands and The McCann FitzGerald Collection in Dublin.

Award winning Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher recently concluded a major exhibition at one of Europe’s most prestigious Galleries, La Galerie SEMA, 23. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris which was formally opened by the Irish Ambassador in France, H.E Anne Anderson on the evening of March 8th past and was reviewed in La Monde. Gallagher was chosen as the Sculptor for the Allianz Business2Arts Awards 2007. The Ceremony to present the awards took place at the Mansion House in Dublin. The Ceremony and Gala Banquet was formally launched by President of Ireland Mrs. Mary McAleese who presented Gallagher’s work to the awardees. Here in Ireland Gallagher exhibits year round with new work at the Hallward Gallery on Merrion Square in Dublin and at The Castle Upton Gallery in Northern Ireland.

Gallagher's work, among others, was recently on exhibition at ‘Heal’ in The Naughton Gallery, Belfast where Gallagher was presented with an award for work of distinction. She has recently completed a major commission for the Beacon Medical Group, for a major piece of Sculpture which is now sited at the Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, Dublin and by the Secretary General of Ireland for a piece of sculpture now sited within her personal office within the Department of Education and Science, Dublin. She has most recently received a major private commission at ‘The Guerkin’ in London, AWAS Dublin and The Bruce Shaw Collection.

Before completing an honours degree at the National College of Art and Design Dublin Gallagher was awarded the first Irish Scholarship to the renowned Pilchuck School of Sculptural Glass and furthered her studies there in Seattle, Washington. She has exhibited extensively both Nationally and Internationally, ‘In the Making’ 10 years of Art purchased by OPW at Farmleigh Gallery, this exhibition was made up of Irelands most prestigious and Leading Artists and Gallagher’s exhibiting work was on loan from the Secretary Generals Office for the duration of the exhibition, and ‘Body of Work’ at the prestigious Naughton Gallery, Belfast. She has been included in major exhibitions in Paris (above), Tokyo, Berlin, London, Denmark and Frankfurt Germany, The latter mentioned Germany ‘Contemporary Art from Ireland’ at the European Central Bank Frankfurt was formally opened by the esteemed Mr. Jean Claude Trichet, president of the ECB. Including having work in State, National and International Collections, (The Secretary Generals Office, OPW and The National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks), Gallagher has work in numerous private collections, in particular she has executed a corporate commission for BMW and Agip Oil in The Hague.

Commissions and Collections:

‘The Guerkin’, London
The McCann Fitzgerald Collection
The Secretary General of Ireland, Secretary Generals Office, Dublin, Ireland State Collection
The Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. Commission of large bronze and crystal piece.
The Bruce Shaw Collection
BMW Corporate Commission to commemorate 20yrs. BMW Collection. Oct 05’
Holland, The Hague. Private Collection - Agip Oil Consultant, The Hague
The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Piece purchased for permanent collection.‘What’s In Store’. National Collection.
Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher Private Collection,
OPW Percentage of Art scheme ~ Piece purchased by Office of Public Works, St Stephens Green, Dublin. State Collection.
Harcourt Developments
Dundrum Town Centre
Ahern and Co.
Oyster Point Collection, Blackrock, Dublin
AWAS - Corporate Commission, Dublin Docklands


Artists Statement
Alva Gallagher

 

I grew up in the fishing village of Killybegs, Co. Donegal. My entire childhood revolved around activities of the
sea. I learnt to dive at a very young age and adore the solitude and sense of calm I experience in the depths of
the water. The characteristics of the ocean continually inspire me, particularly its unpredictability and perpetual
rhythm.
Through making these pieces of glass I wish to create visual parallels between suspension and weight,
floating image and text between layers of glass, which in turn describes the fragility of life.
I wish to explore the feeling of being totally immersed in water and making the choice to float back to
the surface out of the comfort of the enveloping depth ~ the tenuous line between breathing and never breathing
again. I am deliberately drawing the viewer into these pieces to grasp for an instant the lure of this experience.
Reminiscent of pools of water I am inviting the viewer to peer into their depths. Thus exposing what
lies in the darkest realms of the ocean. A ghost ship, aging, growing, decaying and becoming more beautiful in
time without ever being disturbed. An object that was once so familiar is tragically made alien and never to be
seen or touched again.

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Gallagher explores concepts of depth and rhythm through the mediums of Bronze, Molten Glass and most recently amalgamating the two with hand cast cement fondu. The finished works act as metaphors for the fragility of life. She manipulates glass at the furnace and kilns within her studio, hot casting her work by way of lost wax technique and hot casting into hand built moulds. Gallagher has exhibited in numerous group shows both Nationally and Internationally with work in prestigious National and International Collections and has worked on glass workshops in the US. (Pilchuck Glass School Seattle)

In 2008 Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher was announced as the Winner of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards Jim Mc Naughton/Tilestyle 10,000 euro Bursary award for work of high distinction in Sculpture at The Beacon Hospital, the largest Award to be honoured to any individual at the 2008 Ceremony. Most recently in 2009/10 Alva has shown her work in acclaimed Exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin and London, being the sole Irish Artist to represent her country at each.

She has since been Invited by The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, to represent Ireland in European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark as part of a major European Exhibition involving 30 European Countries. She also recently had work on exhibit in ‘Is Mise Ireland’ in China. An exhibition of contemporary Irish Art at 411 Galleries in Shanghai and The Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China which ran in conjunction with the Olympic Games and aimed, with the world’s focus on China, to present and highlight modern Ireland to the world. Alva will also be exhibiting at this years ‘Sculpture In Context’ at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, an annual outdoor exhibition of major European Sculpture and at The Hallward Galleries ‘Sculpture at the Hallward’. She will be unveiling her most recent and most ambitious work at The Millcove Sculpture Gardens in Castletownbere West Cork this August. Alva also exhibited at the 127th Royal Ulster Academy of Art held in the Historic Titanic Drawing Offices in the Titanic Quarter Belfast.

In the past year Gallagher has had work on exhibition at the 126th RUA (Royal Ulster Academy of Art) in Belfast and the Annual King House Exhibition in Boyle, Ireland and at La Galerie SEMA in Paris (mentioned below) and has had her work added to such prestigious collections as the monumental Gherkin in London, The Bruce Shaw Collection in Dublin, The Beacon Medical Group Collection, The AWAS Collection at the Dublin Docklands and The McCann FitzGerald Collection in Dublin.

Award winning Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher recently concluded a major exhibition at one of Europe’s most prestigious Galleries, La Galerie SEMA, 23. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris which was formally opened by the Irish Ambassador in France, H.E Anne Anderson on the evening of March 8th past and was reviewed in La Monde. Gallagher was chosen as the Sculptor for the Allianz Business2Arts Awards 2007. The Ceremony to present the awards took place at the Mansion House in Dublin. The Ceremony and Gala Banquet was formally launched by President of Ireland Mrs. Mary McAleese who presented Gallagher’s work to the awardees. Here in Ireland Gallagher exhibits year round with new work at the Hallward Gallery on Merrion Square in Dublin and at The Castle Upton Gallery in Northern Ireland.

Gallagher's work, among others, was recently on exhibition at ‘Heal’ in The Naughton Gallery, Belfast where Gallagher was presented with an award for work of distinction. She has recently completed a major commission for the Beacon Medical Group, for a major piece of Sculpture which is now sited at the Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, Dublin and by the Secretary General of Ireland for a piece of sculpture now sited within her personal office within the Department of Education and Science, Dublin. She has most recently received a major private commission at ‘The Guerkin’ in London, AWAS Dublin and The Bruce Shaw Collection.

Before completing an honours degree at the National College of Art and Design Dublin Gallagher was awarded the first Irish Scholarship to the renowned Pilchuck School of Sculptural Glass and furthered her studies there in Seattle, Washington. She has exhibited extensively both Nationally and Internationally, ‘In the Making’ 10 years of Art purchased by OPW at Farmleigh Gallery, this exhibition was made up of Irelands most prestigious and Leading Artists and Gallagher’s exhibiting work was on loan from the Secretary Generals Office for the duration of the exhibition, and ‘Body of Work’ at the prestigious Naughton Gallery, Belfast. She has been included in major exhibitions in Paris (above), Tokyo, Berlin, London, Denmark and Frankfurt Germany, The latter mentioned Germany ‘Contemporary Art from Ireland’ at the European Central Bank Frankfurt was formally opened by the esteemed Mr. Jean Claude Trichet, president of the ECB. Including having work in State, National and International Collections, (The Secretary Generals Office, OPW and The National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks), Gallagher has work in numerous private collections, in particular she has executed a corporate commission for BMW and Agip Oil in The Hague.

Commissions and Collections:

‘The Guerkin’, London
The McCann Fitzgerald Collection
The Secretary General of Ireland, Secretary Generals Office, Dublin, Ireland State Collection
The Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. Commission of large bronze and crystal piece.
The Bruce Shaw Collection
BMW Corporate Commission to commemorate 20yrs. BMW Collection. Oct 05’
Holland, The Hague. Private Collection - Agip Oil Consultant, The Hague
The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Piece purchased for permanent collection.‘What’s In Store’. National Collection.
Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher Private Collection,
OPW Percentage of Art scheme ~ Piece purchased by Office of Public Works, St Stephens Green, Dublin. State Collection.
Harcourt Developments
Dundrum Town Centre
Ahern and Co.
Oyster Point Collection, Blackrock, Dublin
AWAS - Corporate Commission, Dublin Docklands


Artists Statement
Alva Gallagher

 

I grew up in the fishing village of Killybegs, Co. Donegal. My entire childhood revolved around activities of the
sea. I learnt to dive at a very young age and adore the solitude and sense of calm I experience in the depths of
the water. The characteristics of the ocean continually inspire me, particularly its unpredictability and perpetual
rhythm.
Through making these pieces of glass I wish to create visual parallels between suspension and weight,
floating image and text between layers of glass, which in turn describes the fragility of life.
I wish to explore the feeling of being totally immersed in water and making the choice to float back to
the surface out of the comfort of the enveloping depth ~ the tenuous line between breathing and never breathing
again. I am deliberately drawing the viewer into these pieces to grasp for an instant the lure of this experience.
Reminiscent of pools of water I am inviting the viewer to peer into their depths. Thus exposing what
lies in the darkest realms of the ocean. A ghost ship, aging, growing, decaying and becoming more beautiful in
time without ever being disturbed. An object that was once so familiar is tragically made alien and never to be
seen or touched again.

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Gallagher explores concepts of depth and rhythm through the mediums of Bronze, Molten Glass and most recently amalgamating the two with hand cast cement fondu. The finished works act as metaphors for the fragility of life. She manipulates glass at the furnace and kilns within her studio, hot casting her work by way of lost wax technique and hot casting into hand built moulds. Gallagher has exhibited in numerous group shows both Nationally and Internationally with work in prestigious National and International Collections and has worked on glass workshops in the US. (Pilchuck Glass School Seattle)

In 2008 Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher was announced as the Winner of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards Jim Mc Naughton/Tilestyle 10,000 euro Bursary award for work of high distinction in Sculpture at The Beacon Hospital, the largest Award to be honoured to any individual at the 2008 Ceremony. Most recently in 2009/10 Alva has shown her work in acclaimed Exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin and London, being the sole Irish Artist to represent her country at each.

She has since been Invited by The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, to represent Ireland in European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark as part of a major European Exhibition involving 30 European Countries. She also recently had work on exhibit in ‘Is Mise Ireland’ in China. An exhibition of contemporary Irish Art at 411 Galleries in Shanghai and The Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China which ran in conjunction with the Olympic Games and aimed, with the world’s focus on China, to present and highlight modern Ireland to the world. Alva will also be exhibiting at this years ‘Sculpture In Context’ at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, an annual outdoor exhibition of major European Sculpture and at The Hallward Galleries ‘Sculpture at the Hallward’. She will be unveiling her most recent and most ambitious work at The Millcove Sculpture Gardens in Castletownbere West Cork this August. Alva also exhibited at the 127th Royal Ulster Academy of Art held in the Historic Titanic Drawing Offices in the Titanic Quarter Belfast.

In the past year Gallagher has had work on exhibition at the 126th RUA (Royal Ulster Academy of Art) in Belfast and the Annual King House Exhibition in Boyle, Ireland and at La Galerie SEMA in Paris (mentioned below) and has had her work added to such prestigious collections as the monumental Gherkin in London, The Bruce Shaw Collection in Dublin, The Beacon Medical Group Collection, The AWAS Collection at the Dublin Docklands and The McCann FitzGerald Collection in Dublin.

Award winning Irish Sculptor Alva Gallagher recently concluded a major exhibition at one of Europe’s most prestigious Galleries, La Galerie SEMA, 23. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris which was formally opened by the Irish Ambassador in France, H.E Anne Anderson on the evening of March 8th past and was reviewed in La Monde. Gallagher was chosen as the Sculptor for the Allianz Business2Arts Awards 2007. The Ceremony to present the awards took place at the Mansion House in Dublin. The Ceremony and Gala Banquet was formally launched by President of Ireland Mrs. Mary McAleese who presented Gallagher’s work to the awardees. Here in Ireland Gallagher exhibits year round with new work at the Hallward Gallery on Merrion Square in Dublin and at The Castle Upton Gallery in Northern Ireland.

Gallagher's work, among others, was recently on exhibition at ‘Heal’ in The Naughton Gallery, Belfast where Gallagher was presented with an award for work of distinction. She has recently completed a major commission for the Beacon Medical Group, for a major piece of Sculpture which is now sited at the Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, Dublin and by the Secretary General of Ireland for a piece of sculpture now sited within her personal office within the Department of Education and Science, Dublin. She has most recently received a major private commission at ‘The Guerkin’ in London, AWAS Dublin and The Bruce Shaw Collection.

Before completing an honours degree at the National College of Art and Design Dublin Gallagher was awarded the first Irish Scholarship to the renowned Pilchuck School of Sculptural Glass and furthered her studies there in Seattle, Washington. She has exhibited extensively both Nationally and Internationally, ‘In the Making’ 10 years of Art purchased by OPW at Farmleigh Gallery, this exhibition was made up of Irelands most prestigious and Leading Artists and Gallagher’s exhibiting work was on loan from the Secretary Generals Office for the duration of the exhibition, and ‘Body of Work’ at the prestigious Naughton Gallery, Belfast. She has been included in major exhibitions in Paris (above), Tokyo, Berlin, London, Denmark and Frankfurt Germany, The latter mentioned Germany ‘Contemporary Art from Ireland’ at the European Central Bank Frankfurt was formally opened by the esteemed Mr. Jean Claude Trichet, president of the ECB. Including having work in State, National and International Collections, (The Secretary Generals Office, OPW and The National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks), Gallagher has work in numerous private collections, in particular she has executed a corporate commission for BMW and Agip Oil in The Hague.

Commissions and Collections:

‘The Guerkin’, London
The McCann Fitzgerald Collection
The Secretary General of Ireland, Secretary Generals Office, Dublin, Ireland State Collection
The Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. Commission of large bronze and crystal piece.
The Bruce Shaw Collection
BMW Corporate Commission to commemorate 20yrs. BMW Collection. Oct 05’
Holland, The Hague. Private Collection - Agip Oil Consultant, The Hague
The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Piece purchased for permanent collection.‘What’s In Store’. National Collection.
Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher Private Collection,
OPW Percentage of Art scheme ~ Piece purchased by Office of Public Works, St Stephens Green, Dublin. State Collection.
Harcourt Developments
Dundrum Town Centre
Ahern and Co.
Oyster Point Collection, Blackrock, Dublin
AWAS - Corporate Commission, Dublin Docklands


Artists Statement
Alva Gallagher

 

I grew up in the fishing village of Killybegs, Co. Donegal. My entire childhood revolved around activities of the
sea. I learnt to dive at a very young age and adore the solitude and sense of calm I experience in the depths of
the water. The characteristics of the ocean continually inspire me, particularly its unpredictability and perpetual
rhythm.
Through making these pieces of glass I wish to create visual parallels between suspension and weight,
floating image and text between layers of glass, which in turn describes the fragility of life.
I wish to explore the feeling of being totally immersed in water and making the choice to float back to
the surface out of the comfort of the enveloping depth ~ the tenuous line between breathing and never breathing
again. I am deliberately drawing the viewer into these pieces to grasp for an instant the lure of this experience.
Reminiscent of pools of water I am inviting the viewer to peer into their depths. Thus exposing what
lies in the darkest realms of the ocean. A ghost ship, aging, growing, decaying and becoming more beautiful in
time without ever being disturbed. An object that was once so familiar is tragically made alien and never to be
seen or touched again.