- My CV is viewable by downloading it here.





Artist Statement 

My painting practice is informed by architectural space, with the former medical school of UCD at Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin providing the source material for my current body of work. In exploring this space, one phenomenon that caught my attention was how percussion instruments were littered about the former dissection room: What was previously a place of rigorous scientific enquiry on cadavers had become a space of musical experimentation for percussionists of the adjacent National Concert Hall. But a silence, a ghostliness and a sense of temporality pervades the space, which I reference by applying diaphanous layers of oil paint to the absorbent grounds of my paintings.

I primarily work in the medium of paint but am using film and photography as part of my visual language in my examination of Earlsfort Terrace. Key contributors to the film strand of this body of work include the sound recordist John Brennan, composer/performer Seán Carpio, and cinematographer Colm Hogan, all of whom are collaborating with me in realising a filmic exploration of place through percussion and imagery.


Noelle Gallagher is a visual artist based in Galway. Although primarily a painter, she incorporates photography and film into her practice. A member of Engage Art Studios, and graduate of GMIT (2011), she recently completed two years of mentoring by painters with Turps Art School, London. Her paintings have been selected for numerous shows both nationally and internationally, including PeripheriesOPEN, Eigse, Winter Open, Rua Red, The Open West (UK), the neoartprize (UK), Painting [Now] (UK), and the Claremorris Open. She has participated in shows curated by artist-led spaces such as Ormston House, ('Essays for the House of Memory' by Haizea Barcenilla, and 'What has been shall always never be again' by Ian Alden Russell), 126 Gallery, ('Restless' by Paul McAree, 'Brainchild' by Stephan Roche), and Interface ('Incomplete Nature' by Alannah Robins). Solo shows include 'Silent Rhythm', Linenhall Arts Centre, (2018) and 'Recollect', University Hospital Arts Trust, (2016). She is a recipient of the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award from the Burren College of Art and 126 Gallery, and Individual Artist Bursaries from Galway County Council.





- Eigse Open Submission 2013

- RDS Student Art Awards 2011

- Tulca Festival of Visual Arts 2011

- Engage Art Studios

- Irish Times review by Aidan Dunne

- Adapt Galway Docks Shed Residency 2012

- Visual Artists Ireland

- Ormston house

- 126 Gallery

- Galway International Arts Festival

- Off the Wall, London

- Review of 'Restless' by Aidan Dunne

- Video of 'Essays for the House of Memory' curated by Haizea Barcenilla, Ormston House

- Review of Essays for the House of memory by Chris Hayes

- Video of 'What has been shall always never be again' in Ormston House curated by Ian Alden Russell



- noellemgallagher@gmail.com




We are very excited to announce the names of our 33 exhibiting artists for peripheriesOPEN, opening at Gorey School of Art next Friday, December 1st at 7pm. All are welcome!! The exhibition will be officially opened by independent curator Eamonn Maxwell.

Our 33 artists are:
Elizabeth Archbold, Chloe Austin, Orla Bates, Tinka Bechert, David Begley, Kian Benson, Ciaran Bowen, Joanne Boyle, Michael Byrne, Louisa Casas, Serena Caulfield, Karen Donnellan, Julia Dubsky, Noelle Gallagher, Helena Gorey, Elaine Grainger, Sean Guinan, Austin Hearne, Denis Kelly, Laura Kelly, Ali Kemal Ali, James Kirwan, Amelia McNamara, Jules Michael, Clodia Morris, Frances O’Dwyer, Brendan O’Neill, Martin Redmond, Ciara Roche, Clare Scott, Lucy Sheridan, Phillip Shiels, David Smith

Selection panel: Paul Carter, James Merrigan and Emma Roche.

Paintings from the Dissection Room series have been selected for the 10th Annual 126 members’ show, which will travel to The Western Carolina University (WCU) Fine Art Museum, USA later this year.

Painting [Now]

Rua Red Winter Open, 4 Nov - 23 Dec 2016

Solo show in association with Galway University Hospital Arts Trust

Noelle gratefully acknowledges the receipt of an Individual Artists Bursary from Galway County Council to support her work in 2016

Sift Contemporary Paint Project

Please find an invitation below to "Sift"

17 October - 31 November
The Institute, Church Street, Enniscorthy
Open View 16 October @ 7pm
About the Project:

Visual Artists: John Busher, Trudi Van Der Elsen, Noelle Gallagher, Will O’Kane, Kate Murphy, Joan Sugrue - Written & Performative Response: Caroline Busher & Peter Murphy - Choral Response: Donagh Wylde (Enniscorthy Choral Society)

Sift is a co-curated project initiated by John Busher and Trudi Van Der Elsen. Without addressing a specific theme, the works examine emerging developments in contemporary painting practice. Sift is a reference to the physical act of filtering through source material, unearthing ideas, and the unexpected which can result from this. A common thread is formed, where image making, photographic referencing, place and memory rise to the surface. Largely grounded in the premise of figurative painting, the individual art practices explore a territory where this concern borders on abstraction.

Selected for the neo:artprize 2015 exhibition

Judging panel :
Ian Davenport Artist,
Amira Gad Exhibitions Curator, The Serpentine Galleries London,
Margot Heller Director, South London Gallery,
Helen Phelby, Senior Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

COE ’15

The following artists were selected for this year’s exhibition – Ursula Burke, Noelle Gallagher, Brian Hegarty, Noel Hensey, Helen Hughes, Joanna Kidney, Paul McKinley, Ann Quinn, Laura Smith, Paul Tarpey, Lee Welch, Ian Wieczorek, Orla Whelan read more >>

Burren College of Art Announces Emerging Irish Artist Residency Receipients

The four selected artists are Amanda Rice, Joanna Hopkins, Noelle Gallagher, & Yvette Monahan. It involves a joint residency for the four selected artists at BCA in February 2015, with a group show to be concurrently in G126 and BCA Gallery from Sep 11th to Sep 26th. read more >>



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