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Alva Gallagher
Visual Artist

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PULSE | Alva Gallagher - Launching October 17th 2023 at City Quay Dublin by The Lord Mayor of Dublin

Pulse is a new public sculpture for the Dublin Urban landscape commissioned by Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council under the Dublin City Docklands Light Commission following an International Call. Pulse by visual artist Alva Gallagher is a fully immersive public sculpture piece that has evolved from a vision of the Dublin Docklands as a steady moving entity, of life in motion. It synchronises elements of the night sky with descriptive attributes of this unique quayside location. A manifestation of marine and urban tidal movements created by human activity. See more at

'Icescapes' a new body of work stimulated by multiple research trips to Lake Abraham and Lake Minnewanka, Alberta.

This work involves a unique exploration of the textures and depths of the evolving thaw within the unique and stunning Rocky Mountain landscape. These ice pool portals draw the viewer in to explore the inner depths of the freezing waters through their delicate frozen layers, documenting the winter’s ice melt timeline, these details are studied to document our constantly evolving and thriving natural environment that has sustained us in all manner through such discerning times. Now available through Winston Wächter Gallery Seattle

'In a bubble' project by Alva Gallagher Funded by the Arts Council

Delighted to be the recipient of funding from the Arts Council for the development of new work through 'In a Bubble'; to read more

about the project and to part take click here 


Double page feature in the Spring/Summer edition of Irish Arts Review 2020 by Carissa Farrell

Alva Gallagher with McGarrell Reilly Group win the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Award for Best Commission practice

Delighted to be the Winner of this years Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for best commissioning practice with the McGarrell Reilly Group for my piece ‘Rise’ at The Sharp Building Dublin, Ireland @ the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards #ABtoAAwards

'Art in the Garden' at Culloden Estate Belfast with Gormleys Fine Art until July 1st 2019

The largest sculpture exhibition on the island of Ireland has opened in Holywood, Co Down boasting the biggest collection of Salvador Dali works to ever be seen on the island of Ireland. Featuring works by SalvadorDali, Banksy, Grayson Perry, Lucien Freud, Warhol, Picasso and many more, there are over 120 works on display until July 1st 2019 including ‘Breath’ by Alva Gallagher; glass and stainless steel sculpture, 2 metres H x 72cm x 75cm base. Further info available at

Alva is delighted to be shortlisted for the Merrion Plinth Award 2019 at the prestigious Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

Alongside its rich history, The Merrion Hotel is famed as holding the finest private collection of late 19th century and early 20th Century Irish Art. It contains some significant artworks relevant to the history of Irish visual culture and so the ambition of this prize is to promote the importance of visual art being made today.To celebrate 21 years in business, The Merrion Hotel is launching a new biennial Contemporary Art Prize called “The Merrion Plinth”.

CAST: Art and Objects Exhibition opened at the Wayne Art Centre in Philadelphia, USA December 8th - January 31st 2019

Last year my work, among very good company... Ai Wee Wee, Karen LaMonte, Louise Bourgeois, Stanislav Libensky to name a few, was selected and published in the "CAST Art and Objects" book by Authors Renee Zettle Sterling and Jen Townsend. I'm extremely honoured to contribute to this amazing book that has won so many awards in the past year leading to this unique exhibition that brings the book to life. The book itself ‘CAST Art & Objects’ is now on sale at the Met NYC @metmuseum and is also available through Amazon or through Schiffer publishing, NY. 

Hamilton Gallery Winter Group Exhibition December 8th - January 26th 2019

The exhibition featured 6 works by 6 invited artists and ran until January 26th 2019. I was delighted to be one of the featured artists this year along with Michelle Boyle, Aideen Connolly, Elizabeth Cope, Jane O’ Malley and Mary Rohan. Gallery opening hours - Mon to Sat 10am - 5pm; Sundays & B. Hols 12 - 5pm

Past Exhibitions & Commissions

The FE McWilliam Open 18 Sculpture Exhibition curated by Dr. Riann Coulter of The FE McWilliam Gallery, Northern Ireland

Sculpture in Context 2018 Opened at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, IE with Alva Gallagher winning this years Award

'Breath' by Alva Gallagher wins the Sculpture in Context Award for a large work of distinction 2018 #sculpture #sculptureincontext #outdoorsculpture

Click here or the images below for enquires about 'Breath'

'Tidal' and 'Lucent Pearl' recently on view at The Model, Sligo, Ireland in this years Cairde Open 2018. Click here for enquires

'Tidal' featured in The Irish Times 'Business Ireland' quarterly magazine   

Click on the images below for further information about the work or to make an enquiry

'Tidal' Alva Gallagher
'Lucent Pearl' Alva Gallagher
'Lucent Pearl' detail
'Tidal' Alva Gallagher

Dublin, IE

Alva Gallagher 'Ebbs and Remnants'

Solo Exhibition August 11th - 31st 2017

Catherine Hammond Gallery, Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland

Sculptor Alva Gallagher is recognised as one of Ireland's preeminent artists working with glass. She is a sculptor whose work involves a continuous exploration of oceanic movements and elements. The dual qualities of ferocity and calmness of the sea are reflected in the fluidity, solidity and transparency of the glass, metals and concrete she works with. In particular, she has been inspired by living in the Canadian arctic for months at a time.

She is fascinated with the continuous rhythm of the ocean and the elements, the night’s sky, the sea’s depths, and the translucence of water and ice.  Here, using cast crystal, concrete and steel, she explores coastal segments carved by lunar and tidal movements, constellations in the sky above and their corresponding ocean depths below. Catherine Hammond

Solo Show August 11th 2017 at Catherine Hammond Gallery

Behind the scenes...


Work was shipped to the US Embassy London for #EarthInspired Exhibition 2018. Work also began on a new site specific outdoor sculpture for both the FE McWilliam Gallery Open 18 and Sculpture in Context at the National Botanic Gardens Dublin, follow on Instagram to see the piece in progress. Alva's work is now represented at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London

'Breath' by Alva Gallagher
Outdoor installation piece at Carton House, Ireland with the Kildare Gallery. Alva's work is represented in Ireland by the Kildare Gallery at Carton House and in London by Mall Galleries, London

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