Alva Gallagher has recently been shortlisted for the Merrion Plinth Award, Dublin, Ireland and is currently working on numerous site specific commission installations to be unveiled later this year. Her work involves a continuous exploration of oceanic movements and elements. She began to explore the deep sea at a young age and adores the solitude experienced in the depths of the water.


She has shown at Saatchi Gallery London; La Gallerie SEMA, Paris; the ECB, Frankfurt, Germany; Mall Galleries, London; European Glass Context Biennale, Denmark representing Ireland with The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks and at various exhibitions globally in Tokyo, Berlin, Shanghai and The Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China. She received the first Irish Partner Scholarship to study at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, USA, was the first recipient of the JimMcNaughton/TileStyle €10,000 Bursary Award, was preselected for the prestigious Columbia Threadneedle Award, London in 2012 and most recently, following an International call, was announced as the winning commissioned artist for The Sharp Building Commission at Hogan Place in Dublin’s core city centre. Her commissioned sculpture installation ‘Rise’ measuring 6 metres by 4 metres in glass and stainless steel will be unveiled in early January 2019. Alva will be exhibiting, by invitation, in the upcoming ‘Cast’ exhibition at the Wayne Art Institute, Philadelphia, USA opening on December 8th 2018 and running until January 26th 2019.


Including having work in State and International Collections comprising The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks; The Deloitte Art Collection; The BMW Art Collection; The iconic 'Gherkin' building, London and the private collection of Lady Dunraven, Alva has work in numerous private collections throughout Europe, the US, Canada and Australia. She has been published in Modern Painter; ‘Engaging with Glass’ Seattle, USA ISBN 978-0-9555120-6-3; EGC Biennale, Denmark ISBN 978-87-89059-79-2 and in the contemporary sculpture book ‘CAST’ by Shiffer Publishing NY, USA now available at The Met, NYC.