glass and Kilkenny limestone, 38 x 12 x 6.5cm, 2012

restless_cast_optical_crystal_Alva _Gallagher


glass, 64 x 33 x 10cm, 2014



glass and Kilkenny limestone, 50 x 18 x 12cm, 2012

Alva Gallagher_Tidal_Glass


solid float glass, 52x60x15cm, 2010



solid float glass, 14x42x42cm, 2009



solid Float Glass, 58 x 30 x 14cm, 2011


Alva Gallagher

“My practice explores concepts of depth and rhythm through my chosen medium of glass. I am passionate about the sea and mirror its ferocity and serenity through my manipulation of my chosen medium in its molten state. My current body of work immortalise segments of coastal sites and flash freezes that perpetual oceanic movement to expose moments hidden within their depths; allowing the viewer to glimpse for an instant the lure of those depths; creating internal dialogues that are metaphors for the fragility of the human condition. They are inspired by the vastness of the ocean and the intimacy of our diverse shorelines. They harness the intrinsic beauty of crystal to capture transient moments of tidal movement enticing the viewer to peer into their depths. The interaction of light and shadow within each piece is their essence that animates the work. The movement within them comes alive as someone walks around the work and sees past the surface beauty of the crystal formation.”


The Guerkin, London
The McCann Fitzgerald Collection
The Secretary General of Ireland, Ireland State Collection
The Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, DublinThe Bruce Shaw Collection
BMW Corporate Commission
The National Museum of Ireland
Office of Public Works
Harcourt Developments
Dundrum Town Centre
Ahern and Co.
Oyster Point Collection, Blackrock, Dublin
AWAS, Dublin Docklands

Selected Awards

Residency Award Artist in Residence at Cill Rialaig
Business 2 Arts Awards, Winner of The Jim McNaughton / TileStyle Bursary
Heal 2007, Award for Work of Distinction and Excellence
AIB Award, Nominee, The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
Irish Partner Scholarship, Seattle, Washington, USA


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Recent Works in Bronze & Crystal, the Gibson, Point Village, Dublin
Body of Work Exhibition, The Naughton Gallery, Queens University, Belfast UK

Group Exhibitions

Vanishing Art, Major Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Carton House, Kildare
RSMA Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, UK
In the House, Select Exhibition at Castle Ward, Down
Out of the House, Select Exhibition Space CRAFT, Belfast
Culture Craft, Derry, Londonderry City of Culture Exhibition
The Irish Sculpture Awards 2013, The Millcove Gallery, Cork
NLA Annual Exhibition, Group Exhibition at Dundalk Museum, Louth
Royal Society of Marine Artists, Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London, UK
Engaging with Glass, Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA
Sculpture Biennale 2012, Kings Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Pillar of Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan; HOF 96 Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Winter Group Exhibition of Applied Art, Farmleigh Gallery
Art Below, The London Underground, UK
Irish Contemporary Applied Art, La Galerie de la S.E.M.A, Ave. Daumesnil, Paris, France
Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Is Mise Ireland, Shanghai and Beijing, 411 Gallery at the Central Academy of Fine Art Beijing, China
Exhibition of Contemporary Irish Art, ECB Frankfurt, Germany
127th Royal Ulster Academy of Art Exhibition,Titanic Drawing Offices, Belfast UK
European Glass Context, Bornholm, Denmark
126th Royal Ulster Academy of Art Exhibition, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
Margin, The Office of Public Works Gallery, Dublin
Heal 2007, The Naughton Gallery at Queens, Belfast
Flair 06, Alva Gallagher and Nigel G. Cheney, Kings Hall, Belfast
NCAD Degree Exhibition, NCAD, Dublin
Summer Exhibition 03, Group Student Exhibition, Murano, Italy
Art in State Buildings, Office of Public Works, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin


Contact Details:

Alva Gallagher

T. 086 868 0910
E. info@alvagallagher.com