Originally from Northern Ireland, McGuigan lives and works in Dublin. A graduate of National College of Art & Design and Burren College of Art, her work has been exhibited as part of Cork European City of Culture at the Crawford Gallery of Art, as well as at the Hun Gallery, New York, Emerge Art Fair in Washington DC, and Rugby Art Gallery & Museum in the UK.

She has twice been the premier selectee for the Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase at the Dept of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and her work also featured in 30 Years, Artists, Places, a major survey exhibition of Irish Art which toured nationwide from 2015 – 2017. Roisín was also a participant on the London based Turps Banana painting programme from 2017 – 19, and her work was featured as part of an international group exhibition Sense of Place in Matera, Italy in 2019 as part of the European City of Culture Programme.

She has received bursaries from Dublin City Council, Kerry County Council, and the Arts Council of Ireland, and is recipient of the inaugural Postgraduate Expanded Print Residency Award (2022) at Graphic Print Studio, Dublin, and the Firestation Artists Studios Sculpture Practice Award 2023.

Additionally, McGuigan was Festival Director with Kerry Film Festival from 2012 – 2016 and has worked as a curator, programmer and manager at a number of arts organisations across Ireland including Sculptors’ Society of Ireland, West Cork Arts Centre, West Cork Music, Wicklow County Arts Office, Kerry County Arts Office, and Office for Art. She is currently a Tutor with City of Dublin ETB and a Tour Guide at the National Gallery of Ireland.


Born Co. Down, 1972

MFA Fine Art, NCAD, 2022

Post Bac Fine Art, Burren College of Art, 2009

BA (Joint ) Hons. History of Art & Fine Art (Painting), NCAD, 1996

ANCAD 1996


2022 Unfolding the Map, Dept Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Killarney

2022 Unfolding the Map, LHQ Gallery, Cork County Buildings, Western Road, Cork
2016 Unearthing Place II, Upstairs Gallery, Craftmakers, Ashe St, Tralee; Unearthing Place, The Carroll Gallery, Sean Hollywood Arts Centre Newry
2012 Synthetic Earth, Ivy Gallery, Tralee
2011 40 Shades of Sky, Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry, Co. Down
2010 Between Heaven & Earth, Paul Kane Gallery; Western Skies, Siamsa Tire, Tralee
2007 Paul Kane Gallery
2006 Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely
2005 The Warren Gallery, Castletownsend
2003 West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry House
2001 South Tipperary Arts Centre; 2000 Cork Institute of Technology


2001 Paul Kane Gallery

1999 Paul Kane Gallery; West Cork Arts Centre


2023 ‘Displacement and Belonging’- Home, Rua Red

2022 NCAD Works, NCAD, Dublin

2021 The Lido Open, The Lido Stores, Margate, Kent, UK

2020 Contatto, Il Museo Nino Cordio, Trapani, Sicily; False Memory, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby, UK; Circle, Chiesa Rupestre Sant’Antonio Abate Sasso Barisano, Matera, Italy

2019 Pop-Up, Paul Kane Gallery at Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin; Anna Cheyne Award, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn; Sense of Place/Senso del Luogo, Casa Cava, Matera, Italy

2018 Hermione 2018, Alexandra College, Dublin – Curated by Aisling Prior; Pop-Up, Paul Kane Gallery at Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin

2017 Pop-Up, Paul Kane Gallery at Irish Architectural Archive, DublinArrival, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire – Curated by Gemma Tipton; Pop Up, Paul Kane Gallery at The Architectural Archives, Dublin; No Fixed Abode, The Copper House Gallery, Dublin; Halftone, The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin; Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase, DCHG, Killarney

2015-17 30 Years, Artists, Places Glór (Clare), Ballina Arts Centre (Mayo), Regional Cultural Centre (Donegal), Johnston Library (Cavan), Draoícht (Fingal), Droichead (Louth), Limerick City Gallery of Art and Dunamaise Arts Centre (Laois) Model Niland (Sligo) – Curated by Muireann Ni Chonaill

2015 Kerry Vzisual Artists’ Showcase, DAHG, Killarney; KFest, Killorglin

2014 The Middle of Everywhere, BCA Gallery – Curated by Aine Phillips

2013 Pop Up, Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin; The Absence of Realism, The Lavit Gallery, Cork

2011 Emerge Art Fair, Washington DC, 2011 Back Lane Gallery, Killarney

2010 Winter Gallery Show, Paul Kane Gallery, 2010 Back Lane Gallery, Killarney, 2010 Not the Royal Academy Paul Kane Gallery

2009 Place, Placeness, Perception, BCA Gallery, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare; Artswap, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art/ Monster Truck Studios; Imaginarium, vacant shop premises, Tralee Town Centre

2008 Hun International, Hun Gallery, New York

2007 Salon de Chiarrai, Samhlaíocht Gallery, Tralee

2006 Greenstar Open, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

2005 Winter Gallery Show, Paul Kane Gallery; C2: Cork City of Culture, Crawford Municipal Gallery

2004 Warren Gallery Artists, Gresham Hotel, Dublin

2002 Beara Artists, Lavit Gallery; Beara Arts Festival, Casletownbere; 028 – Six West Cork Artists, Civic Theatre, Tallaght – Curated by Coilín Murray, Cork

2001 Winter Gallery Show, Paul Kane Gallery; Landscapes – Generations, West Cork Arts Centre; Summer Gallery Show, Paul Kane Gallery

2000 Small Works, Paul Kane Gallery, Winter Gallery Show, Paul Kane Gallery

1999 Selected Members Exhibition, West Cork Arts Centre

1997 Landscapes, The Mall Galleries, London, Landscapes, Malone Demesne, Belfast

1996 Taylor Art Awards, RDS, Dublin; NCAD Degree Show, RHA Gallagher Gallery

1995 249, Ormond Multi Media Centre, Dublin

1994 Open Access, The Crypt, Dublin Castle; Pasqua, Montefiascone, Lazio, Italy


2022-23 Postgraduate Expanded Print Residency, Graphic Print Studio, Dublin

2019 Il Bisonte, Firenze

2017, 2016 Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig
2017, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2020, 2021 Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs
2012-14 Institute of Technology, Tralee
2012 Siamsa Tire, Tralee


2021 – Bursary Award, Dublin City Art Office; Creative Ireland Kerry Bursary
2017 – Travel & Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland; Creative Work Development Bursary, Kerry County Arts Office
2012 – Arts Bursary, Kerry County Arts Office
2010 –Creative Work Development Bursary, Kerry County Arts Office
2008 – Arts Education Bursary Kerry County Arts Office; Burren College of Art President’s Award
2006 –Travel & Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland


Accademia di Belle Arti, Viterbo, Italy; Burke, Kennedy, Doyle & Partners; Cork Regional Hospital; Dept of Finance, Government Buildings, Dublin; Dept of Finance and Personnel, NI; Kerry County Council; NUI Galway; PMPA/Guardian Insurance; OPW State Collection; Wicklow County Council; private collections in France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, The Netherlands, UK & USA.