Roisín McGuigan’s practice encompasses painting, drawing and mixed media. Her work uses the iconography of landscape to reflect issues of identity and relationship with place.
Originally from Northern Ireland, McGuigan now lives and works in Dublin. A graduate of National College of Art & Design and Burren College of Art, Roisín has been a regular exhibitor at The Paul Kane Gallery in Dublin, and 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 the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin.
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 recently featured in 30 Years, Artists, Places, a major survey exhibition of Irish Art which toured nationwide from 2015 – 2017.
Roisín was a participant on the London based Turps Banana painting programme from 2017 – 19, and in September her work will feature as part of an international group exhibition “Sense of Place” in the European City of Culture, Matera (Italy).
She has received bursaries from Kerry County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland and was shortlisted for the Tony O’Malley Studio Award in 2010. From 2012 – 2014 she was Artist in Residence at Institute of Technology, Tralee where she is now External Examiner for the Creative Media Degree programmes.
Additionally, McGuigan 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 and Kerry County Arts Office. She was Artistic Director of Kerry Film Festival from 2012 – 2016 and is currently a consultant with Office for Art and a Tutor with City of Dublin ETB.
Born Co. Down, 1972
Post Bac Fine Art, Burren College of Art/NUI Galway, 2009
BA (Joint ) Hons. History of Art & Fine Art (Painting), NCAD, 1996
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 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
TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2001 Paul Kane Gallery
1999 Paul Kane Gallery; West Cork Arts Centre
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Sense of Place/Senso del Luogo, Casa Cava, Matera, Italy
2018 Hermione 2018, Alexandra College, Dublin – Curated by Aisling Prior
2017 Arrival, 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 Visual 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
2017, 2016 Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig
2017, 2013, 2010, 2009 Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs
2012 – 14 Institute of Technology, Tralee
2012 Siamsa Tire, Tralee
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; Wicklow County Council; private collections in Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, The Netherlands, UK & USA.