Clare Gallagher
  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom


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Dr Clare Gallagher is Lecturer for MFA Photography and BA (Hons) Photography with Video and a PhD Supervisor in the Art & Design Research Institute. She studied in London, Canterbury, Toulouse and Belfast, earning a PhD and an MFA with distinction.

Clare has been a lecturer since 2003 and is a Fellow of the HEA. She has been External Examiner at the University of Sunderland and currently examines at IADT, Dún Laoghaire. She is a member of the Northern Irish Art Network and is on the Board of the Belfast Photo Festival. She is also a member of Ulster University's Open Research & Innovation Research Strategy Group and is a reviewing member of the Art & Design Ethics Filter Committee.

Her photobook The Second Shift was featured in The Guardian and she has exhibited her work internationally, most recently at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin and at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki for which she was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2021.

Clare has written for Visual Artists Ireland, the British Journal of Photography and contributed a chapter for Stephen Bull's book A Companion to Photography published in 2020 by Wiley-Blackwell. Her PhD examined ways of making visible the unseen work of home.

She is Chair of Supervisors for Sarah Tehan's PhD on post-colonialism and photography, Ara Devine's PhD on post-memory and the Irish border, Elisa Valandro's PhD on memory and family archives, Aidan O'Neill's PhD on survivor-centred approaches to conflict-related sexual violence, and Selina Bonelli's PhD on photography, women and conflict. Clare also co-supervises Ashle Bailey's PhD on cultural trauma in Northern Ireland and is module co-ordinator for first year MFA Photography.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Second Shift: making visible the unseen work of home

Master, MFA Photography

Bachelor, BA (Hons) Photography

External positions


2020 → …

Board Member, Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast Photo Festival

External Examiner, IADT

External Examiner, University of Sunderland


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