Clare Gallagher
  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom


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Dr Clare Gallagher is Co-Director for BA (Hons) Photography, teaches MFA Photography and is a PhD Supervisor in the Art & Design Research Institute. Her research focuses on home and women's experiences, using art to challenge their invisibility. She also curates and speaks about marginalised voices and subject matter in the Northern Irish photography canon. Her new book, Subversive Mothers, Disturbing Domesticity, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2025.

Clare has taught since 2003 and has been a Fellow of the HEA since 2016. She studied in London, Canterbury, Toulouse and Belfast, earning a PhD on making visible women's work in the home.  She has been External Examiner at the University of Sunderland and at IADT, Dún Laoghaire. Clare is a reviewing member of the Art & Design Ethics Filter Committee and was a member of Ulster University's Open Research & Innovation Research Strategy Group. She is a member of the Northern Irish Art Network and the House Collective and is on the Board of Directors of the Belfast Photo Festival. 

She has exhibited her work internationally, including at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki and at Photo Museum Ireland, Dublin, and her photobook The Second Shift was named in The Guardian's best photography books. She was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2021 and the Paul Hamlyn Visual Artists Award in 2023. Her work is in the national collections of Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council Ireland.

Clare has written for Visual Artists Ireland, the British Journal of Photography and contributed a chapter for Stephen Bull's key book A Companion to Photography published in 2020 by Wiley-Blackwell. She also led the Curating Activism strand of Frederick Douglass Week 2024 in Belfast.

Clare 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 post-Troubles, Sarah Beatty's PhD on sexuality and body modification and Niamh Callaghan's PhD on the experience of murals in Northern Ireland.

Clare is inviting proposals for a PhD topic for Sept 2024, Photography and the Trace: indexical and temporal paradoxes, with Dr Frederic Huska  

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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