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 a member of Ulster University's Open Research Steering Group and is a reviewer on the Art & Design Ethics Filter Committee.

She recently published a photobook The Second Shift, was featured in The Guardian and has given numerous talks on her work. 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 Ara Devine's PhD on post-memory in post-Troubles Northern Ireland and Elisa Valandro's PhD on memory and family archives. She also supervises Sarah Tehan's PhD on post-colonialism and photography and Ashle Bailey's PhD on cultural trauma in Northern Ireland.

She is module co-ordinator for final year BA (Hons) Photography with Video and first year MFA Photography, integrating practice and theory to encourage robust, conceptually driven work.

Funded PhD opportunity with Dr Clare Gallagher and Dr Sandra Johnston (starting Sept 2022): Photography, Women and Conflict: Exploring Ethics and Agency

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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External positions

Board Member, Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast Photo Festival

External Examiner, IADT


External Examiner, University of Sunderland


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