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. She studied in London, Canterbury, Toulouse and Belfast, earning a PhD and an MFA with distinction. She has been a lecturer since 2003 and is a Fellow of the HEA. Clare has been External Examiner at the University of Sunderland and at IADT, Dún Laoghaire, is a member of the Northern Irish Art Network and is on the board of the Belfast Photo Festival.

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 practice examines ways of making visible the unseen work of home. 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 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 is supervisor for Sarah Tehan's PhD on post-colonialism and photography and Ashle Bailey's PhD on cultural trauma in Northern Ireland. Clare is also module co-ordinator for final year BA (Hons) Photography with Video and first year MFA Photography, integrating practice and theory.

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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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