Faculty Profiles:



Boyle, Andrew.andrew

Andrew Boyle is currently lecturing in Fine Art Printmaking. Andrew studied in Limerick School of Art and Design and Chelsea College of Art and Design. He has worked in community projects, The National Sculpture Factory, Cork Printmakers and has worked in GMIT since 1998. Andrew has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally in a range of media and materials in printmaking, sculpture and installation.








Bushe, Trish.trish

Trish Bushe is a painter, printmaker, and educator. She studied Fine Art as a mature student on an ACCS course at GMIT. She is a graduate of NCAD. Recent projects include participation in the New York Academy NYC summer programme and Painting Now at the Wexford Opera Festival. Her work is represented in public and private collections.







Brady, John.

johnJohn Brady received his MA in European Fine art, with distinction, from the University of Southampton in 1996. He taught on PLC courses in Carrowbeg Collage Westport until 1999 and GMIT, Galway and Castlebar from 1998 until present. He has been the recipient of residency awards and exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally. In the past year he undertook a world drawing expedition and these drawings form the basis of his current studio practice.








Byrne, Tina.tina

Tina Byrne gained experience with several artists before graduating from the University of Ulster, Belfast . Currently, she combines part-time teaching with being a practicing artist, editor/graphic designer of the Ceramics Ireland Magazine and board member of The Crafts Council of Ireland. Tina is also an active Ceramics Ireland committee member and coordinator of The Biennial Ceramics Ireland International Festival.









Conroy, Peter.peter

Peter Conroy trained as a Textile Designer at the National College of Art and Design and at Brighton Polytechnic. Following college he gained wide experience in the textile design industry in the UK. Peter has been a full time educator for over two decades. In 2008 he gained a Graduate Diploma in Digital Media Development for Education from the University of Limerick. He maintains active links with the wider world of textile commerce and culture that help inform his teaching practice. He is a member of The European Textile Network (ETN) and the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC).







Curtin, Celine.celine

Celine Curtin has been prominent member of the film industry in the west of Ireland for the last 25 years working as producer, production manager and educator. From 1990, Celine was the manager of the Galway Film Centre. In 1995, when the legendary American producer, Roger Corman established Concord Studios in Conamara, Celine worked as the Production Manager for several of the projects produced at the studios during this time. Celine, along with John Brady, worked on developing the emerging needs of the studio.
In 2000, when the Cinemobile (Ireland’s first travelling cinema) secured millennium funding, Celine was appointed as Director to oversee the building and establishment this project, which still runs today. Between 2001 and 2004,Celine managed the Galway Film Fair – a role in which she developed relationships with many financiers, distributors and producers from the International film community and facilitated their networking with key figures within the Irish Film Industry. Celine is the producer of several award winning projects and serves as the current chair of Galway Film Centre. She is a member of the Audio visual forum for the West of Ireland and a key contributor for Galway’s bid for UNESCO City of Film designation. Celine has taught in GMIT’s Film & Documentary Department since 2005.




D’Eath, Robin.rob

Rob D’Eath joined the staff of GMIT in 1980 while working as a potter in Galway. He moved his pottery to An Spidéal in 1984 at the foundation of Spiddal Craft Centre and established ‘Sliding Rock Contemporary Ceramics Gallery’ in 2006. His commitment to the promotion of contemporary ceramic art and culture is illustrated by his co-curation of 3×2 An Exhibition of Contemporary Clay (2011) and FLUX (2013). He is a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland.







Delargy, Diarmuid.diarmuid

Diarmuid Delargy ( ARE-London/Member of Aosdana/ RUA) is a part-time lecturer in painting. His teaching is strongly informed by his ongoing art practice. He exhibits widely both nationally and internationally and his work is held in all the major contemporary collections. He works in a series of media, including paint, print and sculpture.








Delargy, Fergus.fergus

Fergus Delargy was born in Belfast N Ireland 1958. He completed his MA in Painting at the University of Ulster in 1982. He was awarded a Fellowship to PS1 Long Island City in New York in 1987. He worked in the Art Industry as an Installation specialist in Manhattan for eight years. He taught at the University of New Mexico in 1996. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. He featured in a film documentary called “An Irish Artist in New York” in 1989 for Doubleband Films commissioned for RTE and BBC television.







Donnelly, Michael.mickey

Micky Donnelly was born in Belfast. He studied at the University of Ulster where he received his BA and MA in Fine Art.He has shown his paintings, drawings and installations in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Ireland, Britain, Europe, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Canada and America, and has been included in many international survey exhibitions of Irish Art.
He has received a wide range of awards and prizes, and has spent time working in Italy, the USA, and New Zealand. He was a founder member of Circa art magazine, has written about contemporary art for various publications, and had a novel published in 2001. In 1996 he was elected a member of Aosdana, one of the most prestigious positions in the Irish arts. His work is included in many private and public art collections in Ireland, Europe, and the USA, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Ulster Museum, the Arts Council of Ireland, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Arts Council of England, the British Council, and the European Parliament.




Drummond, Blaise.blaise

Blaise Drummond was born in Liverpool and studied Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh before attending the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and Chelsea College of Art, London in 1998 for a Masters. He currently lives in Ireland. Recent solo exhibitions include Great Nature®, Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf,Towards a Unified Theory of Everything, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris 2011; Folk Songs of North America, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen 2010; Haus Lange, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany 2009; One Day the Earth Shall be Ours at Aliceday, Brussels and The Best I Can Do, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara in 2008; The Bright Hours, Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, Lake Shore Drive at Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, and Things to Make and Do at Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, 2007; Forest Park, Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padua, and Blaise Drummond at Musee de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d’Olonne in 2006.





Farrel, Dennis.dennis

Denis Farrell is a painter, curator and educator. He is a Fulbright Scholar and MFA graduate of Yale University School of Art. His work has been exhibited widely in the USA and Europe. Recent shows include Limerick City gallery of Art, Helmuth Projects Los Angeles California, The New York Studio School, Alpha Gallery Boston, The Irish Art Center New York, and a documentary film of his methodologies was commissioned by and exhibited at LA Maison Laurentine in France 2010. His work is held in public, corporate and private collections worldwide. He is represented by the Taylor Gallery Dublin. Forthcoming exhibitions include works on paper curated by Dr Aisling Molloy, Royal Academy London, at The Hugh Lane Museum 2015.






French, Mel.mel

Mel French was born in London and moved to Ireland in 1993 to undertake a Degree in Fine Art Sculpture at The National College of art and Design. She graduated with a first class honours Degree and was based in a studio in Dublin until 2001.In 2001 Mel went to New York, USA where she gained a Masters in Sculpture from The New York Academy of Art, where she received a Cum Laude and the Prince of Wales Fellowship. After graduating Mel returned to Ireland where she divides her practice between work for exhibition and permanent public art work.Mel has permanent works in County Cavan, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath and Dublin.







Holloway, Declan.declanh

Declan Holloway studied at the RTC Galway, NCAD and CMSA completing Degrees in Painting and Printmaking, a Postgraduate and a PTA. Declan has exhibited widely in Ireland in one person and group shows. As a painter he won the National Portrait Award (u 35)in 1993 and is regularly commissioned. Declan has been a lecturer at CMSA and has been a lecturer at GMIT since 1987.








Haughey, Donal.donal

Donal Haughey has been teaching in G.M.I.T since 1995. Prior to this he lectured in both Mary Immaculate and L.I.T. Limerick. In 1994 he formed Hawkeye Films, and to date has produced and directed over thirty documentaries.








Ivers,  Austinaustin

Having studied Fine Art Printmaking, Austin moved into digital reproduction and currently works primarily in video and installation . His primary critical concerns are dread and death in the Cold War. Austin is currently working on a solo show in The Galway Arts Centre which is slated for June 2014. He is participating in a touring group show which has been to Austria and Ukraine.








Langan, John.john_l

John has lectured at GMIT since 2001. He is a graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design. In 2007 he completed a research based MA in Art Education. Through his work he advocates the concept of an engaged practice which expands the creative processes of art making. Since 1995 he has exhibited and created projects and artworks that often involve activities of a social or contextual nature.








Leslie, Gerard.ger

Gerard Leslie lectures in Sculpture. He graduated from The National College of Art and Design where he also lectured in Sculpture. He is primarily a full time educator but he has worked with many cultural organisations both nationally and internationally. He has exhibited and been commissioned both in Ireland and in Europe. He has direct experience working in many disciplines and media within contemporary sculptural practice.








Loughran, Brian.brian

Having previously studied construction studies & architectural technology. Brian Loughran graduated in 1995 with a BA in fine art from Limerick School of Art & Design. He has been the recipient of Irish Arts council funding while also participating in shows on a national and international level. His technical abilities focus on a wide range of material processes with emphasis on mould making, metal fabrication, resins and woodwork. He is currently the artist in residence at 126 Gallery.







Linehan, Aidan.aidan

Aidan Linehan lives in Co.Tipperary. He studied Printmaking in Crawford College of Art, Cork, Chelsea School of Art, London and completed his MA in NCAD, Dublin. Aidan also trained in TV Production as well as Sculptural Techniques, Eurocreation Pepiniere Laureate 1992, France & Silver Medal Europapris 1993, Belgium.








Mac Dermott, Felimfehlim

Felim Mac Dermott has been working with various film agencies for the last twenty years. A trained photographer and cinematographer, his passion for cinema has expressed itself through the design of courses, editing of books, exhibition through film festivals and scriptwriting.

Felim Mac Dermott studied at the National Film School in Dun Laoghaire, where he specialised in Cinematography. In 2006 he received a Masters in Screenwriting from the Huston Film School. He has taught at the Film & T.V. Course in GMIT’s CCAM since 2007.







Magner, Tony.tony

Tony Magner graduated and completed a Masters at the University of Ulster in 1999. During that time he received an Artist and Educator award from that Arts Council of Ireland and spent a year studying at the Chinese National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, China. He exhibited in Hangzhou, Lorient, Berlin, Dublin, Cork and Cologne. His work can be viewed in collections in Arts Council of Ireland, The MA7 Vienna and in L’Embarcadere, Lyon. In 2013 he completed a Masters in Teaching and Learning at UCC, Cork. He examined the creative design process in Higher Education.







Mc Cormack, Eimear Jean.ej

Eimear Jean Mc Cormack graduated in 2007 with a Masters in Fine Art Print from Camberwell College of Art, University of The Arts, London. She is currently undertaking an MA in Graphic Design. As a practicing artist she has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland and internationally including exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Detroit, Berlin, London, Lorient and Shanghai. Awards to date include: Galway City Council Artist Bursary Award, Lower Eastside Print Studio New York Residency Award, The Arts Council Travel & Training Award, Cork Printmakers Residency Award and The Bartholomew dos Santos MA Printmaking Award. In 2011 she was shortlisted for the Bar-Tur Photography Award in London. Her work can be viewed in the collections of OPW, Scott Tallon Walker Architects, The Bank of New York and The Zuckerman Museum of Art, Georgia, USA.






Mc Enroy Higgins, Marion.marion

Lecturer in the History of Art & Design and Critical Theory at the Centre for Creative Arts & Media, Galway-Mayo Institute of technology since 2002. Programme Chair, BA Textiles Contemporary Art & Design.  Early work in Museum and Gallery education at the National Gallery of Ireland in the roles of Program Co-ordinator, Tour-Guide & Panel Lecturer.  Was appointed Education Officer at the newly opened Model Arts : Niland Gallery, Sligo in 2001 establishing a Programme of Education events and a panel of artist educators from the region working in response to the curatorial programme at the gallery.

Mc Guinness, Seamus.seamus

Dr Seamus McGuinness is an educator, artist, interdisciplinary researcher and writer. In 2006 he was appointed the first Ad Astra Scholar in Suicide Studies at UCD and was awarded his Phd from the School of Medicine UCD for his interdisciplinary research,” Lived Lives” in 2010. Teaching in GMIT since 1992, recent projects include exhibiting artist and speaker “The Shirt Factory Project”, commissioned by Derry/Londonderry City of Culture 2013 and the Irish representative at the Hangzhou Triennial of Art China. Current writing include a chapter called Cloth, Conversations and Culture for the Handbook of Textile Culture Eds Janis Jefferies, Hazel Clark and Diana Wood Conroy, Bloomsbury Publishing London. Currently leading a interdisciplinary team exploring creative process within mental health policy project title “Towards a Donegal Suicide Prevention”. Working Partners include CCAM, GMIT, Donegal Suicide Prevention Office, HSE, School of Medicine UCD, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, North 55, Co. Donegal .External Advisors Prof. Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths University of London, Prof.Mary Jane Jacobs, School of Art Institute Chicago.





Mc Laughlin, Claire.claire

Claire McLaughlin is from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. After traveling and working for a time as a language teacher, she resumed her studies, graduating from Belfast College of Art with a B.A (1st class) in 1995, and the Royal College of Art with an M.A in Ceramics and Glass in 1997. She retained a studio at the renowned Cockpit Arts in London until 2000, and since her return to Ireland she has been developing her art practice, exhibiting and lecturing. Her research interests span anthropology – material culture and art practice. She hopes to commence research towards a PhD in 2014 at Sunderland University.







Minnis, Michael.mike

Michael Minnis was born in Belfast. He studied for his BA in Fine Art, Painting at Manchester Polytechnic and completed his MA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster. He was awarded the PS1 Fellowship, NYC in 1995. He has a particular interest in painting and its intersection with photographic. reprographic and digital media. He has also worked within the arena of public art and has produced and curated a number of temporary and permanent site specific projects.








Mulloy, John.johnmolloy

John Mulloy worked for many years as a community artist, and wrote his PhD (2006) on ‘community arts’. Recent projects include: a chapter in Gary Granville (ed), Art Education and Contemporary Culture, (Intellect, London, 2012); a research project examining art education in Portlaoise Prison (2009-12); and City (Re)Searches, exploring cultural rights in Cork, Derry, Kaunas and Rotterdam (2012-14).








Murphy, Gavin.gavin

Dr Gavin Murphy is a full time lecturer in Art History and Critical Theory. His academic specialism is in Irish and European art from c18th to the present with particular reference to historical relations between aesthetics and politics. He publishes regularly in the area of contemporary visual arts and photographic practice.








Murray, Fionna.fiona

Fionna Murray was born in London and studied at Chelsea College of Art. She moved to Ireland and completed a Master in Fine Art at University of Ulster, Belfast in 1997.She now lives and works in Galway city dividing her time between her studio based practice as a painter and as a lecturer in Drawing and Painting at CCAM. She has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally, her work is represented in both public and private collections in Ireland and abroad.







Nelissen, Petra.petra

Petra obtained an honours degree in Printed Textiles from the National College of Art and Design in 1997. Petra’s first job was working with early school leavers in Finglas, Dublin, since then she has worked within the community arts area as a workshop facilitator, project manager, and artist/designer in residence. She has worked part-time in education for the past 17 years, whilst freelancing part time for the fashion/interior sector.








O’ Loughlin, Lynne.lynne

Lynne O’ Loughlin is a visual Artist based in Galway. She was born in Limerick in 1977 and attained an Honors Degree from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1999, specializing in Printmaking. She began work in 2003 lecturing in Printmaking at GMIT, School of Art and Design. More recently she completed a Masters program in Digital Media with the Huston School of Film, NUIG. Lynne is a director of Lorg Printmakers workshop and Gallery and also has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She is currently working in other areas such as film and animation. She also has her first children’s book been published and is a limited edition print book of illustrations and text.







O’ Mahony, Deirdre.deirdre

Dr. Deirdre O’Mahony is an artist, curator, writer and academic. Her practice is situated in the West of Ireland and concerns the paradigmatic shift presently underway, from the rural as a site of food production to an arena of cultural production.She has exhibited nationally and internationally and received numerous fellowships and bursaries.








Patrickson, Anthony.tonyp

Tony Patrickson trained in performance art and sculpture at the University of Ulster and Epsom College of Art & Design. Since 1988 he has exhibited performance and multimedia artwork nationally and internationally; more recently this work is research-led in virtual imaging for film and arts environments. He has lectured in multimedia at GMIT since 1998 and is currently completing a Masters in Film Theory. For more information please visit http://www.aspatrickson.net, http://vimeo.com/tonypatrickson







Piercy, Sioban.sioban

Sioban Piercy lectures in Fine Art Printmaking. She completed her MA at the Royal College of Art in London. Her art practice has received recognition national and internationally via numerous exhibitions and awards such as ‘E.V.A.’ Limerick, the British School at Rome scholarship, the International Print Triennial in Krakow, Poland and the Printmakers Council of Britain, London. Her drawings, books and prints are in major collections throughout the world including L’Insituto Internationale Per La Grafica, Rome as well as that of the Irish Arts Council.







Roddy, Julia.julie

Julia has independently written, directed and designed documentary and fiction film. Julia has worked extensively in both the art and film industry in Belfast and Galway over the last twenty five years. Julia has exhibited paintings in Ireland, England and America, receiving awards with the Royal Academy of Arts, Belfast arts club, and Art’s Councils. She continues to exhibit regularly and is currently working on a commission of Connemara landscapes. She recently exhibited in a group show with the renowned artist Neil Shaw cross, in ‘The Art’s Club’ in Dublin. Julia studied Fine Art at the University of Ulster, Belfast; she Holds degrees in NUIG, GMIT and completed a Masters in DIT in Screen Writing. Julia currently lectures in screenwriting in GMIT, where she has been employed since 1998. Julia recently secured an agent for her first novel ‘Orange Boy Blue’ a work in progress. She was recently shortlisted and runner up with WOW for her short fiction Émigré which was published in February 2014.






Sheridan, Declan.declan

Declan Sheridan lectures in Production Design, Heritage and Communications. After graduating from the University of Limerick with a BA in Media, Communications & History, he went on to study film & video production at GMIT where he specialised in Production Design. He worked in the film and television industry on both national and international projects before taking up his current role in the department of Film & Documentary in 2005. He has recently completed his Masters in Digital Media and exhibited during the Galway Fringe Festival 2013. The current focus of his work is community memory.







Vaughan, Jim.jim

Jim Vaughan has lectured in Photography at GMIT since 2001. He originally studied Engineering and has a B.E. from NUIG. In 1993 he turned to Photography and graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Photography from The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, Farnham and an M.A. in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport. His work is generally concerned with the representation of contemporary life in rural Ireland. He has completed a number of Public Art projects.







Walker, Hazel.hazel

Hazel Walker is a painter with drawing being centre stage to her practice. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Wimbledon School of Art (MA Drawing.) She has worked in a wide variety of art projects, both here and in Scotland. Recent exhibitions include The Land has Many Parts Jane Deering Gallery Santa Barbara 2014 , and Glasgow Sonnets, Galleria BE19 Helsinki 2012. Her work is represented in public and private collections.








Wallis, Chris.chris

Chris Wallis studied Fine Art in Portsmouth, England and Landscape Architecture in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is committed to art education for its potential to activate an ethical relationship between humans and the environment. Currently a full time lecturer in Art History and Critical Theory, he works in film, theater and sculpture, writing occasionally since 1980.








West, Katharine.katherine

Katharine West is an artist who works primarily in clay. Central to her work are phenomena associated with nature: landscape, seascape and the human body. Archetypal form as it relates to our collective past and memory is exploited in her work, through connections such as artefact, object, process, function, form and material. The concepts of the ’Link’ the ‘Loop’ and the ‘Spindle’ are explored both physically and metaphorically, in her most recent work. The notion of the ‘Lacuna’ as an internal space, void or suspended link is played with through a series of pieces called ‘Suspended Matter’ and ‘Delicate Matter’. Katharine is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland, The School of Decorative Arts, Strasbourg France and the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, USA. She lectures in Ceramics at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and makes work from her studio in Ireland.
Katharine received the Bank of Ireland ‘Toradh Award’ in 2006 in recognition of her studio practice and contribution to art education in Galway. She has participated and made work within the context of many residencies and symposia in Ireland and Internationally.Recent work has been exhibited at the Dock Gallery in Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland, the City of Changchun, China, the Norman Villa Gallery, Galway and the Mark Rothko Centre for the Arts, Daugavpils, Latvia. Katharine West was elected a member of the International Academy of Ceramics in 2013 and her work can be found in public and private collections in Ireland and abroad. She is also a member of Ceramics Ireland, Visual Artists Ireland, the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association and a founding member of Irish Contemporary Ceramics. Please see: http://www.katharinewest.com for images and further information.