Alva Gallagher’s work involves a continuous exploration of oceanic movements and elements. She began to explore the deep sea at a young age and adores the solitude experienced in the depths of the water.
She has shown at Saatchi Gallery London; La Gallerie SEMA, Paris; the ECB, Frankfurt, Germany; Mall Galleries, London; European Glass Context Biennale, Denmark representing Ireland with The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks and at various exhibitions globally in Tokyo, Berlin, Shanghai and The Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China.
She received the first Irish Partner Scholarship to study at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, USA and was the first recipient of the Jim McNaughton/Tile Style €10,000 Bursary Award. She was preselected for the prestigious Columbia Thread Needle Award, London in 2012 and most recently, following an International call, was announced as the winning commissioned artist for The Sharp Building Commission at Hogan Place in Dublin’s core city centre.
Her commissioned sculpture installation ‘Rise’ measuring 6 metres by 4 metres in glass and stainless steel, was unveiled in early January 2019. Alva recently exhibited (by invitation) in the ‘Cast’ Art & Objects exhibition at the Wayne Art Institute, Philadelphia, USA which opened on December 8th 2018 and ran until January 26th 2019. ‘Cast’ the critically acclaimed book published ahead of the exhibition by Schiffer Publishing New York, also features Alva’s work and is now available at the MET, NYC.
State and international collections comprise of The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks; The Deloitte Art Collection; The BMW Art Collection; The iconic 'Gherkin' building, London and the private collection of Lady Dunraven. Alva also has work in numerous private collections throughout Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. She has been published in Modern Painter ‘Engaging with Glass’ Seattle, USA ISBN 978-0-9555120-6-3; EGC Biennale, Denmark ISBN 978-87-89059-79-2 and in the contemporary sculpture book ‘CAST’ by Shiffer Publishing NY, USA now available at The Met, NYC.