Rosie McGurran

Rosie McGurran’s work is dominated by images of the small village of Roundstone in the West of Ireland, which can act as a protagonist or backdrop, and it tells stories inspired both by autobiographical events and the history of the place.
McGurran here offers an insight into her work: ‘The landscape of the west of Ireland is beautiful and brutal simultaneously. Ever changing light in the  expansive sky reveals stories hidden amongst the rocks and ruins, a cathedral of stones. Within this my interest is in the story of humanity. I can only tell my own story hence the strong autobiographical tone of my work. Often I place myself as a central figure on the island beach, the pictures become a narrative of figures gathered almost in a theatrical stage setting. My stories, conscious or sub-conscious are delivered by these protagonists, I relinquish control of interpretation, the viewer can choose to make their own.’


Rosie McGurran was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and obtained her degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in 1992. She is an elected member of the Royal Ulster Academy in Belfast, has received awards for her work, and has exhibited nationally and internationally at prestigious galleries. McGurran lives and works in Belfast and Roundstone on the west coast of Ireland, where she researched the art history of the village and the island, and has established a gallery and annual island residency (Inishlacken Project).


  • 1997-98 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellowship to the British School at Rome, Italy
  • 1994 Certificate, Women in the Arts NOW, University of Ulster, Belfast
  • 1992 Degree (Hons) in Fine Art Painting, University of Ulster, Belfast
  • 1991 Glasgow School of Art, student exchange


  • 2016 Failte Ireland Community/Diaspora Award
  • 2011 Elevated to full membership of the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast
  • 2007 The Conor Prize, Royal Ulster Academy
  • 2004 The Millls Selig Award, Royal Ulster Academy
  • 1997 The Victor Treacy Award, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
  • 1994 Belfast 1991 Award
  • 1994 The Ulster Arts Club Award
  • 1992 The Daler Rowney Painting Prize


  • 2019 Artisann Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2018 Whitney Modern Gallery, Los Gatos, San Francisco, US
  • 2018 Pilgrim Stones, Clifden Arts Festival, Clifden, Ireland
  • 2018 ‘Scan the Sky for Swallows’, Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2016 ‘Charms of Plenty’, Lavelle Gallery, Clifden, Ireland
  • 2016 – 2002 ‘Annual Exhibition’, Norther Star gallery, Roundstone, Ireland
  • 2013 C.R.E.T.A. Rome, Italy 2012 ‘Ghosts of Inishlacken’, The Gerard Dillon Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2011 ‘The Gathering’, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland
  • 2009 ‘Cathedral of Stones’, The Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2007 ‘Australian Paintings’, Clifden Arts Festival, Clifden, Ireland
  • 2006 The Cavehill Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2005, Tulca Festival, Galway, Ireland
  • 2004 ‘Owning the Island’, Atlantic Gallery, Clifden, Ireland
  • 2004 ‘Drawing from Experience’, Clotworthy House Arts Centre, Antrim, N. Ireland ‘
  • The Lie of the Land’, Townhouse Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2001 ‘Another Story’, The British Embassy, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 2000 The Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Ireland
  • 2000 The Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 1999 ‘Sleepwalker’, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 1998 The British School at Rome, Italy 
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Selected Recognitions

  • Member of the Royal Ulster Academy
  • Award-winning artist (incl. the Conor Prize, RUA)
  • Extensively exhibited nationally and internationally