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Noël O´Callaghan, 2020

Noël O´Callaghan was born in Cork and is the daughter of  the  painter Diarmuid O’Ceallachain (1915-1992). After attending the Crawford College of Art, she graduated from UCC with a degree in English literature. She worked as a professional actor before moving to Berlin in the mid-80s and becoming a full time visual artist. She has a studio in both Cork and Berlin.The main focus of Noël O´Callaghan’s work is the lived moment and how to accurately express its fleeting intensity with fluidity and economy.

“I try to convey a sense of ‘suddenness’ in my work – the immediacy of that moment of perception before there is time to decode the information and categorise it. I hope always to be surprised by the results. I want the works to look light and unlaboured, as if the work of a moment, belying the depth of emotion involved. I am always juggling spontaneity and control.”

Noël admires the German Expressionists such as Nolde and Munch and the Abstract Expressionists such as Rothko and Frankenthaler. While she favours energy over academicism in painting, drawing is nonetheless an important aspect of her work and she posts a daily drawing on social media. Her durational work ‘Live’, based on life-drawing in public spaces, was the first art event to be part of the Dublin Theatre Festival’s main programme in 1995. Noël has been commissioned for a number of public art projects in Berlin and has exhibited widely in both solo and juried shows, including the Oireachtas, the Crawford Open and Iontas. In 2020 she was shortlisted for the Janet Mularney prize and selected for the Highlanes Gallery Open Submission Exhibition. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Ireland, Germany, UK, China and USA. She has received awards from the Irish Arts council and the Berlin Ministry of Culture.


Irish Arts Council Touring Grant for ‘Live’
Irish Art Flight Awards
Irish Cultural Relations Committee Transport Grants
Berlin Ministry of Art Studio Grant (ongoing)

AA Samuolis Symposium, Lithuania
Cill Riallaig Project, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Kiltimagh Artists Residency, Co. Mayo, Ireland

 Selected Solo Shows

  • 2018 Affinities, Uillinn, West Cork Art Centre, Skibbereen
  • 2017 A Rainbow in Curved Air, two person show with Cóilín Murray at the Doswell Gallery
  • 2015 Súil Siar, Irish Embassy, Berlin
  • 2014 Súil Siar, Aras Inis Gluaire Arts Centre, Belmullet, Co. Mayo
  • 2009 Pet Parade, Galerie im Saalbau, Berlin
  • 2005 Mitte, Brecht Haus, Berlin
  • 2002 Görlitzer Park, Brecht Haus, Berlin
  • 2001 Mullingar Art Centre, Ireland
  • 2000 Galerie Anton, Berlin (C)
  • 1998 Davis Gallery, Dublin
  • 1998 Origin Gallery, Dublin


Selected Group Shows

2022 West Cork Artists, Catherine Hammond Gallery, Bantry

• 2021 140th Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition, Belfast
• Crossings, Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

2020 Highlanes Open, shortlisted for the Janet Mularney prize

2019 Catherine Hammond Gallery at VUE Art Fair, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Sketch the Moment, Gallery Zeitzone, Berlin

  • 2017/18 Neukölln Production, Berlin
  • 2017 Silent Auction, The Drawing Hub, Berlin
  • 2017 10 Jahre, Kunstverein Neukölln, Berlin
  • 2016 Summer Exhibition, Lavitt Gallery, Cork, Ireland
  • 2016 2nd NSK State Folk Art Bienniale, Burren College of Art Gallery
  • 2015/16 Art Garage, 48 Stunden Festival, Berlin
  • 2014 Hysteria, Soma Art Gallery, Berlin
  • 2012 Irish Wave, Shanghai, China
  • 2011 Turm-Modell-Akt, Galerie im Turm, Berlin
  • 2010 Blasphemy, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin
  • 2010 Anonyme Zeichner, Uferhallen, Berlin
  • 2009 Anonyme Zeichner, Künstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin
  • 2009 Drawing Eire, 411 Gallery, China (C)
  • 2008, 2007, 2006, Kunstraum t27, Berlin – kunstraumt27.de
  • 2005 Portraito Formato, Meno Parkas Gallery, Lithuania (C)
  • 2004 Fenton Gallery, Cork
  • 2003 Cill Rialaig Show, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
  • 2001 Oireachtas, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
  • 2000 Hallward Gallery, Dublin
  • 1998 The Figure Show, Irish Artists in Berlin, Galerie in Körner Park, Berlin (C)
  • 1996 Volume, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, (curator Allana Heiss, P.S.1, N.Y.) (C)
  • 1995, 1996 Iontas (C)



  • 2015 Sketch of the Day, Facebook daily sketch – www.facebook.com/noel.ocallaghan.77
  • 2008, 2007, 2006, Pet Parade, Berlin (with dougfender) pet-parade.de
  • 2005 Hunde Salon, commissioned by Neukölln Arts Council, Berlin
  • 2003 reset, Dublin Theatre Festival (with dougfender)
  • 1997 Makinalasmak, multimedia installation, Cork Institute of Technology (with dougfender)
  • 1995 Live, performance / installation based on life drawing – main programme of   Dublin Theatre Festival