BA Fine Art

Centre for Creative Arts & Media,

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Dublin Rd, Galway, Ireland

Current Project

I am currently collaborating with Connemara Carpets, an artisan of exclusive handmade wool and silk rugs and wall-hangings, creating a series of wall-hangings for their new collection

October 2020

Selected for the Royal Ulster Academy 139th Annual exhibition, Belfast, October 2020       


Solo Exhibition

Connemara Chroma an exhibition of new work for the Galway Showcase  at Celtic MKE Irish Fest, Milwaukee, WI. USA August 2019, in association with Galway 2020 and Culture Ireland


 Group Exhibitions


Selected for the Royal Ulster Academy 139th Annual Exhibition, Belfast, October 2020

Winter Exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
Space Gallery, Corrandulla, Co. Galway. Due to Covid, this exhibition was online
Shorelines Arts FestivalPortumna, Co. Galway. Invited artist for 2021 festival


HARK‘ Hambly & Hambly, Dunbar House, Enniskillen

 Brittle/Fragile,  ‘Westival’, Westport’s Arts Festival

9 Walls Exhibition, The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo

Summer Exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon


Liberté, Éqalité, Sororité, Hambly & Hambly, Dunbar House, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Sowing a Seed: Archives to Art, Open Submission Galway County Council/Creative Ireland, Tuam Library, County Galway

Canvass to Canvas; Women of the West, Galway’s Great Read 2018, in association with Galway County Libraries at Ballinasloe Library, County Galway

Eclectic XXV, Annual ​Winter Exhibition, Hambly and Hambly, Dunbar House, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh


M’Asal Beag Dubh, Contemporary Imaginings of a Classic Tale, Galway’s Great Read 2017, in association with Galway County Libraries, Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway

‘13’, KAVA, Courthouse, Kinvara, Co. Galway

Graduate Degree Show, CCAM, GMIT, Galway


 Fringe Festival, Galway


Various group exhibitions

Corporate Collections

Irish Consulate General, Chicago, USA

Galway City Council

 Galway Mayo Institute of Technology Art Collection

 Irish Water Safety- National Art Collection

Private Collections

Work in private collections in Ireland, the UK, Belgium and the USA

Other Projects

Commissioned by Irish Water Safety to design artworks for a national campaign raising awareness around water safety


  Academic Achievement Award at Graduation

Irish Water Safety Art Award for a series of artworks created for a national campaign



Engage Art Studios

Visual Artists Ireland



Aidan Dunne, Art Critic, Irish Times

The visual harmonies of Joan Finnegan’s paintings stem from the elegantly inter-locking forms that make up their compositions and her judicious sense of colour.  She works from specific sources (…) but rather than illustrating her sources, she uses them as points of departure to devise her own pleasing visual constructions  


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