BA Fine Art, Centre for Creative Arts & Media, ATU Galway


Solo Exhibitions


As I see It’, Corner Gallery, Clifden Arts Festival, September 2023


Sunchyme an exhibition of new work for Shorelines Arts Festival, Portumna, County Galway


Connemara Chroma an exhibition for the Galway Showcase at Celtic MKE Irish Fest, Milwaukee, WI. USA, in association with Galway 2020 and grant aided by Culture Ireland


Group Exhibitions


Royal Ulster Academy 142nd Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast 

Summer of Love, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon

Engage Art Studios, as part of Galway International Arts Festival


Outset XMAS Show, December 2022

Galway International Arts Festival – ‘Galway Emerges’ at the Kenny Gallery

Galway International Arts Festival – Engage Studios Show

                    Clifden Arts Festival, Regeneration’

       Summer Exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon


Summer Exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon

Winter Exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon


Royal Ulster Academy 139th Annual Exhibition, Belfast

Winter Exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon

Space Gallery, Corrandulla, Co. Galway. Due to Covid, this exhibition was online


‘HARK’ Hambly & Hambly, Dunbar House, Enniskillen

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

9 Walls Exhibition, The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo 

Summer Exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon


Liberte, Éqalité, Sororité, Hambly & Hambly, Dunbar House, Enniskillen

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

Canvass to Canvas; Women of the West in association with Galway County Libraries

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


M’Asal Beag Dubh, Galway’s Great Read in association with Galway County Libraries and Galway City Library

’13’ Courthouse, Kinvara, Co. Galway

Graduate Degree Show, CCAM, ATU, Galway


Fringe Festival, Galway


Various group exhibitions


Corporate Collections

Irish Consulate General, Chicago, USA

Office of the Mayor of Wisconsin, USA

Galway City Council

ATU (GMIT) Art Collection

Irish Water Safety – National Art Collection

Dean Hotel Group


Private Collections

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


Other Projects

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

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



Arts Council Agility Award 2023

Culture Ireland Grant 2020

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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