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

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

Solo Exhibitions


Sunchime 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


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

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

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


Culture Ireland Grant

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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