WELCOME! and thank you for visiting my site showcasing a small selection of my most recent and past work.
I'm Christine Gallagher; born and bred in the northwest of England where I now live and work. I moved to London in the early 90s to work as a temporary Archive Assistant for Tate Britain (then known as Tate Gallery).
My job at the Tate led to a permanent post with the Science Museum's education department, where I met my husband and since then, have worked many jobs and traveled Europe. I moved back to the northwest in 2018 to live in Chester.
I currently sell my work via private exhibition or to a few loyal collectors who know me and have seen my work evolve over time and I also teach recreational art to adults via short courses and workshops whenever possible.
Anyone appreciative of what I am doing can catch me on social media via the 'contact me' link to open up a discussion about commissions, a residency within your organisation, or about purchasing or publishing my work in any form.
My work, primarily aims to be a contemplation on life, death and the human condition.
Whilst my large works on waste wood allude strongly to death via the intimate study of small creatures that have lived and died on the periphery of our lives, my work depicting people, speak more about the human spirit and what it means to be alive and interactive with the world and all that is in it.
There is an undercurrent of enquiry present in all my work, which I feel conveys a certain sensibility and perhaps reflects our pre-occupation with the need to find meaning in our lives before facing the inevitability of death.
I am interested in parallels and the subtle interplay between what we perceive as ugly or beautiful, weak or strong, important or unimportant.
The subject matter I work with can certainly be challenging, thought provoking and emotive but hopefully, passion, beauty and meaning can be found in the fragility of it’s spirit.
Exhibitions & Events
NOV - 2018 - Chester Arts Centre POP UP shop - shared exhibition space with 4 other local artists
MAY - 2018 - Chester Arts Centre - public gallery display in main gallery and 'POP UP' exhibition
JUN - 2017 - Centre MK - HANDMADE & VINTAGE WEEKEND EVENT - Joint Exhibition with Liisa Clarke
JUN - 2016 - Milton Keynes Central Library - INTERPLAY OF THE UNCANNY - Joint Exhibition with Shelly Wyn-De-Bank
MAR - 2016 - Christ the Cornerstone Church Gallery, Milton Keynes - TRANSIENT TALES - Joint Exhibition with Shelly Wyn-De-Bank
FEB - 2016 - Stantonbury Campus Gallery, Milton Keynes - TRANSIENT NATURE - Solo Exhibition
FEB - 2016 - Mall Galleries, London - COLUMBIA THREADNEEDLE PRIZE with 'Flown'
JUN - 2015 - Milton Keynes Central Library - "FANFARE" for Bucks Open Studios - Group Exhibition
JUN - 2015 - Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes - "TRANSIENT NATURE" for Bucks Open Studios - Group Exhibition
JAN - 2013 - Silbury Campus Gallery, Milton Keynes – “PERSONA” – Group Exhibition
JUL - 2013 - SAA ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS, Business Design Centre, London with 'Les'
APR - 2011 - XHIBIT at Priory House, Chicksands, Bedfordshire - Solo Exhibition
MAR - 2010 - Castle Quay Weekender, Bedford – 'POP T'ARTS' Pop-Up Gallery – Group Exhibition
OCT - 2010 - Eagle Gallery, Bedford - “ON THE EDGE” Group Exhibition
SEP - 2009 - The Purple Poppy Gallery – Ampthill – Solo Exhibition
Awards & Achievements
2015 - Selected to exhibit for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.
2012 – Winner of the Best Professional in the Portrait or Figure Category in the SAA Artist of the year competition for my portrait ‘Les'. Plus, Commendation for my painting 'Saturday'.
2016 - The Federation of British Artists, Columbia Threadneedle - Figurative Art Today Exhibition Catalogue
2014 – Artists and Illustrators Magazine feature of my painting ‘Jacqueline in the Sunroom’ in the July edition
2014 – SAA Desk Diary – feature of my winning entry ‘Les’
2010 – Artists and Illustrators Magazine feature of my painting ‘Saturday’ in the October edition
2018 - 2020 - 10 week courses a rolling programme every Wednesday afternoon at Vicars Cross Community Centre
2016 - Four morning drawing, print, metalpoint and mixed media workshops called 'Walking the Line' as part of a pilot project with Shelly Wyn-De-Bank
2015 - Six one to one sessions teaching painting and drawing and portraiture
2010 - 2013 – A range of one day workshops for the Cosgrove Art Group
2011 to 2012 – Portraiture Workshops for Artworks MK (now known as Milton Keynes Art Centre)
2010 – Devised and delivered two, 10 week Life Drawing courses in Harlington, Bedfordshire in support of gaining a teaching qualification in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTTLS) Passed at Level 4
2007 - 2009 – Devised and delivered two, 10 week beginners drawing courses called ‘Can’t Draw, Won’t Draw’ in Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire
City & Guilds CTLLS Level 4 Certificate to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
National Diploma BTEC in Graphic Design - Distinction Pass
Certificate of Higher Education - Arts & Humanities, Open University - 160 credits
Art Foundation Diploma - Merit Pass