Born in Galway, Ireland

Lives and works in London


2008-2009  Lux associate artist programme, London, UK.
(12 month post-academic development course for artists working with the moving image).
2002-2003  Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, Masters Fine Art.
1990-1994  University of Ulster at Belfast, UK, BA (Hon) Fine Art.
1993  Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Cergy Pontoise, Paris, France (University exchange).

Solo exhibitions

2022  Kate MacGarry, London, UK. 23 June- 30 July 2022.

2019  VISUAL, Carlow, Ireland, single-channel film & linen work. Curator Emma-Lucy O'Brien.

2018  Kate MacGarry, London, UK. Works on paper, linen & a single-channel film.

2016  Espace Croisé, centre d'art contemporain, Roubaix, France. Drawings & 5 single-channel films. Curator Mo Gourmelon.

2015  Silver house, Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, Ireland. Drawings & a single-channel film. Curator Ann Davoren.

2011  World/Interior, Ballina Arts Centre, Ireland. Drawings & a single-channel film.

2009  Jewelled Eagle, Sketch Gallery, London, UK. A twelve-channel film. Curator Victoria Brooks.

2007  A house in Cap-Martin, Whitechapel Projects, London, UK, A two-channel film. Curator Richard Birkett.

2003  Wordsong, The Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, Four single-channel 16mm films. Curator Barbara Dawson.

Selected Group exhibitions

2022  Frieze London, The Regent's Park, London 12-16 October (forthcoming).

2022  Performance Kate MacGarry, London, Performance Exchange, Curator Rose LeJeune 8-10 July.

2022  Summer Exhibition,  Royal Academy of Arts, London, Invited artist. Curator Alison Wilding RA

21 June-21 August.

2022  Making and Momentum: In Conversation with Eileen Gray, Wexford County Council, Wexford, Ireland

Curator Richard Malone 4 April- 13 May.

2021  Making and Momentum, Collins Barracks, Irish National Museum, Dublin, Ireland. Curator Richard Malone.

2021  Eye of the Collector, London, UK.

2021  Drawing Biennial 2021, Drawing Room, London, UK.

2021  Making and Momentum, Villa de Mairie, Roquebrune Cap-Martin, France.

2020  Eye of the Collector, London, UK (online).

2019  FIAC Art Fair, Paris, France.

2019  Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London, UK.

2019  Condo London Kate MacGarry, London hosting, Edouard Malingue Gallery Hong Kong, Shanghai.

2018  Shadowed Forms, Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2017  Fifteen, Kate MacGarry, London, UK.

2017  Milano Design Architecture Film Festival, Milan, Italy.

2016  Show Window, Kate MacGarry, London, UK.

2014  Folly: art after architecture, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland. Curator Fiona Kearney.

2013  A house of leaves, David Roberts Foundation, London, UK. Curator Vincent Honoré.

2012  Into the light, The Model Gallery, Sligo, Ireland.

2011  Customary Beauty, Mor Charpentier Gallery, Paris, France. Curator Natalia Valencia Arango.

2011  Enter slowly, The Lab, San Francisco, USA. Curator David Cunningham.

2010  Indian Summer, Espace Croise, centre d'art contemporain, France. Curator Mo Gourmelon.

2010  Claremorris Open, Ireland, film and drawing installation. Curator Lisa Le Feuvre.

2008  Showtime, Gasworks, London, UK. Curator Anna Colin.

2007  Bloomberg Art Futures, London, UK. Single-channel film.

2006  Bischoff Weiss Gallery, London, UK. Single-channel film.

Scholarships and Awards

2019  Culture Ireland, exhibition funding.
2015  Fluxus Art projects, Institute

Francaise, U.K.
2015  Culture Ireland, exhibition funding.
2014  Irish Arts Council, Project Award.
2013  Arts Council England, UK, artist grant.
2011  Culture Ireland, exhibition funding.
2010  Irish Arts Council, Film Bursary.
2009  Outset Art Fund, London, UK.
2007  The Elephant Trust, London, UK.
2007  Culture Ireland, exhibition funding.
2007-2009  Irish Arts Council, Multi-annual
Bursary Award.
2007  Irish Arts Council, Project and
Commissions Award.
2006  Arts Council England, Artist funding award.
2003  Irish Arts Council, Project and
Commissions Award.
2002  Irish Arts Council, Visual Arts Bursary
2001  Irish Arts Council, Project and
Commissions Award.

Selected Periodicals

Gemma Carroll, ‘Silver House’ Visual Arts Ireland, Autumn, 2016.
Dewitt Cheng, ‘Enter Slowly’ Visual Art Source,
Feb, 2011.
Matthew Marchand, ‘Geography Lessons’ Art Practical, Feb, 2011.
Agnes Poizot ‘Espace croisé’ Nord Eclair,

Oct, 2010.
Brian Dillon, ‘Decline and Fall’ Frieze,

April, 2010.
Vincent Honoré  ‘A house by the sea’ Circa 122 Winter, 2007.
Roisin Kennedy ‘ Lorna Simpson at IMMA and Laura Gannon at Hugh Lane’ Circa 104,

Summer, 2003.


Mo Gourmelon, ‘Saison Video 2011’.
Lille, Saison Vidéo, 2011.

Noel Kelly and Seán Kissane, ‘Creative Ireland:
The Visual Arts in Ireland 2000 to 2010’, Dublin, Visual Arts Ireland, 2011.

Barbara Dawson, 'Wordsong', Dublin, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, 2003.

Declan Long and Aidan Dunne, 'Anois', Dublin Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 2001.

Suin Hanrahan, 'Underswim', Dublin, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 2000.

Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, 'Into the Light', Arts Council of Ireland 60 years celebration catalogue, January 2013.

Dr.Gavin Murphy,Placing Art, Sligo, Sligo County Council, 2000.


Silver House (2015) Single channel Duration 20 min 40 sec. HDV.

What the architect wore (2014) Single channel, Duration 3 min 15 sec HDV.

Magazine Studio (2014) Single channel work. Duration 4 min 10 sec. HDV.

The heat of the day (2013) Single channel work. Duration 3 min 40 sec. HDV.

Swinging Jackets (2013) Single channel work. Duration 3 min 20 sec. HDV.

World/Interior (2010). Single channel work. Duration 13 minutes. HDV.

Jewelled Eagles. (2007-2008). A twelve-channel film, super 16mm. Duration 24 minutes.

A building as stage for the hand. (2008) Two channel work. Duration 16 minutes. DV.

A house in Cap-Martin (2007-9). Two-channel film, super 16mm. Duration 11 minutes.

Sala della Musica. (2004-07) Single channel work. Super 16 film. 4 minutes.

Emily’s notes, (2003) Single channel film. Duration 5 minutes Hi 8.

Underswim, (2000) Single Channel work. Duration 4 minutes.16 mm film.