Ciaran Magill Website











1978            Born in Newry, Northern Ireland




1998-1999    Foundation Studies in Art and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast

1999-2000   BA (Hons) Fashion, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, London

2001-2003   BA (Hons) in Textiles and Fashion Design, University of Ulster, Belfast   

2006-2009   BA (Hons) in Fine and Applied Arts, University of Ulster, Belfast  




2022     Arts Council of Northern Ireland, materials award

2021     University of Atypical, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2021     Arts Council of Northern Ireland, materials award

2020     Freelands Foundation, London

2018     Arts Council of Northern Ireland, materials award

2013     Arts Council of Northern Ireland, materials award

2011     Arts Council of Northern Ireland, materials award

2009     DIAGEO Emerging Artist Award for Northern Ireland





UPSIDE DOWN, University of Atypical, Royal Ave, Belfast, N. Ireland


NIGHT GLOW, Ards Arts Centre


STORMS AND TWILIGHT SKIES, Oriel Gallery, Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim, N. Ireland


TRAGIC MAGIC, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, N. Ireland




SOMETHING A LITTLE ODD... Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry, N. Ireland

SEDUCTIVE LANDSCAPES, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, N. Ireland



NO IMMEDIATE DANGER, Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry, N. Ireland

SITUATION CRITICAL, Linenhall Library, Belfast, N. Ireland

BRING IT TO THE BRINK, Curve Gallery, Bangor Library, N. Ireland

HYPNOTIC LANDSCAPES, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, N. Ireland



GLOW, Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards, N. Ireland

GLOW, Waterfront Hall, Belfast, N. Ireland


SPOOKY HYPNOTIC, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, N Ireland



THE CREEPY LANDSCAPE, Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry, N. Ireland



EERIE TWILIGHT, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, N. Ireland


DREAMSCAPES, Art Gallery, Newcastle Library, N. Ireland





THE VERSATILITY OF PAPER, Forth Portal at St. Andrew's Art Centre, Gravesend, London



COMMUNE, University of Atypical Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

IL MIO PAESAGGIO, Associazione ARCAM, Mirano, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

NI HOSPICE AUCTION, Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast, Northern Ireland

SELF INTERNATIONAL, Uppsala Konstnärklubb, Sweden

ELMER SCULPTURE TRAIL, outdoors at Castle Place, Belfast City Centre, Northern Ireland


OPEN: East Belfast Arts Festival, Platform Arts Summer Rooftop Recess, Belfast, Northern Ireland

RiFioRiRe, Track Free Lab, Venice Mestre, Italy

RoCo 14th ANNUAL FUNDRAISER, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, New YorK, USA

LONG ART NIGHT, Bad Ditzenbach, Germany

SOUVENIRS FROM THE FUTURE: A Global Exhibition About What's Next, Matthew Rose in association with Temporal Comet, London

FOR HONG KONG, Mark Rossmiller Project Space, Urbandale, Iowa, USA


I SEE, I SEE... YOU CAN NOT SEE, Kunst Salon, Kasteel Daelenbroeck, Herjenbosch, The Netherlands




WORKS ON PAPER, annual fundraiser, Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Michigan, USA



IDENTITY, NIMHAF, Northern Ireland Mental Health Awareness Festival


SECRET, Ulster University, York Street Campus, Belfast, Northern Ireland

SALVA LA TERRA, Diego Racconi in assocaition with Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi, Gallaratese Library, Milan, Italy




INTERNATIONAL SMALL ART ANNUAL EXHIBITION, Rochester Center for Contemporary Art, New York, USA

SAVE EARTH, Gallaratese Library, Milan, Italy

DRAGONS, ETG Bay Street, Staten Island, New York City, USA




HeART OF HOPE, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland

WINTER SMALL WORKS SHOW, QSS Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

PROTOTYPE, Gallery 545 at QSS Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

200, Black Canvas Gallery, Holywood, Northern Ireland

AND THIS TOO, Platform Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland

ATELIER, Wellington Place, Belfast, Northern Ireland




HeART OF HOPE, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland

ART LOVES EDITIONS, Carrie Neely Contemporary Art at The Ivory, Belfast, Northern Ireland

SMALL WORLD, San Wei Art Center, Shanghai, China

A MEDITATION IN TIME OF WAR, Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing, China

GOLDEN FLEECE, Inter Art Center, 798 Art District, Beijing, China





THE SELFIE: ARTIST SELF-PORTRAITS, Museum of New Art, Armada, Michigan, USA

LITTLE KINGDOMS, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland

FULL STOP! Art for NSPCC, The Mac, Belfast, Northern Ireland

GLUE, 4Most Gallery, University of Florida, USA

GLUE, Hardman Hall Gallery, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, USA

BLISS, ArtisAnn at Linenhall Library, Belfast, Northern Ireland


DOMESTIC, ArtisAnn at ArtTank Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

INTELLIGENCE GATHERING, PS2 Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland




SNAP TO GRID, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, California, USA

TEUFELSBERG SPY STATION BERLIN, WerkStadt Gallery, Berlin, Germany

BeSpectacleD, Platform Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland

GLUE, International Collage Exhibition, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, N. Ireland




WARNING! THIS IS CONTEMPORARY ART, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, N. Ireland




FRESH, ArtTank, Belfast, Northern Ireland

THE TIES THAT BIND, Firehouse Gallery, Bayshore, New York, USA

ARTAID, Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland




CONTEMPORARY ART, Curated by Carrie Neely, Waterfront Hall, Belfast, N. Ireland


HEADWAY 200, Canvas Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland

A BOOK ABOUT DEATH, SAL Art Gallery, Long Island University, New York, USA


MIX BOX, curated by Carrie Neely, BlackBox, Belfast, N. Ireland

PRIDE, curated by Carrie Neely, BlackBox, Belfast, N. Ireland

JEMA, Raccolte Frugone Museum, Genoa, Italy

NEXT CHAPTER, Golden Thread Gallery Project Space, Belfast, N. Ireland

THE ART LIBRARY, Art House Gallery, Brooklyn, New York City, USA




WISH YOU WERE HERE, Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University, Belfast




OPEN, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, England


FROM THE EDGE 2, Kilkenny County Council Arts Gallery, Ireland           


ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW, Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland                      




Northern Ireland Civil Service, Belfast

Open University, May Street, Belfast

Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, N. Ireland

Sean Holywood Arts Centre, Newry, N. Ireland

DIAGEO Northern Ireland

John Erickson Museum of Art, Florida, USA

Art House Gallery, Brooklyn, New York City

Kilkenny County Council, Ireland

Surface Gallery, Nottingham, England




COLE, DAWN. & McKIERNAN, JOHN. "The Versatility of Paper", Fourth Portal, Gravesend, Kent, England, Issue 1, Winter 2023, p. 21 & p. 32



SPENCE, JULIE-ANN. "94,000 funding from University of Atypical", News Letter, Northern Ireland, Friday 26 February 2021, p.

McCONVILLE, MARIE-LOUISE. "Painter Ciaran Magill from Newcastle, recipient of University of Atypical Award", The Irish News, Northern Ireland, Wednesday 24 February 2021, p. 6

BICKERSTAFF, IAN. "Imagine walking through my landscapes", Local Women, Northern Ireland, February 2021, p. 76, ISSN 2058-6329




RACCONI, DIEGO. Art Save Earth, Milan, Biblioteca Gallaratese, Italy, May 2019, p. 34

MAGENNIS, PHILIP. Cultural Life, Antrim, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Northern Ireland, January - June 2019, p. 3




DEAN, JONATHAN. “Belfast: Ciaran Magill: Situation Critical”, Sunday Times Culture Magazine, Sunday 29 June 2014

LENAGHAN, KIM. “Arts Extra: Intelligence Gathering exhibition at PS Squared Gallery, Belfast”, BBC Radio Ulster, Belfast, Wednesday 8 January 2014, radio broadcast at 6:45pm GMT

McDOWELL, HELEN. “Domestic Bliss”, County Down Spectator, Northern Ireland, Thursday 2 January 2014, p. 6




KRUSE, CALIN. "Teufelsberg Spy Station Berlin" Dienacht Magazin, Leipzig, Germany, 16 August 2013

FLEMING, JOANNE. "Glue: new exhibition at Down Arts Centre", Down Recorder, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, Wednesday 24 April 2013, p. 40

REID, ANGELA. "The Down Arts Centre Exhibition Makes an Impact", NI Scene, Northern Ireland, Monday 22 April 2013

GRACEY, KATHRYN. "GLUE Exhibition", Mourne Observer, Down Edition, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Wednesday 17 April 2013, p. 32

DAVIDSON, JENNI. "Collage gets sticky: GLUE at the Down Arts Centre in Downpatrick" Culture24, Brighton, England, 10 April 2013

FLEMING, JOANNE. "The Glue in the exhibition", Down Recorder, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, Wednesday 10 April 2013, p. 27

McGURK, HELEN. "Exhibition basks in the glow", News Letter, Belfast, Tuesday 15 January 2013, p. 18

GRIFFITH, DENISE. "Glue: International Survey Exhibition of Contemporary Collage Curated by Brendan Jamison" Down Arts Season Programme January - April 2013, Northern Ireland, Down District Council, January 2013, p. 16




BLAIR, PAULA. "Disruptions: Contemporary Art in Belfast", The Ulster Folk, Belfast, No. 7, Summer 2012, p. 6, ISSN 2045-6425

DARBY, ANGELA. "The Warning Project at The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast", WhiteHot Magazine, New York, 20 June 2012

LENAGHAN, KIM. “Interview with Brendan Jamison, curator of the Warning exhibition at Crescent Arts Centre”, Arts Extra, BBC Radio Ulster, Belfast, Friday 15 June 2012, radio broadcast at 6:45pm GMT

HAILES, ANNE. "Shocking New Art Exhibition" The Irish News, Belfast, Thursday 31 may 2012, p. 36

DAVIDSON, JENNI. "Warning! This is Contemporary Art. A new exhibition shakes up the Belfast art scene", Culture24, Brighton, England, 30 May 2012

THOMPSON, JON. "News: Warning Arts Opens in Crescent Arts Centre: Belfast Raises the bar on culture" ViewTV, Monday 28 May 2012

DARBY, ANGELA. "Androgynous Aesthetics: Interview with Brendan Jamison", Aesthetica Magazine [online], York, England, Tuesday 22 May 2012

GRACEY, KATHRYN. "Spooky Hypnotic: Down Arts Centre", Mourne Observer, South Down Edition, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Wednesday 16 May 2012, p. 30

FLEMING, JOANNE. "Mournes haunt in exhibition", Down Recorder, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, Wednesday 9 May 2012, p. 41

JAMISON, BRENDAN. “Collecting Contemporary Art: Landscape Refreshed: Ciaran Magill”,

Eamonn Mallie News Agency [online] 26 January 2012




HEARTY, MARTIN. “Pushing the Envelope”, Newry Democrat, Northern Ireland, Tuesday 29 November 2011, p 26

QUIGLEY, ALICE. “ArtTank: Fresh”, Art Paper, Belfast, issue 1, p 30

AINSWORTH, PAUL. “ArtTank rolls back onto arts scene after six months closure”, South Belfast News, Northern Ireland, Saturday 12 November 2011, p 20

LITTLE, GRAHAM. and SALLEY, JOANNE. Out of the Blue, BBC One Northern Ireland, Monday 7 November 2011, live television broadcast at 7:30pm

CROWN, RYAN. “Carrie Neely Contemporary Art presents FRESH at ArtTank”, City7 Belfast, Northern Ireland, November 2011, p 52

MALCOLM, BOB. “Fresh look at art in ArtTank re-launch”, Community Telegraph (South Belfast edition) Northern Ireland, Thursday 3 November 2011, p 8




O'HARE, ANNE. "Stars of the County Down: Ciaran Magill", Outlook, Newry, 27 January 2010




CUMMINS, JOANNE. "Eerie Twilight: Ciaran Magill solo exhibition", Ultimate Guide, Downpatrick, Sept-Nov 2009, p. 14

ROBINSON, JUDITH. “Ciaran Magill Fine Art”, Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle Magazine, Belfast, issue 34, July/August 2009, p. 97










Photography © Ciaran Magill and Brendan Jamison