Hilary Gilligan

Jt Lecturer 1 (Ept)

Contact Details

Jt Lecturer 1 (Ept)

E: gilligan.hilary@itsligo.ie
Computing & Creative Practices
Computing and Creative Practice
Block L
Art and Design

T: +353719155473
E: gilligan.hilary@itsligo.ie


Lecturer and professional artist, born, raised living, working and creating in County Sligo. Educated in IT Sligo, Limerick School of Art & Design, OCADU, Toronto, Canada and in 1997 awarded a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast. Since 1989, she has been creating art, lecturing at third level and voluntarily promoting the arts. Her practice is diverse, explorative and innovative. Hilary is a winner of several public art commissions, travel awards from the Irish Arts Council and an arts bursary from Belfast City Council. Exhibitions, performances or lectures have travelled beyond Ireland to the United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia, Canada, Australia and Japan. She gave birth to her biggest ever-creative project in the form of  a baby girl in 2006. Since then she has been involved in the struggle of Creating Babies versus Art.

Research Interests

Visual art production in a space between the fixed points of fine art, public art, documentary.

Media: photography, video, audio, holography, installation, live performance, print, ceramics, sculpture, intervention, landscape, design, direct, manage, collaborate.
Employs: image, sound, presence, devices, popular cultures, site, place, nature.
Temporary and Permanent Employs: site, local, collaboration, community, public, environment, climate.
Form: factual, narrative, collaborative, artist integral to artwork, metaphor, cathartic.
Relates/Reflects: issues, personal, social, site, local, historical, ecological, archaeological, technological, social condition, personal conditioning.
Generates: possibility for alternative, continued discourse, repeat viewing, continuous development, education, change.
Location: non-gallery confined, functions in a non-art context, parallel concerns of different practices.  

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2002) International Symposium of Electronic Art,
Hilary Gilligan (2002) Lecture/Presentation Rural Ireland, Orai and Art,. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Symposium of Electronic Art, Nagoya, Japan . [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
1997 Masters Degree in Fine Art University of Ulster, Belfast
1993 Extra-mural Diploma in Community Arts and Development National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
1998 A.O.C.A., Associate of Ontario College of Art Toronto Canada OCADU, Ontario College of Art and Design University

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
VAI Visual Artists Ireland Full profesional Member /


  Language Reading Writing Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Italian Basic Basic Functional
Irish Functional Functional Functional