Derek Culley.

Self-taught artist, born and educated in Dublin.

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Culley was a founder member and chairman of Celtic Vision with the painters John Bellany and Denis Bowen, and participated in the group’s exhibition tour -European wide.1986-87-88. Selected Solo shows include “Five Years of Culley” The Royal Hospital Kilmainham,(now IMMA) Dublin Ireland,1989,Wolfson College Oxford 1989, “Golgotha” Liverpool Anglican Cathedral-2011, Tamh Lacht” RUA/RED Gallery-Dublin 2011, Golgotha’ Prayer Room IEC2012 International Eucharistic Congress RDS-2012 -. Editions Limited Liverpool Independent Biennial 2014. – The ATKINSON The Landing Gallery – Southport 2016. Sedition Ltd 2016

He took part in many other group shows including The London Group tour 1987; Celtic Vision Tour 1986/1987/1988. Modern Irish Painting, Dillon Gallery, 1995; and Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art, Republic of Macedonia, 1996. Art Cosmopolis RDS Dublin Ireland, FÍS 2008/9 CUC Liverpool. Kilkenny Arts Festival -Shankill Castle 2012 – Gallery Different –London 2012/13/14. Selected “What’s the Point!” London 2014.. Selected “MAC” Belfast 2014. Selected The Gallery Print Centre – Gallery Opening London 2015 – Selected Finalist Brisbane Art Prize 2015.


  • Art Colony Galicnick residency: Macedonia 1994
  • BIRD2005 International Art Award –China,
  • The Cill Rialaig Project Ireland – residency 2008,
  • Recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant 2006-2007. Awarded $25,000 for artistic merit. Referees: John Hoyland & Stella Santacaterrina
"Culley was a founder member and chairman of Celtic Vision with the painters John Bellany and Denis Bowen, and participated in the group’s exhibition tour -European wide.1986-87-88. "

Here are my exhibitions

Group Shows

1985 Windsor Fringe Festival Windsor UK

1986 Celtic Vision Tour

  • Conde Ducqe Gallery Madrid Spain
  • Kiosko Alfonso La Coruna Spain
  • Crawford Art Gallery Cork Ireland
  • Glasgow Arts Centre Glasgow UK

1987 Celtic Vision Tour

  • Orial Mostyn Llandudno UK
  • Bede Gallery Jarrow UK
  • Newlyn Gallery – Penzance UK
  • Chapter Gallery Cardiff UK
  • P.A.R.C.Nantes France

1987 London Group Tour (Selected non-member)

  • Royal College of Art London UK
  • Windsor Festival Windsor UK
  • Bede Gallery – Jarrow UK

1987 Triskell Arts Centre Cork Ireland

  • Diorama Gallery London UK

1988 Celtic Vision  Bank of Ireland – Exhibition Centre Dublin Ireland (Curators: Eamon Colman -Aosdána, Denis Bowen, Derek Culley)

  • Knapp Gallery London UK
  • Kunst Palast Dusseldorf Germany

1990 Knapp Gallery  Kathleen Mullaniff  & Derek Culley – London UK

  • Oxford Art Week ’90 “Painting Park” (Selected Artist)Oxford UK)

1991 ‘Festival of Work and Play ‘Connelly Hall – Liberty Hall Dublin Ireland

  • CUAU 2000 Years Celebration Customs House Dublin Ireland
  • Oxford Art Week ’91  “Painting Park” (Selected Artist)Oxford UK
  • Dobbins of Dublin “Home & Away” Cormac Larkin, Simon Legge, Joe Grant, Rachel Fogerty % Derek Culley. –
  • Hosted by John O’Byrnes – Dublin Ireland
  • Cultural Capital Celebrations Dublin Ireland

1992 Erin Cara Exhibition Tour –  Art Exhibition of Irish and Canadian artists for Montreal’s and Kilkenny’s 350th anniversaries – Irish artists included: Charles Brady, Gerard Casey, Francis Caprani, Oisin Breatnach, William Crozier, Frank Mulvey, Patrick Graham, Charles Tyrell, Francis Tansey, Joe Moran, Joe McGill, Michael Mulcahy, Michael O’Nuallin, Brian Bourke & Derek Culley. – Curator: G.Scott MacLeod

  • World Trade Centre Montreal Canada
  • Centre of Contemporary Art Ontario CanadaDobbins of Dublin. Tony Coady & Derek Culley – Opened by the Mayor Gay Mitchel T.D. – Dublin Ireland

1993 The Pantheon Gallery Dublin Ireland (Selected Artist)

  • The L.A. Art Fair Los Angeles USA

1994 Art Colony Galicnik Macedonia

  • Montreuil Culture France

1995 Modern Irish Paintings – Dillon Gallery
1996 Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art Republic of Macedonia
1996 Dillon Gallery London UK
1996 S.H.I.T.E. The Old Library Alternative Windsor UK
1999 Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art Republic of Macedonia
2000 Irish Arts Fair RDS Dublin Ireland
2001 Art Cosmopolis RDS Denis Bowen, Derek Culley, Jim Kavanagh, Pindaros Michaelides, Walter Steinberg. Dublin Ireland

2005 LOOP Craig Atkinson, Derek Culley, Stephen Hitchin, Jason Jones, Terry Sullivan and Christine O’Reilly Wilson -Liverpool UK

  • BIRD 2005 International Art Award. (Special Award by Jury) Beijing Natural Culture Center Beijing China

2006 “Post-It” Atkinson Gallery Southport UK (Curator Craig Atkinson)

  • “Digital Art” – The Independents – Liverpool Biennial Liverpool UK
  • Dot-Art Gallery (Opening Group Show)Liverpool UK – Curator:Lucy Byrne
  • The Cornerstone Gallery – “Changing Eight 2006” Derek Culley, Barry Swerdlow, Natalie Bennett, Paul Riley, Nathan Pendlebury,, Ghislaine Howard, John Monaghan, Susan Aigelsreiter – Liverpool UK -Curator Jason Jones
  • Ennis Art Gallery (Opening Group Show) Ennis Ireland

2007 “Overview 07” (Curated by LOOP) The Cornerstone Gallery Liverpool UK

  • The fourth Washroom Talk took place inside the gents at Tate Liverpool on the 25th of October 2007 with seven talkers namely Derek Culley, Jordana Blumenfield, Julie Anderson, Lisa Beauchamp, Philip Sykes & Mary Fitzpatrick. Curator ZEI TRAUM – TATE Liverpool UK
  • EggSpace Gallery “Illuminate” curated by Head Space Liverpool UK
  • “PRO ARTS” East Bay Open Studios Oakland CA USA

2008 FÍS 2008 Novas CUC Liverpool UK (Program sponsored by Forás Na Gaeilge & Novas Scarman Group) (An Exhibition during Liverpool’s Capital Culture-2008 ) Founding members: Martin Campbell & Derek Culley. Curated by Eamon Colman (Aosdána) and Derek Culley. Artists: Anna Marie Quinn, David Quinn, Geraldine 0’Neill, Derek Culley, Eamon Colman, Elizabeth Cope, Mary Fitzpatrick, Fiona Ní Mhaoilir, Martin Campbell, Pauline O’Connell, Raymond Watson, Rodney Dickson

  • “19days dances with BooBtubes” Anna Marie Quinn & Derek Culley -Independent Biennial Liverpool UK
  • Kowalsky Gallery (DACS) “New to DACS”Liverpool UK

2009 PAX Convention Liverpool UK

  • The Courtyard Theatre “The Art of Trauma and Peace”London UK
  • “On the Edge” Novas CUC Liverpool UK

2009 FÍS 2009 Novas CUC Liverpool UK (Curated by Eamon Colman – Aosdána) Catalog K2 Architects – Liverpool. Artists: Gypsy Ray, Phoebe Cope, Una Sealy,  Emma Berkery, Martin Campbell, Eamon Colman, Alan Counihan, Derek Culley, Gerard Casey, David Quinn, Tolleck Winner,Elizabeth Cope,

2010 “Abstract Amigo’s” @3345 Tom Lang – Parr Street Studios: Liverpool Independents Biennial 2010 – John Hoyland-David Lach-Terry Sullivan-Derek Culley Liverpool UK

  • “TEN”  Sue Aigelsreiter, Richard Ashworth, Martha Atienza, Richard Bannister, Corrie Barclay, Nicole Bartos, Bryan Biggs, Derek Boak, Michelle Burrows, Margaret Cahill, Howard Coles, Peter Corbett, Pete Clarke, Derek Culley, Gina Czarnecki, Mathew John Deepack, Bembol De la Cruz, Anne Desmet (RA), Sara Devoreux-Ward, Peter Dover, Janice Egerton, Tim Ellis, Franchon Frolich, Rebecca Gouldson, Roger Harvey, Charlie Holt, Ghislaine Howard, Jane Hughes, Emily Johns, Becky Johnson, Barbara Jones, Jason Jones, Julie Jones, Michelle Jones-Hughes, Selwyn Jones-Hughes, Vincent Lavell, Peter Lewis, John Maloney, Richard Meaghan, Cathy Miles, Frank Moore, Kaety Moore, John M. Morrison, Raffy T. Napay, Tony O’Connell, Charlotte Owens, Jane Poulton, Roozbeh Rajaie, Paul Riley, Arthur Roberts, Wayne Robinson, Jacqueline Scholes, Colin Serjent, Tony Smith, David Stanley, Steve Strode, Terry Sullivan, Rachel Sweeney, Nick Sykes, Jason Thompson, Fiona Ward, Claire Weetman, Alan Whittaker, Elizabeth Willow, McCoy Wynne. – The Cornerstone Gallery – Liverpool UK -Curator Jason Jones
  • “Culley & Sullivan” – Terry Sullivan & Derek Culley – Gallery4allarts, Liverpool UK
  • Barbara Stanley Gallery Xmas Group show.London UK

2011 ‘HELP’ Gallery Different London UK

  • John Nicholson’s Auction of Contemporary Art Surrey UK
  • “Ceann” Shankill Castle – Curator Sybil Cope – Kilkenny Arts Festival Kilkenny Ireland

2012 ‘Winter Collective’ Gallery Different London UK

2013 Liverpool Open – (selected artist) Liverpool UK

  • Goodbody Dublin Ireland
  • Summer Show – Gallery Different London UK

2014 “The Kiss” – Gallery Different London UK

  • Selected “What’s the Point!” Curator Kate Enters London UK
  • Selected “MAC”  Curator Carrie Neely Belfast Ireland

2015  Selected artist The Gallery Print Centre – Gallery (Service Point) Opening (Curator Alex De Mare) London UK

  • Selected Finalist – Brisbane Art Prize 2015. Australia

2016 “All our Hearts beat as One” Gallery Different concept Cindy Lass (Curator – Becky Phillips) London UK

Solo Shows

1985 Windsor Arts Centre Windsor UK

1989 Wolfson College  Oxford UK  Curator- Cally Le Poer Trench

  • Royal Hospital Kilmainham (now IMMA) Dublin Ireland Curator – Ruairí ÓCuív

1990 Galerie am Buttermarkt Koln Germany

  • The United Arts Club Dublin Ireland
  • The George Montague Gallery Dublin Ireland

1994 The Green Room – Sunderland House London UK Curator Geoff Evans Fine Art

  • The United Arts Club  Dublin Ireland Opened by Michael Lyons

1996 The Irish Club London UK Opened by Brendán MacLua
2000 Irish Arts Fair RDS Dublin Ireland
2006 The Innes Lounge London UK
2006 Southport Art Centre Merseyside UK

2007 New Song Art Centre Rocklands USA

  • O’Flaherty’s San Jose CA USA

2008 ALT ENTS Art Group Civic Centre Tallaght curated by Eamon Colman (Aosdána)Dublin Ireland
2009 Pro Arts Oaklands USA
2009 “Cill Rialaig” Series @The Tea Rooms Birkdale UK
2010 Gala “LEO” – Casino: Independents Biennial 2010 Liverpool UK
2010 “Cill Rialaig” Series @The Tea Rooms Birkdale UK
2011″ Cill Rialaig” Series @The Tea Rooms Birkdale UK
2011 “Golgotha” Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Liverpool UK
2011 “Tamh Lacht” RUA/RED (South Dublin Arts Centre) Curated and presented by ALT ENTS Art Group (Brenda Fuller & Liam Morrissey)- Tallaght Dublin Ireland

2012 ‘Cill Rialaig Series’ @The Tea Rooms Birkdale UK

  • ‘Golgotha’ Prayer Room IEC2012 International Eucharistic Congress RDS Dublin Ireland
  • The ATTIC – (Independents Biennial )Liverpool UK

2013 Parallax Art Fair London UK
2014 Editions Limited – Independent Biennial -Liverpool UK
2016 The ATKINSON Gallery – Southport (Launch exhibition for The Landing Gallery – Selected Artist) Curator Stephen Whittle.


2008 “Cill Rialaig Project”Ireland


Windsor Arts Centre (The Old Court): 1980’s Curator of exhibitions featuring amateur and professional artist’s. Selected exhibitions include : Damien Hirst /Holden Rowan, Damien Hirst,Charles Gimpel, Janet Nathan, A.Oscar, Max Blond, Martin Fuller, Elizabeth Langton, Gill Scholar, David Lach, John Copnal, “Dirty Strangers”, Susan D Brown (The Mirror & the Dynamo), John Bellany,Roy Kitchin, Alan Davie, Sidney Nolan, John Piper, Victor Pasmore, Jeremy Tishler, Gary Gilchrist, Paul Moriarty, Neil Ferguson, Mel Gordan, Randy Klein, Denis Bowen, Tony Coady, Mary “P” O’Connor, Fiona Gunn, Duncan Mountford, Eamon Colman and the Windsor Fringe Festival (Visual Arts).

CELTIC Vision: 1984 Founding member / chairperson with Denis Bowen & John Bellany Committee members included: Hon.D.Browne, A.Irvin, G.Boulay, R.Pillard, J.Halkes, J.R.Lopez Calvo,B.Sanchez-Walker, E.Colman, Prof.B.Kneale, W.Crozier, Dr.I.Davies, T.Copplestone, Prof.R.Driscoll, V.Rea.

FÍS 2008 / FÍS 2009

  • Founding members-Martin Campbell and Derek Culley.


  • Private collections in UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, Germany, Mexico, Brazil. Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art – Republic of Macedonia, Wolfson College – Oxford -UK, Bede Gallery Jarrow – UK, Beijing Natural Culture Center – Beijing – China


  • Art Colony Galicnick residency : Macedonia 1994
  • BIRD2005 International Art Award. (Special Award by Jury)
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (New York) Recipient 2006-2007 (Awarded $25,000 Referees: John Hoyland & Stella Santacatterina)
  • The Cill Rialaig Project Ireland 2008


  • Member of DACS Design and Artists Copyright Society

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