Curatorial department


The Curatorial Department at the National Gallery of Ireland researches and exhibits our national collection. Our curators are collection specialists within their specific area of expertise and their research interests encompass a large range of subjects. Through their research they are dedicated to interpreting and presenting our collection to all.


Aoife Brady, Curator of Italian and Spanish Art

Aoife is responsible for the display and interpretation of the Gallery’s Spanish and Italian collections, and for the development of a programme of exhibitions related to the art of Italy and Spain. Aoife holds a doctorate in the History of Art from Trinity College Dublin, and has previously held curatorial roles in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and The National Gallery, London. Aoife co-curated Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light, an exhibition on Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla, and is currently working on an in-focus exhibition of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s series of paintings depicting the parable of The Prodigal Son.


Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawings

Anne was appointed Curator of Prints and Drawings in 2001. She is responsible for the works on paper collection, comprising over 12000 items, and manages the Prints and Drawings Study Room. Research interests include printmaking in Ireland, photography, landscape drawing and topography and the history of collecting. Anne commissioned Wendy Judge to create new work for the exhibition From Galway to Leenane: Perspectives on Landscape (2013), and worked with Dorothy Cross on Trove (2014), a collaboration between the Gallery, IMMA and the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.


Adrian Le Harivel, Curator of British Art

Adrian joined the Gallery as a researcher in 1981. He set up and ran the Prints and Drawings department for several years, produced the first modern catalogues of works on paper and miniatures, and organised exhibitions. Subsequently, as Curator of the Permanent Collection, he worked across the collections on research and loan exhibitions. For a time he was in charge of the Irish collection. Since 1999, his major research interests have been eighteenth-century art, and the intersection of art and music.


Niamh MacNally, Curator of the Prints and Drawings Study Room

In addition to dealing with individual researchers and university groups wishing to view the prints and drawings collection, Niamh has contributed to numerous publications including The Works of J.M.W. Turner at the National Gallery of Ireland (2012), and has edited the Gallery’s Essential Guide and Highlights of the Collection (both 2016).She administrated the Hennessy Portrait Prize (2015 and 2016), and curated Margaret Clarke – An Independent Spirit (2017), an exhibition that re-evaluated the work of an early twentieth-century Irish artist. She is currently curating an exhibition of drawings of Brazilian animals by the seventeenth-century Dutch master Frans Post.


Janet McLean, Curator of European Art, 1850–1950

Janet joined the curatorial team in 2006, and is responsible for the acquisition, interpretation and display of modern European paintings and sculpture. Exhibitions curated include Impressionist Interiors (2008) and Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art (2014). Her current research interests include the depiction of Mary Magdalene in art; cultural interchange in post-war Britain & Ireland; and colour and pattern in the work of Bonnard and Dufy.


Brendan Rooney, Head Curator and Curator of Irish Art

Brendan is Head Curator, and curator of the Gallery’s Irish paintings, sculptures and stained glass which comprise almost half of the gallery’s collection (excluding works on paper), and date from the mid-seventeenth century to the present day. He is also responsible for the National Portrait Collection, which has existed as a subsection of the national collection since the late nineteenth century, and through commissions and acquisitions, has expanded significantly in recent years. He has curated a range of exhibitions, including A Time and Place. Two Centuries of Irish Social Life (2006), Thomas Roberts 1748-1777 (2009), Uniform (in collaboration with Jackie Nickerson, 2016) and Creating History. Stories of Ireland in Art (2016).