Catherine O’Leanachain lives and works in Galway where she moved in 1978. She graduated in History of Art and Archeology at the University of Paris, Sorbonne in 1969, and studied Architecture at L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts Paris, graduating as an architect D.P.L.G. in 1978.
She is a founding member of Artspace Studios and is serving on the board as vice chairperson. She was the Western Representative of the Women Artists Action Group in the 1990s and has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad. She co-ordinated the Artspace International Exchange programmes from 1996 to 2000.
Catherine’s work also includes several architectural projects for Artspace Studios. She designed Artspace Liosban studios and conceived and designed an artistic and urban project for the transformation of the Spanish Arch (Galway) as an artistic and cultural quarter in 1987, initiating the Spanish Arch Restoration Group Community Project.
“Environmental stimulus and its human response, personal experience and studies, which included a very informative research on the transformation of the human and architectural landscape of rural Ireland, form the basis of my practice.
I work through different mediums, including drawing, painting, multimedia and photography.