Michael Hegarty is an artist working and living in Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland. He graduated from the Crawford Municipal School of Art, Cork in 1981. He lived in Dublin for several years where he joined the Visual Arts Centre, then housed in Great Strand Street, Dublin in 1985. He worked as a freelance scenic artist in many Dublin theatres and for many theatre companies including the Gate and Gaiety theatres, and the Dublin Grand Opera Society. Michael had a long association with the Passion Machine Theatre Company including acting as production manager on a visit to the International Theatre Festival Kontakt in Torun, Poland in 1996. As well as curating the visual art exhibition for the Passion Machine’s 1994 Songs of the Reaper Festival at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Michael’s scenic and mural work in film and tv includes: In the Name of the Father directed by Jim Sheridan, 1993 and Everlasting Piece directed by Barry Levinson, 2000. Michael was artist in residence at the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Buckingham St. Dublin, 1995-96. He curated ‘Exhibition 2001’ for Kinsale Arts Festival. He has shown in exhibitions selected by top international curators including Germano Celant, Jan Hoet and Maria deCorral. In recent years Michael has returned to college and has received a Higher Diploma in History of Art, at U.C.C. Cork in 2018. He is just finished doing a MA in Fine Art, Art and Process, at MTU Crawford Collage of Art and Design, Cork.


2022 Solo Show: Formalist Excesses at the Temperance Hall, Temperance Hall, Kinsale Arts Weekend, July 2022.

2021 PLUS/MINUS, MAAP 2021, MTU Crawford College of Art and Design, No. 46 Grand Parade, Cork.
2021 Creating Connection Exhibition, CCAD, No. 46 Grand Parade, Cork.

2021 Window Installation, Walking Trail, Kinsale Arts Weekend.

2020/21 Cork Artists Winter Showcase, at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

2020 A Window Into/A Window Onto, Culture Night September 18th, MAAP The Gallery at No. 46 Grand Parade, Cork.

2011 Solo Show: Pop up Exhibition, Main St. Kinsale.

2009 City Irish Festival in Beijing March 09. Tsinghua Academy of Arts Beijing.

2007 Through Irish Eyes exhibition in September at The Beijing Institute of Graphic Communications, Beijing, China.

2007 Two man show with David Dunne at Kinsale arts Week.

2006 Group Show Hallward Gallery Dublin,

2005 Solo Show at Kinsale Arts Week.

2001 Scóip 2001, at Siamsa Tire Art Centre, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

2000 The Crawford Open, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork.

2000 Art Fair, R.D.S. Ballsbridge, Dublin.

2000 Kinsale Arts Festival, Kinsale Co. Cork.

1999 Scóip 99, at Siamsa Tire Arts Centre, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

1998 E.V.+A. 98, at the Limerick City Gallery, Limerick, Adjudicator Paul O’Reilly.

1998 Group Exhibition at the Kent Gallery, Kinsale.

1997 Scó ip 97, at the Siamsa Tire Arts Centre, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

1996 The Beautiful Game ( Art and Football ) Euro 96, The City Gallery, 90

Granby Street, Leicester, England.

1995 E.V.+A. 95, at the Limerick City Gallery, Limerick, Adjudicator: Maria deCorral ( Spain ).

1995 Four Man Show, at Newbridge Arts Centre, Co Kildare.

1995 Cork Artists Collective 10th. Anniversary Show, U.C.C. Cork.

1994 E.V.+A. 94, at the Limerick City Gallery, Limerick, Adjudicator: Jan Hoet ( Director: Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Gent ).

1994 Songs of the Reaper Festival, at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

1993 Solo Show, at Limerick City Gallery, Limerick.

1993 Group Show, at the Pantion Gallery, Dublin.

1992 Solo Show, at the City Arts Centre, Dublin.

1991 E.V.+A. 91, at the Limerick City Gallery, Limerick, Adjudicator: Germano Celant ( Italy, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim MuseumNew York ). Also shown at Downs Art Centre, Co Down and at the City Arts Centre, Moss St. Dublin.

1991 Collective ‘91, at the Crawford Municipal Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork. Adjudicator: Jamsid Fenderesky.

1991 Art Squad Community Arts Exhibition, at the Irish Life Centre, Abbey St. Dublin.

1990 Solo Show, at Kinsale Regional Museum, Kinsale Co. Cork.

1988 E.V.+A. 88, at the Limerick City Gallery, Limerick, Adjudicator: Alexander Rozhin, ( U.S.S.R.).

1988 Group Show, at Grange Community College, Donaghmede, Dublin.

1988 Group Show, at Kinsale Arts Week, Kinsale Co. Cork.

1983 Two Man Show, at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.

1981 Diploma Show, at the Crawford Municipal School of Art, Cork.