Kate Nolan is an Irish visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland, focused on extended photographic stories that examine the nature of identity.  

Drawn to "in-between" places, she is intrigued by the effects of shifting histories of areas in flux. Nolan collaborates with local communities over extended periods to give a voice to these changes. Her work combines still and moving images with the stories of individuals. Through these inquiries, she begins to highlight the latent contradictions and tenuous relationships between political borders and cultural identity.

Her latest project LACUNA, is a multi-disciplinary project considering the contemporary experience, physical and psychological impact of the border. Focusing on the small village of Pettigo, which straddles the border between Donegal and Fermanagh, the Republic and Northern Ireland and soon Europe and the UK. LACUNA was nominated for the Prix Pictet photography prize and selected for New Irish Works 2017.  In September 2017 it will begin the new cross-border touring partnership between Gallery of PhotographyBelfast Exposed Photography GalleryRegional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny and Remote Photo Festival with a solo show in the Gallery of Photography, Dublin.

Nolan’s work has been featured in a wide range of photography publications and exhibited in solo and group shows in Ireland and internationally. Neither, her long-term work exploring the lives of women in Kaliningrad, Russia won the Alliance Française Photography Award 2013,  Magnum Graduate Award 2015, and was nominated for Foto Book Festival Kassel's Best Photobook of 2014. Neither was published as an artist book in September 2014.

Her work is held in public and private collections in Japan, USA, France, Portugal, Mexico, UK and Ireland.


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Jun 2018 Remote Photo Festival, LACUNA exhibition Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland.

Autumn 2018 Belfast Exposed, LACUNA solo exhibition, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Sep - Oct 2017 Gallery of Photography, LACUNA solo exhibition. Dublin, Ireland.

Jun 2017 New Irish Works, LACUNA presentation and publication in The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.

Nov 2016 New Irish Works, LACUNA presented at Centre Culturel Irlandais during Paris Photo.

Oct 2016 In Residence II, LACUNA screened in Oliver Sears Gallery exhibition of modern & contemporary Irish art in London, England.

Oct 2016 leboudoir2.0LACUNA screened on the occasion of the Monat der Fotografie-Off in Berlin, Germany. 

Aug 2016 Landskrona Foto, Neither part of View Ireland at Landskrona, Sweden.

June 2016 ART WORKS, Carlow Arts Festival, LACUNA, Carlow, Ireland.

June 2016 Locate IraqThe Cut Tells its Own Tale was selected for KoProjects exhibition.

May 2016 A Day in May, Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland.

Nov 2015 Photo Katmandu, Neither, Katmandu, Nepal.

July 2015 PhotoIreland Festival, (its kind of like) Telephone, ArtBox, Dublin, Ireland.

June 2015 Athens Photo Festival, Selected for the Photobook Show.

June 2015 Fotobook Festival Kassel, Nominated for best photobook of 2014.

June 2015 Belfast Photo Festival Neither has been selected for the the 2015 festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

June 2015 Hamburg Triennale of Photography, Greetings from Ireland, Hamburg, Germany.

May-July 2014 184th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland

March 2014 'A Process' Fotomagazin Der Greif, Gallery Höhmannhaus in Augsburg, Germany

Dec-Jan 2014 (it's kind of like) Telephone, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, USA

Aug 2013 Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France

April 2013 Alliance Française Dublin Photography Award, Dublin, Ireland. Winner of the photographic award


June 2015, Neither reviewed by Lucia de Stefani for TIME Lightbox, USA.

May 2015, Neither reviewed by Daniel Jewsbury for Source, Belfast.

February 2015, Neither reviewed by Diane Smyth for Photomonitor, UK

February 2015, Neither reviewed by Darren Campion for Inherent Light Journal, Ireland

January 2015 Chosen by Larissa Leclair of Indie Photobook Library as best books of 2014 for Voices of Photography, Taiwan

Oct 2014 Featured photographer in Firecracker for October, UK

Sept 2014 Self-published artists book, Neither, Dublin, Ireland

Aug 2014, Featured in European Prospects, in association with Ffotogallery in Cardiff, Fotosommer Stuttgart, the Lithuanian Photographers Association in Kaunas and Le Château d’Eau in Toulouse

Feb 2014 Neither selected for portrait feature, Landscape Stories, UK

Nov 2013 Of the Afternoon, Issue 4, Neither portfolio, London, UK

Nov 2013 Portfolio feature on Colta, Russia

Sep 2013 Visual Artists Ireland Journal Discussing the conceptual, production and distribution processes associated with Neither, Dublin, Ireland

July 2013 Interviewed on Kqanda, UK

Jan 2013 Portfolio featured on Centrepoint Collective Up&Coming, UK