About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

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  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/420
  • First Name: Amanda
  • Last Name: Coogan
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: Not specified
  • Place of Birth: Not Specified
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Website: www.amandacoogan.com
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
    • Time Based Art
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Installation
    • Site Specific Works
    • Performance Art
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Performance
  • Interests:
    • Gender
    • Sexuality
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 7
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Other


2004 AIB Award for Visual Artists.


No Date Limerick School of Art and Design, Dip. Painting.
No Date School of Fine Art, Athens, Fine Art, Painting.
No Date National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Sculpture.
1998 Hochschule Fur Bildende Kunst, Germany, MA Fine Art Performance.


Coogan concentrates on issues involving the body and feminism. Using found objects, light sources and her own body, she creates performance / installations within the architectural features of the gallery space. Using sign language as a means of expression, the violent movements in her body contrast with the gallery or neat domestic setting in which she places her work.

There is a file in the digital ephemera related to this artist. If you have a login then click here to access it.