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.

Filter Artists:

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/2406
  • First Name: Gordon
  • Last Name: Woods
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1938
  • Place of Birth: Antrim
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Mixed Media
    • Installation
    • Oil Painting
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 19
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.
    • Arts Council of Ireland.
    • Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
    • AIB (Allied Irish Banks).
    • Other


1976 Major Prize, Oireachtas Exhibition

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photocopy newspaper cuttings remove staples, paper clips etc catalogues to be scanned


Director of Art Education, New University of Ulster, Coleraine member of Art Advisory Committee, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast trustee, Alice Berger Hammerschlag Trust & North West Arts Trust 1976 participated with Joseph Beuys & Northern Ireland Group of Free International University for Interdisciplinary Research At Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany creates installation pieces in open air, harmonising with natural landscape