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Peter Ghallager
About Peter Gallagher
Interviewer Tim McArthur

Lockdown Lauderdale exhibitions are an opportunity for local artists connected with Lauderdale House to share their work and what they've been up to during the lockdown.  Peter Gallagher is a talented artist who has exhibited in Beijing and Sao Paolo and an award winning film maker.

He is also the Lauderdale House Operations Manager who lives on site, and when he said he was going to hang his work in the gallery to 'keep the House company' the Lockdown exhibitions were born.  Scroll through the online gallery or, even better, join Peter as he walks you through the House 

Pour yourself a glass of wine - or even a cup of tea – imagine yourself in the gallery, and join him while he chats via Zoom to local actor, writer and director Tim McArthur at 7.30pm on Thursday 28 May. 

It’ll be a fun opportunity to find out the stories behind the paintings and more about this interesting man.  If you can’t make Thursday, then pop back to this page and we’ll share the recording with you afterwards.


If you'd like to view the original paintings and  / or buy please email the artist Peter Gallagher on to arrange a socially distanced meeting and talk further.  


Peter Gallagher paints in a semi figurative style, often indiscriminately and recklessly until he sees something interesting happening within the canvas and which excites him to explore the idea and give it life. Testing the composition of colours and forms; distilling and refining the idea, until the painting is of itself, complete.

This leads him to a place where reason and logic have no part to play, a place where the characters are left in a parlous state, to the service of composition.

But not only that, it is as though this world is normal to them and things will run their course whatever. On this journey, each brush stroke is looking for an accident to happen and reveal an unforeseen surprise. It’s not about the paint, but the ideas that emanate from it, where the suspension of disbelief reigns.

Lauderdale House is a registered charity committed to preserving this unique 16th century House through sharing arts and education with people of all ages.  We receive no government or council funding, and while the House is closed have no income. Therefore, Peter is donating 10% of all sales to keep the House going





About Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher was born in 1956 in the Republic of Ireland. He always had a strong interest in the arts and experimented with different forms all his life. Peter learned to play guitar and played in a few bands initially, before diversifying into experimental and improvised music.  Aged 18 he decided to go into acting and headed to Dublin where he found a Stanislavski School at the Focus Theatre.

He was 25 when he took up painting. It seemed like it was waiting for him and he had found a channel to find and tell, strange and inspired stories with colour and form. One of Peter's most well-known paintings is "L’Etranger", which was featured on the cover of the 1993 album "World Gone Wrong" by Bob Dylan. Peter has exhibited his paintings in many cities all over the world, including in London, Oxford, Beijing and Sao Paolo.

More recently he has got involved in making films, almost as a development from painting, where the stories seem to be inspired from the images. In 2017 Peter acted in, narrated, co-wrote, and co-edited the award winning short film "Ghosts on the Old Road to Camalt" which won three awards at Prague, Solaris (Nice) and Vienna Independent Film Festivals.  The Director Jason Tovey has become a regular creative collaborator.

In 2019 he was the subject of an arts documentary called Three Scenes from a Wedding which won best documentary at Vienna Independent Film Festival. Directed by Jason Tovey.  It focussed on the process of creating a painting which is included in this exhibition. Why Three Scenes? Because halfway through the first iteration Peter was unhappy, turned it on its side and started again using parts of what he had painted before.  Still not satisfied he turned it again and the image in this exhibition emerged.

Peter Gallagher has worked as Operations Manager at Lauderdale House Arts Centre since 1997, running concerts, private functions and exhibitions. He supports the many artists who exhibit in the House, and has curated a number of exhibitions from Brazil.

Peter lives in a flat in Lauderdale House and during the lockdown has hung his exhibition in the Lower Gallery to keep him company and ensure the House feels ‘alive’.  If you’re walking past during the day and the shutters are open do have a look through the window…always keeping a safe distance from others of course.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016 Hornsey Town Hall, London
  • 2015 Meimen Museum of Art, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
  • 2000 to 2015 Lauderdale House.
  • 2011 Cultural Institute Century and Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2010 Sao Caetano, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 1997  La Brocca Gallery, London.
  • 1996 Il Sorrizo’s Gallery, London.
  • 1995 Café des Arts London.
  • 1995 Bar Room Bar, London.
  • 1990 Ellingfort Gallery, Oxford.
  • 1990  Freuds Café Gallery, Oxford.

Group  Exhibitions

  • 2009 Cultural Institute Century and Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2008 Paecumbo Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2005 Society for Art of the Imagination, London.
  • 2000 Alchemy Gallery, London, with Ian Hart.
  • 1998 Free Painters and Sculptors Soc. Loggia Gallery, London.


Interviewer Tim McArthur

Tim McArthur first discovered Lauderdale House many years ago when he appeared as a guest singer at a friend's concert.  Living around the corner he quickly adopted the House as 'his' arts centre and, in return, Lauderdale adopted Tim who has contributed enormously to the development of our programme, created many comedy moments and brought much energy and fun.

His many guises here have included cabaret programmer, performer, playwright, Easter Egg competition judge and Halloween writer and Director.  In this series of Lockdown live Private Views he just asks extremely good questions!

Find our more about this talented director, writer and performer on his website: 

Tim says, 'Lauderdale House has been instrumental to my career at certain points throughout my professional life. Nurturing my development, especially as a cabaret performer and helping me with opportunities further a field in the world of entertainment. Eternally grateful.'

Portrait photo of tim mcarthur