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Assoc Professor

Nicola Figgis

Associate Professor, Head Of School
School of Art History and Cultural Policy
01 716 8404
University College Dublin, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Associate Professor Figgis obtained a BA degree in History of Art in Trinity College Dublin, and later worked as Exhibitions Assistant in the Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 1995 she received a doctorate from the National University of Ireland for her thesis on 'Irish Artists, Dealers and Grand Tourists in Italy in the Eighteenth Century'. Her articles on eighteenth-century painting and patronage have been published in the Irish Arts Review and the Walpole Society. She was a researcher for and contributor to A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy 1701-1800 (Yale University Press, 1997). She co-authored Irish Paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland Vol. I (NGI, 2001) and as part of her research for this publication, she was awarded a fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven. From 2002 to 2004 she edited Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies: the Journal of the Irish Georgian Society and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Irish Georgian Society. She is principal author and editor of Art and Architecture of Ireland: Painting 1600-1900, volume 2, Royal Irish Academy and Yale University Press, Dublin, New Haven and London (October, 2014). In May 2015 Dr Figgis was jointly awarded with Professor Paula Murphy, the Royal Hibernian Academy's gold medal for initiating the Art and Architecture of Ireland project.She is co-editor of and contributor to Art History after Francoise Henry: 50 Years at UCD, 1965-2015 (Gandon Editions, Cork, November 2016).Associate Professor Figgis is currently Head of the School of Art History and Cultural Policy.


  • Associate Professor
    University College Dublin, Faculty of Arts, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 1998
  • Exhibitions Officer
    Royal Academy of Arts London1 Jan 1980 - 31 Dec 1982


  • BA
    Trinity College Dublin
  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin


  • English
    Can speak
  • French
    Can speak
  • Italian
    Can speak