Noah Rose , BA(Hons) 3-Dimensional Design

Job Title:

PhD Research Student


School of Fine Art



‘What Matter Cén t-údar’, 2016, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland.

‘What Matter Cén t-údar’, 2016, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland.


Noah Rose

Making Words Matter: materialising minority language as contemporary sculptural practice in a shifting Europe.

Primary Supervisor: Susan Brind
Co-Supervisor: Prof. Johnny Rodger
Co-Supervisor: Prof. Bernadette O’Rourke (UoG)

This project will research how location-based, interdisciplinary sculpture and minority languages can inform each other, to ask crucial questions about cultural identity and explore new models of cultural value.

Focussing on Scottish and Irish Gaelic –with some reference to Catalan for its cultural/historical parallels- I will draw on my extensive sculptural practice and existing participatory methodologies, to make new language-based, socially- engaged sculptural work on location. I will engage with current thinking across disciplines of visual art, language and landscape studies, to readdress ideas of peripherality and marginality in Scottish and Irish cultural-linguistic ecosystems at a crucial moment of European/global flux.

UNESCO ‘International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019’ states “Languages play a crucial repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory.

Gaelic is rising in popularity in both Hebridean Gàidhealtachd, and urban centres like Glasgow. The Scottish Government’s ‘National Gaelic Language Plan (2016)’ recognises its “key role in supporting the Gaelic language”, whilst its ‘Proposed National Islands Plan (2019)’ recognises that “[Gaelic] language is more than a cultural issue and permeates all aspects of community life”.

My interdisciplinary sculptural work embraces language as both visual component and thematic driver, incorporating variously, typographic design, letterpress- printmaking, carved/constructed letterforms, sound installation and textual-archival investigations.

I have identified a gap relating to location-based interdisciplinary sculpture employing minority language as a vehicle for examining issues of cultural value and place. I see the interplay between language and place as catalyst for nuanced dialogue with cultural landscapes and sociohistorical contexts, to counter and transmute traditionally-dominant hegemonies in linguistic and political narratives.


‘An Leabharlann na gClocha Ceilte / The Hidden Stone Library’, 2020-21, Oileán Chléire / Cape Clear Island, County Cork, Ireland (permanent installation arising from research residency:

’Ní rabhas ach seal / It was only a Matter of Time’, 2021, Guest artist and article for the ‘Frontier’ edition of the Drouth online:

‘Peep Fiction’ 2019, ArtB&B, Blackpool, UK (permanent public art commission):

‘Gobora Poko Auto’ 2018, IPAS’18 International Public Art Symposium, Bhubeneswar, Odisha, India (public art commission)

’Cóitheach’, 2017 (collaboration with Selma Makela), Blacksod Lighthouse (permanent installation), plus: Áras Inis Gluaire Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland (group exhibition)

‘What Matter/ Cén t-údar’ 2016, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland (Solo exhibition).

‘Museum of Interconnected Events/ Músaem na dTairlúintí Idirnasca/ El Museu d’Esdeveniments Intercoonectats’ , 2014, various locations: Northamptonshire UK, Mayo Ireland, Girona Catalunya (public art commission).

‘Observatory’, 2010, Burnley, Lancashire, UK (Permanent public art commission).

‘Third Bridge’ 2006, Derry/ Londonderry N Ireland (Permanent public art commission)