ACNI Major Individual Artist Awards Goes to Glenn Marshall

ARS ELECTRONICA 2009Glenn Marshall is one of three artists recently presented with a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the highest honour bestowed by the development agency. The Awards, worth £15,000 each, were presented to pianist, Michael McHale, traditional musician, Cathal Hayden and Marshall an experimental computer artist, in recognition of the contribution each of the artists has made to creative life in Northern Ireland.

The three join a distinguished list of artists who have previously benefited from the award, including leading contemporary visual artists, Rita Duffy, Susan MacWilliam and Cara Murphy. The grants make it possible for artists to take time out to dedicate to their creative work and to produce a substantial and ambitious project that will make a significant contribution to the development of their careers.

Glenn Marshall is a pioneering visual artist who has spent 15 years working to develop new methods of 3d animation and experimental computer art using software programming. Glenn’s animations have currently over 1 million plays on Vimeo, and a worldwide following for his unique, pioneering digital art. In 2008 he won the Prix Ars Electronica for a music video he created for Peter Gabriel. His work drew the attention of BAFTA winning / Oscar nominated studios Nexus (London) and Brown Bag (Dublin) with whom he then produced adverts and short films for. In 2012 he was awarded an O1 Visa by the United States – which recognises him as an international artist of outstanding achievement. His film collection has screened at dozens of festivals worldwide picking up multiple awards and honourable mentions.

With funding received through the Arts Council Major Individual Award, Glenn will produce a definitive body of work which consolidates 15 years of pioneering methods with 3D animation, experimental computer art and software programming. The delivered project will be truly multi-media, multi-platform and multi-disciplined. Initial artworks will be created using 3D graphics and software coding, spinning off further into animation pieces and interactive virtual reality experiences. The project will be developed in Belfast and New York.

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