Wednesday 7 August, 12pm to 5pm.
VAI Belfast Offices.
This session will provide a vital space for artists to show and discuss their work with peers and experienced practitioners in a constructive forum. Participating artists will make short presentations on their own practice after which a constructive discussion will be led by Ronnie Hughes
About Ronnie Hughes
Born in Belfast in 1965, Ronnie Hughes studied at the University of Ulster, Belfast, receiving an MA in Fine Art in 1989. Hughes has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Ireland (including Butler Gallery, Context, Fenderesky Gallery, Goethe Institute, Hugh Lane Golden Bough, Limerick City Gallery, Millennium Court, Model Arts Centre, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Rubicon Gallery, Sirius Arts Centre) and has participated in many group exhibitions worldwide.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Supernumerary’ at Fenderesky gallery Belfast and ‘Zygotic Tendencies’ presented at Chicago Art Fair and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (both projects supported by a Culture Ireland bursary) In 2017 ‘Strange Attractors’, a large survey show of his recent work, received a major Arts Council grant to tour the Model Sligo, Limerick City Gallery and the RHA Dublin. The show was accompanied by an extensive publication designed by Atelier and including texts by Martin Herbert and Joanne Laws. During the tour, NVTV produced a television programme ‘Collapse the Box – Ronnie Hughes’, which featured a 25 minute interview with Marianne O’Kane Boal at the RHA.
Hughes’ work has been written about extensively and he has received a multitude of awards including a one-year residency in New York (PS1, 1990-91) and three-month residencies at Banff Arts Center, Canada (1994) and Bemis Arts Center, Nebraska (1997). In 2006 he was awarded both the ‘Irish Artist Fellowship’ – a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center and a two-month residency at the ‘Albers Foundation’ in Connecticut.
Hughes’ work is held in many public and corporate collections, including both Irish Arts Councils and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He has lived in County Sligo since 1995 when he began lecturing in Fine Art at the Institute of Technology Sligo. Hughes is represented by Gibbons and Nicholas and Fenderesky Gallery.
£20 / £10 (VAI Members)