Mark Francis Fenning is a Northern Irish Artist, based and working in Belfast.  As an image-maker, Mark takes a multidisciplinary approach to art making and his work explores photographic printmaking techniques, photography,  polaroid works, installation, sculpture,  paper arts and bookmaking. 

Fenning is a recent graduate from Queens University Belfast, attaining a Masters in Arts Management & Cultural Policy (2017), following a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art specialising in Printmaking from University of Ulster (2013).

Statement

'The connective thread that binds all my work is the question surrounding Identity & Transformation. Specifically, my focus has been on the idea of Masculinity and how it is represented in contemporary culture. 

I utilise photographic printmaking processes and alternative photographic methods to question the critical gaze of masculine representation. Looking at material and process I question how our notions of identity can be shaped and formed.

Within my current practice I am currently exploring the use of polaroid photography and applied printmaking practice'. 


Education

Master of Arts in Arts Management with Commendation, School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen's University Belfast, 2017

Certificate in An Introduction to Teaching, Learning & Assessment for Postgraduate Tutors & Demonstrators Course, University of Ulster, Belfast, 2013

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art, with First Class Honours, School of Art & Design, University of Ulster, Belfast, Sept 2010-2013

Foundation Studies Diploma in Art & Design, School of Art & Design, University of Ulster, Belfast, Sept 2009-2010


Industry Exhibitions

 

  • Photography Showcase' Group Show, Ivy House, Dublin, 2018 (August Confirmed)
  • 'Polaroid Boys', Solo Show, Arts Art Centre, Northern Ireland, 2018 (June Confirmed)
  • 'Chasing Shadows', Solo Show, Blackbox Belfast, 2018  
  • 'Instant Film Showcase' Shoot Film, UK, 2017 (Selected Artist) 
  • 'Royal Ulster Academy' 135th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 2016 (Selected Artist)
  • 'Impressions Biennial' Bookarts Exhibition, Centre for Creative Media, Galway, Ireland, 2016
  • 'Mini Print Exchange' Galway Print Studio, Ireland, 2016
  • 'Bookmarks’ Edinburgh College of Art Book & Zine Fair, Edinburgh, 2016 (Invited Artist)   
  • ' Mini Print International’ Cadaques, Spain, 2016
  • ‘9inthehandpress’ Print Exchange, New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA, 2016
  • ‘Young Shot presents: Gents @ Unveil’d’, Edwardian Cloakrooms, Bristol, 2014
  • 'Printmakers of WA Contemporary Print Awards', Moores Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle, 2014 (Collaborative Print)
  • ‘Self’ Belfast Print Workshop (Joint Exhibit), Belfast, 2014
  • ‘Artist in Residence Summer Showcase’ University of Ulster, Belfast, 2014
  • ‘Artist in Residence Winter Showcase’ University of Ulster, Belfast, 2014
  • ‘Introducing…’ Waterfront Hall Exhibition, Belfast, 2014 (Selected Artist)
  • ‘Focus On: Photo Books’ Belfast Exposed Galley, Belfast, 2014
  • ‘Art Gemini Prize’ Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, 2014 (Selected Artist)
  • ‘The Next Step’ Flax Gallery, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, 2014 (Curator)
  • ‘Annual Members Show’ Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast, 2013
  • ‘Royal Dublin Society’ Student Art Awards, RDS Concert Hall, 2013 (Selected Artist)
  • ‘Degree Show’ University of Ulster, Belfast, 2013
  • ‘On The Lagan’ Waterfront Hall Exhibition, Belfast, 2013 (Selected Artist)
  • ‘Student Show’ Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast, 2013 (Selected Artist) 
  • ‘Student Show’ Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast, 2012 (Selected Artist) 
  • ‘Student Show’ Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast, 2011  (Selected Artist) 
  • ‘11 Printers Printing’ Independent Student Show, University of Ulster, Belfast, 2011 (Co-Curator)

Career History

Art Consultant Assistant | Art Loves LTD July 2017 - Present

Art Consultant Intern | Art Loves LTD | January 2017 - July 2017

Student Support | Queens University Belfast | September 2017 - Present

Student Support | Belfast Metropolitan College | May 2017 - Present

Student Support | University of Ulster | November 2014 - Present

Community Assistant | Graduate School Queens University Belfast | July 2017 - December 2017

Graduate Studio Assistant | University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art | September 2015 – May 2016

Art Technician | Belfast Royal Academical Institution | February 2015 – September 2015 

Artist in Residence | Print Association of Western Australia (PAWA) | August 2014 – Sept 2014 

Artist in Residence | University of Ulster |September 2013 – June 2014 

Gallery Assistant (volunteer) | Belfast Print Workshop Gallery | June 2013 – June 2014 

Sales Assistant (volunteer) | Royal Ulster Academy, Ulster Museum | October 2011 

Arts Facilitator  | Newtownabbey Borough Council | Summer 2012 – 2013

Summer Scheme Leader | Newtownabbey Borough Council | Summer 2008 – 2012 


Professional Achievements & Awards

  • Support for the Individual Artist Programme Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland 2017
  • Student Support Register, Queens University Belfast 2017
  • Student Support Register, Belfast Met 2017
  • Part-time Lecturer Register, Belfast Met 2017
  • Part-time Lecturer Register, University of Ulster 2016
  • Student Support Register, University of Ulster 2015
  • Self-Arranged Residency Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland 2014 
  • Art Gemini Prize Finalist 2014 
  • Artist in Residence Award, University of Ulster 2013-14
  • Belfast Print Workshop Award     2013
  • Jaffa Award, Tank Gallery 2013
  • 1st Prize Best Short Film, Foyle Film Festival 2007

 

Collections & Archives

  • University of Edinburgh Archive 2016
  • Belfast Print Workshop Archive 2014
  • Boston College 2014
  • Warren Wilson College North Carolina 2014
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro 2014
  • George Washington University 2014