Mark Francis Fenning is a Northern Irish Artist, based in Edinburgh and a recent graduate from the University of Ulster attaining a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art specialism Printmaking.

An aspiring 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.

Statement

The connective thread that binds all my work is the question surrounding Identity & Transformation. Specifically the ideas surrounding men, masculinity and 'What is Modern Masculinity?' 

Through self-portraiture and photography I subject my body to the critical gaze of masculine representation. Looking at material and process, using paper as a material to be manipulated rather than a surface for drawing has been crucial within my current practice.  Constructing forms and structures with paper in both two and three dimensions, questions perceptions of how paper can be altered to fit a purpose and how our notions of identity can be shaped and transformed.


Education

Certificate -  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

  • ‘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, 2011, 2012, 2013 (Selected Artist) 
  • ‘11 Printers Printing’ Independent Student Show, University of Ulster, Belfast, 2011 

Residencies 

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

Sept 2013 – June 2014 | Artist in Residence | University of Ulster, Belfast


Professional Achievements & Awards 

  • Self-Arranged Residency Award, Belfast Arts Council 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

  • 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
  • University of Ulster Collection 2013