Mark Francis Fenning is a Northern Irish Artist, based in Belfast and a recent graduate from the University of Ulster attaining a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art specialism Printmaking.  He has just undertaken a post graduate Masters at Queens University in Arts Management staring September 2016.

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

MA - Arts Management, School of Creative Arts at Queen's University Belfast, 2016 - 2017 (Currently Studying) 

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

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

Career History

Note Taker/ Scribe | Belfast Metropolitan College | May 2017 - Present

Note Taker/ Scribe University of Ulster, Student Support | September 2016 - Present

Specialist Campus Assistant | University of Ulster, Student Support | September 2016 - Present

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

  • Part-time Teaching Register, University of Ulster 2016
  • Student Support Register, University of Ulster 2015
  • Self-Arranged Residency Award, Belfast Arts Council 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