Mark Francis Fenning is a Contemporary Artist and Creative Industries Researcher, based and working in Belfast.  As an image-maker, he takes a multidisciplinary approach to art making and his work explores photographic printmaking techniques, photography,  Polaroid, lomogrraphy, installation, sculpture,  paper arts and bookmaking. 

Fenning is a recent graduate from Queens University Belfast, attaining a Master of Arts in Arts Management with Commendation (2017) and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with First Class Honours degree specialising in Printmaking from University of Ulster (2013).



'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 explore the use of Polaroid photography and applied printmaking practice 

My research explores the future of the creative industries through a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary practice approach. Investigating the combination of technology and innovation, futuristic materials, virtual development, avant-garde manufacturing, design and production processes applied to art making.  Alongside evolving digital landscapes and technological advancements in the field I examine and question the role of the artist today and what is needed to secure the relevancy and required skills need for artists to continue to exist in the shifting technological landscape.  


Master of Arts in Arts Management with Commendation, Queen’s University Belfast (2017) 
Dissertation: ‘Creative Entrepreneurialism and Start-Up Businesses in the Arts: How creative workers are engaging in independent enterprises to build sustainable career pathways in the Arts and Cultural Sector of Northern Ireland’ 
Subject Areas: Cultural Policy, Arts Marketing, Engaging Audiences, Research Methods in Creative Arts, Advocacy and Lobbying, Arts Practice Management, Strategic Planning and Engagement with Social Media, Placement.


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


Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Fine Art, Specialism Printmaking, Ulster University, Belfast (2010-2013) 
Dissertation: ‘Men, Masculinities & Mark: The Representation of Masculinity within Contemporary Culture’ 
Subject Areas: Specialism Printmaking, Studio Practice, Contextual and Integrated Studies, Writing Research, History and Theory and Professional Practice.


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

Subject Areas: Personal Development, Life Drawing, Alternative Mark Making, 2D Skills, 3D Skills, Contextual Development, Writing and Research, Discipline Experience and Consolidation (Printmaking).     

Industry Exhibitions

'Photography Showcase' Group Show, Ivy House, Dublin,                                                                                                                         2018 

'Open House Festival’ Bangor, Northern Ireland (Invited Artist)                                                                                                                 2018

'Polaroid Boys', Solo Show, Arts Art Centre, Northern Ireland                                                                                                                    2018 

'Chasing Shadows', Solo Show, Blackbox Belfast                                                                                                                                        2018  

'Instant Film Showcase' Shoot Film, UK, (Selected Artist)                                                                                                                           2017

'Royal Ulster Academy' 135th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast (Selected Artist)                                                                     2016

'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, (Invited Artist)                                                                                               2016

' 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, (Collaborative Print)                      2014

‘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, (Selected Artist)                                                                                                            2014

‘Focus On: Photo Books’ Belfast Exposed Galley, Belfast                                                                                                                           2014

‘Art Gemini Prize’ Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, (Selected Artist)                                                                                                      2014

‘The Next Step’ Flax Gallery, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, (Curator + Exhibitor)                                                                                      2014

‘Annual Members Show’ Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast                                                                                                                            2013

‘Royal Dublin Society’ Student Art Awards, RDS Concert Hall, (Selected Artist)                                                                                       2013

‘Degree Show’ University of Ulster, Belfast                                                                                                                                                   2013   

‘On The Lagan’ Waterfront Hall Exhibition, Belfast, (Selected Artist)                                                                                                          2013

‘Student Show’ Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast, (Selected Artist)                                                                                                              2013

‘Student Show’ Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast, (Selected Artist)                                                                                                              2012

‘Student Show’ Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast, (Selected Artist)                                                                                                              2011

‘11 Printers Printing’ Independent Student Show, University of Ulster, Belfast, (Co-Curator)                                                                  2011             

Career History

Student Development & Work Related Learning Intern | Queen's University Belfast | March 2018 - Present

Event Manager | Young At Art | February 2018 - present

Art Consultant Assistant | Art Loves LTD January 2017 - March 2018

Student Support/ Scribe / Reader | Queens University Belfast | September 2017 - March 2018

Student Support/Notetaker | Belfast Metropolitan College | May 2017 - March 2018

Special Campus Assistant | University of Ulster | November 2014 - March 2018

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 

Conferences & Presentations

  • Sharing Space, Research as Practice Art Symposium                                                                                                                     2018             
  • AHECS Biennial 2018, video presentation on Development Week Student Led Initiatives                                                         2018
  • Insight to Management: Networking and Professional Practice                                                                                                     2018
  • Brokering Intercultural Exchange: Perspectives on Arts Management Practice                                                                           2018
  • Making Connections: Research Highlights from the MA in Arts Management                                                                             2017
  • Belfast Design Week 2017, Creative Business Bootcamp                                                                                                              2017
  • Bookmarks: Artist Book & Zine Fair, artist talk                                                                                                                                 2016
  • TAFE: Invited lecturer, Artist talk and Professional Practice                                                                                                           2014
  • PAWA, Residency Presentation                                                                                                                                                         2014                

Collections & Archives

  • ADOGI, Mini Print International                              2016
  • 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

Research Skills

  •  Practice as Research
  •  Qualitative data analysis
  • Ethnographic Interviewing  
  • Application of grounding theory 
  • Participant observation
  • Collecting, recording and interpreting statistics
  • Measuring Impact and ethics

Professional Associations

  • Visual Arts Ireland 
  • Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland
  • Arts Management Ireland
  • International Arts Manager
  • Belfast Print Workshop
  • Seacourt Print Workshop
  • Edinburgh Printmakers
  • Art Loves Ltd 
  • Young At Art
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • University of the West of England
  • Dublin Institute of Technology 
  • Central Institute of Technology 

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