Dan Shipsides moved to Belfast in 1995 and graduated with an MFA in 1997. He was a committee director at Catalyst Arts (96-98), and Bbeyond (2002-2007) and since 1997 has been based in the artist-run Orchid Studios in Belfast. He is senior lecturer co-directing the MFA Fine Art at the Belfast School of Art.
His multidisciplinary practice of (image, moving image, drawing, installation, music and performance +) concerns the geographies of art, exploring landscape and spatial narratives around cultural, social, political and environmental matters.
His term ‘pata-perception’ gives a frame to explore and accommodate the hybridisation of overlapping fields of imaginative and experiential enquiry.
He has been awarded several prestigious awards including:
- AHRC Landscape and Environment Award (2006)
- ACNI (Arts Council Northern Ireland) Major Artist Award (2004)
- AHRC Creative Fellowship (2001)
- Nissan Art Award (2000) and the Perspective Award (1998)
His work is in several national and international public and recently was the subject of podcasts looking at art and the natural environment through the lens of rock-climbing (e.g. From Deep Blue to Pale Blue, BBC Radio 3). Since 2004 he also works within the collaborative art duo; Shipsides and Beggs Projects.
National and international exhibitions include:
- American University Museum - Katzen Gallery (Another Fine Mess)
- La Cuisine, France (The Lament of the Accolade Tree)
- L'Orangerie Bastogne, Belgium (Still not out of the Woods)
- Microclima, Venice (The Iron Way)
- ACCA, Melbourne (Desire Lines)
- The MAC, Belfast (Still Not Out Of The Woods)
- Aliceday Gallery, Brussels (Vigil|Star)
- South London Gallery (Games & Theory)
- Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (Radical Architecture)
- Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (Elastic Frontiers)
- Platform Guranti, Istanbul (Hit & Run)
- Confederation Gallery, Canada (Beauty Queens)
- HEDAH, Maastricht (Rochers à Fontainebleau)
- Riga Sculpture Quadrennial, Latvia (European Space)
- Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (Pioneers)
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (Sporting Life)
- Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (Endure)
- Melbourne International Biennial, Australia (Signs of Life)
For more information visit Dan's website.