Ron O'Donnell

Ron ODonnell

Mr Ron O'Donnell

Lecturer

Biography

I am a visual artist, my early work established me at the forefront of artists working in the medium of constructed photography. I was a student at Napier College in the 80s, and I have taught in Prison education, further education and higher education. I joined Edinburgh Napier University 4years ago.
I have lectured and given workshops worldwide including Tate Gallery Liverpool, University of Plastic Arts Barcelona, Art Institute San Francisco, Barbican Art Centre London, School of Art Kingston Jamaica, Glasgow School of Art, California State University Los Angeles. Expo Exhibition Thessaloniki Greece, Edinburgh College of Art.
For almost 40 years I have devised working methods in Constructed Photography.
My work has been included in exhibitions worldwide, including the widely regarded seminal exhibition the Vigorous Imagination, at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 1987. Simon Groom, director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, said: “Scotland has produced a great many artists of international significance in the last 30-40 years, and the Vigorous Imagination exhibition held at the National Galleries of Scotland marked a very important moment in the history of Scottish Art.
I am the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research grant for photography, making large scale installations in museums and gallery’s worldwide, Including, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Centro de la Imagen Mexico City, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography Montreal, California State University Los Angeles Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, Walker Arts Centre Minneapolis.
Research Project Award, Scottish Arts Council Award, Arts and Humanities Research Council Award, Creative Scotland Award. My work has been collected by museums worldwide and acquired for the nation, including Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musee National dArt Modern Centre George Pompidou Paris, Kelvingrove Museum and Art Galleries Glasgow. Walker Arts Centre Minneapolis.

Research Areas

Esteem

Invited Speaker

  • High Ed Conf
  • Annual Awards Ceremony St Modans High School Stirling 2016
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery Bonjour Monsieur Byrne 2016
  • Hawthornden Lecture theatre. National Galleries of Scotland
  • Edinburgh Photographic Society

 

Media Activity

  • Scottish identity in the works of contemporary artists.
  • Eight Museum Marvels! Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery Glasgow
  • British Artists Dictionary 2017 Publisher De Gruyter
  • A Companion to British Art: 1600 to the Present
  • All the Worlds a Stage
  • What do Artists do all Day John Byrne TV Documentary

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • DIY Creativity and Conceptual Advertising Student Futures Pechakucha 2020
  • Edinburgh Science Festival National Museums of Scotland
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe Art is Shit

 

Visiting Positions

  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Falmouth School of Art

 

Date


16 results

"Fusion"

Exhibition / Performance
O'Donnell, R. "Fusion". [Photographic Prints]. Exhibited at Songjiang Art Museum, Shanghai, China. 23 October 2019 - 3 November 2019. (Unpublished)

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O'Donnell, R. "Fusion". [Photographic Prints]. Exhibited at Songjiang Art Museum, Shanghai, China. 23 October 2019 - 3 November 2019. (Unpublished
Collaborative Exhibition from the School of Arts and Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University.

Still Life is Alive and Kicking

Exhibition / Performance
O'Donnell, R. (2019)
Still Life is Alive and Kicking. [Constructed Photograph]. Exhibited at City Arts Centre [Permanent Collection], Edinburgh. 3 September 2019 - 10 April 2020. (Unpublished

Art is Shit

Exhibition / Performance
O'Donnell, R. Art is Shit. [Performance]. Performed at Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, Edinburgh. 12 July 2019 - 17 August 2019. (Unpublished)

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O'Donnell, R. Art is Shit. [Performance]. Performed at Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, Edinburgh. 12 July 2019 - 17 August 2019. (Unpublished
This is a performance, a documentation of a live event at the Edinburgh International Festival fringe. CODI Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, is a unique public engagement event, co...

The Vigorous Imagination Revisited

Exhibition / Performance
O'Donnell, R. (2017)
The Vigorous Imagination Revisited. [Constructed Photograph]. Exhibited at Roger Bilcliffe Gallery, Glasgow. 27 October 2017 - 18 November 2017. (Unpublished
The Vigorous Imagination revisited This year marks the 30th anniversary of the ground-breaking exhibition ‘The Vigorous Imagination: New Scottish Art’ presented at the Scottis...

The Vigorous Imagination Revisited

Exhibition / Performance
O'Donnell, R. (2017)
The Vigorous Imagination Revisited. [Constructed Photograph]. Exhibited at The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh. 26 October 2017 - 18 November 2017. (Unpublished
In 1987, The Vigorous Imagination showcased the works of 17 young artists who were making waves on the international art scene, featuring the powerful new wave of figurative a...

Feed-forward / feed-back a view of face-to-face marking

Presentation / Conference
O'Donnell, R. (2017, July)
Feed-forward / feed-back a view of face-to-face marking. Presented at HEA Annual Conference 2017, Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight, Manchester

No Articles Beyond This Point

Exhibition / Performance
O'Donnell, R. (2017)
No Articles Beyond This Point. [Constructed Photographic Print]. Exhibited at McManus Museum and Art Gallery, Dundee. 4 April 2017. (Unpublished
McManus Museum and Art Gallery. Leisure and Culture Dundee’s fine art collection is a Recognised Collection of National Significance and particularly strong in Scottish fine a...

It’s not Binary it’s Holistic: Inventive Pedagogical Practice from Prison to University – Providing the Tools for Learned Creativity

Presentation / Conference
O'Donnell, R. (2016, June)
It’s not Binary it’s Holistic: Inventive Pedagogical Practice from Prison to University – Providing the Tools for Learned Creativity. Presented at AHRC Commons: Common Ground, York
This overarching aim is designed: to enable students to make informed choices ... present a substantial practical and creative project. I am encouraging creative input, by pa...

The Kings Dome Commission

Digital Artefact
O'Donnell, R. (2016)
The Kings Dome Commission. [A2 Poster]
Arts and Humanities Research Council produced an A2 poster of my images on the John Byrne Commission for the Kings Theatre Edinburgh, 'All the worlds a stage'.

It’s not Binary It’s Holistic: Providing The Tools For Learned Creativity

Presentation / Conference
O'Donnell, R. (2016, March)
It’s not Binary It’s Holistic: Providing The Tools For Learned Creativity. Presented at Higher Education Academy Arts and Humanities Conference, Brighton
My overarching aim is to design a process by which students can make informed choices when presenting a substantial practical and creative project. Each year students are give...