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

 

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

Let The World Keep Turning

Exhibition / Performance
O'Donnell, R. Let The World Keep Turning. [Photographic Print]. Exhibited at Tongji University, Shanghai. 10 February 2016 - 4 April 2016. (Unpublished)

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O'Donnell, R. Let The World Keep Turning. [Photographic Print]. Exhibited at Tongji University, Shanghai. 10 February 2016 - 4 April 2016. (Unpublished
PROTEUS’ Science Engagement Exhibition Travels to Shanghai, China. ** PROTEUS’ will show its highly acclaimed science engagement exhibition, created by renown Scottish artist...

Craiglockhart Sharing Good Practice: Strategies to improve the rapport, and mutual respect between teacher and student

Presentation / Conference
O'Donnell, R. (2016, January)
Craiglockhart Sharing Good Practice: Strategies to improve the rapport, and mutual respect between teacher and student. Presented at Edinburgh Napier University Teaching Fellows Conference, Edinburgh
Ron O'Donnell (photography) Richard Firth (product design) Developing a method of assessment through face to face marking. We would like to present the initial findings of a s...

Liberty Leading the People

Exhibition / Performance
O'Donnell, R. (2015)
Liberty Leading the People. [Constructed Colour Photograph]. Exhibited at McManus Museum and Art Gallery, Dundee. 6 April 2015. (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 ar...

'Wild Flowers' at 4th Singapore International Photography Festival

Exhibition / Performance
O'Donnell, R. (2014)
'Wild Flowers' at 4th Singapore International Photography Festival. [Constructed Photograph]. Exhibited at National Museum of Singapore, Singapore. 3 October 2014 - 30 November 2014. (Unpublished
The Singapore International Photography Festival is a biennial gathering of minds from around the world with the common pursuit of advancing the art and appreciation of photog...

'Art and Mortality' Seminar

Presentation / Conference
O'Donnell, R. (2014, March)
'Art and Mortality' Seminar. Presented at In Memoriam, The Royal Society Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Ron O’Donnell’s photographs, vibrant and effervescent, daring and humorous, touch upon allegory and myth, identity and mortality. In each case he turns a spotlight upon the fo...

A Silvered Light - Scottish Art Photography from the City's Permanent Collection

Exhibition / Performance
O'Donnell, R. A Silvered Light - Scottish Art Photography from the City's Permanent Collection. [Photographic print]. Exhibited at McManus Museums and Art Gallery, Dundee. 6 December 2013 - 8 December 2014. (Unpublished)

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O'Donnell, R. A Silvered Light - Scottish Art Photography from the City's Permanent Collection. [Photographic print]. Exhibited at McManus Museums and Art Gallery, Dundee. 6 December 2013 - 8 December 2014. (Unpublished
A Silvered Light - Scottish Art Photography from the City's Permanent Collection Scottish Art Photography selected from Dundee City's permanent collection will be displayed i...