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Dan Shipsides

Dan Shipsides


Senior Lecturer Art and Design, Contemporary Art  
Belfast School of Art, Ulster University 

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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. 

Shipsides was recently awarded the CQAF Visual Artist Bursary, 2023. Within the Shipsides and Beggs Project collaborative duo, in 2020, they presented their solo exhibition Another Fine Mess, in the Katzen Art Centre at the American University Museum, with commissioned work including the moving-image work Where the Lines End.  Shipsides was awarded an AHRC Landscape and Environment Award in 2006, the ACNI Major Artist Award in 2004, AHRC Creative Fellowship Award 2001, the Nissan Art Award / IMMA (Bamboo Support) Dublin in 2000 and in 1998 won the Perspective award, OBG, Belfast (The Stone Bridge).