Dr. Ruby Wallis

Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

Dr. Ruby Wallis

Lecturer in Photography

Ruby recently completed her PhD at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She also holds a Masters in Documentary Photography from University Wales (2007) and a Fine art degree from Creative School of Arts and Media (2004). In 2016 she was an artist in residence at The Irish Museum of Modern Art and was selected for Belfast Exposed Futures programme. In 2013 she was awarded first prize at Claremorris Open Exhibition selected by Andrew Wilson Curator of contemporary Art at Tate Britain and was nominated for the Prix Pictet award.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Post-Picturesque Ireland, Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Minnesota USA (2017). Seen Fifteen Gallery at Exchange Rates Brooklyn, USA (2016). New Century Retro, Claremorris Open Exhibition (2016) With each it is different and the same 2 x 2 - 126- Artist’s run Gallery, Galway (2016).
Statecraft, Art Research and Collaboration,Project Spaces, The Irish Museum of Modern Art (collaborative project) Dublin (2016). Contact, Belfast Exposed Gallery (2016).

Publications include: Mind the Gap! Working papers on practice-based doctoral research (2016). Vision magazine, China (2014). The Weary Blues journal, Ireland (2014) Defunct magazine, Iowa (2012). Super Massive Black Hole magazine, Ireland (2013). The British Journal of Photography, UK (2011). ‘Autowalks’ a paper On-Walking for the International Multidisciplinary Conference at The University of Sunderland, (2013).‘Unfixed Landscape’ The Journal of Artistic Research (2012).

Teaching Philosophy

A deeply committed artist and recent PhD graduate from National College of Art and Design, Dublin my teaching philosophy draws extensively on my experience as an exhibiting lens-based artist. I have the skills, experience and temperament for lecturing. My teaching combines practice and theory and is grounded in both historical and contemporary issues. An educator as well as an artist, I promote active learning and a student centred approach to developing a practice grounded in philosophical, aesthetic and political issues. This  aims to engage experimentation, discovery and collaboration. I encourage students not to get fixed on the idea of creating an “original” art object but rather to situate themselves in an existing field of knowledge and find a way to contribute  – to join the dialogue and take part in the critical problems within it. I am committed to an active research and publication agenda and welcome the opportunity to contribute to BCA’s  practice based research profile.  My PhD research was presented through multiple media platforms and centred on the representation of  landscape and place using both still and moving image.I am an active presence at conferences and enjoy collaborating with a team and sharing skills and creative ideas.