Dr. Ruby Wallis

Wallis studied at ATU School of Design and Creative Arts and University of Wales, and was awarded a practice-based PhD by the National College of Art and Design in 2015. Recent exhibitions including Whistling in the Dark, Galway Arts Centre (solo) This Rural, Lismore Castle Arts, Bones in the Attic, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Images Are All We Have, PhotoIreland Festival, Engage, Photomuseum Ireland, Post-Picturesque Ireland, Perlman Teaching Museum, Minnesota, I Know, but Only Just, Solas Nua, Washington, Exiles, The Lab, Futures, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, Moving Stills, The Dock, Contact, Belfast Exposed Gallery, Tulca Festival of Visual Arts.

In 2022 she published the photobook A Woman Walks Alone at Night, with a Camera, selected publications also include The Journal of Artistic Research,The New Yorker, The British Journal of Photography, Winter Papers. Her work is held by collections at Rochester Art Centre, USA, and UG. Wallis was awarded residencies at the CCI, Paris, IMMA and TG.. She is the chair of the board of directors at Engage Art Studios, Galway, and lectures at The Burren College of Art, Co.Clare. She is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Teaching Philosophy

A deeply committed artist and 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 combine 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.

I am committed to an active research and publication agenda and welcome the opportunity to contribute to BCA’s  practice based study 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 enjoy collaborating with a team and sharing skills and creative ideas.