Robert Ellis is an Irish photographer who completed his MFA in Photography from the University of Ulster in Belfast (2011), having previously graduated with a BA Hons Degree in Photography from Dublin Institute of Photography (2007).
His photography deals with the notion of “home”, working with small rural communities, often relying on inherent or local knowledge to inform a sense of place.

Recent solo shows include Belfast Exposed Gallery and Peckham 24 as part of Photo London. He was invited as an emerging European photographer to participate in Plat(t) form 2014 at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. In 2014, he was commissioned by Curator Valerie Connor for Golden Mountain, TULCA Visual Arts Festival. His work was featured in New Irish Works as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2013, including the publication of the same name.

During 2013, he began working at the Nagenda International Academy of Art & Design in Uganda, where he currently is a visiting lecturer and Artist in Residence.

2011 MFA Photography
University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast
2007 BA Hons Degree Photography
Dublin Institute of Technology, Temble Bar, Dublin.
2003 Fetac Level 2 Award Photography
Sallynoggin College of Further Education, Dublin

Academic Experience

Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.
Member of Faculty / Photography Technician 2011 – Present (part-time)

Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin
Member of Faculty / Photography Technician 2015 – Present (part-time)

Nagenda International Academy of Art and Design, Entebbe, Uganda.
Visiting Artist in Residence / Lecturer 2013 – Present

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
External Examiner (Sep 2013 – Aug 2014)

Visiting Artist/ Lecturer
Belfast Exposed, Belfast May 2017.
Center for Creative Arts & Media, GMIT, Galway Feb 2015.
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nov 2014.
Burren College of Art, Co Clare, Feb 2011, Sep 2012, May 2013, Feb 2014.
Gustavus Adolphus College, BCA, Co. Clare. Jan 2014.
Transylvania University, BCA, Co. Clare. April 2013.
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, BCA, Co. Clare, May 2013.
Luisiana State University, BCA, Co. Clare, June 2013.
Johns Hopkins University, BCA, Co. Clare. July 2013.
South Eastern Regional College, Bangor, Co. Down. Nov 2010, Mar 2012.
Dublin Institute of Technology, Temple Bar, Dublin. Feb 2012.
Sallynoggin College of Further Education, Co. Dublin. Jan 2010, Feb 2011.


Solo & Two Person Shows:

July 2017 'Proverbs' The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin

May 2017 'Proverbs' Peckham 24, Photo London, Copeland Park, London.

Mar 2017 'Proverbs' Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery, Belfast.

Nov 2015 "New Line" The Staff Club, Quadrangle Building, National University of Ireland Galway

Sep 2012 "New Line" The Courthouse, Kinvara, Co. Galway.

Mar 2012 "Time Frame" Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.

July 2009 "Wherever I Lay My Head" Hynes Gallery, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Group Shows:

RHA Annual Show 2017, RHA Gallery, Eli Place, Dublin, May 2017.

NIAAD Faculty Show, Makerere University Gallery, Uganda, May 2017.

BCA Faculty Exhibition, Burren College of Art Gallery, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Oct 2016.

RHA Annual Show 2016, RHA Gallery, Eli Place, Dublin, Mar 2016.

In Conversation, Centre for Creative Arts & Media, GMIT Cluain Mhuire, Jan 2016.

Up Editions, The Hutspot, Van Woustraat 4, Amsterdam, June 2015.

Remote Photo Festival, The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, May 2015.

Up Editions, Fotofever, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris Nov 2014.

TULCA Visual Arts Festival, “Golden Mountain", Nov 3013

New Irish Works, PhotoIreland Festival Main Show, The Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Dublin, July 2013

Now Wakes the Sea, Kinsale Arts Festival, Kinsale, July 2013

Something Recalled, Glor Arts Centre, Ennis, Clare, June 2013

Love and Death, Catalyst Arts Centre, Belfast, June 2013

RHA Annual Show 2013, RHA Gallery, Eli Place, Dublin, May 2013

Project 30 - Emerging views of Ireland, Gallery Of Photography, Temple Bar, Dublin, Nov 2012

Blow Your Mind - A selection of works by emerging photographers in Ireland, Botschaft Von Irland, Berlin, Oct 2012

Open Now, Gallery Of Photography, Temple Bar, Dublin, June 2012

Open Now, Gallery Nine, Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 2012.

Familiar Spaces, Burren College of Art Gallery, Co. Clare 2011

(e)merge Art Fair, 1358 Florida Avenue, NE Washington, DC 2011

Close to Home, Belfast Photo Festival, Fresh Claim Photography, Belfast 2011

Close To Home PhotoIreland Festival, South Studio, Dublin, 2011

#rank, Winkelman Gallery, SEVEN, Miami, Florida, USA 2010

Home Sweet Home, Lexington Budget Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A 2009

You Deserve a Break Today, The Roving Project Pop Up Gallery, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Photoworks 2007, Gallery of Photography/National Photographic Archive, Dublin, Ireland 2007

Portent, The Back Loft at La Catedral, Dublin, Ireland 2006

Gordon Darcy Stonewall Project, Glor, Ennis, Co. Clare 2006

Online Features & Publications:

'Proverbs' published as part of The Library Project Editions, July 2017.

New Line by Ellis, R. 2014 Published by Aad as part of the Where we are series. ISBN 978 0 9927863 04

Flak Photo Archive, a featured photographer on the digital archive of contemporary photography curated by Andy Adams.

Plat(t)form 2014, Nominated as one of 200 emerging European Photographers, and subsequently one of 42 selected to present work to an expert panel in January 2014 at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.

Commisioned by curator Valerie Connor to produce work for TULCA Visual Arts Festival 2014.

New Line, This is Paper, Warsaw, 2013.

New Line, La Lettre, Paris, 2011, Selected by Jean-Luc Monterosso, director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie

New Line, What Matters Now? Aperture Foundation, New York, 2011

New Line, New Landscape Photography, New York 2011

New Line, PRISM | Photo Magazine, Dublin, 2011

New Line, Photo Volume, Ireland, 2011

New Line, The Photo Sythesizer, Ireland 2011

29th March 2012 "Collaborative exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery" by Carol Byrne

Oct 22nd 2011 The Irish Examiner "Familiar Spaces" by Marc O'Sullivan

June 27th 2007 The Irish Times “A new wave of Irish Art” by Aidan Dunne