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Professor Brian McClelland
Born in Belfast 31 March 1944
Brian McClelland initially studied at the Belfast College of Art 1962-66 and subsequently won a place at the Royal College of Art, London where he gained the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths' Award for the best graduating Student of the Year in 1969.
In his early years, McClelland was a practicing silversmith and jeweller and his craftwork is in many public and private collections worldwide. In 1971 at the World Craft Council Awards he won 1st Prize for a silver necklace that is on permanent display in the Ulster Museum, Belfast. However, he is probably best known for his design work on state-of-the-art medical defibrillators that have featured in numerous exhibitions and publications, as well as saving countless lives. In the mid nineties he was short-listed for the Design Council's 'Designer of the Year' Award for his pioneering designs and gained a Personal Chair in Design at the University of Ulster. Since completing his term of office as Head of School, he has directed his computing skills to the development of digital artwork. This new work has been exhibited in international exhibitions in Paris, Amsterdam, Krakow, Sofia, Madrid, Russia and London as well as locally. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has some of this new work in their permanent collection as well as jewellery acquired in the early seventies.
In 1969 Brian McClelland joined the staff of the 'Art College' as a part-time lecturer and held the following posts since its merger with the University of Ulster in 1984: Head of Department of Design In Industry; Head of School of Design and Communication; Head of School of Art and Design and Co-ordinator of Art and Design Research. He retired in 2010 and was granted the status of Emeritus Professor of Design by the University. During the past forty years he has been a Board Member of: Arts Council NI; Design Council NI; The Design Directorate, IRTU; AHRB Postgraduate Awards Panel; Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, Chairman of Craft Northern Ireland and Associate Editor of The Design Journal. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Computer generated digital imaging (ghosts in the machine as he likes to think of the images created by the electronic pixels) is a vast storehouse of inspiration for McClelland.
His work is mainly based on imagery that explores the relationships between actuality and virtuality. The work endeavours to capture reaction to situations, social issues and environments. Such imagery may be the result of observed urban change or purely a response to an event or idea.
'Reflexions' Solo Exhibition, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
A range of 30 diptych and triptych digital artworks. 2002
VADS - work included in the pilot virtual gallery space of UK Universities' Art Collections 2002
'Lessedra Second World Art Print Annual Mini Print' - Exhibited at the Palace of Culture,
Sofia, Bulgaria. 2003
'23rd Mini Print International' Cadaques - Touring exhibition Spain, France and UK. 2003/04
'Trust in Art' Exhibition - Hillsborough Castle, Hillsborough, Co. Down. 2003
'Royal Ulster Academy' Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast 2003
'Hype' Exhibition, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 2004
'Refined Views'- The Tile Refinery Gallery, Belfast 2004
'Lessedra Third World Art Print Annual Mini Print' - Exhibited at the Palace of Culture,
Sofia, Bulgaria. 2004
'Work in Progress'- The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast 2004
(Arts Council of Northern Ireland purchased two pieces for their Permanent Collection)
'Hype' Exhibition, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France 2004
(Work featured in 'Next Level' Ed 01 Vol 04 Publicis 2005)
'Bal:ance' Solo Exhibition, Engine Room Gallery, Belfast 2006
(A range of 30 digital artworks on canvas)
'Lessedra Fifth World Art Print Annual Mini Print' - Exhibited at the Palace of Culture
Sofia, Bulgaria. 2006
'Hype' Exhibition, Old Post CS-Building, Oosterdokakade, Amsterdam. 2006