1971 B.A. Philosophy and Logic, University College Dublin 1976 Diploma in Social Science, University of Westminster 1976 – 2001 Employed in London Local Authority public service. 1978 Inner London Adult Education woodworking course in Chelsea 1980 – 1987 Evening furniture designing/making courses at the Chelsea College of Art workshops in Hammersmith with Ernest Rodker 1984 Summer School at John Makepeace’s furniture designing/making School in Parnham. 1987- 1989 London College of Furniture Cabinet Making Course. 1989 - 2000 A member of a collective of woodworkers in King’s Cross and Hackney 2001 Returned to live in Ireland and full time professional public service. 2011 Began working full-time with wood. Registered with the Crafts Council of Ireland( C.C.o.I.) Became a Member of – The Plato Group, and the Dun Laoghaire Artists Network
2014 Hugh joined the group of artists represented in Dublin by the Olivier Cornet Gallery, 5 Cavendish Row (the gallery subsequently moved to 3 Great Denmark Street).
Examples of Additional Professional Experience
2012 Designyard, South Frederick Street, Dublin - Present. Festival of Irish Design, Project 51, Dublin, supported by C.C.o.I.
2014 Lavit Gallery, Cork – Present. National Craft & Design Fair, Royal Dublin Society (R.D.S.).
2015 National Craft & Design Fair, R.D.S.
2016 National Craft & Design Fair, R.D.S.
IMPORTANT EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS
2012 The C.C.o.I. “A Place to Gather” at the London Design Week and the Palais de Justus Lipsius in Brussels to mark the Irish Presidency of the European Union.
2013 C.C.o.I. Showcase at R.D.S.
2014 Royal Hibernian Academy (R.H.A.) Open Summer Exhibition, Dublin.
Commissioned, with Kathleen Holland, Jeweler, to make a manuscript box in Walnut for the author David Mitchell to be stored until 2114 in the ‘Future Library’ project in Norway
'Flâneries in forests and fields', The Olivier Cornet Gallery. The Office of Public Works (O.P.W.) acquired Hugh’s ‘Platter’ in Yew for the State’s Art Collection.
The Olivier Cornet Gallery group show “A Terrible Beauty” at VUE, National Contemporary Art Fair, R.H.A.,
2015 R.H.A. Open Summer Exhibition.
The Olivier Cornet Gallery summer show - “5 Cavendish Row”.
Sculpture in Context at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.
The Olivier Cornet Gallery group show "Hopscotch’ at VUE, R.H.A. The O.P.W. acquired Hugh’s ‘Maternal Care' for the State’s Art Collection.
Royal Ulster Academy Open Submission Exhibition, Belfast.
2016 The Olivier Cornet Gallery group show ‘Elevation’ based on work of Charles Baudelaire. At VUE, R.H.A.
I.A.W.A.T.S.T. (Interesting And Weird At The Same Time). ‘Maternal Care’ was included in this exhibition which was organised by the O.P.W., Northern Ireland Executive and Dublin City Council in collaboration with Central Model Senior School, Dublin 1.
2017 'Explorations in Wood" a solo exhibition hosted by Olivier Cornet Gallery. The O.P.W. acquired Hugh’s Tall ‘Wings’ vessel in Rosewood for the State’s Art Collection.
R.D.S. Craft Awards, Dublin.
'Sculpture in Context' at the National Botanic Gardens.
'Turned and Sculpted Wood’, Wood Symphony, Online International Collection.
The Olivier Cornet Gallery group show '2° C' on climate change, with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency at VUE, R.H.A.
2018 'Turned and Sculpted Wood’ 2018', Wood Symphony, Online International Collection . ‘s t r i a e’ a two-person exhibition of work with Sheila Naughton at the Olivier Cornet Gallery. WOODWORK - "an exhibition devoted to functional and decorative objects in wood and willow" - at Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford.
Featured in “Masters of Contemporary Wood Art” published by Wood Symphony Gallery, U.S.A.
Royal Ulster Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition, Belfast.
The Olivier Cornet Gallery group themed show “Somewhere between perception and reality” at VUE, R.H.A.
2019 Selected for the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland Portfolio Wider Programme. ‘Artist in Craft’ at the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry. 'Cycling through the Rages' at the Olivier Corney Gallery - a group show curated by Kelly Ratchford & Olivier Cornet.
Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 138th Annual Exhibition at the Ulster Museum, Belfast - 18th October 2019 to 5th January 2020.
Olivier Cornet group show of gallery artists at the Wexford Opera Festival celebrating Massenet’s ‘Don Quichotte’ – October/November
‘The Art of Giving’ 2019, Wood Symphony, Online International Collection.
Featured in “Masters of Contemporary Wood Art”, Volume II, published by Wood Symphony Gallery, U.S.A.
2020 SMALL TREASURES 2020 - An Exhibition of Small Wood Wonders. An online Exhibition at www.woodsymphony.com curated by Larisa Safaryan. Artist Network Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown - Online exhibitions based on the theme of the Four Elements - Hugh has work selected for "Air" and " Water" www.artnetdlr.ie Interviewed online by Alan Keane as part of his ‘The Artist’s Well’ series - now available on YouTube https://youtu.be/9E5t7tG4ypI
Invited to donate work to Imogen Stuart’s Standing Stone Fundraising Online Auction.
Featured in “Masters of Contemporary Wood Art”, Volume III, published by Wood Symphony Gallery, U.S.A.
‘The Art of Giving’ 2020, Wood Symphony, Online International Collection.
“On Paper”, Winter group show at Olivier Cornet Gallery, curated in collaboration with Jackie Ryan.
2021 Pluid Project 2021 A national comfort blanket of original art work at Farmleigh.
Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 140th Annual Exhibition.
'Made/In Ireland' "An exhibition to celebrate the skill and vitality of our island's makers". Presented by Design and Crafts Council Ireland. Exhibition Team - Mary Gallagher, Hilary Morley, Stephen O'Connell, Aine Gallagher.** Castle Yard, Kilkenny.
2022 'Emergence' Artnetdlr group exhibition curated by Jay Murphy and Louise Neiland at Walters in Dun Laoghaire
**'Made/In Ireland' Farmleigh Gallery 7th July - 4th September 2022, and, F. E McWilliam Gallery 24th September - January 2023
192nd Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin.
'Convergence' Artnetdlr group exhibition curated by Louise Neiland at Walters in Dun Laoghaire June - Autumn 2022
Sculpture in Context 2022, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. 1st September - 7th October .