Glenn Loughran is an Artist and a Lecturer in Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Creative Arts and Media (DIT). He is also programme director on the B.A in Visual Art (B.A.V.A) on Sherkin Island. Originally from Belfast, N.Ireland, Loughran has studied Art and Design at The Ulster University (1991), Dun Laoghaire College of Art Design Technology (Diploma / 2002), Fine Art Painting at the National College of Art and Design (B.A / 2003), Sculpture at N.C.A.D (M.A / 2005), and a doctorate at the N.C.A.D/Graduate School Of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) (2012).
Throughout this educational trajectory he worked across two fields of practice; one as an educator working within the framework of informal education, the other as an artist working within the framework of Participatory Art. The experiences of informal education were developed in disadvantaged communities throughout Dublin, and were influenced by discourses on Critical Pedagogy. The experiences of artistic practice were developed in ‘void’ urban spaces, and were influenced by interventionist art practices and post--structuralist theories on the everyday. Recent work has developed hybrid forms of artistic research at the intersection between pedagogical process and artistic intervention, such as thehedgeschoolproject (2006 – 12).
He has exhibited Nationally (2006 – 16) and Internationally at the Lithuanian Biennale (2010) Mattress Factory (2012) A--Venue Gothenburg, Sweden (2016). He has also presented on artistic research and pedagogy at the Venice Biennale (2009), International Standing Conference on Popular Education, Utrecht (2010), The Creative Time Summit, Venice Biennale (2014), European Educational Research Association, UCD, Dublin (ECER/2016), Sibelius University, Helsinki (2016). He has written for Encore Review, published a book chapter on Art and Education (Granville, 2012), on artistic research at ‘Documenta 13’ (2012) and developed a collaborative Socially Engaged Art newspaper with the Stockyard Institute, Chicago, Titled: Transactions 1#. (2015). Currently, he is working on a series of research events and installations through the Oliver Bond Public Archive, with the Robert Emmet Community Development Project (2016 – 17). This work will be extended throughout 2017.