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).
In 2014 he was nominated and subsequently selected as an emerging European photographer to participate in Plat(t)form 2014 at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. In 2014 he was also commissioned by Irish Curator Valerie Connor for Golden Mountain -TULCA Visual Arts Festival. His work was featured in New Irish Works as part of PhotoIreland Festival’s 2013 main show & book publication of the same name. His work can be seen as part of the Up Edition’s online platform. The New Line book is available as part of a series of publications known as Where We Are published by Aad Design.
In 2013 he spent two months in Uganda at the Nagenda International Academy of Art & Design (NIAAD) where he was a visiting lecturer and Artist in Residence. He also acted as external examiner for the Photography and Digital Media module of the BA in Art & Design programme at the Centre for Creative Arts, GMIT for the 2013/14 academic year.
My teaching philosophy is a culmination of my own positive experience of art education, my practice as a visual artist, and my experience from teaching. I have been privileged to have had great mentors in my own education and as a result of this I am very committed to replicating that experience in my engagement with students. As a visual artist I consider pedagogy as an extension of my practice and relish the opportunity to work with students in an engaging discourse around photography.
I am by nature, an outgoing person, and this lends itself easily to my student centered teaching philosophy. I believe that the classroom or learning environment should be based on an open forum, one where open dialogue, discussion and even humor are welcome. I believe that instead of trying to teach the students the knowledge of photography I have gained through my career, you can help them learn by getting them to ask the right questions. In doing so students will develop the skills to guide their practice, to solve problems, to lean more on their own resources and learn to trust their intuition.