Tony Hill


Tony Hill was born in 1949. He was brought up in Yorkshire, near to Huddersfield, and has lived and worked in Northern Ireland since 1975. He studied at the Manchester College of Art and Design (1968/69), the Maidstone College of Art (Painting 1969/72), the State Academy, Dusseldorf, (the class of Joseph Beuys 1972/73). He received his HDFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London University in 1975. He was appointed as Lecturer in Fine

Art in the School of Art and Design at the Ulster Polytechnic in 1975 and then at  the University of Ulster at Belfast until retiring in 2012. He has been responsible for Sculpture and Experimental Media and he was Director of the MFA Course from 1991 to 2003. He has held several one-person exhibitions of installations, sculpture, drawings,  photographs and films and his work has been included in numerous group and thematic shows in Ireland and abroad. He was a member of Acme Arts in London, The Artist’s Collective of Northern Ireland and Art and Research Exchange, Belfast and has been a studio member of Flax Art Studios since 2009. He is represented by the Fenderesky Gallery, where has shown regularly since the gallery formed in 1984. He has artworks in various private and public collections.   




Born 1949

Living and working in Northern Ireland since 1975

Member of Flaxart Studios since 2009


1968-9 Certificate in Foundation Studies     Manchester College of Art and Design

1969-72 Dip AD (BA Hons) in Painting      Maidstone College of Art

1972-73 North Rhine Westphalia Scholarship through the British Council

 Class of Prof. Joseph Beuys, Staatliche Kunstakademie Dusseldorf

1973-75 HDFA (Lond) The Slade School of Fine Art, University College,

London University

1975 Boise Travel Scholarship to Germany


1975 to date Lecturer in Fine Art/Sculpture Ulster Polytechnic / University of Ulster at Belfast

1991 to 2003 Director for MFA (Master of Fine Art Course)

Exhibitions to date

1973 “Dusseldorf Artists” at the Goethe Institute, London

1975 “Cross-Reference I” at Canterbury University, organised by Dr Stephen Bann.

“Mourne Wall” an installation with twin projectors, packed lunches and notebooks, Art and Design Centre, Belfast.

“The Last Three Days of September seen in the First Three Days of December” a projection and sound installation, Art and Design Centre, Belfast.

1976 “Cross-Reference II”, at the Concourse Gallery, Polytechnic of Central        London.“One Working Week; Accummulator,Debris” a live work and installation, the Fine Art Studio, Art and Design Centre, Belfast.

1977 “Free Phone” an intervention, The Free International University for Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research, FIU Northern Ireland Workshop, Documenta 6, Kassel.

1978 “I Stand- Island” A dual projection work. Staff Show, Art and Design Centre, Belfast.Photographic work included in the “IX Congress of the International Association of Artists; Art and Public” Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart.

“Heading for Home: The Reformation of an Artwork, Part 1; The Debate about Detail that Characterises Democracy”. A performance / presentation in the Boardroom, Art and Design Centre, Belfast.

1979 “Eyemouth Experimental Film Project” with Ron Haseldon, Rose Garrard, Kerry Trengrove and students, Eyemouth, Scotland

1980 “Waiting for Sunshine; a Crime of Political Passion” an installation, Art and Design Centre, Belfast.“Battlefield, Oi-ya-yi-ee” a photographic installation at Art and Research Exchange, Belfast.

1981 “Baths” a sculpture installation and photographs and multi-projection super 8mm films, Octagon Gallery, Belfast. Contributor to “Similia Similibus, Joseph Beuys’ zum 60 Gerburtstag”, By Johannes Stuttgen, Dumont.

1981-82 Exhibitions with the Artists Collective of Northern Ireland at various venues, including Leisure Centres in Belfast.“Jorgen Dobloug – Tony Hil” a joint exhibition of drawings at art and Research Exchange, Belfast. “ The Dumb Steeple” a live work with tape slide projection, Performance Art Programme organised by Nick Stuart, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

1984 “Making it Live” a double photographic work for a group exhibition and live art event at Huddersfield Art Gallery.“Where Oceans Meet” sculptures and wall paintings, with Lynne Davies-Jones, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast “Belfast-Dublin”an installation, Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, invited artist, selector Willie Doherty “Making Sense”  a live work slide projection, Performance Art Programme, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

1986 “Group Exhibition” at Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

1987 “Open Drawing Competition” at Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast “Enclosure Acts” an installation, Redemption, Derry “Son and Two Fathers” a sculpture with photographs, Gingerbread Exhibition, Otter Gallery, Belfast “Without Walls – Where Oceans Meet” a Sculpture with Words, Market Street, Downpatrick.

1988 “ Without Walls” an installation, Window Gallery, University of Ulster at Belfast

“Faxo Mondo” contributor to Internal Fax Project, Projects UK and Artspace Sydney, organiser / curator Adrian Hall

1989 “BR OK EN” an installation, Window Gallery, University of Ulster at Belfast

1990 “Hypen” outdoor sculpture in association with Paul Neagu and students, Narrow Castle Gallery grounds.

1991 Poesis Line Object, “Crown/Castle – Broken/Spilt” a two part sculpture, invited three person exhibition, with Deirdre O’Connell and Willie Heron, Fenderesky Gallery at Queen’s, Belfast

1993 Invited Curator for Fine Art Staff Exhibition, included sculpture / installation 02, Fenderesky Gallery at Queens

1995“The Beautiful Junk Shop” transforming everyday objects, open group exhibition, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

1996 “Day to day” Invitation group exhibition, Context Gallery, Londonderry, curated  by Dr Slavka Sverakova

1998 “Transgression” invited group exhibition contesting poetry and visual art, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

1999 “Shadows” two sculptures, invited group exhibition of sculptures, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

2000 “Sculptures”a two-person show with Willie Heron, Fenderesky Gallery

“70/2000 the Road to Meikle Seggie”, a touring exhibition organised by Richard Demarco starting at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston School of Art, London

“State of the Art 2000” The Millenium Exhibition at the Engine Room Gallery, Belfast

2001” the Last Lines of Waiting” a thematic exhibition based on the last three lines of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, “neither”, Fenderesky Gallery

2002 “White Paintings and Five Sculptors” invited group exhibition, Fenderesky

2002“Drawings for Peace”a group exhibition, Kentler International Drawing Space,NY  through Morgan O’Hara, “Maximising the Rods” installation / event, The Exhibition Space, UU Belfast

2004 “Exhibition in Two Parts” a group show, Fenderesky Gallery

2005 “Body Mind Spirit” Fourth annual competition organised by the Naughton Gallery at Queen’s and sponsored by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, “Mother-Daughter/Midwife”. “The View from the Studio No More” Art Raffle John Hewitt Bar, Belfast, in aid of MFA exhibition, photographic work

2006 “Beuys’ Legacy: Unity in Diversity” Goethe-Institut Dublin, Convened by Dr Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes. Contributed a portfolio of 26 black and white photographs of Joseph Beuys taken in 1974.

2007 “Heal”, Sixth annual competition organised by the Naughton Gallery at Queen’s and sponsored by the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Prize Winner with “70 Dandelions at Mountainquarter”. Dublin Art Fair, represented by the Fenderesky Gallery.  Exhibition of new Sculptures with Willie Heron at the Fenderesky Gallery. Included in group show at the Fenderesky Gallery. Outside In,PS2 Belfast, photograph

2008, Siberian Photo Show, Novosibirsk International Photo Festival, State Art Museum, toured to Ekaterinburg, Metenkov Photographic Museum. The Art Fair, Dublin RDS represented by the Fenderesky Gallery. Group Show at the Fenderesky Gallery. Christmas Show; Two Bronzes and Christmas is Over, Inkjet prints, at The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. Curated by Sarah McAvera.

2009, Seven, group exhibition, The Gallery, University of Ulster at Belfast. The Other side, group exhibition curated by Erika Winstone, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London. Rocks:from axe heads to Zennor Head, an exhibition of art and artefacts curated by artist Judith Frost, Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset. art-strata, an Installation/Performance,The Glass Space at The University of Ulster Belfast, Drilling Project, curator Brian Connolly as part of 160th Anniversary, The University of Ulster Belfast. The Visual Force Collective Histories of Northern Ireland, Selector Dr Slavka Sverakova, The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, copied Triple Super 8mm films of Loughros Beg Bay to DVD projection.

2010,John Erikson Museum of Art (JEMA) Next Chapter Project Spaces (Belfast Wing), Royal Hibernian Academy 180thAnnual Exhibition, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, 21st Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Group Exhibition, new sculpture, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast, Emerging and Established, 3 photoworks, St Annes Square, Belfast, Curator Alice Burns, New Works, group show, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast. Wish You Were Here 2010: postcard from an unknown artist, The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s, Belfast. Spam works.

2011, New Works/Abstract Paintings with Felim Egan, David Feely, Richard Gorman and Ronnie Hughes, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast.