Robert Ellis is a graduate from DIT with a BA Hons Degree in Photography, and more recently from the University of Ulster with an MA in Photography. His photography deals with the notion of “home”, working with small rural communities, often relying on inherent or local knowledge to inform a sense of place. His work has been exhibited both at home and abroad, most recently he was selected by a panel to be included in a group show titled “Open Now” in the Gallery of Photography in Dublin. His work has been published in Prism Photography magazine and featured on La Lettre de Photogrphie in Paris, and also Aperture’s “What Matters Now” in New York.

2011 MFA Photography
University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast
2007 BA Hons Degree Photography
Dublin Institute of Technology, Temble Bar, Dublin.
2003 Fetac Level 2 Award Photography
Sallynoggin College of Further Education, Dublin


2008 “Lived Lives” Seamus McGuinness (Ongoing)

My work on this project involves documenting the “Lived Lives” archive. This is an archive of donated belongings collected from families and friends as part of an interview process, investigating young people who have died from suicide in Ireland between the years 2003 and 2007. It traces the lived experience of the object…its materiality. This is a collaborative research platform between clinical scientist Prof. Kevin Malone and PhD candidate Seamus McGuinness at the school of Medicine UCD Dublin. Its aim is to create an “alternative” language concerned with suicide by listening to lived experience of the lived life.

2011 Burren College of Art.
In 2011 I began working at the Burren College of Art where I run the library and also serve as a photography technician. Through working here I have also had the opportunity to curate some shows in the Burren College of Art Gallery.

Visiting Artist/ Lecturer

Sep 2012 / Burren College of Art, Co Clare.
Mar 2012 / South Eastern Regional College, Bangor, Co. Down.
Feb 2012 / Dublin Institute of Technology, Temple Bar, Dublin.
Feb 2011 / Burren College of Art, Co Clare.
Jan 2011 / Sallynoggin College of Further Education, Co. Dublin.
Nov 2010 / Sallynoggin College of Further Education, Co. Dublin.
Nov 2010 / South Eastern Regional College, Bangor, Co. Down.


Cyanotype Photography, ‘From Apathy to Empathy –reconnecting people and place’ with Dr. Eileen Hutton.
Burren Beo Trust, August 2012.


Solo & Two Person Shows:

Sep 2012 "New Line" The Courthouse, Kinvara, Co. Galway.

Mar 2012 "Time Frame" Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.

July 2009 "Wherever I Lay My Head" Hynes Gallery, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Group Shows:

New Irish Works, PhotoIreland Festival Main Show, The Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Dublin, July 2013

Now Wakes the Sea, Kinsale Arts Festival, Kinsale, July 2013

Something Recalled, Glor Arts Centre, Ennis, Clare, June 2013

Love and Death, Catalyst Arts Centre, Belfast, June 2013

RHA Annual Show 2013, RHA Gallery, Eli Place, Dublin, May 2013

Project 30 - Emerging views of Ireland, Gallery Of Photography, Temple Bar, Dublin, Nov 2012

Blow Your Mind - A selection of works by emerging photographers in Ireland, Botschaft Von Irland, Berlin, Oct 2012

Open Now, Gallery Of Photography, Temple Bar, Dublin, June 2012

Open Now, Gallery Nine, Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 2012.

Familiar Spaces, Burren College of Art Gallery, Co. Clare 2011

(e)merge Art Fair, 1358 Florida Avenue, NE Washington, DC 2011

Close to Home, Belfast Photo Festival, Fresh Claim Photography, Belfast 2011

Close To Home PhotoIreland Festival, South Studio, Dublin, 2011

#rank, Winkelman Gallery, SEVEN, Miami, Florida, USA 2010

Home Sweet Home, Lexington Budget Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A 2009

You Deserve a Break Today, The Roving Project Pop Up Gallery, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Photoworks 2007, Gallery of Photography/National Photographic Archive, Dublin, Ireland 2007

Portent, The Back Loft at La Catedral, Dublin, Ireland 2006

Gordon Darcy Stonewall Project, Glor, Ennis, Co. Clare 2006

Online Features & Publications:

New Line, This is Paper, Warsaw, 2013.

New Line, La Lettre, Paris, 2011, Selected by Jean-Luc Monterosso, director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie

New Line, What Matters Now? Aperture Foundation, New York, 2011

New Line, New Landscape Photography, New York 2011

New Line, PRISM | Photo Magazine, Dublin, 2011

New Line, Photo Volume, Ireland, 2011

New Line, The Photo Sythesizer, Ireland 2011

29th March 2012 "Collaborative exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery" by Carol Byrne

Oct 22nd 2011 The Irish Examiner "Familiar Spaces" by Marc O'Sullivan

June 27th 2007 The Irish Times “A new wave of Irish Art” by Aidan Dunne