A practicing artist since 2000, based in South Wales, Hamish Gane’s practice draws on notions of memory and melancholia, predominantly in relation to photography and family. His work has been exhibited widely in a number of solo and group shows, most recently: Home Sweet Home at the Capitol Centre, 2015 and From common differences at St David’s Hall, 2013 (both part of Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography)
In 2013, Gane was awarded a PhD for his practice-based research entitled: Photography, Melancholy, Family: Spaces Beyond Representation. Having formally worked as a lighting technician and designer in London with companies such as the Royal Ballet and Channel 4 Television, he relocated to South Wales in the late 1990s, to study photography and fine art. He completed his Masters (with distinction) in 2003 and his solo exhibition APRON was at Mission Gallery, Swansea in 2005. He is currently Programme Director for Photography in the Arts at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD.
CV & Education
2017 - 'Home Sweet Home', Theatr Clwyd. 2015 - Diffusion: 'Looking For America', Cardiff International Photo Festival. 2013 - Diffusion: 'From Common Differences', Cardiff International Photo Festival. 2010 - The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Fine Art Pavillion, Blaenau Gwent. 2008 - 'Unreliable Truths: Transformation and Illusion in Contemporary Photographic Practice', Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. 2007 - 'Dark Victory', Tactile Bosch, Cardiff. 2006 - 'Sitting Room', Touring Exhibition, International. Curated projects: 2010 - 'Fugitive Testimony' (Still Restless: Photography, Evidence, Time), Mission Gallery, Swansea. Solo exhibition: 2005 - 'Apron', Mission Gallery, Swansea.
'From Common Differences' (Co-editor, Artwork & Chapter), published by Ffotogallery 2013, ISBN 978-0-9561003-6-8. 'Family Ties' (Conference paper ‘200 Seconds: In Light of the Past’), published by Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London, 8-9/03/2011. The National Eisteddfod of Wales, (Artwork), Fine Art Catalogue, 2006, 2008, 2009. 'Unreliable Truths' (Artwork & Chapter ‘200 Seconds’), published by Glynn Vivian Gallery Swansea, 2008, ISBN 978-0-903189-78-1. 'Sitting Room', Exhibition Catalogue, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2008. 'Apron', (monograph) published by Mission Gallery and CLASI, 2005, ISBN 0-9545600-3-5. 'Family, Memory and Loss' Artist talk with Karen Ingham, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea 2008.
Mission Gallery, Swansea (Chair of Board 2011-2014, Board Member 2008-present). Association of Photography in Higher Education.
Practice-based PhD (completed 2012/13): Photography, Melancholy, Family: Spaces Beyond Representation. Research participant within the Family Ties Network, a national research group of artists who explore space, place and the family in photography and moving image. Research participant: Photography, Bereavement and Grief: Interpreting personal loss through creative practice, an on-going research project initiated by De Montfort University, Leicester. Research participant within the Centre for Lens Arts and Science Interaction (CLASI), UWTSD.
External Examiner - FdA Photography and Digital Arts, Exeter College, Plymouth University, 2011-2015. Partnership Team Leader – Hereford College of Arts, BA Photography and BA Fine Art programmes, 2013-present. QAA - Art & Design Subject Benchmark Statement Review Committee, 2015-17 (The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education).
2013: PhD University of Wales. 2003: MA Photography (Dist), SIHE, University of Wales. 2000: BA (Hons) Photography in the Arts (1st Class) SIHE, University of Wales.
2007-present: Programme Director, MArts & BA (Hons) Photography in the Arts, Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 2005-2007: Lecturer (0.5), Swansea Metropolitan University, BA Photography Programmes. 2000-2006: Lecturer (0.5), Swansea Institute of Higher Education (SMU), Foundation Art & Deisgn. 2000-2007: Artist / Photographer, Self-employed. 1999-2003: Photography Tutor (part-time), Dragon Arts Centre, Swansea. 1995-1997: Stills Photographer, Freelance (main clients: MTV, Channel 4 Television). 1995-1997: Lighting Designer for stage and television, Freelance (London theatres and production companies). 1989-1995: Stage & Lighting Technician/Designer, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.