Jane Hughes (b.1984, Ireland) is a multi-media artist working with painting, drawing, animation, installation and collaborative projects. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art Painting, from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin in 2006 and completed an MA in Environmental Art, at Aalto University, Helsinki in 2012, which included one year Erasmus exchange at the MA Art in Context at University of the Arts (Universität Der Kunst), Berlin. For over a decade Hughes has been working internationally as a visual artist, curator and educator in Ireland, Germany and Finland. She is currently based in Helsinki, Finland, where she co-founded Grey Garden Artist Studios in Itä-Pasila in early 2019.
Previously she worked at the independent project space WerkStadt in Berlin-Neukölln from 2008-2017. At the WerkStadt she co-curated the exhibition programme and initiated an open call programme during 2010-2013. She also co-founded and organised Art Clinic a monthly critical feedback sessions for professional artists.
Recent solo exhibitions include “Architecture of Emotions” in Custom House Studios & Gallery Westport, Ireland in 2018 and “Gods & Demons of the Forest” at the Embassy of Ireland, Berlin in 2015 and Detroit-Stockholm, Sweden in 2014. She has been awarded several residencies, most recently at Heinrich Böll Cottage on Achill Island in June 2019. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and galleries, artist-run spaces including; Figure Out curated by French duo virgule3 at Idiotopie, Nancy, France; Neither Here Nor There, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland, Grimmuseum, Berlin; the State Gallery of Kallingrad, Russia, and Sorbus Galleria, Helsinki. Her works are in public collections including Arts Council of Ostrobothnia, Finland, National visual arts library, Dublin and private collections in Ireland, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland. Her art practice has been kindly supported by Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland and Meath County Council.
In her collaborative projects she has worked together with Berlin based Heather Purcell since 2016 on socially engaged youth animation projects with Young Arts Berlin-Mitte and Clinic School Charite Hospital, Berlin, Bi’bak gallery among others. Their workshop ‘Tasty Ethics & Smelly Empathy’ was selected for the Akademie der ZusammenKUNFT, Initiative Haus der Statistik, funded by Berlin Senate Cultural Department in 2017, an experimental reading group exploring taste and smell as a way to respond to the short story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” (1973), Ursula Le Guin. Their projects strive to have political and social relevance co-producing animations with metaphors for various social themes such as gentrification, ecological issues and migration.
Jane Hughes and Finnish artist Taru Kallio have worked together since 2013 producing laborious hand-drawn surreal charcoal stop motion animations and collaborative exhibitions. Their work has been screened in Finland, Norway, Scotland and Germany.