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  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

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I have been Lecturer in Ceramics at Belfast School of Art since January 2017. My AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award project (2010-14) was based jointly at the University of Sunderland and the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (SMWG). I was an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow at the same institution in 2016 and an AHRC International Placement Scheme Visiting Scholar at the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan, in 2013. 

Research Interests

My practice-led ceramics research is concerned with three interrelated strands of enquiry which can be summarised as follows: (a) artistic approaches to archives and museum collections with an emphasis on community engagement and participation; (b) an exploration of the relationship between artistic and archaeological research methodologies; and, (c) an interest in the role clay, ceramics and grassroots making can play in encouraging wellbeing.  

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sunderland

Oct 2010Sep 2014

Award Date: 1 Mar 2015


Oct 1999Sep 2000

Award Date: 30 Jul 2000


Sep 1995Jul 1998

Award Date: 1 Jul 1998

External positions

Craft Advisory Panel, Craft Northern Ireland

1 Apr 2020 → …

External Examiner, MA Ceramic Design, Staffordshire University

1 Feb 202030 Sep 2023

Academic Adviser Panel Member 2020, The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

External Examiner, BA Fine Art (Ceramics and Glass), National College of Art and Design, Ireland (NCAD)

1 May 201930 Sep 2023

MEXT Scholarship Screener (Art and Design), Embassy of Japan

1 Jun 2012 → …

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    Created in Conflict: British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today

    Furneaux, H. & Mc Hugh, C., 17 Mar 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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    Reassembling the past: exploring the recent archaeology of Japanese ceramics production through creative ceramic practice

    McHugh, C., 9 Mar 2018, Independent Social Research Foundation.

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  • Activities

    Torbjørn Kvasbø

    Christopher Mc Hugh (Host), & Michael Moore (Host)

    7 Oct 2020

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

    John Rainey

    Christopher Mc Hugh (Host)

    25 Feb 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

    ‘Who will draw our pots in the future?’ Archaeologists and Ceramicists in Conversation

    Christopher Mc Hugh (Organiser)

    9 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Practising Creativity: Experimentation, Mistakes andSuccesses in Art-Archaeology, Conference Session

    Christopher Mc Hugh (Chair)

    17 Dec 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...