hrjireland is me and I am a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in print, creative writing, academic writing, lecture, performance, sound recording, events organisation and small-run publications.
This website is hopefully an archive of examples of the different things I spend my time on. It is also, importantly, a shop, where I will be selling my work for profit as a sole trader. There will be no adverts and all hyperlinks are to websites or individuals that I have some genuine connection with and feel are worth looking at in relation to the subject matter of this site. The commercial aspects of the site are the paypal buttons I have created for the shop page. I have also put these buttons underneath any portfolio items that are available to purchase in the shop.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to commission me for design or type-setting work, book me for a lecture, book one of my bands for a gig, request some of my work for a library or exhibition or would just like to say hello.
I try to make work from materials that are sourced responsibly with regards to the environment and the income of producers. My main material is paper so I try to use papers without bleaches and acids and with high recycled contents.
I try only to collaborate with groups and companies that show strong support for the well being of their suppliers, customers and their local communities. I am especially interested in working with workers' co-ops as well as groups and charities who support sustainable development and vocally oppose discrimination based on, but not limited to race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation.
I will always try to price my work fairly. If you ever feel that you are not getting a good deal from me (either as a customer or a supplier) please feel free to contact me.
BA (Hons) First Class
Graphic Communication with Typography
at the University of Plymouth
University of Plymouth (2010)
Guest lecture and tutorials with first year Graphic Communication students for projects:
Spectrum Collection and Zine.
I was asked to come to the University of Plymouth for two days as a visiting lecturer by Lizzie Ridout and Victoria Squire. They asked me to begin with a short lecture about my work, which I did with the help of a powerpoint presentation. This was followed by a morning of sign up tutorials on the brief of Spectrum Collection, which were perhaps my favourite part of the visit. In the afternoon, I led two group tutorials about the project. Spectrum Collection was to be a limited edition book made on the subject of the spectrum of colours. The second day started with a final critique of Spectrum Collection followed by sign up tutorials on the brief of Zine.
Cafe Kino (2012)
Part of A Year With Henry Ireland.
My first event inlcluded a lecture on language and visual communication. The lecture concluded with an indrodution to the Encyclopedia performance which took place over the following week.
A Year with Henry Ireland (2012)
Year long artist residency at Cafe Kino, Bristol, organising an eclectic series of events, including lectures, performances, workshops, music nights and exhibitions. The residency will conclude with an exhibition which will include all of the physical artifacts produced during my residency. The events:
Tiger & Panda at Cafe Kino | press release.pdf
Music And Movies | images & write up
A Year With Henry Ireland (2012)
Concluding exhibition to my year-long artist residency at Cafe Kino in Bristol.
Libros Mutantes (2011)
Independent publication exhibition, Madrid, Spain.
Even My Mum Can Make a Book (2010)
Artist book exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey.
Artist book exhibition, Leipzig, Germany
Music and Pictures (2008 - present)
Regular event combining live music with an art exhibition in Bristol and London.
D&AD New Blood (2008)
University of Plymouth Faculty of Arts Degree Show (2008)
Exeter Picture House (2007)
Solo Showcase of ink illustrations.
Since about 2005 I have helped to run Polite Records, a small not-for-profit independent record label. I help put out records, put on gigs and do graphic design work.
In 2012, Polite Records was contacted by The British Library, requesting archive copies of our entire back catalogue. I have been delivering records to them in installements every few months since then.
shops & art markets
I sell much of my work from my online shop, from my folksy shop and from little paper planes in San Francisco. My work has also been available from a number of artist book stores and independent record stores in the UK. I also sell my work regularly from art markets such as Designers/Makers and Ffotogallery Art Book Fair.
Generally speaking, I agree to sell work at art markets after recieving an invitation from someone who has seen my work somewhere. But sometimes I apply for stalls at markets. I'm always really happy to be asked to sell my work at a market and will always try to say yes, so contact me if you are organising an art market and would like me to hold a stall.
Corners: A Zine About Maths & Art (Mar 2012)
32 page A6 zine with limited edition lino print on Japanese Awagami paper.
5 Years Set Adrift (April 2010)
Lino-cut micro-fiction, Selected as part of a new artist book collection in UWIC library.
Regular collections of essays, Co-Author: Oliver Watson. Suggested as examples of Sociology essays to A-Level students at Cleeve School, Cheltenham.
3 Short Stories (ongoing)
The Object and Eternity (Nov 2009)
Essay, Selected for No-ISBN artist book exhibition series, starting in Leipzig, March 2010.
Village Pub Cinema (Oct 2009)
As well as self publishing and selling my own books and zines, I have also contributed to the following publications:
Red Trick (2012)
Cover design for the debut novel by Giacomo Lee, published by Blank Screen Books.
Visitors Should Enter Slowly And With Grace Into The Exhibition Space (2011)
Publication by Black Horse Studios about artists' practices and works spaces.
Prism Vol.1 (2010)
Art publication by Rosa Tyhurst.
all content © hrjireland unless otherwise stated. feel free to re-post images but please credit me.