Loquium – A Lecture by Patrick Hough

The National Sculpture Factory is a place of production; a place where artworks are always becoming, we are interested here not simply in the finished artworks themselves but the disparate origins of ideas that spur artists to make what they make. For this year’s Loquium online lecture series we will examine the significant role commissioning can play in the production of new artworks while also looking at how creative curatorial strategies can offer new opportunities for artists to explore and expand their practices. Throughout 2021 we have seen the realisation of a number of new commissioned artworks, across the broadest spectrum of media – a large public neon artwork; a printed publication; an interactive digital artwork; and a new film. In this new on-line lecture series we have invited three artists, Patrick Hough, Leon Butler and Eimear Walshe to reflect on their new commissioned artworks and also to explore the significance of commissioning strategies and how it can benefits their art practices.

On Thursday 25th November at 1:00PM Patrick Hough presented his lecture ‘On Artist Moving Image Commissions’. The full lecture can be viewed below and will remain free to view for the duration of the lecture series.

In this lecture, Patrick discusses two film commissions he’s worked on over the last few years: And If In A Thousand Years (2017), commissioned for the 2017 Jerwood / FVU Awards: Neither One Thing or Another, and The Two Faces of Tomorrow (2021), commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network with funding from Arts Council England and co-commissioned by the National Sculpture Factory, Cork.

Patrick Hough is an Irish artist living and working in London. Incorporating moving image, photography and installation, Hough’s work excavates the increasingly entangled nature of archeological, geological and ecological worlds. Patrick received a BA in Fine Art Media from NCAD, Dublin in 2011 and an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013. He is a recipient of the 2017 Jerwood / FVU Awards, the 2017 PLASTIK Award at PLASTIK Festival of Artist Moving Image, Dublin and a 2019 Film London FLAMIN Productions commission.