Brian Ferran HRHA, HRUA, born in Derry 1940
Trained as an art teacher at St Joseph’s College of Education, Belfast 1963
BA Hon. in Art History, Cautauld Institute, London University & Post Graduate
Diploma in Busines s Administration from Queen’s University, Belfast
Brera Academy of Fine Art, Milan, Italy 1970/71
Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the last ten years as Chief Executive 1966-1990
He has lectured at universities and public galleries in the United States on aspects of contemporary Irish art. He has served on the fo1lowing committees and boards: British Council Fine Art Committee; Crafts Council of Great Britain International Committee; Visiting Arts Unit of Great Britain; Ulster Museum Fine Art Committee; Alice Berger Hammerschlah Trust; Irish Exhibition of Living Art; GPAAwards for Emerging Artists; Arts Centre Board of Queen’s University, Belfast; North-West Arts Trust, Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust; National Self Portrait Collection; Burren College of Art Board and ROSC.
1965, he designed the logo of the Irish American Cultural Institute. 1972, four of his works were reproduced on the covers of the Cultural Journal Eire Ireland. 1972, he illustrated Lares poems by Michael Longley. 1980, he was commissioner for Northern Ireland at the Paris Biennale in France. 1985, he was commissioner for Ireland at the Sao Paolo Bienal in Brazil. He is an editorial advisor of Irish Arts Review.
He organised an exhibition of paintings & sculptures by five artists from Northern Ireland for the 1990 Houston International Festival in Texas. This exhibition was subsequently shown in Chicago, Boston & Springfield, Massachusetts, Waco in Texas and Portland, Indiana. He organised a USA tour of paintings by Basil Blackshaw in 1996. 1989, he completed three large stained. glass windows for a church at St. Patrick’s College College, Maghera, Co. Derry and in 1990, a mural 10 feet high by 15 feet long for the entrance to St. Columb’s College Derry.