Christopher Mc Hugh
  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile


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.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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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