Job title: Head of Subject Area - Art

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5899


Research: See Dean Hughes on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Current PhD students

Katharina Ludwig

Valerie McLean

PhD Supervision Topics

Dean Hughes work doesn’t begin with materials but with objects that are perfunctory and overlooked. His work has involved embroidering London bus seats (1996), sewing the shape of dropped thread into paper (1996), refilling puddles on days when it hadn’t rained (2001, 2011), reorganizing lined A4 paper (2013).

He has exhibited work in exhibitions such as British Art Show 5 organized by the Hayward Gallery in 2000 and most recently he was included in Newspeak-British Art Now at the Saatchi Gallery, London (2011). He has held solo exhibitions at Laure Genillard Gallery London (1996, 2000), Gian Carla Zanutti, Milan (1998), Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco (2001, 2003), Dicksmith Gallery, London (2008) and he is represented by Maria Stenfors Gallery, London. His work was included in Phaidon’s Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing (2005).

Dean Hughes was born in 1974 in Salford, England. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design between 1993-96, where he was taught by British artists Roger Ackling and Martin Creed.

Prior to his appointment at Edinburgh he taught at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire and he has been a visiting lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, University of Sunderland, University of the ArtsCamberwell, University of the ArtsChelsea, KUVA Academy, Helsinki and Glasgow School of Art. He is external examiner for BA Fine Art at De Monfort University, Leicester and BA Art and Visual Culture at University of West of England, Bristol.

“Imprint 93”. 2016.
Hughes, Dean. 2016. “What Is The Role Of Written Practice Within Contemporary Fine Art Education?”. In .
Hughes, Dean. 2016. “Incidental Moments, Happenchance, And The Role Of The Anecdote Within Artistic Research”. In .
Hughes, Dean. 2015. “Teaching Allegorically”. In Roger Ackling - Between The Lines. occasional papers.
Hughes, Dean. 2015. “What Function Does Professional Practice Occupy Within The Fine Art Curriculum In Higher Education?”. In .
Hughes, Dean. 2015. “'on Being An Artist' By Michael Craig-Martin”. Visual Culture In Britain 16 (3).
“Wish You Were Here”. 2015.
“A Bus Ticket Signed By The Bus Driver”. 2015.
Hughes, Dean. 2014. “The Lightness Of Thought And The Weight Of Objects”.
“A Bus Ticket In A Hole”. 2014. Artwork Exhibited In Group Exhibtion At Frutta Gallery, Rome, Curated By Adam Carr.
“Ideas In Things”. 2014. Curated Exhibition At Maria Stenfors Gallery.
“Dean Hughes”. 2014.
Hughes, Dean. 2014. “Dwelling As An Approach To Creative Pedagogy”. Art, Design & Communication In Higher Education 13 (1).
“Dean Hughes-Maria Stenfors Gallery, London”. 2014.
“The Postcard Is A Public Work Of Art”. 2014. Front/back.
Hughes, Dean. 2013. “This Mess Is A Place”. In This Mess Is A Place. arts admin.
“Dean Hughes New Work”. 2013.
Hughes, Dean. 2013. “Remaining The Same”. In Fine Art Practice Research And Education Across Europe. university of granada.
“The Empty Set”. 2013.
Hughes, Dean. 2013. “Postcard Prose”. room books.
“Graphology”. 2012.
“The Artists Postcard Show”. 2012.
“Young British Art 2”. 2012. 2 Artworks Contributed To A Group Exhibition Of British Art Held In Zurich.
“Circling The Square”. 2012. Contibution To Group Exhibition.
“Gracelands- Substance Abuse”. 2011.
“Double Double”. 2011.
“Aftermath- Objects From Projects”. 2011. Chelsea Space.
Moore, David, Dean Hughes, Richard Deacon, Ben Borthwick, Mark Halliday, and Louis Short. 2011. “Hello Sculpture”. In This Seminar Explores The Relevance, Context And Future Of Contemporary Sculpture In The Uk.. Chapter.
Hughes, Dean, Kelly Chorpening, Rebecca Fortnum, Peter Morrens, and Ans Nys. 2011. “In And Outside Writing”. Voorkhamer.
Hughes, Dean, and Ryan Gander. 2011. “Young British Art”. Limoncello.
Hughes, Dean. 2011. “Lonely At The Top – Graphology Chapter 2”. MUHKA.
Hughes, Dean. 2011. “Sculpture Journal- Martin Creed Review”. Sculpture Journal 20 (1).
“The Grace Of The Birch - Art Nature Healing”. 2011. New Stobhill Hospital Glasgow.
Hughes, Dean, and Alexis Vaillant. 2010. “Big Minis- Crisis Fetishes”. CAPC.
Hughes, Dean. 2010. “Newspeak-British Art Now Part 2”. Saatchi Gallery.
“Dean Hughes”. 2010.
Hughes, Dean. 2010. “From Tapestry To Intermedia”. In .
Hughes, Dean. 2010. “Boom”. Hotel Gallery.
“Dean Hughes- Solo Exhibition”. 2010. Solo Exhibition Of 9 Artworks Produced In 2008 At Dicksmith Gallery, London. Booth Clibbon.
Hughes, Dean, and Pavel Buchler. 2010. “The Way We Do Art Now”. Tanya Leighton Gallery.
Hughes, Dean. 2010. “Register”. In Slow Revolution. WIld pansy press.
Hughes, Dean, and Jeremy Cooper. 2009. “In Between The Lines, Recent British Drawings”. Trinity contemporary.
Hughes, Dean. 2009. “Aimlessness + Francis Ponge”. In Paper Given At Symposium 'dysfunctional Objects'.
“Artreview- Visual Column”. 2009. ArtReview.
Hughes, Dean, and Matthew Holding. 2008. “Matthew Holding/dean Hughes Exhibition”. Cube.
Hughes, Dean, and Neau Bruke. 2008. “Schwarz Weiss Ausstellung”. Neau Alte Bruke.
“Boxes And Shelves”. 2008.
“Boxes, 2008”. 2008. Artwork Exhibited In The Exhibition 'bigminis' At The Musee D'art Contemporain De Bordeaux.
“Library”. 2008.