Ben Readman is a Visual Artist and Artistic Director. He has exhibited in many countries worldwide and has completed artist residencies in Ireland, France, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and China. In 2010 he won the Mourlot Prize for contemporary painting in Marseille, France, has been awarded funding from the Arts Council and Culture Ireland. His work is in many collections including the Office of Public Works, the Shelbourne Hotel, Lendava Castle, Mason Hayes & Curran, Deutsche Bank and Key Capital Investment. He is currently the Artistic and Marketing Director of BLOCK T, and a full member of the Visual Arts Centre. He has also previously held roles as secretary of the V.A.C. and Director of the Button Factory Studios.
Ben Readman’s works engage with forms of actual, perceptual and imagined landscape.
They are diverted realities that merge interpretations of natural phenomena, molecular structures and human physiology, incorporating diverse networks of ideas and subject observations.
Ben Readman presents us with shards of shuffled truths that act as both ‘macrocosm and microcosm’, amalgams of image and technique that encourage a more protracted consideration of man’s contemporary scientific, philosophical and poetic relationship with the natural world.
About BLOCK T
BLOCK T is an award-winning not-for-profit creative organization based in Smithfield, Dublin 7. Our primary purpose is to serve as a catalyst for fine artists, creative individuals and organizations, working to foster, showcase and exchange Talent locally, nationally and internationally. All income generated through BLOCK T’s activities are reinvested back into the organization to contribute towards the costs of over 90 professionally managed artistic studios, discounted support services to members, and our free artistic and cultural member and public programming.
We are working to create a sustainable model for artistic studios which is not overly reliant on state funding, due to the pressure on all such funding in the current climate.
However we feel that state support for the professionally managed creative spaces is vital, and we will always be strong advocates for this. We also feel that creative organizations should take an active role in understanding and working out new organizational structures for sustainability, and that state policies should facilitate the emergence of dynamic organizational models. State funding sources currently make up c.3% of BLOCK T’s annual turnover.