Artist of the Month, April 2023 - Niall Ruddy

4th April, 2023

Niall Ruddy is our Artist of the Month for April 2023.

A look out tower in South Korea.
'Lookout Tower'. Fine Art Giclee Photographic Print (2021). Image courtesy of the artist.

Niall Ruddy is a Northern Irish Photographer and Writer based in Busan in South Korea. He completed his MFA in photography through the University of Ulster and graduated in 2021. His photographic and written work has previously been published by National Geographic Traveller, Foreign Literary Journal, Doire Press, Wordlegs Magazine, Groove Korea and Arts Busan Magazine.

Lookout Tower is part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland collection. The image is part of a series called ‘He made a Fortress from his House’, exploring the points of tension that arise in society as a result of conflict and how conflict can become normalised and embedded into the everyday. Through the unique perspective of an artist that grew up during the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ and who has now been living in South Korea for a decade, the images act as both literal representation of the insidious nature of continuing conflict and metaphorical representation of the pervasive influence of conflict on the psychology of a society.

Further information about Niall and his work can be found at