Hugh Bryden

Hugh Bryden  Abridged Curriculum Vitae.


Solo Exhibitions

Sheep -Prints and Books Mill on the Fleet Gatehouse of Fleet August 2016

Barga -new Paintings and Prints Primo Piano Restaurant Dumfries December 2013

Local Types Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Installation Thomas Tosh 2012

Summer at Home Exhibition and Residency Thomas Tosh Thornhill August 2009

Jazz and Blues  Lockerbie Jazz Festival 2008-09

Words and Pictures The Bakehouse Gatehouse of Fleet 2008

Bloomsday Collaborations  Irish Consulate Edinburgh June 2008

A Printmaker and his Sources Ottersburn Gallery Dumfries 2007

Gracefield Arts Centre Café/Bar 2005

Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary 2002

Ottersburn Gallery, Dumfries 1998

The Gallery at Architecture Ltd. Greenwich, London 1997

The Cree Gallery, Gatehouse 1997

Clachanmore Gallery, Stranraer 1996

Netherbow Arts Centre, Edinburgh 1996

Gracefield Arts Centre Dumfries 1996

Ottersburn Gallery 1994

Robert Burns Centre Dumfries 1993

Gracefield Arts Centre 1990


Selected Group Exhibitions

Hidden Doors  Installation on Dumfries high Street with Hugh McMillan

Coast to Coast Printmaking exchange exhibition Gracefield Arts Centre 2018

New York Book Fair at Central Booking November 2016

Nest  With Tom Pow and Lizzie Farey Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 2012 Gracefield Arts Centre 2013

1957 Flying Scot  Book, Exhibition, Performance and cross-arts project in Wigtown, Edinburgh and Brooklyn New York.  2011-12

Major UK Printmakers Exhibition  McGill Duncan Gallery 2009

Printmakers Council Exhibition Beacon Gallery Whitehaven 2008

Dumfries Clamjamphrie with Jonny Hannah Gracefield Arts Centre  March 2008

Edinburgh Printmakers Winter Exhibition 2007 -2013

Ruby Orange Gallery December 2007-2009

Line Gallery Linlithgow  November/December 2007

Jean Martin and Hugh Bryden  Frames Gallery Perth 2007

Printmaking +  With Jonny Hannah and Alistair Mack Gracefield Arts Centre 2007

Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop Collagraph Portfolio and Exhibition 2006

Broughton Gallery 2006 – 2009

Whitehouse Gallery Kirkcudbright 2006 – 2009

6th International Miniature Print Exhibition 2006

Sound of Image”  Ottersburn Gallery Dumfries with Tony Moore

5th British International Print Exhibition 2004/5

High Street Gallery Kirkcudbright 2000-2005

My Dad was a Cowboy’ Gracefield Arts Centre Touring Exhibition 2003/4

Wrexham Print Open 2002

Princess Su Su’ Gracefield Arts Centre Touring Exhibition 2001/2002

‘Pagemakers’ Gracefield Arts Centre Touring Exhibition 1999-2000

‘Refractions’ and ‘Paying our Dues’ Gracefield Touring Exhibitions 1998-1999

Adogi Cadaques International Miniature Print Exhibition 1993-2007

Lill Tschudi and the Continuing Tradition of the Linocut’ Coram Gallery London

National Print Open Exhibition Scarborough 1994 2nd Carlisle Open 1994

‘A Printer’s Tale’ Collins Gallery Glasgow 1994

Paperworks, Seagate Gallery Dundee 1993/95

Borders Biennial Touring Exhibition 1990

1st Carlisle Open 1991 (Rexel Drawing Prizewinner)

‘Burns Country’ Open Exhibition, Gracefield Arts Centre 1990 (Prizewinner)



Artists Statement


My main interests are in printmaking, painting , artists books and creative writing. Over the last few years my work has been shaped by visits abroad and collaborations with writers.

In 1999 I formed Cacafuego Press with writer Tom Pow and spent time researching and producing Artists books .

In 2002, and 2012/3 I was visiting lecturer at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State with an emphasis on Artists books

In 2005 I began my own imprint Roncadora Press to allow me to make more one-off and personalised artists books ,and poetry pamphlets.

I have led numerous workshops in printmaking and bookarts in national institutions in the UK Ireland and USA

Having spent 35 years as teacher and tutor in all forms of education, I continue to teach workshops and masterclasses and enjoy working with young people and community groups.

In the last ten years my work had become more focussed on publishing poetry pamphlets and making artists books. The lockdown has allowed me to return to painting using favourite objects from home and garden.


 Cacafuego Press

 Books from Cacafuego are in the collections of the National Library of Scotland,

Library of Congress Washington, Wallace Library, Rochester, Carey Graphic Art Collection New York and Wexford Artists Book Collection as well as numerous private collections.

Tom and Hugh were Book Artists in Residence in Wigtown Book Town as part of Year of the Artist 2000.

Cacafuego books formed the basis of two touring exhibitions from Gracefield Arts Centre, Pagemakers and My Dad was a Cowboy.

Cacafuego Press has  exhibited as part of  Stanza Poetry festival in 2005/ 2009/2016


Collaborations with Writers and Roncadora Press

As well as Cacafuego and Roncadora projects, I have produced bi-annual publications with poet Hayden Murphy for the last twenty five years, these were exhibited in the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh in June 2008 and 2014 and again in 2018

Collaborations with poet Hugh McMillan are regular and ongoing and

 Postcards from the Hedge by Hugh McMillan published by Roncadora Press won Calum MacDonald Memorial Award in 2009 and Sheeppenned by Hugh McMillan and Hugh Bryden won it again in 2017

Roncadora Press which I run singlehanded, has since 2005 published over 30 books, mainly poetry pamphlets, all handmade and illustrated by me.

An exhibition of Roncadora books and artwork toured in 2012 to Gracefield Arts Centre, StAnza national poetry festival, The Mill on the Fleet, Grange over Sands,  A’ the Airts Sanquhar, Bellingham Northumbria , The Hexham Book Festival. Roncadora books featured in the open day exhibition at the Royal Festival hall September 2014.

Roncadora Press books have been shortlisted for the CMMA at the National Library of Scotland every year since 2008 and Roncadora has been shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award at the British library in both the Poetry and Publishers category.

Roncadora books are in major collections throughout the world and are now exhibited and represented by Central Booking New York.


Creative Writing

I joined Dumfries Writers in 2005 and designed and  have designed and produced their anthologies since. I instigated The Fankle a vehicle for writers in D&G

In 2007 I took part in DGAA’s prestigious Poetry Doubles reading with Liz Lochhead.  My writing continues to develop, I have had work published in literary magazines Lallans, Markings and The Eildon Tree and Chuckies fir the Cairn an anthology of contemporary Dumfries and Galloway poets.  Two pamphlets of my illustrated poetry were published, one of which, If Ah could talk tae the Airtists  was shortlisted for the Calum MacDonald Memorial Award in May 2008.

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