Ben Jeans Houghton Born 1984, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Uk

Ben Jeans Houghton is an artist whose diverse practice includes sculpture, installation, film, photography, drawing, and performance. He has exhibited internationally in Germany, Greece, Japan, North Africa and South Asia, whilst regularly exhibiting in the UK with organisations such as BALTIC, CrASH, SpaceInBetween, CIRCA Projects, Globe Gallery, CORNERHOUSE, ACA and Waygood. With Matthew Giraudeau he is a founding member of the ARKA Group; a fluid collective of creative collaborators who aim to make scientific and philosophical concepts tangible to a wider audience through the delivery of innovative and poetic Visual Art.



2012-2014 MFA Scholarship to Newcastle University with AHRC Research funding


2008 Sculpture Fellowship, Northumbria University
2004-2007 BA Hons Fine Art: Received 1st, Northumbria University
2003-2004 Foundation Course: Received Distinction, Newcastle College



Visiting Lecturer at:

New York Academy of Art, NYC (Undergraduate Tutorials)
The Corcoran School of Arts, Washington DC (Postgraduate Tutorials)
Newcastle University, Life Work Art (Postgraduate lecture on working after education)
Northumbria University Ba Hons Fine Art (2 Atists Lectures and Undergraduate tutorials)
Northumbria University MA Cultural Management (Delivery of module focusing on working with school groups)

Primary and Secondary Education

Wheatley Hill Primary School
Marden High School
West Jesmond Primary School


Riverside Community Project
Allpoints North
Northeast Refugee Service


Selected Publications

2012 Black Cloud; Print Edition & Sister Publication. - Circa Contemporary Arts Projects
2012 Coping With Theandor; Fiction commissioned and published by Corridor 8 Magazine
2009 A Duck For Mr Darwin: Evolutionary Thinking and the Struggle to Exist - BALTIC
2008 Waygood Wood - Exhibition catalogue containing response to a text by Joel Fisher. WAYGOOD
2008 A Metre Before Impact - A collaborative publication with Matthew giraudeau WAYGOOD Gallery
2007 JET SEASON - Exhibition catalogue Waygood’s Little Jewel Cinema. WAYGOOD Gallery
2007 Trauma Queen - Exhibition catalogue and esays. Published by Harris Kondosphiris


2010 Artist in Residence at Wheatley Hill Primary School
2008 - 2009 Research Residency at Moorbank Botanical Gardens
2007 Artist in Residence at West Jesmond Primary School
2007 MEMORY MAP Gallery Glue Residency
Selected Awards 2007 - 2012

AHRC Research Award; £19,000 - Competitively selected to receive 2 years of MFA Research funding.
IDEAS TAP; £5000 Short Film - Funding and support toward the completion of an experimental short film.
GLOBE GALLERY STUDIO - Awarded a free studio and a programme of support for one year.
CORNERHOUSE Manchester; £500 - Short Film Commission and Mentoring.
Creative Partnerships Artist In Residence; £8,000 - 5 Month Residency at Wheatley Hill Primary School.
Annual Business Collectors Award; £750 Bursary - To work with Master Tamarind Lithographer, Lee Turner.
GSN STUDIO - Awarded a supported studio for two years.
ISIS ARTS Web design Training - Selected to receive intensive training toward the creation of Web specific skills.
Enchanted moment Exhibition and Bursary - Creating an Artwork in response to a text by Joel Fisher.

Selected Exhibitions


Connecting Principles - XL Gallery, Newcastle, Uk
You Are Here & That Is Something - Globe Gallery, Newcastle, Uk
Deleted Cities - Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland
Joint Ventures - Spaceinbetween Gallery, London, Uk
5x5 Public Art Festival - National Building Museum, Washington DC, USA
Black Cloud; Further Reading - Literary & Philosophical Society, Circe Projects, Newcastle, Uk
SUPERCONDUCTOR - Newbridge Space, Newcastle, Uk


Environmental Art - IKONO TV TSU Broadcast from Berlin, via satellite on Arabsat,
reaching more than 16.5 million households in Northern Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and parts of Europe.
MOVEMENTS; Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Circa Projects, Sunderland, Uk

The Curated Sculpture - Off Space, Stuttgart, Germany
So What’s Different Today? Globe Gallery, Hoult’s Yard, Newcastle, Uk
PREPARING THE GROUND - ACA Dovetail Gallery, Newcastle, Uk
On Arka; Moving Gallery, Newcastle, Uk
Buckminster Fullerene Dream - Spaceinbetween SIB Gallery, London, Uk


MY KINGDOM - Spaceinbetween SIB Gallery, London, Uk
CrASH - 110 Warner Road, London, Uk
A DUCK FOR MR DARWIN - MEAD GALLERY, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Uk
A DUCK FOR MR DARWIN - BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Uk


Wood For The Trees - WAYGOOD Gallery, Newcastle, Uk
More Today Than Yesterday - GLOBE GALLERY, Newcastle, Uk


TRAUMA QUEEN - ‘Mediterranean’ Hotel, 28 Veranzerou str, Athens, Greece
It’s Dead; We Killed It - Northumbria University Degree Show, Newcastle, Uk
Eyes Wide Open - Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle, Uk
Young British Artists - SAKIDE, Kanagawa ,Japan