Ben graduated with a masters degree in photography from the Royal College of Art, his undergraduate degree was jazz composition and performance from Leeds College of Music. His studio is in south east London, UK.
His work uses photography, sound and sculpture to raise questions around stability, support and structure. He draws inspiration from sound, music and the built environment.
Ben was recently selected for the Chisenhale Studio Residency in 2019 and by Outset Contemporary Art Fund for a residency in Vancouver, this was supported by the British Council and Vancouver Biennale. In 2018 he completed a studio residency and exhibition with PADA in Lisbon, Portugal, and was commissioned to make new work for Concealer, part of Peckham 24 photography festival. His work has been shown internationally and is held in public and private collections.
A selection of recent research outputs.
McDonnell, B., 2019. 'The Sound We Inhabit (paper)', Sound of Space Symposium, Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), 11/12/2019 - 12/12/2019.
McDonnell, B., 2020. 'Teaching Photography via Photography'.
McDonnell, B., 2020. 'The Sound We Inhabit'.