Hugh Bryden spent 30 years as an Art Teacher in Dumfries and Galloway. Throughout his teaching career he continued to practice as a printmaker and painter. He was a regular exhibitor in national and international exhibitions and was involved for a number of years in the gallery business in Dumfries. Since 2005 he has been working as a printmaker, publisher and teacher
My main interest is in Printmaking (usually linocut and drypoint) and Artists books. Over the last few years my work has been shaped by collaborations with writers and other artists. In 1999 I formed Cacafuego Press with Tom Pow. In 2002 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. I was one of four facilitators at the Wexford Artists Book Symposium in September 2005 and have exhibited at numerous Artists Book Fairs. Roncadora publications have several times been shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for Poetry publishing and the Michael Marks Award at the British Library, winning the Callum Macdonald Award in 2009. I have more recently been involved in exhibitions and cross-arts events with craft-makers and musicians resulting in performances as well as publications. I continue to teach through workshops in printmaking and bookarts.