Michael Rice

Chair of the Department of Visual Communication and Professor of Studio Art

School of Architecture, Art & Design

Department of Visual Communication


MA in Multidisciplinary Design, University of Ulster, Belfast UK
P.G.C.E. Art and Design Education, University of Ulster, Coleraine UK
BA in Fine Craft Design, University of Ulster, Belfast UK

Professor Rice was appointed Chair of the VC department in September 2018. He joined AUD as an Associate Professor of Studio Art in 2014, prior to this he spent 15 years teaching in Universities, Schools and Art centers worldwide, relocating to Dubai in 2010.

As an Artist, Designer, and Maker who specializes in ceramics his work is concerned with surface, texture, natural geometry, gestalt principals and archetypal forms. He exhibits internationally and has undertaken artist residencies in the UK, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, UAE and Indonesia.

Professor Rice is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics based in Geneva and the IAC UNESCO representative for the UAE. As a writer, he has published articles in the UK based ‘Ceramic Review’ and the Australian publication ‘Ceramics Art and Perception’.

He regularly receives invitations to speak about his work and has given presentations in leading Universities and institutions worldwide including the University of Ulster in the UK, Rhode Island School of Design in the US and New York University in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

In 2016 he exhibited as a finalist in the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei and was the runner-up in the Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East Emergent Designer Prize. He was a finalist in the Korean Ceramic Biennale 2019 and has again been selected as a finalist for the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale in 2020, he is a finalist in the KOGEI Award in Toyama, Japan in 2021 and will exhibit with the Mulan Gallery as part of Singapore Design Week in 2021.

In his free time, he enjoys creating new works to exhibit, reading and traveling.
Selected Exhibitions

  • University of Ulster Belfast, May 1997
  • Art and Perception Gallery Sydney, Aug 1999
  • Tom Caldwell Gallery Belfast, July 2004
  • NCA Gallery Lahore, Dec 2006

  • James Wray Gallery Belfast, Nov 2009
  • Sikka, Design Days, Art Dubai, Dubai March 2012
  • Bait Muzna Gallery Muscat, Oman, Dec/Jan 2015
  • Silica - Alserkal Ave Dubai November 2016
  • Design Days Dubai Exhibitor, March 2017
  • Abu Dhabi Festival, Umm al Emarat Park, 2017
  • “DRAK” Dubai Design Week @ Molecule in D3 Nov 2017
  • “Geo” Solo show in 1971 Design Space in Sharjah, Feb – Aug 2019
  • “Dust” Solo show in Thrown Gallery Highgate London Sept 2019


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