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Born: London, 1974
  Lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne
Research and Art Practice

Research Interests

1960s and 1970s counterculture, technology and the counterculture, free school education, photography in the era of web 2.0, digital technologies/family photography and the shifting nature of these archives in the digital age, experimental film and video art, re-cycled film, art and text.

Current Projects:

Growing up in the New is an artist initiated research project that explores the counterculture', from communes in the south of France, squatting in South London and 'free school' education to the many forays into all things 'New Age' set against the backdrop of social and political happenings of the era. Using a range of approaches including photography, film and video, writing, collecting, re-using archival materials and the web 'Growing up in the New Age' sets out to reconsider the social utopias of the 1960s and early 70s and what we might learn from them today. The work can be read as sitting between fact and fiction, past and present, the real and the imaginary. A new artists Monograph showcases this work. 'Growing up in the New Age', Daylight, NY.

The Thin Blue Line / The Deep Red Sea

Using photography, moving image, creative texts and found materials I explore issues that look at linking my own personal experiences to broader social and political narratives. 'The Thin Blue Line The / Deep Red Sea' is a new body of work exploring my experience of recurrent miscarriage and journey to motherhood. Drawing on my own and other women's experiences, the images tell personal stories, while utilising the commonly shared imagery that women in different cultures use to represent miscarriage and loss.

Work Experience:
Higher and Further Education
2003-current Senior Lecturer on BA (hons) Photography, Video and Digital Imaging and MA Photography Programme. I am currently 0.5 Senior lecturer at Sunderland University teaching across a range of modules at levels one, two and three. Including leading the video art area and modules for students working with video art and experimental film. I teach regularly on MA photography and am involved with the programme at all levels.
2017-Current PhD Candidate in Fine Art, Newcastle University (Part-time Northern Bridge Funded)
1998-2000 MA Fine Art (Photography), Royal College of Art, London
1993-1996 BA (Hons) Photography, Surrey Institute of Art & Design, Farnham
1992-1993 BTEC Dip. Foundation Studies (Art & Design), Guildhall University, London
Solo Exhibitions:
2019 ‘This is What I See’ – (Marjolaine Ryley a mid career retrospective), Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland as part of NEPN ‘Observe, Experiment, Archive’ programme.
2013 ‘Growing up in the New Age’ as part of the Social Encountering Photography, Festival at Sunderland Minster, Sunderland
2012 'Growing up in the New Age'
Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow (as part of Glasgow International festival)
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
2009 'Photography on Display', Victorian and Albert Museum, London
2008 'Résidence Astral,' Impressions Gallery, Bradford
2007 'Résidence Astral', Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow. (Artists' Minigraph with newly commissioned essay by Val Williams )
2006 'Residence Astral', Atrium Gallery, London College of Communication
  'Villa Mona - A Proper Kind of House', Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
  'Avenue', York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Arts Centre, Toronto
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2018 ‘Growing up in the New Age’ Collections Gallery, NGCA, Sunderland
2015 ‘Art Lending Library’, City Library, Sunderland
2014 'Eulogy' Vane Gallery Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
2012 'Moral Holiday', Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
2011 'Civic' international festival of Billboard Art, Vardy Gallery, Northern gallery for contemporary Art and off site Billboards locations both in UK and Greece
2010 'growing up in the new age', 'Like Tears in Rain', Palácio das Artes, Fábrica de Talentos, Portugal
  'Résidence Astral', Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2009 'Research 09', Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland
'Photo 50 09' , London Art Fair, Islington
2007 'Special Edition Prints' Brahm Gallery, Leeds
2006 'The Elephant Vanishes', East Room, Tate Modern, London
  'Northern England in Northern Slovakia', Dom Fotografie, Galeria P.M., Slovakia
2005 'The Space Between the Sole & the Heal', Globe Gallery, North Shields
2004 'Trace Editions', Hirschl Contemporary Art, London
  'Home Ideal Show', Eshoda Arts, Bath
2003 'Dislocation', K3 Project Space, Zürich
  'Fruit of the Loop', Symposium on Video, Art & Food, Immola Museum, Italy
  'Interior Life', Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
  'Proof', Studio 1.1, London
  '26.09.03', Flaca, London
  'Hand Luggage', K3 Project Space, Zurich
2002 'Experimental Spaces', Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
2001 'Two Thousand & One', Caf?Gallery Projects, London
2000 'Assembly', Stepney City, London
  'Together Again', Pump House Gallery, London
1999 'The Five Pound Show', Hockney Gallery, London
1997 'Sinsestre', Candid Gallery, London
1996 'Mallpractice', Mall Galleries, London
  'Pandora's Bath', Recontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
Video Screenings:
2013 'Jura Bound' Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK
2008 'Résidence Astral' Centenary square, Bradford
2003 'Fruit of the Loop', Symposium on Video, Art & Food, Immola Museum, Italy (
  'Braziers 2003' International Artists Workshop exhibition, Oxfordshire (exh. cat)
2002 'Experimental Spaces 2', Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, East Sussex
2000 'Assembly', Stepney City, London (exh. cat)
Artists' Books / Publications:
2019 ‘This is What I See’ Mid career retrospective monograph with NGCA and Kerber Verlag (forthcoming)
2015 ‘The Thin Blue Line / The Deep Red Sea – explorations of miscarriage and pregnancy loss’ NEPN, Essay by Camilla Brown
2015 ‘Growing up in the New Age - A Journey into Wonderland?’ in ‘Alternative Worlds – Blue Sky Thinking Since 1900’ Vidal, Cornils (eds.)
2013 'Growing up in the New Age', Artists Monograph, Daylight, NY 2013 Essays by Val Williams and Malcolm Dickson.
2012 'One photograph: Life on the Floor', Journal of Photography & Culture, 2012.
2011 'Encountering the Counterculture' Field Study 14 (with Dave, Walkling & Val Williams)
2007 'Résidence Astral' Portfolio Magazine, Spring issue
2006 'Villa Mona - A Proper Kind of House', photographic book published by Trace Editions with an essay by Camilla Brown, senior curator at the Photographers' Gallery, London
  'Residence Astral - Field Study 7', Photography & the Archive Research Centre, London
2004 'Villa Mona - A Proper Kind of House', n.paradoxa - International Feminist Art Journal, issue 13 (Domestic Politics)
2003 'Fash N Riot', issue 2
  '26.09.03', Flaca, London
2002 'No. ABC Magazine', issue C (ed. Hussein Chalayan)
  'Fash N Riot', issue 1
2000 'Assembly', Stepney City, London (ex. cat.)
  'Eventful: Photographic Time' (ed. Yve Lomax), Royal College of Art, London
  'Royal College of Art Show', Royal College of Art, London (ex. cat.)
Selected Reviews / Bibliography:
2014 ‘Inspirational Photo Books for 2014’ Newman, C and Bonagio, L. The Telegraph
2013 Countercultural Lifeways’, Gidley, M. Book Review in Source Magazine
‘Growing up in the New Age’ Brown, C. Book Review in Photomonitor
2012 ‘Growing up in the New Age’ Stewart, S.Photography highlights on The Radio 2 Culture Show
2008 Clark, Robert Review in Guardian Guide, April 19-26 p.36
  Begbie, Guy, 'Villa Mona - A Proper Kind of House', Book Arts Newsletter no. 31, UWE, Bristol
  Hedges, Ruth, 'Villa Mona - A Proper Kind of House', Eight Magazine: Home, vol. 5, no. 4, spring 2007
2006 Brown, Camilla, 'Looking at the Overlooked' in 'Stilled: Contemporary Still Life
  Photography by Women', Ellipsis volume 3, pp. 74-75
  Williams, Val, 'Ghost Worlds: Photography & the Family' in Exit Magazine no. 20 spring 2006
2002 'Creative Review', May 2002
2001 'Lab Magazine', issue 2
  Dyson, Jonathan, 'Development Stage' in 'The Independent Magazine', 27th May
Awards & Residencies:
2019 Northern Bridge - British School at Rome Residential Selected for the Northern Bridge-British School at Rome residential
2015 - 2017 Artist in Residence at Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge. Artist in residence at Dilston Physic Garden undertaking ‘A Gardeners Daughter’ looking at the relationship between plants/gardens, health and well-being.
2013 - 2014 Artist in Residence at the 'Miscarriage Association Charity'. I am working on 'The thin blue line / the deep red sea', a project exploring miscarriage and pregnancy loss, funded through Arts Council England and in collaboration with the Miscarriage Association.
2014 Arts Council Funding for personal research and development project 'The thin blue line / the deep red sea'
2009 Arts Council Funding for personal research and development project 'Growing up in the New Age'
2005-2007 Visiting Research Fellow at PARC (Photography and the Archive Research Centre) University of the Arts, London. This two-year fellowship looked at the effects of digital technologies on family photography and the shifting nature of these archives in the digital age. I posed a number of research questions around personal photo archives creating a forum for study and discussion:

Acollaborative project with Prof. Val Williams at the Photography & the Archive Research Centre, London College of Communication.
2005 The Elephant Vanishes, Tate Modern, London
This weeklong residency invited artists, writers, filmmakers and photographers to explore Elephant and Castle prior to the planned 1.5 billion-regeneration of the area. The ageing pink shopping centre and hectic traffic roundabout are now seen as unsatisfactory experiemts in modernity. This residency/workshop explored, investigated and documented the area around elephant and castle and culminated with a performance and exhibition in the East Room at Tate Modern. My work focused on Baldwin's Herbal Remedies shop on the Walworth road where I work as a student.
2005 AN Networking Artists Networks, award for study trip to Berlin
2004 Arts Council England funding for 'Villa Mona - A Proper Kind of House'. photographic book to be published by Trace Editions (forthcoming)
2003 Braziers International Artists Workshop, Oxfordshire
Braziers brings together up to 30 artists of all nationalities for 16 days to work, exchange dialogue and experiment in a way that is mutually beneficial. It offers an opportunity of participating in an activity removed geographically and conceptually from usual studio practice; in an environment where experiments can be made and leaps of imagination can occur. My work explored the communal environment and role of food in the community through video and photography. Arts Council England funded.
1999 Cité Internationale des Arts, travel award to live & work for one month in Paris.
The Cité Internationale des Arts is for professional artists who want to develop an artistic work in France. The Cité Three of its historic founders and key partners are the City of Paris, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During my month long residency I worked with Super 8/Video, Photography and sound to explore my turbulent relationship with Paris a place I lived in as a 12 year old girl during an unstable period in my childhood.
Lecturing / Invited Speaker:
University of Westminster, Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University of Sunderland, Arts Institute Bournemouth, London College of Communication, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, University of the Arts, University of Northumbria, National Portrait Gallery
Selected Talks / Papers at Conferences:
2017 Beyond the Visible: Contemporary visualizations of illness, loss and the ‘unseen’ in Photographic Practice, Newcastle Speaker and organiser of symposium in collaboration with The Family Ties Network, Northern Charter and North East Photo Network, Newcastle.
2014 Patterns of Disclosure, The Narrative Document and the Photographic Book (Keynote speaker) - Plymouth University.
Disclosure, a term usually associated with psychology, relates to a process of revealing and sharing information, often personal and intimate, between one person and another. Taking that idea as a point of departure, this one-day symposium explores the ways in which photographic narratives are constructed and aim to communicate'.
2013 Family Ties Manchester Met University.
Following on from the selection of my paper 'The Thin Blue Line / The Deep Red Sea', Artists autobiographical explorations of Pregnancy Loss for the Family ties conference event at RGS in 2012. I have been invited by the Family Ties group to talk at a seminar event in June and to participate in a touring group show. The show includes key artists working in the filed of family photography such as Rosy Martin and Trish Morrissey.
2011 Alternative Worlds. The institute for Germanic and Romance studies (University of London School of Advanced Study).
In an attempt to escape the doom and gloom of the economic crisis the seminar's theme for 2011 is 'Alternative Worlds'. The aim is to examine the dreams, plans and hopes, but also the nightmares and fears reflected in utopian thinking since 1900 in the Western hemisphere. My talk will be on the project 'Growing up in the New Age'.
2008 Marking Space, Swansea Metropolitan University / CIRIC.
This was a multi-disciplinary one-day symposium where artists and designers from many disciplines explored sometimes very different interpretations of what it means to 'mark space'. Some considered issues of gendered space, belonging and displacement, others interrogated the meaning of virtual and physical space: how we occupy space and how we move through it. My talk focused on my art practice in critical context exploring in particular how people 'mark space'.
2006 2006 Interacting with the Archive; Creative Approaches, National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
Including presentations on the Peterlee Project by Stuart Brisley and North East Mining archive by Stuart Howard. Co-ordination of conference in collaboration with Michelle Allen and Interface, University of Ulster as part of the series of events; Performing the Archive. I also gave a paper on archives and artists working practices.
2007 2007 Picturing the Family - From the Inside Out The National Portrait Gallery, London
This one-day event looked at family Photography. My talk 'Dirty Linen, Nausea and Belgian Waffles' explored the question 'Can a subject ever be too personal?' through looking at my own work within the context of family and drawing on examples from arts and popular culture to examine these issues.
2005 Art in Boxes PARC (Photography and the Archive research centre) University of the Arts, London.
'Art in Boxes' was a series of seminars for invited speakers and MA and PhD students held at PARC. My talk asked, 'Is the way photographs are collected and stored changing forever in the digital age? How will we examine a legacy left on-line a personal collection out there in the ether? Is this indeed the last picture show?' The talk also explored ideas of the miniature and the contained through Bachelard's 'Poetics of Space'.
Prizes and Awards
2018 Nomination for 100 Heroines in Photography award
2018 Northern Bridge funding awarded for Doctoral Research
2016 Arts Council England Funding awarded for ‘The Thin Blue Line / The Deep Red Sea’
2014 Winner of Pixel Pin Portfolio Award at Format Photo Festival
2013 Arts Council England Funding awarded for ‘The Thin Blue Line / The Deep Red Sea’
2012 Arts Council Funding Awarded for ‘Growing up in the New Age’ Artists Monograph and Touring exhibition
2011 Arts Council Funding Awarded for ‘Growing up in the New Age’ Research and Development
2009 Arts Council Funding Awarded for ‘Residence Astral’ Touring Exhibition
2008 Arts Council Funding Awarded for ‘Residence Astral’ Research and Development
2007 University of Sunderland and UCAL Research Development Fellowship Awarded for ‘The Last Picture Show’
2005 Arts Council Funding Awarded for ‘Villa Mona’ Artists Monograph
2003 Arts Council Funding Awarded for ‘Braziers International Artists workshop’
Work in Collections:
Serralves Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, East Sussex
Pavilion, Leeds
Private collections