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Research interests

My practice based research draws from my experience of growing up in Northern Ireland. As part of a Northern Irish diaspora, I am interested in the conflicting experiences of Northern Irish identity, history and culture. 

Through an on-going reflection upon historical formative events and an engagement with current issues in the province, my work explores questions of identity, memory, conflict, and the symbolic landscape.  Of recent interest is how geo-political and cultural borders create dissonance that provokes conflicting identity tribes.

My research outputs stem from my practice in the forms of mixed media artwork, exhibition, and publication. Experimental imaging technologies, the exhibition of works and the material image play important roles with in my practice. 


Scholarly biography

I am a lecturer, focusing on photographic practice within the School of Art and Media. I have an active artistic practice and I am trustee of Brighton Photo Fringe. In 2017 I co-found the artist led project space, Niagara Falls Projects. I have organised, curated and produced 10 projects with national and international artists working in across photography, scuplture, painting and installation. 
In 2019 I was nominated for the 2020 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for my solo exhibition Violence Religion Injustice Death at Seen Fifteen gallery London. In 2018 I was awarded the Danny Wilson Memorial Award – Professionals choice for the best solo exhibition at Brighton Photo Fringe. In 2017 I was awarded a Magnum Graduate award for the body of work titled Assembly.
2022 London Art Fair,  Photo50,  19-23 Jan
2021 No Country For Young Men, Nov 4

2020 Photo London with Seen Fifteen Oct 7-18
2020 Hurry Up Please Its Time, Seen Fifteen, Sept 9-26

2020 With Monochrome Eyes, Borough Road Gallery, London
2019 - Violence Religion Injustice Death, Seen Fifteen, London
2019 - Peckham 24, Copland Park, Peckham, London
2019 - The BREXIT Shop, Format Festival. Derby, UK
2018 - Masks, Sluice HQ, London UK
2018 - New Works, Niagara Falls Projects, Brighton, UK
2017 - Assembly, Irish Culture Centre with Seen Fifteen, Paris, France
2016 - Assembly, The Regency Town House Brighton, UK
2016 - Assembly,  University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton, UK
2015 - Alternative Ulster,  PhotoMonth London Photo Festival, London UK
2015 - Alternative Ulster,  Cork Photo Festival, Ireland.
2014 - Selected works: Alternative Ulster / I have troubles[...],  Vantage Point, Brighton, UK
2014 - 5 studies of Tim, Create Gallery, Brighton, UK
2014 - Residency exhibition,  Woodstock, Ulster Country, New York, USA
2014 - Birds Over Stormont publication,  Tokyo Institute of Photography, Japan
2012 - Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed, The Photographers Gallery, London UK
Curated Projects at Niagara Falls Projects
2019 Evil Rises, Niagara Falls, group show Ashley Beachey, Sean Birnie, Richard Jed Butler, Bob Visser.
2019 - New Alchemy,  Jure Kastelic  
2019 - Not the Dead Spit, Sophie Barber & Georgia Hayes  
2018 - New Works, Martin Seeds
2018 - Ideal-I, Alexander Glass & James William Murray
2018 - Celestial Body, Spiritual Earth Joseph Long 
2018 - Is this wet p*$$¥ remix no get enemy, nothing like this love that I’m feeling, Irvin Pascal 
2017 - E2 - E4, Jacob Clayton
2017 - She, Melissa Campbell
Selections, Awards, Nominations
2019 - Long listed for the 2020 
Deutsche Börse  Photography Prize

2018 - Danny Wilson Memorial Award – Professionals Choice
2017 - Magnum Graduate Award Winner
2015 - Nominated for the Magnum Graduate Photography Award
2014 - Short-listed for the Brighton Photo Fringe Danny Wilson Memorial Award
2014 - Selected for an artist residency in New York at AIR Byrdcliffe
2011  - Wallpaper* 2011 Graduate Directory
2011  - Tom Buckeridge Photography Prize

Text / Features / Interviews
Art Licks Issue 25: Monochrome
British Journal of Photography online: Featured in the best of Photo London & Beyond
British Journal of Photography, June 2019:  Promotion of my solo show at Seen Fifteen and Peckham 24

Yet Magazine issue 10 
PhotoWorks showcase #2
LensCulture highlight
Featured in '9213' celebrating 21 years of photography at the University of Brighton
LAW magazine. Issue 2
FILE magazine CITYLIKEYOU feature
Finds. Preston is my Paris
PHOTO+ magazine, vol.16. 
Photoworks showcase #1
Self Publish Be Happy - book to come
Photoworks review of ‘I have troubles[…]’
The Independent Photobook Blog,
Playground Magazine Issue 1.
Jotta review
No Country For Young Men, Self Published, 2020

Birds Over Stormont, Self Published, 2013
Where Will You Spend Eternity. Vol.1, Self-Published, June 2011

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Brighton

Award Date: 30 Sep 2016

Bachelor, University of Brighton

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

External positions

Trustee, Brighton Photo Fringe



  • TR Photography
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • NX Arts in general
  • NE Print media
  • BH Aesthetics
  • GR Folklore
  • GT Manners and customs
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races


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