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.
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.
Exhibitions2020 Photo London with Seen Fifteen Oct 7-18
2020 Hurry Up Please Its Time, Seen Fifteen, Sept 9-262020 With Monochrome Eyes, Borough Road Gallery, London2019 - 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