The Family Ties Network is a research group of artists, filmmakers and writers who explore memory, space, place and the family in photography and moving image. Through events, conferences, exhibitions and publications, they aim to investigate a range of issues, encompassing the visual representation of family memories, the family album, oral history, bereavement, displacement, estrangement and the family home.
They were formed after participating in the Family Ties: Recollection and Representation conference held at Senate House, University of London in March 2012, organised by Dr. Sally Waterman. This interdisciplinary event examined the various motivations and approaches used by writers and artists when dealing with family memories, which ranged from the confessional, the therapeutic, the nostalgic, to the celebratory.
Co-ordinators of The Family Ties Network include Dr. Suze Adams (University of the West of England), Dr. Nicky Bird (Glasgow School of Art), Jacqueline Butler (Manchester Metropolitan University), Rosy Martin (Independent artist/researcher), Caroline Molloy (Coventry University), Prof. Lizzie Thynne (Sussex University) and Dr. Sally Waterman (Ravensbourne University, London/UCA Rochester).