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), Lizzie Thynne (Sussex University) and Dr. Sally Waterman (Ravensbourne, London).



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  1. Su Goldfish

    Really interested to see the work that you are all doing. Would like to stay in touch. I’m making work about family and place which traverses everything from an old cat who has seen too much of life to a doco about my father who escaped the Nazis but neglected to tell me.

    I recently made a short film called ‘TRACE” which has screened in quite a few places over the last 12 months. About an old photograph and finding where my father stood when he took it in 1938.

    So just saying hello. Regards from Sydney…Su Goldfish

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