Family and Other Ties, Foyer Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey

27th October – 9th December 2022 

This forthcoming exhibition celebrates the ten-year anniversary of the Family Ties Network (FTN), a research group of artists, filmmakers and writers who explore memory, space, place and the family in photography and moving image. The show features works by seven FTN co-ordinators alongside photographs and books by nineteen artists, selected from an open call to the wider network.

Many of these works reflect on what is meant by family in the aftermath of the global pandemic. Consequently, haunting stories of absence, trauma, and loss are interwoven with notions of cultural identity, feminist revisions of personal histories and the celebrations and challenges of modern family life. 

A closing research seminar with invited speakers from past FTN events will be held on 9th December 2022.

FTN co-ordinators: Suze Adams, Nicky Bird, Jacqueline Butler, Rosy Martin, Caroline Molloy, Lizzie Thynne and Sally Waterman.

Selected artists:  Sara Andersdotter, Eszter Biro​, Bethe Bronson, Kate Carpenter, Marysa Dowling, Clare Gallagher, Phil Hill, Miranda Hutton, Rachel Maloney, Celine Marchbank, Heather McDonough, Ines Rae​, Dawn Rogers, Assunta Ruocco and Daniel T Wheeler, Mandy Simpson, Mo White, Andy Wiener and Amanda Whittle.

Marysa Dowling, The Conversation, Banna Co Kerry, Ireland, 2021

Family and Other Ties, Foyer Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham


The Family Ties Network was established in 2012 as a research group of artists exploring memory, space, place and the family through photography, moving image and writing. Since then, the network has regularly held exhibitions, seminar discussion events and presented at conferences around the UK. 

As coordinators we now want to celebrate the success of FTN and we intend to mark our 10-year anniversary with a curated exhibition at the University of Creative Arts, Farnham, alongside a research event with invited speakers. As part of our network community, we would like to encourage you to submit work for consideration by the FTN team for the Family and Other Ties exhibition, which will take place in Autumn 2022. 

In the aftermath of the global pandemic, we are in a unique position to reflect and reappraise what family is, and what means to each of us individually. The restrictions and isolation caused by COVID19 lockdowns has seen a seismic shift in how we communicate with those closest to us, and, as a consequence, the form of communities has been remodelled, and the structure of family reshaped.

We are now looking for submissions from artists from the FTN community to participate in this exhibition. Recent work is preferable. Each entrant can submit between 1-3 photographs, and/or book works for consideration by the coordinators, via e-mail to Each image should be no larger than 1000 pixels on the longer side, 72 dpi, and in JPG format for the selection process. Each file must labelled the following way: familyname_firstname_imagenumber.jpg 

Please include a short biography, caption for the work/series and indicate the physical size of the exhibited photograph (maximum exhibited size A3) in your application. Please note we are not a funded group so there are no artist fees available and we cannot cover production costs or the delivery or return of prints (pre-paid return postage or in person collection).

All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered and must have obtained permission of any people featured or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured. Unfortunately due to the estimated high number of submissions we cannot reply to unsuccessful entrants.


14th August – Deadline for digital submission to (midnight) 

4th September – Notification of successful submissions to selected artists

30th September – All work to be received

27th October – Exhibition opens in Foyer Gallery

9th December – FTN Research event and closing exhibition reception

12th-16th December – Work to be collected (or pre-paid postage provided by artist)

We hope you find this opportunity of interest and with your continuing support look forward to seeing you at the FTN anniversary exhibition and associated research event, whether as contributing artist, or as a member of the network.

Best wishes

Sally, Caroline, Jacqueline, Lizzie, Nicky, Rosy and Suze (FTN Coordinators, July 2022)

Female Eye Film Festival – 20th edition

Lizzie Thynne’s film, Independent Miss Craigie about Jill Craigie (1911 – 99) , one of the first UK women documentary directors, is being screened at this festival in Toronto, Canada on Saturday 11th June 2022, followed by a Q&A:

At Home, Fabrica, Brighton (25th April 2022)

Sally Waterman’s film, ‘Syncopation’ (2017) from the ‘Twenty’ project has been selected by Short Circuit Films for this screening event on Monday 25th April from 6:30-9pm. The ‘Twenty’ project (2017-18) serves as a reflection upon my long term relationship with my partner in the light of his treatment for heart failure.

‘At Home’ is a screening of eclectic experimental documentary shorts from both emerging and established filmmakers. Eleven thought provoking films, selected from UK and International calls for submissions consider our cultural, social and psychological perceptions of home in work that celebrates short-form documentary in all its artistic styles and approaches. The programme of shorts will last 80mins in total, and there will be a short interval for discussion and drinks half way through.

Going Through the Mill exhibition, Cooke’s Studios, Barrow-in-Furness (26th March-23rd April 2022)

Going through the Mill is a multi-media exhibition that explores the history of Barrow’s Paper Mill through photography, film, objects and poetry. The exhibition includes a unique selection of Barrow Paper Mill photographs from the Sankey Family Photographic Collection with reflective new work created with local groups in collaboration with artist Nicky Bird as part of a participatory Artist commission.  

Bird has been working with Signal Film & Media for over four months to develop relationships with the Sankey Volunteers and a new Women’s History group as well as ex-papermill workers to further explore the Sankey Family Photographic Collection.

Going through the Mill is the 10th exhibition to be curated as part of the Seeing the North with Sankey project, which began with an initial pilot postcard project in October 2018. Local volunteers supported the cataloguing and research of the collection throughout the duration and co-curated the mix of online and in-person exhibitions with the support of Project Manager Julia Parks. 

There will be an artist talk with Nicky Bird on Saturday 26th March (2-3pm).

Independent Miss Craigie now out on DVD from BFI

The project film Independent Miss Craigie, directed by Lizzie Thynne, came out on 28 March as a special feature on a BFI 2-disc dvd collection, The Camera is Ours: Britain’s Women Documentary Makers curated by Ros Cranston. The dvd set includes Craigie’s film Children of the Ruins, about the importance of education in the wake of fascism, and the impact of poverty and conflict on child development, which Craigie traces to before World War 2 as well as the disruption of war-time. Alongside Craigie’s film are a number of documentaries by under-recognized women directors from Marion Grierson’s poetic Beside the Seaside, 1935 to Sarah Erulkar’s vivid Something Nice to Eat (1967). Also included is a booklet of essays by Penny Woolcock, Molly Dineen, Lillian Crawford, Reba Martin, Carol Morley, Patrick Russell, Jeanie Finlay, Lizzie Thynne, Katy McGahan and Girish Shambu about the films in the collection – these and the inclusion of our feature doc on Craigie’s career contextualizes this period and is a bumper extra on this fantastic resource for women’s film history.

Independent Miss Craigie’ 2022 Film Screenings with Q&A and Exhibition

Lizzie Thynne’s film about Jill Craigie (1911 – 99) , one of the first UK women documentary directors, continues its winter screening tour in 2022. Independent Miss Craigie explores the career of one of the first women to direct documentaries in Britain, better known in later life as the wife of former UK Labour party leader, Michael Foot. A dual narration by the young and older Jill Craigie, (1911- 99) based on the director’s fascinating archive and media appearances, uncovers her energetic struggles to get her radical films made and distributed. Her last one, on the Yugoslavian civil war, was made when she was 83 in 1994, after a break of thirty years from film-making. Narrated by Hayley Atwell. 

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The University of Sussex. 
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Exhibition at BFI Mezzanine Gallery (28th February-6th May 2022)

In the 1940s Jill Craigie tackled subjects new to cinema in a unique blend of documentary, drama and, frequently, humour. One of the most photographed directors of her time, she was dubbed ‘Britain’s first woman filmmaker’ by the press, while she herself championed community voices and performers. This exhibition draws on a variety of sources, including works by leading photographers Lee Miller and Fred Daniels, to explore what made Craigie and her working methods unique.

Guest curator: Lizzie Thynne.

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The University of Sussex


BFI Southbank, London, Saturday 5th March 2022 (12pm-5pm)

The Camera is Ours: Study Day, Film Screening + Q&A with director Lizzie Thynne and associate producer Hollie Price

For the first half of the day there will be talks from specialist speakers, including Invisible Women, the archive activist film collective championing the work of female filmmakers, Toby Haggith from the Imperial War Museum, film archivist Sarah Easen and season curator Ros Cranston. The second part of the day will be the screening and Q&A with director and FTN co-ordinator Lizzie Thynne and associate producer Hollie Price.

Chapter, Cardiff, 22nd March 2022, 5:30pm

The Depot, Lewes, Tuesday 11th January 2022, 5.30 pm, with q and a, Host: Catherine Grant, film scholar, video essayist and author at Film Studies For Free

The Rio, Dalston, London, Sunday 16th January, 2.15 pm, with director Q&A. Host: Selina Robertson, Independent Cinema Office

The Everyman, Hampstead, London, Monday 7th February 2022, 5.45 with Q&A. Host: Reina Lewis, London College of Fashion, UAL

Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, Saturday 12th February 2022, 3pm with director Q&A. Host: Sophie Mathison, For Film’s Sake.

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New publication from Tate:- ‘Photography – a Feminist History’ by Emma Lewis

Whether working in the studio or on the front line, women have contributed to every aspect of photography’s short history. For some, gender is front and centre; for others, it’s merely incidental. All have been affected by the power structures beyond their camera lenses. Far too many have been, and continue to be, overlooked.

Mapping photographic developments against shifting gender rights and roles, Photography – A Feminist History shines a light on how photography has borne witness to women’s movements and made the causes for which they fight visible, and how, in turn, different approaches to feminism have given us ways of understanding photographs. 

Includes work by FTN coordinator Rosy Martin – in collaboration with Kay Goodridge.

Publisher: Tate Publishing  / Octopus
Released: 21/10/2021
Catalogue Number: 9781781578049

Crossing the Screen International Film Festival (28th January-3rd February 2022)

Sally Waterman’s film, ‘Wellow’ (2020) will be screened at the Crossing the Screen International Film Festival, held online via There are seven different curated programmes altogether and it will be shown in the ‘Cobalt and Brown’ channel, featuring ten short films from the UK, France, Russia and Belgium.

The ‘Wellow’ project dwells upon place, ancestry, mortality and religion, triggered by the redevelopment of her late Grandfather’s Baptist chapel in the rural village on the Isle of Wight. Drawing upon T.S Eliot’s poem, ‘Four Quartets’ (1935-1942), correlations are made between the temporality of human life, the changing seasons and her ancestor’s connection to the local landscape.

‘Independent Miss Craigie’ Film Screening and Q&A

Plymouth Arts cinema: Friday 19th November 2021

Exeter Phoenix: Saturday 20th November 2021

Independent Miss Craigie is a feature-length biographical documentary exploring the life and work of filmmaker, writer and feminist scholar Jill Craigie (1911 – 99) directed by FTN co-ordinator, Lizzie Thynne. Join Lizzie for a Q&A after the screenings in Plymouth and Exeter.

Craigie was one of the first British women to direct documentaries. Her films such as To Be Woman (1951), about equal pay, and Out of Chaos (1944), the first film about artists at work, and featuring Henry Moore and Paul Nash, tackled new subjects for the cinema through a unique blend of drama, polemic and often humour. The contents of an old suitcase prompts memories of the extraordinary life and loves of this forceful, charismatic woman, whose work has been long neglected.

Independent Miss Craigie uses the director’s unseen papers, and rich archive of her films, letters, photographs and interviews to reveal her energetic struggles to get her radical films made and distributed. Her last one, on the Yugoslavian civil war, was made when she was 83 in 1994, after a break of thirty years from film-making. The challenges of supporting her husband, former party leader, Michael Foot, while retaining her own goals, were a challenge faced by many women, then and now.

Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival

12th -21st November 2021

Sally Waterman’s film, ‘Wellow’ (2020) will be screened in the ‘Personal Cinema’ programme at the Pera Museum on Friday 12th November as part of the Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival. The third edition of the festival will present a total of 128 short and feature films from 30 countries under 18 different titles, as well as panels, workshops, performances, and parties on both sides of Istanbul.

The ‘Wellow’ project dwells upon place, ancestry, mortality and religion, triggered by the redevelopment of my late Grandfather’s Baptist chapel in the rural village on the Isle of Wight. Drawing upon T.S Eliot’s poem, ‘Four Quartets’ (1935-1942), correlations are made between the temporality of human life, the changing seasons and my ancestor’s connection to the local landscape.

Film still from ‘Wellow’ (2020)

BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Bilbao, Spain

28th September-7th October 2021

Sally Waterman’s experimental film, ‘Wellow’ (2020) was selected for the Bideodromo Festival in Bilbao, Spain. It was its first European screening and was shown in the Art House cinema at the BilbaoArte centre on 28th September.

Still from ‘Wellow’ (2020)

Photography Down The Line with Rosy Martin

Recorded on 24th August 2021

Ben Harman, Director of Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, speaks to Rosy Martin in this hour long interview.

‘Loss’, artP.kunstverien. Vienna

4th-26th September 2021

Curated by Claudia Pilsl

FTN co-ordinator, Rosy Martin exhibited her work alongside Irene Andessner, Oreed Ashery, Stuart Moore, Kayla Parker, Claudia Pilsl and Elizabeth Wornld.

Martin showed ‘Acts of reparation’, ‘In Situ’ and extracts from ’The end of the line’. This work addresses her grief at the death of her mother, and her process of ‘letting go’ of the family home and all its associations in a ‘curation of the museum of sources’ that her childhood home represented. Photographing through her tears, she documented the home, and then later re-enacted herself as her parents in acts of reparation.

Extract from ‘End of the line” ‘Laying out her clothes’. Rosy Martin


Until 26th September 2021

The New Art Gallery Walsall presented the Living Memory Project’s, The Black Country. This exhibition marked the culmination of a four-year engagement with residents of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton in order to record, archive and celebrate everyday life stories and personal photographic collections.

The breadth of these personal accounts recorded from people living in the region encompass memories of post-war optimism in the 1940s, to reflections on today’s society. Set against a backdrop of cultural and economic change, the stories touch upon migration, identity, love, joy and loss, aswell as the importance of belonging.

A comprehensive new publication of the same title The Black Country brought together these stories and photographs, making visible the rich and varied life experiences of people from The Black Country.

Artists from across the region were commissioned to work with community groups and organisations in the Black Country to make new work that responded to the project’s central themes.  From these collaborations the Living Memory Project hosted pop-up exhibitions, guided walks, seminars, collecting events and over 120 community workshops .

FTN co-ordinator, Caroline Molloy’s project, ‘Women of Walsall’ was featured, alongside artists Farhad Berahman, Anand  Chhabra, Naomi Clarke, Anneka French, Lauren Hatchard, Andrew Jackson, Harmeet Chagger-Khan, Leanne O’Conner, Mel Tomlinson and Lucy Turner. Using a variety of mediums including photography, film, sculpture, print and textiles, the artists explored themes that included identity,  memory and dreams, forgotten places, work, historic events and migration.

24th July-14th August 2021

Sally Waterman’s experimental film, ‘Wellow’ (2020) was installed as a looping projection in the Clayden Gallery at Quay Arts.

The ‘Wellow’ project dwells upon place, ancestry, mortality and religion, triggered by the redevelopment of Waterman’s late Grandfather’s Baptist chapel in the rural village on the Isle of Wight.  Drawing upon T.S Eliot’s poem, ‘Four Quartets’ (1935-1942), correlations are made between the temporality of human life, the changing seasons and her ancestor’s connection to the local landscape. This autobiographical work considers the role of faith within her mother’s family and the generational differences in their religious practices and attitudes.

A sense of loss – of the building, of traditions, of heritage and of community is inherent, as I gather and reflect upon the memories and artefacts that are left behind. The self-reflexive exchanges between the artist and her mother, recorded during the coronavirus outbreak, not only allows the recollection of past experience, as well as the forgotten aspects to emerge, but also reveals the construction of the filmmaking process itself.

Film still from “Wellow’ (2020)

Bridging the Distance’, Four Corners, London

A group exhibition by the PH Research Network, curated by Gil Pasternak

23rd June – 3rd July 2021 (11am-6:30pm)

Bridging the Distance was a group exhibition by international photography, moving image, and lens-related artists, which re-evaluated photography’s ability to draw us close to the feelings, concerns, and lived experiences of those who exist beyond our own immediate physical, political, and cultural spaces.

The works in the exhibition considered people, groups, and places of various national and social backgrounds, all of which have seen major transformations of local and even historic significance in the recent past. Whether sending us from England to former Czechoslovakia, Russia, Spain, or back to England again, their varied communicative approaches invite us to ask how do we – how must we – understand the connection between photography and people’s ways of life in today’s post-factual world. Featuring FTN co-ordinator, Caroline Molloy, alongside Andreia Alves de Oliveira, Estéfani Bouza, Liz J Drew, Paula Gortázar, Alexandra Hughes, Sukey Parnell Johnson, Uschi Klein, Annalisa Sonzogni and Lauren Winsor.

This exhibition included two bodies of work by Molloy that examined the photography studio, which has traditionally been considered a space in which the aspirations and desires of the sitter in the studio portrait are signified in the portrait mis-en-scène. The works are, Untouched Copy (2008-11) that documents faded patina of photography backdrops in Kerala, India and Studioscapes in the Book of Backgrounds (2016-20), which is part of Molloy’s PhD practice that rebuilds original cartes de viste without the sitters so that the studio background is revealed. In bringing together these works, she makes connections between the legacy of early studio photography and its colonial exportation to India.

‘Food’, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre

29th May – 22nd October 2021

FTN co-ordinator, Jacqueline Butler was included in this exhibition that investigated the creative relationships between art and food and how people communicate through it. Combining contemporary arts practices around food, the exhibition features up and coming and established artists from the UK and abroad. See sculptural paintings from the ‘Plate of Food’ series by Manchester-based artist John Carroll, contemporary photography by Her Dark Materials (Rosalind Atkinson), and documentary film by Palestinian artist and activist, Vivien Sansour.

Jacqueline Butler’s Feeding the Family 1940/2020 is a timely project with local social and political importance. Butler’s project was planned pre-pandemic to highlight the continuing struggle many families have had to feed themselves. The artist drew from archive wartime recipes (some held in Bury Museum’s collection) and the ‘shopping list’ of essentials for a family of four by Radcliffe’s Trinity Foodbank. The installation combines photography with 3D printed sculptures and visualises the meals derived from the wartime recipes and the essentials shopping list.  

The exhibition combined contemporary arts practices around food. Food has the unique ability to bring people together, whether that be family members, friends, lovers, colleagues and strangers. Food can represent who we are, it can mark out our social class, and that of others, and food can be the catalyst for a whole host of emotions, joy, anger and pleasure.

Legacy – Nicky Bird’, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

27th April – 6th June 2021

FTN co-ordinator, Nicky Bird’s solo exhibition examined the themes of land, heritage, personal and social memory through her collaborative photographic practice. This show included new works and brought together several of her site-specific projects for the first time, especially reimagined for Street Level, which largely focuses on Scotland’s rural and small town communities.

She considers contemporary relevances of ‘found’ photographs and latent histories of specific sites, investigating how they remain resonant. Her work incorporates new photography, oral histories and collaborations with people who have significant connections to the original site and its photographic archive. 

Nicky Bird Walk & Talk Tour, Thursday 22nd April, 6:30pm

Photography Down The Line with Nicky Bird – interview with Ben Harman from Stills Gallery, Edinburgh

Recorded on 7th May 2021

‘A Picture of Health:  Women Photographers from The Hyman Collection’, Arnolfini, Bristol

19th December 2020-13th June 2021


Featuring autobiographical perspectives to social commentaries on the wider society, A Picture of Health is a timely exhibition as those throughout the world are united by the effects of the current global pandemic. The exhibition included work by FTN co-ordinator, Rosy Martin (in collaboration with Verity Welstead), Heather Agyepong, Sonia Boyce, Eliza Hatch, Susan Hiller, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Anna Fox, Polly Penrose, Jo Spence, and Paloma Tendero, exploring a range of thematic concerns such as trauma, care, the hidden self and the environment.

Artist, photographer, and photo therapist Rosy Martin’s work is primarily concerned with memories, identities and unconscious processes, exploring the potential meanings that lie within domestic photography. She uses re-enactment phototherapy, in a performative self-portraiture to explore the feelings that too often lie hidden and unspoken.

Martin’s work examines the ambivalence that she felt about caring for her mother during her long illness of multi-infarct dementia. The title of this series ‘I Didn’t Put Myself Down for Sainthood’, refers to something that Martin said to one of her mother’s drop-in carers. Playing with religious iconography, Martin’s virtuous blue “saints” suggest a positive societal view of caring, whilst the white “angels” suggest her own conflicting emotions.

On the one hand, the blue figures reflect the sense of commitment Martin felt and the assumption from others that she had to be there for her mother. Martin has talked about the need to ‘ease my mother’s suffering and to interpret and intercede in the world for her’ and ‘to make everything better whilst knowing I will finally fail.’ On the other hand, the white figures reveal the desolation of exhaustion as well as the underlying anger that she felt was inappropriate to express.

‘The psychosis that can accompany dementia required a ‘being with’, acceptance, infinite patience, tolerance and emotional holding. Such a life lesson, so very hard and yet in another way, so necessary and easy. It was a strange gift, but still a gift, to learn another kind of loving.’

Martin worked with collaborator Verity Welstead on the series.

Independent Miss Craigie: Special Preview online event

Wednesday 24th March 2021, 6:30-7:30pm

Independent Miss Craigie is a feature-length biographical documentary exploring the life and work of filmmaker, writer and feminist scholar Jill Craigie (1911 – 99).

Craigie was one of the first British women to direct documentaries. Her films such as To Be Woman (1951), about equal pay, and Out of Chaos (1944), the first film about artists at work, and featuring Henry Moore and Paul Nash, tackled new subjects for the cinema through a unique blend of drama, polemic and often humour. The contents of an old suitcase prompts memories of the extraordinary life and loves of this forceful, charismatic woman, whose work has been long neglected.

Independent Miss Craigie uses the director’s unseen papers, and rich archive of her films, letters, photographs and interviews to reveal her energetic struggles to get her radical films made and distributed. Her last one, on the Yugoslavian civil war, was made when she was 83 in 1994, after a break of thirty years from film-making. The challenges of supporting her husband, former party leader, Michael Foot, while retaining her own goals, were a challenge faced by many women, then and now.

Narrated by Hayley Atwell, directed by FTN co-ordinator, Lizzie Thynne.

Lizzie Thynne is Professor of Film at the University of Sussex and is the principal investigator of the AHRC-funded Jill Craigie: Film Pioneer project (2019-2021). Hollie Price is the project’s postdoctoral research fellow and worked as associate producer and researcher on Independent Miss Craigie.

Video Art Miden, YouTube programme, February 2021

Sally Waterman’s film, ‘Syncopation’ (2017) from her ‘Twenty’ project was been selected by Video Art Miden, Greece for its February online video art screening programme, entitled ‘Just before the earthquake’ curated by Evi Stamou and Pietro Radin. The programme was accessible from 1st-28th February 2021 at the Video Art Miden YouTube channel.

This video was derived from ‘Home: A Structure on Trial’ by Polish poet, Rafał Gawin. The poem took on autobiographical resonance, symbolic of her partner’s recovery from heart failure, with the home representing a place of refuge, whilst also becoming claustrophobic. 

The selection “Just before the earthquake” consisted of 10 videos that bridged the gap between film and literary image. Composing works that successfully mimic the simplicity of the short poetic form, the creators present visual haikus and epigrams, cinematic short stories and imaginative transcriptions of lyric poetry on the screen, while anthologizing aspects of our old and new normality, from the paradoxical magic of everyday life imagery to the moments of existential agony that give birth to the political impasse and oppression.

Video art online for February from Video Art Miden


Southampton Film Week 2020

SFW: Shorts 2020 on-demand

Sally Waterman’s recently competed artist film, ‘From our Mothers’ Arms’ (2020) from the ‘Wellow’ project (2019-2020) was selected for the 13th annual Southampton Film Week. This year the short film programme of twenty films was available online via Vimeo from the 6th-15th November 2020.

‘From our Mothers’ Arms’ dwells upon place, ancestry, mortality and religion, triggered by the redevelopment of her late Grandfather’s Baptist chapel on the Isle of Wight. The film centres upon a telephone conversation between the artist and her mother made during lockdown, where she reflects upon her daughter’s last visit from London before the enforced separation. You can view the whole project on Sally’s website:


Photo Fringe 2020

‘Collectives Hub’ exhibition, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton

This group show is open from Saturday 3rd October until 1 November 2020 (open Thursdays – Sundays, 1pm – 5pm). Due to Covid, you need to book timed slots for entry via here:

The Photo Fringe Collectives Hub at Phoenix Art Space features photography and lens-based works by a selection of photographic collectives working in and beyond the south east.

The collective ‘Home and away’ consists of four women photographers. Whilst sharing their ideas, thoughts and feelings about the current Covid crisis and their on-going projects through zoom a synchronicity emerged: all their work explores, confronts and makes visible responses to life-changing events. Their emotional honesty prompts empathy with the audience.

Grief and loss echo through all four projects. From the direct effects of Covid in ‘Locked down: then venturing out’ (FTN co-ordinator Rosy Martin in collaboration with Verity Welstead ) and ‘Do you remember when we used to go to gigs?’ (Julia Biro) which explore the impact upon the individual of isolation, loss of social life and taken for granted pleasures. ‘Break’ (Yolanda Crisp) and ‘Nest – time to go’ (Verity Welstead in collaboration with Rosy Martin) both map the ends of long- term relationships, through endings, abandonment and in ‘Nest’ the need for teenagers to leave home. Yet personal strength, resilience and defiance resound through all four projects

Left: ‘Lockdown: Then Venturing Out’ Rosy Martin & Verity Welstead / Right: ‘Nest – Time to Go’ Verity Welstead & Rosy Martin


‘MK Calling’, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

11th September-1st November 2020

Sally Waterman’s two films ‘Syncopation’ (2017) and ‘Between Us’ (2018) from her ‘Twenty’ project are being shown as looping video installations in ‘MK Calling’. This group show, curated by Anthony Spira and Fay Blanchard, features over 130 artists across five gallery spaces, in the newly extended building that reopened in March 2019. The ‘Twenty’ project (2017-18) serves as a reflection upon the artist’s long term relationship with her partner in the light of his treatment for heart failure.

You can find out more about the project here:


‘Raising Her Voice’

The Crossing at St Pauls, Darwall Street, Walsall

Friday 13th March 2020

Caroline Molloy will be presenting her film ‘Women of Walsall’ at the ‘Raising Her Voice’ event, which marks International Women’s Day 2020. This a free event for the public and professionals organised to celebrate the contributions and diversity of local women in Walsall and beyond.

This event will bring together different women from across Walsall to share their experiences and stories and also promote opportunities for women. The inspiration for this event came from the Women of Walsall Photo Project, which is about putting a spotlight on Walsall women, past and present. Caroline Molloy is the Living Memory Project bursary artist working on this project. Around 130 women have taken part in this project and a final film is to be produced, including all of the photos which will be shown at the event.

1pm to 3pm, members of the public are welcome to attend the open event, where there will be information stalls, opportunities and creative workshops from local organisations. Booking is not required.

4pm to 6pm, there will be various speakers from different sectors, giving speeches on themselves and their roles and taking part in a panel to discuss issues women face. Registration is required for the 4pm session and free tickets can be booked online at:


‘The Decorators’ Art Walk Porty Landmark Residency: Nicky Bird

Portobello, Edinburgh

Various events held 29th February – 7th March 2020 – see listing for details

Nicky Bird’s residency focuses on a group of women who worked as decorators for Buchan & Co potteries in the late 1960s. Mostly in their teens, the women painted thistles, among other motifs, in workshops near the present-day site of the kilns in Portobello. Each decorator would have her own mark that she would put at the bottom of any pottery she decorated. In 1972, Buchan & Co closed the Portobello site and moved to Crieff. Some of the women ceased to be decorators at around this point, either through redundancy or moving onto to married life. Two kilns are the only physical traces of the pottery with a housing estate now on the site of the workshops. A visit to the present-day site makes it hard to locate where the workshops once were. Consequently, the women’s work remains invisible.

The Decorators residency directly collaborates with a number of these women. The residency consists of viewing their photographs, interviews, site visits, and locating relevant archive material. By paying attention to voice, image, pattern on pottery including the marker on its base, the residency will produce a series of events and site-specific related artwork that tease out the significance of stories of the decorators, and how in their own subtle way, they continue to leave a mark on the Portobello landscape.

‘Occupy the Void’, Photo 50, London Art Fair

22nd-26th January 2020

Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH

The latest edition of Photo50, Occupy the Void, curated by writer, collector and gallerist Laura Noble, explores the vast pool of talented living female photographers aged over 50 and the cultural ‘space’ that they inhabit. The exhibition is split into three key themes: how women occupy space; the psychological and personal view of space; and the notion of time and the abstract in space. Viewers will be taken on a personal, psychological and spiritual journey, and will be invited to reflect on their own lives and to challenge their perceived place within society.  Although 85% of women studying photography at university are women, only 15% of the industry is female. Thus Noble provides a platform for a diverse group of artists who are commonly underrepresented in the cultural dialogue, and offers them the opportunity to reclaim their space and the void. Exhibiting artists include FTN co-ordinator, Rosy Martin, alongside Wendy Aldiss, Samantha Brown, Elaine Duigenan, Miranda Gavin, Elizabeth Heyert, Sandra Jordan, Mercedes Parodi, Danielle Peck and Kim Shaw.

‘In Situ’, Martin copied the photographs of her mother and father, taken in 1939 when World War 2 was declared. She projected each onto the exact same corner of her parents’ house, where it had been taken, after their deaths. She printed these images onto silk, a shimmering, diaphanous surface as a metaphor for the transience of memories. Many years later, it felt right to acknowledge the entanglement of the mother/daughter relationship and its ambivalence.  To finally be immersed, embraced and contained by her image, so that this representation of the idea of the ‘good enough mother’ can continue to support her emotionally. A lake in Lapland provided the quietude and stillness for such ‘Immersion’ in emotion, working collaboratively with Seija Ulkuniemi .

‘Nesting’ amongst her work, photography, books, writing, exhibitions, diaries, thoughts in progress, ideas for new projects… Martin considers how she occupies her own physical space, a London flat, which looks out over a wide panoramic view of the city. Having lived there since 1981, she has an enormous collection of stuff including much from her parents’ house that she just could not part with. Those objects hold so much emotional resonance, somehow still reverberating with absent presence.

Family Film Project, Porto, Portugal (8th Edition)

‘Syncopation’ by Sally Waterman is one of eighteen short films and eight feature films that was selected for this year’s edition. It was screened on 16th October 2019 at 5pm at Passos Manuel, Porto. The Family Film Project – International Film Festival of Archive, Memory and Ethnography aimed to celebrate the “creative capturing of memory, the experimentalism of the image, the cinema of intimacy and the anthropological gaze.”

This film was derived from ‘Home: A Structure on Trial’ by Polish poet, Rafał Gawin. The poem took on autobiographical resonance, symbolic of her partner’s recovery from heart failure, with the home representing a place of refuge, whilst also becoming claustrophobic. The flickering sunlight, reflected upon the floors and doors is indicative of his irregular heartbeat, with correlations drawn between the structural dwelling and its signs of human presence and absence.


‘Falling Water’, Bury Art Museum, Greater Manchester

12th October – 8th November 2019

Jacqueline Butler’s exhibition  at Bury Art Museum in the Moving Image Gallery,  titled Falling Water comprised of a photographic image with an installed video projection. Evolving from themes relating to landscape, homeland and belonging, began whilst on a residency at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).

The work contemplates the mythology of Scottish landscapes, charting a yearning to return to a homeland that exists solely through distant childhood memories and local folklore.


‘Home on the Move: Two poems go on a journey’

Parthian Books have just launched ‘Home on the Move’, an anthology of poems that interrogates ideas of home, belonging and language through translation. The book is a culmination of the multilingual touring project ‘Talking Transformations: Home on the Move’ (2017-2019) and is edited by curators Manuela Perteghella and Ricarda Vidal.

This volume includes the various translations of the two poems by Deryn Rees-Jones and Rafal Gawin as they travelled between the UK, France and Spain and via Romania, Poland and the UK to signify the popular emigration and immigration routes, as well as poetry inspired by workshops and by the eight artist films commissioned for the project.

Sally Waterman’s film, ‘Syncopation’, was informed by the poem ‘Home: A Structure on Trial’ by Gawin, which became an autobiographical film about her partner’s experience of heart failure after he was discharged from hospital and was recovering at home. Postgraduate translation students from the University of Leicester wrote the poem, ‘To you it looks like red brick walls’ in response to Waterman’s film, creating a new written interpretation with a revised vision of home.

The book launch took place on 4th October 2019 at Ledbury Books and Maps, Ledbury, Herefordshire (7pm – 8pm) with readings and a discussion including Margaret Atkins, Jim Dening and Jacqui Rowe.


Crossing the Screen International Film Festival, Eastbourne, 2019


Sally Waterman’s video, ‘Syncopation’ (2017) from the ‘Twenty’ project was screened on 19th September 2019 at the GNT Gallery, Eastbourne as part of ‘The Road Less Travelled’ programme.

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Arts Therapies and Gender Issues, Edited by Susan Hogan

Routledge, September 2019 (Paperback edition due out 2020)

Arts Therapies and Gender Issues offers international perspectives on gender in arts therapies research and demonstrates understandings of gender and arts therapies in a variety of global contexts. Analysing current innovations and approaches in the arts therapies, it discusses issues of cultural identity, which intersect with sex, gender norms, stereotypes and sexual identity. The book includes unique and detailed case studies such as the emerging discipline of creative writing for therapeutic purposes, re-enactment phototherapy, performative practice and virtual reality. Bringing together leading researchers, it demonstrates clinical applications and shares ideas about best practice.

It features a chapter by Rosy Martin entitled ‘Look at me! Representing Self: Representing Ageing. Older Women Represent Their Own Narratives of Ageing, Using Re-enactment Phototherapeutic Techniques.’

Rosy joined the multi-disciplinary research team, having previously worked extensively on these issues in her research, photographic practices and exhibitions ‘Outrageous Agers’ in collaboration with Kay Goodridge. She ran a series of intensive workshops, using phototherapeutic techniques including: re-enactment phototherapy, creating photographic diaries, working with found photographs and family albums- with a group of ‘ordinary’ self-defined older women. The objectives were to enable the women to create new and challenging images of what it means to be an older woman. Their ages ranged from forty-seven to sixty, and issues relating to retirement, changing their working lives, taking on new challenges, and reviewing how they lived their lives formed a key part of their personal narratives, which were reflected upon during the workshops and made visible in the phototherapy re-enactments. They explored their relationships to their visual representations and how they could take control, transform and define for themselves a range of ways of being seen as older women. Qualitative analysis shows this to have increased confidence and self-acceptance amongst all the participants.

Shirley Simpson in collaboration with Rosy Martin:

I am now more confident/accepting of how I look at this point in my life.  That it is not what you look like but how you feel and how you express yourself.  It is possible to look, happy, fun, joyful and even beautiful however old you are. 

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‘Tracing the Tide’, Art Walk Porty Festival, Portobello beach, Edinburgh, 2019

Two of Sally Waterman’s films – ‘February’ (2011) from the ‘Translucence’ project and ‘Rural Shadow Walks’ (2006) from the ‘Waste Land’ project were included in the Art Walk Porty Festival. The ‘Tracing the Tide’ film programme was screened on Portobello beach, Edinburgh on Saturday 7th September and Thursday 12th September 2019 (9-10:15pm). They will also be shown in the Bellfield Project Space on Saturday 14th. September (1-4pm) and Sunday 15th September (11am-1pm).

‘February’ traces Waterman’s journey across the Solent to the Isle of Wight to attend the funeral of a family friend, informed by Derek Jarman’s writing. The passing seascape becomes representative of her confrontation with loss, ending with the shadowy depths of the pier, emblematic of the ceremony that lies ahead.


‘Waste Land’ re-interprets T. S Eliot’s 1922 poem to address her parent’s divorce through its metaphorical landscapes. ‘Rural Shadow Walks’ embodies elusive modes of self-representation, as she appears as a ghostly trace, employing subversive modes superimposition, speed adjustment and repetition that acknowledges the poem’s modernist context and bricolage structure.

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‘Libido Uprising’, Online exhibition, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

1st-31st August 2019

Video of Rosy Martin speaking about the iconic work, ‘Libido Uprising’ (1989), made in collaboration with Jo Spence, as part of Richard Saltoun’s ‘100% women’ initiative.


‘Loss and Lucidity’, Appleton Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

8th August-18th September 2019

Suze Adams was featured in Loss & Lucidity (The Lost & Found), an exhibition of contemporary artwork, curated by Diana Ali (UK) that investigates the misplaced, the missed and the mended.

The sculptural series, Creatures are Suze’s response to the sudden death of her partner – inspired by a trip to Inle, Myanmar and a group of small, temporarily lost Buddhas. Much as the Buddhas have been re-found, she is re-finding herself and, in the process, a semblance of lucidity after her loss.


CineAutopsia, 5th Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotá, Colombia

13th-17th August 2019

CineAutopsia, 5th Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotá selected Sally Waterman’s ’Syncopation’ (2017) video from her ‘Twenty’ project for their fifth edition. It was screened on Tuesday 20th August as part of the ‘Contemplation and Landscape’ programme held at the Alianza Francesa Bogotá.

This autobiographical film reflects upon her long term relationship with her partner in the light of his recovery from heart failure. The work was part of the ‘Talking Transformations’ commission and was informed by the poem ‘Home: A Structure on Trial’ by Rafal Gawin.

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Journal of Media Practice and Education

‘The ‘Waste Land’ project: framing practice-based research through literary adaptation’ by Sally Waterman has been published in Vol.20, issue 2.

This article examines how T. S Eliot’s poem, ‘The Waste Land’ (1922) was chosen as an explorative text to acquire an understanding of Waterman’s interpretation methods for her practice-based PhD. She considers the way in which her early video experiments were informed by film adaptation theory and the contextual framework of European avant-garde films, testing out different modes of adaptation in order to reflect upon her process.

By utilising adaptation as autobiography, Waterman emotionally embodies the text, appropriating particular lines, concepts or images from the poem in order to construct fragmented narratives concerning the marital breakdown and divorce of Waterman’s parents.

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SPLICE Film Fest, Brooklyn, NYC, USA

22nd June 2019

Sally Waterman’s artist film, ‘So Cheerio for Now’ (2016) was selected for the experimental programme in this year’s SPLICE Film festival held at the Film Noir cinema in Brooklyn, New York.

The film is from her ‘Letters Home’ project (2015-16), which considers the generational difference in modes of communication, reflecting on the role of analogue photography and traditional letter writing through a re-staging of the self as a student in the early 1990’s.

Dwelling on the letters she received from her grandparent’s whilst she was away from home, their written words of endearment are contrasted with her own pensive reflections in the accompanying voiceover that traces an emotional journey. This autobiographical narrative employs edited extracts from the diaries and letters of the poet, Sylvia Plath, whilst she was at Smith College in the early 1950’s, which mirrors Waterman’s own experiences.


‘Misbehaving Bodies – Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery’

Wellcome Collection London

30th May 2019-26th January 2020

This exhibition offers a wonderful opportunity to see the pioneering work of Jo Spence, and includes ‘Beyond the Family Album’, ‘The Picture of Health?’, ‘Cancer Shock’ and excepts from ‘Phototherapy’. Since much of this work is now held in galleries in Spain or Canada, this is a great chance to see this important work for free.

The show includes sections on the work Jo Spence did in collaboration with Rosy Martin (FTN Coordinator). Rosy Martin will be running day workshops, in conjunction with the show (details to follow).

‘We used therapeutic techniques to look behind the “screen memories,” the simplifications and myths of others, too long accepted as our histories, as a way of extending this repertoire, by exploring the self as a series of fictions. We began to tell and explore ways of making visible the complexity and contradictions of our own stories, from our points of view, by re-enacting memories, key scenarios with emotional resonance and imagining possible futures. We worked collaboratively, alternating the roles of photographer/therapist and protagonist/client. We were always committed to examine the personal as political within the practice. We aimed to uncover and make visible the elisions that had silenced or marginalised our experiences, for example as working class women and in Jo’s case, as someone living with cancer. We showed the effects of institutional gazes and social constructs upon the individual as exemplars, rather than seeing these as only a privatised distress. We highlighted the psychological and social construction of identities within the drama of the everyday.

Rosy Martin ’Inhabiting the image: Photography, Therapy and Re-enactment Phototherapy.’  (From ‘Phototherapy and therapeutic photography in a digital age’ D. Lowenthal Routledge 2013)

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‘Movement and Identity’ symposium / Who Are We project

Tate Modern (Southwark Room, Level 5, Blavatnik Building)

Thursday 23rd May 2019 (12-4pm)

 Sally Waterman’s video ‘Syncopation’ (2017) from the ’Twenty’ project was included in a pop-up exhibition at the ‘Movement and Identity’ symposium at Tate Modern. The curators, Manuela Perteghella and Ricarda Vidal discussed their ‘Talking Transformations: Home on the Move project which commissioned six artists to produce videos derived from poetry by Rafał Gawin and Deryn Rees-Jones at this event, which interrogated movement and identity through exploring experiences of belonging.

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DCA 20th Anniversary Artists in Print

13th March 2019, Dundee Contemporary Art Centre

As part of Dundee Contemporary Art Centre’s 20th Anniversary, Jacqueline Butler contributed to conversations around printmaking (including photography) and contemporary art in Scotland at a special event ‘Artists in Print.’ Jacqueline discussed the work produced during her residency at the Print Studio in 2017, titled ‘Neither Here Nor There’. This includes photography, printmaking, laser and lenticular printing, and 3d printing. Thanks to Rachel Adams for organising this and the support of the Director of DCA Print Studio Annis Fitzhugh.

‘Talking Transformations: Home on the Move’, Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London

26th July – 23rd September 2018

Sally Waterman’s  recent video, ‘Syncopation’ (2017) based on the poem by Polish poet, Rafał Gawin is included in this group exhibition at the Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre. Waterman’s video also forms part of a new body of work in progress which reflects upon her twenty year relationship with her partner, in the light of his treatment from heart failure over the last ten months. You can view the video here:

Home 20This exhibition of European artist films, sound art and poetry in translation is the result of a journey undertaken by two poems about ‘home’: British poet Deryn Rees-Jones’ poem ‘HOME’ travelled from the UK via France to Spain and back and Polish poet Rafał Gawin’s poem ‘DOM. KONSTRUKCJA W PROCESIE SĄDOWYM’ (‘Home. Structure on Trial’) travelled via Romania to the UK and back to Poland. Both poems were written on the basis of workshops with local communities in the UK and Poland. In each country they visited, the poems were translated by a literary translator and a local film artist.

Artists, poets, translators: Teodor Ajder (RO), Elise Aru (FR), Heather Connelly (UK) in collaboration with Belén Cerezo (SP), Noèlia Díaz Vicedo (SP), Marta Dziurozs (PL), Rafał Gawin (PL), ​ Anna Hyde (PL), Zuzanna Janin (PL), Jozefina Komporaly (RO), Benoît Laffiché (FR), Domingo Martínez (SP), Timothy Mathews (UK), Kate McMillan (UK), Ghenadie Popescu (RO), Deryn Rees-Jones (UK), Silvia Terrón (SP), Sally Waterman (UK)

Curated by Manuela Perteghella and Ricarda Vidal

‘Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory’
Editors: Silke Arnold-de Simine and Joanne Leal

This new publication derived from papers delivered at the ‘Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory’ conference held at Birkbeck, University of London in 2014 considers the role of the family photograph in forming both personal and collective cultural memory:

“Whether pasted into an album, framed or shared on social media, the family photograph simultaneously offers a private and public insight into the identity and past of its subject. Long considered a model for understanding individual identity, the idea of the family has increasingly formed the basis for exploring collective pasts and cultural memory. Picturing the Family investigates how visual representations of the family reveal both personal and shared histories, evaluating the testimonial and social value of photography and film.”

The contributors include Martha Langford, Oksana Sarkisova and Olga Shevchenko, Deborah Schultz, Richard Lowell MacDonald and Silke Arnold-de Simine alongside FTN co-ordinators Suze Adams, Jacqueline Butler, Nicky Bird, Lizzie Thynne and Sally Waterman. The front cover features a photograph from ‘In Situ’ (2008) by Rosy Martin.

Table of contents

1. That Other Woman: the woman who accompanied the Cold War Tourist to Paris Martha Langford

2. Memory, subjectivity and maternal histories in Un’Ora Sola Ti Vorrei (2005), Histoire d’un Secret (2003) and On the Border (2012) Lizzie Thynne

3. Soviet heroes and Jewish victims: One family’s memories of World War II Oksana Sarkisova and Olga Shevchenko

4. Visual meditations: An island in time – (re)interpreting family albums and oral histories Suze Adams

5. Performing familial memory in Against Sally Waterman

6. In and out of focus: Visualising loss through the family album Jacqueline Butler

7. The (re)constructed self in the safe space of the family photograph: Chino Otsuka’s Imagine finding me (2005) Deborah Schultz

8. A place for memory: Family photo collections, social media and the imaginative reconstruction of the working class neighbourhood Richard Lowell MacDonald

9. Wanted – new custodians for family photographs: Vernacular photographs on eBay and the album as artwork Nicky Bird

10. Dislocating memory: Family photographs in story-centred museums Silke Arnold-de Simine


Sally Waterman: In Conversation with curator, Lucy Howarth

Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space, The Printworks, Margate

Monday 7th May 2018 (2:30-3:30pm)

Sally Waterman gave an informal talk on her works ‘In The Cage’ and ‘Sermon’ on the last day of her solo exhibition at the Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space.

‘Sally Waterman: In The Cage’ was part of a larger programme of events around Margate, responding to the 1922 poem by T.S. Eliot, ‘The Waste Land’, running in parallel with ‘Journeys with The Waste Land’ at Turner Contemporary. Sally’s works was featured in the Turner Contemporary exhibition, and were also in ‘At The Violet Hour’ at the Nayland Rock Hotel.

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‘Brighton: Symphony of a City’ Film Screening Events with Q&A

Please find below details of two screenings of ‘Brighton: Symphony of a City’ (2016) directed by Lizzie Thynne, Reader in Film at Sussex University and fellow co-ordinator of the Family Ties Network.

“It’s a striking portrait of Brighton in all its campaigning and bohemian glory set to a sumptuous orchestral score…Ed Hughes’ score animates daily activities and extraordinary events in the seaside town of Brighton, wittily echoing the silent classic, ‘Berlin Symphony of a City’ (1927). All-weather bathers plunge into winter seas at sunrise. Residents work, commute, flirt and play and do surprising things in their offices. Homelessness and gentrification collide; we glimpse forgotten attractions in sparkling amateur movies from Screen Archive South East.”

The Cinema Museum, London: Thursday 3rd May 2018 (7:30pm-9pm)

Deptford cinema, London: Tuesday 15th May 2018 (7pm-10pm)

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‘Global Photographies: Memory, History, Archives’ Editors: Sissy Helff and Stefanie Michels

This publication by Transcript features a chapter by Sally Waterman entitled, ‘Re-imagining the Family Album through Literary Adaptation’, which analyses the ‘PastPresent’ (2005) photographs and the ‘Fortune-telling/Re-telling’ (2007) and ‘The Deep Sea Swell’ (2009) videos from her ‘Waste Land’ project. Sally’s ‘Past Present No.7’ photograph (2005) is featured on the front cover.

The chapter is based on part of her practice-based PhD research, which was later developed for a paper at the ‘How History Enters Photography’ symposium held at Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany in June 2012.

This edited collection examines “…the relationship between history, photography and memory in a global perspective on three interrelated levels: firstly, in the artistic and cultural production of pictures, secondly, in the decoding of colonial and contemporary photography, and thirdly, in collecting photographs in picture archives dealing with colonial and anthropological photography. The contributions sketch the contested field of (post-) colonial photography and trace the manifold intertwinements between historical and contemporary photographs.”

The book is available as a free PDF download.
Table of Contents

Stefanie Michels – Re-framing Photography – Some Thoughts

Jürg Schneider – African Photography in the Atlantic Visualscape: Moving Photographers – Circulating Images

Jens Jäger – Elective Affinities? History and Photography

Kokou Azamede – How to use Colonial Photography in Sub-Saharan Africa for Educational and Academic Purposes: The Case of Togo

Marie-Hélène Gutberlet – Presentness, Memory, and History: Thabiso Sekgala, “Homeland”

Hans Peter Hahn – On the Circulation of Colonial Pictures: Polyphony and Fragmentation

Richard Kuba – Portraits of Distant Worlds: Frobenius’ Pictorial Archive and its Legacy

Margrit Prussat – Reflexions on the Photographic Archive in the Humanities

Sally Waterman – Re-imagining the Family Album through Literary Adaptation

Jens Ruchatz – Public Rites/Private Memories: Reconciling the Social and Individual in Wedding Photography


‘Cultural Sniping: Photographic Collaborations in the Jo Spence Memorial Library’, Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, London

9th March – 28th April 2018

Archive private viewing and reception Friday 9th March (6-8pm)

Includes work by Jo Spence and Rosy Martin, Family Ties Network coordinator.

This exhibition showcased important materials from the archive of the late Jo Spence, British photographer, writer, and self-described ‘cultural sniper’, tracing links and collaborations in activist art, radical publications, community photography and phototherapy from the 1970s and 1980s. Consistent with Spence’s ethos of radical pedagogy, this exhibition focuses on her collaborative working methods. It opened up the archive, displaying books, magazines, journals, collages, photographs, posters, pamphlets, notes, letters and props, to provide insights into Spence’s practices and the culture, politics and activism informing them.

On display were works made in association with Spence’s collaborators, including Terry Dennett and Rosy Martin. Spence and Martin pioneered the practice of phototherapy, working through themes of working-class identity and stigmatisation, sexuality, grief and illness, using photography with therapy in an empowering and transformative way.

The exhibition was curated by Patrizia Di Bello, Frances Hatherley, and a group of Birkbeck students and part of Birkbeck’s Opening up Art History 50th anniversary celebrations.

Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, Turner Contemporary, Margate

3rd February-7th May 2018

FTN co-ordinator Sally Waterman is currently exhibiting work from her practice-based PhD ‘Waste Land’ project in three exhibitions in Margate which are informed by T.S Eliot’s seminal poem. Eliot wrote part III of the ‘The Waste Land’ whilst staying at Margate in 1921.

Her ‘Fortune-telling/Re-telling’ video (2007) is on show in the main group exhibition at Turner Contemporary.

Exhibiting artists include: Berenice Abbot, Fiona Banner, Christiane Baumgartner, Sir Peter Blake, William Blake, Frederick Callcott, Leonora Carrington, Cecil Collins, John Davies, Tacita Dean, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Benedict Drew & Nicholas Brooks, Jacob Epstein, Elisabeth Frink, Philip Guston, Henrik Håkansson, Rozanne Hawksley, Patrick Heron, Edward Holloway, Edward Hopper, David Jones, R.B Kitaj, Winifred Knights, Barbara Kruger, Matt Lewis, Wyndham Lewis, Nalini Malani, Helen Marten, Bernard Meadows, Ana Mendieta, Lee Miller, Olive Mudie Cooke, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, John Newling, Eduardo Paolozzi, Deanna Petherbridge, Man Ray, Paula Rego, Julia Riddiough, Martin Rowson, Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian, Walter Sickert, John Smith, Lalage Snow, John Stezaker, Jo Stockham, Graham Sutherland, Emma Talbot, Berny Tan, Vibeke Tandberg, William Turnbull, JMW Turner, Cy Twombly, Sally Waterman, Jane & Louise Wilson, William Lionel Wylie, Carey Young


Sally Waterman Still from ‘Fortune-telling/Re-telling’ video (2007)

‘In the Cage: Sally Waterman’, Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space, The Printworks, Margate

3rd February – 7th May 2018

Sally is showing the ‘In the Cage’ video (2007) and a selection of photographs from ‘Sermon’ (2008) in this solo satellite exhibition curated by Lucy Howarth.

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Sally Waterman Still from ‘In the Cage’ video (2007)

‘At the Violet Hour’, Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate

3rd February-11th March 2018

Sally’s ‘Sermon: Vol. I Encounter’ photographs were featured in this group show curated by Chiara Williams and Shaun Stamp.

Exhibiting artists include: David Buckley, Emma Critchley, Simon Foxall, Dazzling Allgood, Susie Hamilton, Derek Jarman, Paul Knight, Victoria Lucas, Amanda Marchand, Jay Rechsteiner, Lindsay Segall, Shaun Stamp, Katie Surridge, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sally Waterman and Chiara Williams

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Sally Waterman ‘Sermon: Vol.I Encounter: ‘Her brain allows one half formed thought to pass’ (2008)

‘So Cheerio for Now’, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London

11th November-16th December 2017

This exhibition featured photographic and video works by FTN co-ordinators, Sally Waterman and Jacqueline Butler.

Reflecting upon familial relationships, love, and mourning, the projects shown trace the recurring journeys each of them make to their ancestral homes in the Isle of Wight and Glasgow, drawing upon personal archives as a source material.

An accompanying FTN seminar event was held Saturday 2nd December (See Events page).


‘After Dusk: Mourning Bouquets’ (2017) – Jacqueline Butler


‘So Cheerio for Now’ (2016) – Sally Waterman


‘February’ (2011) and ‘Keep Smiling’ (2015) – Sally Waterman

ASFF: Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York

9th-12th November 2017

FTN co-ordinator, Sally Waterman’s ‘So Cheerio for Now’ (2016) video from the ‘Letters Home’ project was featured in the ‘Artist Film 3: Long Distance Calling’ screening in this year’s festival. The programme was screened three times in three different venues over the festival period at Friargate Theatre, National Centre for Early Music and the 1331 cinema. The Artist Film selection also included works by Andrew Kötting, Sarah Turner, Tessa Garland and Eelyn Lee.

‘So Cheerio For Now’ (2016) concentrates on the letters Waterman received from her grandparent’s whilst she was away at college. Their written words of endearment are contrasted with her own pensive reflections in the accompanying voiceover that traces an emotional journey. This autobiographical narrative is based upon carefully edited extracts taken from the diaries and letters of the poet, Sylvia Plath, whilst she was at Smith College in the early 1950’s, which mirror Waterman’s own experiences .


‘Family Reunion’, Pi Artworks, London

19th-21st September 2017

FTN co-ordinator, Sally Waterman ‘Fortune-telling/Re-telling’ video from the ‘Waste Land’ project was featured in this group exhibition, curated by Jessica Ziskind. Other artists included Francis Almendárez, Fay Ballard, Jonny Briggs, Shinwook Kim, Yu Ping Kuo, Gur Piepskovitz, Angel Rose, Jo Scorah and Trystan Williams.

The exhibition examined “…the ritual of coming together, one that transcends culture and geography, assuming different dynamics—some humorous, some somber, some celebratory, some born of necessity. Equally the idea of ‘family’ itself is multi-faceted, encompassing not only those we share blood with but also those with whom we choose to surround ourselves.”

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‘Exposure’ journal, Spring 2017 issue (50:1)

Family Ties Network is featured in the latest issue of the ‘Exposure’ journal, published by the Society for Photographic Education in the USA. This seven page article includes a summary of the work of FTN, along with full page profiles on each of the six co-ordinators recent work. This edition was launched at the ‘Family Values’ conference held in Orlando, Florida in March.


FTN co-ordinator, Jacqueline Butler Joins the Image Advisory Board

Founded in 2010, The Image Research Network is brought together around a shared interest in the nature and function of image making and images. Board members provide insights and suggestions on speakers and venues for their annual conference  while also helping to foster future collaborations and thematic partnerships. Board members may also serve as Editors of the journal series. The International Journal of the Image interrogates the nature of the image and functions of image-making. This cross-disciplinary journal brings together researchers, theoreticians, practitioners, and teachers from areas of interest including: architecture, art, cognitive science, communications, computer science, cultural studies, design, education, film studies, history, linguistics, management, marketing, media studies, museum studies, philosophy, photography, psychology, religious studies, semiotics, and more.

‘Filming the Personal’ Film Screening and Q&A, CCA, Glasgow

11th February 2017

3pm, Tickets £4/3 + £1 booking fee

Sally Waterman’s recent ‘So Cheerio For Now’ video (2016) from the ‘Letters Home’ project was featured in this film screening at the Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Sally co-curated this programme with Jill Daniels and it was originally screened at Close-Up cinema in Shoreditch, London last April. Featured filmmakers apart from the artist curators included John Smith, Alia Syed, Anthea Kennedy, Duncan Cowles and Theresa Moerman.


‘Berlin Experimental Film Festival’ (1st Edition), Moviemento Kino, Berlin

17th-18th December 2016

Sally Waterman’s ‘Against’ video (2014) from the ‘Translucence’ series was screened at this film festival which featured 50 experimental works from around the world. The event took place at Moviemento Kino in Berlin Kreuzberg, the oldest cinema in Germany, founded in 1907.

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‘Crossing the Screen’ International Film Festival, Eastbourne

4th-6th November 2016

Sally Waterman’s recent ‘So Cheerio For Now’ video (2016) from the ‘Letters Home’ project was selected for this film festival. The ‘Letters Home’ project (2015-16) considers the generational difference in modes of communication, reflecting on the role of analogue photography and traditional letter writing through a re-staging of the self as a student in the early 1990’s.

‘So Cheerio For Now’ (2016) concentrates on the letters Waterman received from her grandparent’s whilst she was away at college. Their written words of endearment are contrasted with her own pensive reflections in the accompanying voiceover that traces an emotional journey. This autobiographical narrative is based upon carefully edited extracts taken from the diaries and letters of the poet, Sylvia Plath, whilst she was at Smith College in the early 1950’s, which mirror Waterman’s own experiences .


The accompanying video, ‘Keep Smiling’ (2015) is a looping slide show sequence of twenty-eight photographic diptychs that feature extracts from letters received from Waterman’s grandparents and past boyfriends during her time away at university in south-west England. The fragmented words of support, love, regret and loss are juxtaposed with close-up views of the few snapshots taken at the time, re-photographed to emphasize the physicality of the print surface. Whilst the work is deeply personal, a reassuring tale is evoked through recognizable phrases and familiar poses.


‘Brighton: Symphony of a City’, Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton

Friday 7th October 2016, 7.30pm (Tickets £10)

Another chance to see Lizzie Thynne’s  ‘Brighton: Symphony of a City’ informed by Walter Ruttmann’s 1927 film, which evokes a day in the life of the raffish seaside town, from dawn to midnight.  The film uncovers the extraordinary in the everyday activities of the city’s residents at work and play as well as celebrating Brighton’s radical, queer and bohemian past and present.

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Alt-w exhibition: Heritage Site/Cycle 10 Alt-w Production Award, City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 2DE

29th July to 28th August 2016, 10am-5pm

The current Edinburgh Arts Festival group show ‘Alt-w’ features Nicky Bird‘s project ‘Heritage Site’. This is an art and archaeology project working with the Five Sisters shale bings in West Calder, Scotland and the story of Westwood House that is buried beneath. At the project’s heart are the memories of Isabella Mason Kirk, who once lived in the house.

Nicky realised the project through a series of essential collaborations. Members of the Calder History Group share their knowledge of people, history and place. Artist Clara Ursitti creates a pungent and evocative olfactory intervention working with speculative fiction and memory. From GSA Stuart Jeffrey, Research Fellow in heritage visualisation, brings a background in archaeology, computer science and digital preservation. The initial creative work of Mike Marriott, artist and lecturer in Visualisation, forms the basis for the point cloud animations of house and bings, created by Clare Graham, a postgraduate student on the MSc in International Heritage Visualisation. Mike’s model also forms the basis for the 1:12 physical model, made by Kevin Thorton.

‘Heritage Site’ has brought together artists, heritage visualisation archaeologists and local community members to create a way of imaging what lies underground in both practical and metaphorical senses.


New book out now: ‘Home/Land: Women, Citizenship, Photographies’ edited by Marion Arnold and Marsha Meskimmon. Features the work of Suze Adams, Nicky Bird and Rosy Martin among many contributions that range from academic essays on fine art and documentary photographies to photo-essays, community-based and pedagogical photographic projects, personal testimonies, creative writing, activist interventions and accounts of participatory action research using photography.


Cartesian Cut? Fringe Arts Festival, Bath

27th May-12th June 2016

FAB 1: 146 Walcot Street (just round the corner from Walcot Chapel)

Suze Adams is part of this group exhibition curated by Eloise Govier, which explores the porous boundaries of the body in provocative, evocative, original ways.
Suze will be doing a ‘performed artist residency’ for much of the time between Saturday 28th May and Thursday 9th June 2016 (open daily 10am – 6pm). For details see this link:

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‘Brighton: Symphony of a City’, Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Wednesday 11th May 2016, 7.30pm (Tickets £10-22.50)

Lizzie Thynne and her Sussex colleague, composer Ed Hughes were commissioned by the Brighton Festival to make a ‘city symphony’ film about Brighton. Loosely based on the silent classic ‘Berlin Symphony of a City’ (Walter Ruttmann, 1927), it evokes a day in the life of the raffish seaside town, from dawn to midnight.  The film uncovers the extraordinary in the everyday activities of the city’s residents at work and play as well as celebrating Brighton’s radical, queer and bohemian past and present.

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‘Filming the Personal’, Close-Up cinema, London

Thursday 21st April 2016, 8pm (Tickets £6/£5)

Sally Waterman curated a film programme with Jill Daniels, which explored the dynamics of paternal relationships and included ‘The Deep Sea Swell’ video from her ‘Waste Land’ project. This event was held in association with the Moving Image Research Centre at University of East London and featured work by the curators, as well as Duncan Cowles, Anthea Kennedy, Theresa Moerman, John Smith and Alia Syed.

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‘Tall Tales’ exhibition, London, Rochdale and Glasgow

Freud Museum London 
(15th April – 29th May 2016)


Jacqueline Butler, On hearing of his illness (I realized there were plants that needed watering)

Swiss Cottage Gallery & Library
(21st March – 29th May 2016)

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Centre
(21st March – 8th May 2016)

Touchstones, Rochdale, Manchester (2nd July – 3rd September 2016)

Nicky Bird and Jacqueline Butler are included in ‘Tall Tales’, a national touring programme which showcases the work of 17 international women artists who employ the playful use of storytelling techniques.


Stories have been shared for centuries and across every culture as a means of entertainment, cultural preservation and education. The artists in Tall Tales use storytelling techniques to toy with our perception of myth, reality, the public and private, ideas on difference, as well as question our assumptions.

The exhibition tour launched in London at Freud Museum London, Swiss Cottage Gallery & Library and the Tavistock Clinic and tours to Touchstones, Rochdale and Rochdale Central Library, Lancashire, culminating at Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) in Scotland.


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‘Usurp Zone5 Film Festival’, Experimental Art Gallery, Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

Saturday 19th March 2016

Sally Waterman’s video ‘Against’ from the ‘Translucence’ series was selected from last year’s Zone5 experimental short film festival and screened at a special event in New Delhi.


‘Travelling the Archive’, Hosted by Kyleakin Local History Society Community Hall, Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Saturday 19th March 2016

Travelling the Archive reimagines a time and place in Kyleakin’s past, for future audiences. The project will share and make accessible the 1960’s heritage of the close community of Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. A unique collection of 35mm slides taken during this period forms a portrait of this community before the bridge was built and the famous Skye ferry ceased to operate, changing the geography and the way of life. Now known as the Joan Wilcock Collection, the main aim is to use these slides to raise awareness of the heritage of this significantly altered village, historically known as the gateway to Skye.

Working closely with the history society, the archivist and the community; Nicky Bird has distilled the images and the memories she has been gathering during a yearlong period of research to create a night-time, outdoor exhibition and opening event.


‘Composite Approaches’ Film Screening, Roper Gallery, Bath Artists’ Studios

Tuesday 15th March, 7-9pm, £4 including complimentary drink

This film screening event featured the work of five artists; Suze Adams, Linda Ashe, Joanna Greenhill, Kirsty Limburn and Brenda Miller, who each addressed themes of internal/external space.

FTN co-ordinator, Suze Adams showed two recent works – Breath (4:55) and The Beginning & the End (1:45), which respond to family lore and the haunting landscapes of the Hebridean island of Mull.

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‘Wonder Women 2016’: Playing a Part – The Story of Claude Cahun, Imperial Museum North, Manchester

6th March 2016

Lizzie Thynne introduced the screening of her film ‘Playing a Part: The Story of Claude Cahun’ at Imperial Museum North as part of International Women’s Day. Claude Cahun, a member of the French Surrealist movement, used her art and photography to defy norms of gender and identity. While living in Nazi-occupied Jersey during the Second World War, Cahun and her partner and step sister, Marcel Moore, mounted an extraordinary resistance campaign. After the screening, Lizzie was in conversation with Jackie Stacey, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at University of Manchester on the topic of Art as a form of resistance. Part of Manchester’s Wonder Women 2016 festival.

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Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool Announces New Board Members

The North West’s leading photography organisation, Open Eye Gallery, is delighted to announce the appointment of three new board members.  Jacqueline Butler is a Scottish artist living and working in Manchester and is a Principal Lecturer in Photography and Director of Studies, in the Department of Media at Manchester School of Art, MMU. Nick Swarbrick has spent the past 6 years working as the CFO of Turning Point, a £100m social enterprise delivering health and social care across England and Wales. Peter Mearns is an independent Marketing & Communications Advisor specialising in arts, tourism & business development, media and brand management, public affairs and major events

Open Eye Gallery’s Executive Director Sarah Fisher says, “As a small charity, the Board has a pivotal role providing governance and agreeing the overall direction of the organisation. I look forward to working with the new Board members to champion our work with, and for people in Liverpool, our contribution to Liverpool’s creative community and the city’s vibrant visitor economy.”


Photoworks Annual Issue 22 2015 ‘Women’

The latest issue of Photoworks Annual looks at women and their roles in photography, as subjects, creators and consumers. The new writing, new photography and powerful archival images presented in Issue 22, connect wider ideas surrounding the subject and share important recent shifts affecting women and photography today.

Rosy Martin has contributed an essay entitled ‘Looking back at the other observers’ to the section on ‘Feminist Photography in  the 70s and 80s Britain’ (p.60-61).


‘Double exposure: the Minefield of Memory: A day in the life of a schoolgirl: circa 1962’ Rosy Martin and Jo Spence

Twenty Years of MAKE Magazine by Maria Walsh and Mo Throp (July 2015)

This recent publication includes an entitled ‘I pose a paradox’ (a discourse on smoking) by Rosy Martin about her relationship to her father, class, his death and how she used auto-ethnography to mediate her loss.

During the 1970s, adding “women’s” to “art” was a powerfully political act. Artists, art historians, critics and curators began to explore the women’s art practice, and to challenge its invisibility. In the 1980s, they creatively critiqued representations of female sexuality, and in the 1990s, began to embrace the “post-feminist” idea of difference and the performance of gender. Throughout, the MAKE magazine offered a unique platform to critically engage with women’s art. Beginning in 1983 as the Women Artists Slide Library Newsletter and culminating in a 100 page final issue in 2002, this pioneering publication is a vibrant  document of some of the most significant moments in feminist art history and practice.

In keeping with the spirit of the magazine, this unparalleled anthology delves into the MAKE archive and presents us with a diverse range of exhibition and book reviews, interviews and features that cover sexuality and the body, race and ethnicity, the technical image and feminist art histories. Gathering together the work of eminent writers such as Griselda Pollock and Marina Warner, on celebrated artists such as Helen Chadwick, Sarah Lucas and The Guerrilla Girls, this unparalleled anthology of material from the MAKE archive allows us to trace the lineages and links between then and now.


‘Coaxial’, Cass Foyer Gallery, London Metropolitan University, London                                

6th – 27th November 2015

Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 12-5pm / Preview: Thursday 5th November 5.30pm-8pm

Rosy Martin showed her recent video, ‘Stuff: All That Remains’ (2015), alongside her ‘Acts of Reparation’ photographs (2008) in this group exhibition curated by Heather McDonough for Photomonth.

Home—a common focus; a constant; a conduit of memory, of shared threads that pull us back. The point in the familial scenery about which we form our orbit; we circulate and bind to it. Our lines are drawn, sketched and then sharply defined. We draw ourselves in. The work in this show explored change over time, with family at the heart. It brought together ideas around landscape and memory, commenting on the implications of disappearance of the analogue family album in the face of the digital archive.


‘Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation 1963 – 1970’, British Library, London

22nd October 2015, 18:30-20:30pm

‘Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation’ is a one-hour film about the women’s liberation movement in the United States covering the years 1963-1970. The film traces the origins of the movement with archive footage and recent interviews with the women who pioneered the movement. Funny, informative, moving and at times controversial, this is essential viewing for anyone interested in the history of the 20th century, women’s history, women’s rights and struggles for justice and equality. The film won ‘Best of the Fest’ for documentary at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival.

The film was followed by a panel discussion with Jennifer Lee and British film makers and feminist historians including Lizzie Thynne and Margaretta Jolly, University of Sussex, curator and film critic Karen Alexander and feminist, activist, writer & DJ Chardine Taylor-Stone.

BP spotlight: Jo Spence, Tate Britain: Display

19th October 2015 – Autumn 2016

Jo Spence (1934–92) was a pioneer of British photographic discourse and the critique of representation. Her work waived between the personal, the political and the autobiographical. The photographs and archival material on display relate to different moments in Spence’s practice: her collaborative work with the Hackney Flashers socialist-feminist collective from 1974 into the 1980s; her interrogation of documentary as a political tool in the sequence of works done with her long-term collaborator Terry Dennett; the examination of her experience with cancer; and her adoption of a form of photo therapy that she developed in collaboration with the photographer and therapist Rosy Martin. Curated by Elena Crippa.


Jo Spence and Rosy Martin ‘Libido Uprising’

‘Uncertain States Open 2015’, Four Corners Gallery, London

8th -17th October 2015

Rosy Martin was selected by curator Camilla Brown for this group exhibition which aimed to engage with the best of contemporary lens-based art. The other artists included: Julia Fullerton-Batten selected by Paul Hill, Zoe Childerley selected by Louise Clements, Jolanta Dolewska selected by Martin Usborne, Nigel Grimmer selected by Uncertain States, Flore Gardner selected by Sharon Kivland, David Severn selected by Fiona Rogers, Simon Brann Thorpe selected by Christiane Monarchi and Karolina Lebek selected by Leah Gordon.

UCS Issue 24 was launched at the Uncertain States Open 2015 exhibition and featured the nine photographers and statements from our selectors accompanying the artists work, offering insight into the selection process.


‘Composite Approaches’, Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud 

Wednesday 30th September 2015 – 7.30pm, £4 on the door

Suze Adams showed two new films, ‘Breath’ and ‘The Beginning & the End’ at this screening of artist films in the Project Room at SVA, alongside works by Linda Ashe, Joanna Greenhill, Kirsty Limburn and Brenda Miller. All five artists addressed themes of internal/external space and the event was followed by a chaired discussion.


‘Translucence’, the […] space, Mission Gallery, Swansea

8th September-11th October 2015

Sally Waterman’s three video works, (‘February’, ‘Wisdom’ and ‘Against’) from the ‘Translucence’ series are currently on show at the Mission Gallery in Wales. This project reflects upon mortality, bereavement and remembrance through an interpretation of Donna McKevitt’s musical score (Warner Classics, 1998) and the writings of the filmmaker, Derek Jarman.


Sally Waterman’s video ‘Against’ from the ‘Translucence’ series was selected for the exhibition programme at Usurp Gallery, Harrow during the festival (14-17th August 2015, 3-6pm). Usurp Zone5 film festival (supported by Film Hub London, Film London and the BFI) featured more than 80 experimental, short films by filmmakers and artists from over 15 countries, including Argentina, India, Jordan, Peru, Spain and South Africa.

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Suze Adams was awarded a Lightlines Artist Residency in August. Housed at the Abbey Walk Gallery in Grimsby, the residency affords studio space as well as critical and creative support from the Lightlines Project director Gill Hobson. The residency programme is ‘an opportunity for artists to have time and space away from their usual environment, providing occasion for reflection, research, presentation and/or production’. Suze developed on research into her maternal ancestors on an island off the West coast of Scotland by exploring the East coast of the UK, an environment that she has not encountered before and to which she has no personal attachment. She reflected on the particular terrain of the two coastlines and questioned her relationship to the two landscapes, one of which she has intense emotional involvement with and the other to which she is somewhat removed.

Suze says: “The sea/water is visually arresting, light and movement captured on its surface, but there are deep undercurrents, psychological as well as physical reverberations. The sea/water is a familiar theme in my work and has become a metaphor for the passing of time and the vulnerability and frailty of the human body.”

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Suze Adams will be exhibiting her new photographic work ‘You Can’t See Me’ (2015) and doing a performance at FAB (Fringe Arts Bath Festival: 22nd May – 7th June) as part of the exhibition, ‘Disobedient Art’

The show opens this Friday 22nd May, 6.30 – 10.00pm and the Disobedient Art exhibition is sited in FAB2, 8-9 New Bond Street Place, Bath BA1 1NN.

Suze’s performance is this Saturday afternoon, 23rd May 3.30 – 4.30pm and will be a quiet piece performed within the exhibition space.


Nicky Bird, awarded a Cycle 10 Alt-W Production Award for ‘Heritage Site’
This year Nicky will be working on a new body of work, entitled ‘Heritage Site’. This is a new media art and archaeology project with a difference working with a Scottish landmark: the Five Sisters in West Calder and a house that is buried within – what the Scots call – ‘bings’. The award will be spent on securing specialist technical expertise, and brings together artists, heritage visualisation archaeologists and local community members to create new ways of imaging what lies underground in both practical and metaphorical senses.

Heritage Site centres on the ‘Five Sisters’ on the edge of West Calder, a small town in West Lothian. 240 metres high, the Five Sisters are spoil heaps, products of a long gone oil shale mining industry. They have since been the subject of Land Art, Geo-Science, and community-led town planning. In 1976, artist John Latham declared these shale bings to be works of art, invoking the name of Marcel Duchamp and the ready-made. His work Derelict Land Art: Five Sisters, 1976, was included in the 2013-2014 Hayward touring show Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979. In the accompanying catalogue, the curators argue how ecology – understood through Latham’s piece – could now ‘be seen as primarily time-based… rather than merely spatial or material.’ This resonates with recent fieldwork of environmental ecologists such as Barbra Harvie, who have studied how shale bings have become ‘home to rare and protected plant and animal species and are a major focus of identity in the local population.’ The West Calder Community Action Plan 2013-2018 provide further evidence of such observations through its direct community engagement and identifies how the environment of the area is a key theme for future development, with the ‘aim to use the past as a springboard for renewal.’

Nicky has been working in West Calder over the last year on a separate photography project steered by a local community group. For some members in the group, the Five Sisters holds memories of a house and its surrounding garden of Rhododendron flowers. Westwood House was not demolished but simply buried in the bings. The image of a house buried within living memory by an industry that is defunct solicits productive questions: how can divergent practices of new media art and archaeology come together to investigate this site of layered histories and shifting environmental politics? How might the resulting artwork work with fact and hard evidence as well as memory, imagination, and speculation?

Suze Adams’s new video work ‘Breath’ was included in the group exhibition, ‘The Space Between’ curated by Fay Stevens at Salisbury Arts Centre (15th January – 22nd February 2015). This group show addressed whether the elusive space and time we crave in our busy world are indeed worth fighting for.  Stevens brought together a group of artists whose works offered the potential to create just such space – The Space Between – a show that combined films, sculpture and sound. For details see the links below:

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Nicky Bird is currently a resident artist at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, working on a new project entitled Peripheral Visions: Photography & Placemaking at Scotland’s Rural Edge.

This project proposes to bring together the themes of land, photography and other interdisciplinary practices to enable dialogue about pasts and futures related to Scotland’s ‘fragile’ rural communities. Some of these communities lie on the edges of cities, while others are more remote. ‘Fragility’ is a contested term implying social and economic vulnerability on the one side, while on the other, evokes more aesthetic connotations – such as delicate beauty or balance.

During the residency, Nicky will investigate what photographic approaches are needed to visualize ‘fragility’ in specific locations with a network of key participants.


Suze Adams was included in a group exhibition called LOST – a show and series of events at Salisbury Arts Centre (21st August until 28th September 2014).  The show was curated by Michele Whiting who sourced works from a range of national/international artists. Adams showed a series of polaroid photographs inspired by Francesca Woodman – performances to camera, a collaboration with her daughter behind the camera.  The works explore the portrayal of self in relation to place: identity of woman/self, identity of locations/domestic which are all are taken in and around her house.


Suze Adams was represented in The Art of Walking – a show that celebrated Laurie Lee (and reveals a collection of previously unseen drawings and paintings by the writer) as well as new artwork by contemporary artists created in response to walking.  The Art of Walking was held at the Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire from 6th September until 5th October 2014. Adams showed a composite photograph comprised of 35 individual images taken in different locations and different weathers of her feet during walks around her local home territory. This montage is part of an expanded series of images taken on a daily circuit walked every day for over three years.

Sweet Thames Run Softly: Movement 2: The Time, The Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe, London

10th July 2014, 7.30pm

Sally Waterman’s video ‘Against’ was included in the second screening of artists’ film, video, projection, poetry and performance, curated by Lisa Peachey and Ellie Reid in response to T.S Eliot’s poem ‘The Waste Land’

‘SWEET THAMES, RUN SOFTLY’ was the second of three projects that sought to interpret ‘The Waste Land’ through contemporary eyes. The project was an amalgamation of different voices, each intimately echoing a movement within the poem, attempting to depict the soul of a sometimes vacant city full of fragile opulence, nervous masses, fading hope and malignant relationships.

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‘Shoulder to Shoulder: Female Suffrage, Second-Wave Feminism and Feminist TV Drama in the 1970s’ symposium

Birkbeck Cinema, London, 16th May 2014         

Lizzie Thynne screened a film from her Sisterhood project (on Lesley Abdela and the 300 group) at this symposium, which focused on women’s television history and the history of feminism on British television in the 1970s. This event explored how the women’s movement was represented in the 1970s, with a particular emphasis on Shoulder to Shoulder, but also identified various research projects concerned with the archaeological recovery of feminist history and the contribution of women to television.


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‘Viewpoints’, Merrywalks Centre, Stroud, Glocestershire, 9-11th May 2014

Suze Adams, along with Joanna Greenhill and Brenda Miller offered a series of reflections on landscape through video and associated works in this group exhibition. They addressed the physical and psychological aspects that connect us to the environments we inhabit, providing considered responses to site and place today.

Suze Adams presented new works from the Hebridean island of Mull, while Joanna Greenhill filmed the exterior of St Mary’s of the Angels, Brownshill as daylight rose and Brenda Miller showed pieces linking textiles to landscape.


The Reflexive Photographer

 Jacqueline Butler’s visual essay ‘Recalling Touch: In and Out of Focus’ features in this new publication from Museums Etc. The Reflexive Photographer emphasizes the fact that a photograph rarely stands alone. When we look at a photograph we’re interested not only in the photograph itself, but in the photograph and its context. The image has a relationship to its maker, to the viewer, to the time and place it was made – and to how it is being “consumed”.


The Photograph and the Album: Histories, Practices, Futures

This publication from Museums Etc, edited by Jonathan Carson, Rosie Miller and Theresa Wilkie features two chapters by Rosy Martin (‘Time Changes Everything: Revisiting a Familial Image’) and Nicky Bird (‘Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Generosity and the Digital Exchange of Family Photographs’). The foreword is written by Angela Kelly, who presented a paper at the ‘Family Ties: Recollection and Representation’ conference in 2012.


The Finnish Church, 33 Albion St, London                                                           

Wednesday 9th October 2013, 7:00pm

Film screening of ‘On the Border’ by Lizzie Thynne followed by a panel discussion with Titus Hjelm (UCL SSEES) and Annette Kuhn (Queen Mary, University of London).

Courtesy of the Finnish Church in association with the Anglo-Finnish Society.

A daughter’s exploration of her Finnish family’s history prompted by the letters, objects, and photographs left in her mother’s apartment. Fragmented memories, dreams, and diary entries are juxtaposed with the director’s journey to significant places and people in that history from during and after the Russo-Finnish wars, 1939 – 1944.  Thynne’s mother, Lea, and her siblings were evacuated from the disputed border territory of Karelia. Lea’s father was killed in 1941, fighting alongside the Germans against the Soviets. His death in action contrasts with the more indirect impact of the war and its aftermath on the destinies of the remaining family.

Thynne searches for the causes of her mother’s breakdown as well as acknowledging that she can only understand her family’s past through her own experience and imagination. In this hypnotic work of mourning and remembrance, past and present, associations, memory and imagining intertwine, as the film charts the lingering traces of conflict and exile across generations.

You can view Lizzie’s film and read her research statement about the project on JMP’s Screenworks, a peer-reviewed online publication of practice research in film and screen media:

Lizzie has also created a new website that features her films and writing:

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Rosy Martin has a series of self portraits on show at the Palazzo della Penna, Perugia, Italy in a group exhibition entitled, ‘Il Corpo Solitario’ curated by Giorgio Bonomi e Alessandra Migliorati (6th September-27th October 2013). She will giving a presentation there on the 15th October 2013.
Suze Adams exhibited work from her current project, ‘Generation’ at the Parlour Showrooms in Bristol from 25-30th July 2013.

Recognising the fragility of memory and fluidity of time, Generation explores the passing of memories between generations. Acknowledging slippage between presence and absence, Adams follows her ancestors’ footsteps to make work that sits between fact and fiction, memory and imagination.

Adams fascination with the experiential landscape complements an interest in the haptic and embodied dimensions of our relationship with/in the world.  For the past decade, she has focused on projects located on the Hebridean Isle of Mull (home to her maternal ancestors). Recognising the tension between longing and belonging, her work builds on oral histories to explore significant sites across the island.  The constant presence of water becomes a metaphor for passage and transience – the passing of time, the transience of the body.


To mark an end to her six month artist residency at Wimbledon College of Art, London, Sally Waterman exhibited a selection of black and white photographs from her ‘Translucence’ series, in the group exhibition, ‘Liminal’ at the Camberwell Space, University of the Arts London from the 8-19th July 2013.

This group exhibition profiled the work produced by ten artists based at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon, University of the Arts during their AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges) residency. The ‘Translucence’ series serves as a reflection on the fragility of life, investigating Waterman’s experience of loss, in particular, that of her grandmother, who passed away nearly twenty years ago.



‘Body and Performance: Ways of Being a Body’ edited by Sandra Reeve and published by Tiarchy Press features a chapter by Suze Adams, entitled ‘’The Dwelling Body’ which draws upon her project, ‘Communion’ as a case study. This new publication brings together a wide range of contemporary approaches to the body that are being used by performers or in the context of performance training.  The 12 lenses published in the book all share the notion of ‘body as flux’, of ‘no fixed or determined sense of self’ and each one uses a case study to support the performer as a skilful creative entity, emphasising the intelligence of the body at work.

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Check out interviews by Nicky Bird about her series ‘Question for Seller’ and ‘Archaelogy of the Ordinary’ and FTN associate, Angela Kelly’s various projects, including ‘Sundays at Sea’ on Photoparley: