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Moira Lovell




Moira Lovell is an Art Photographer and Photography Lecturer. She studied photography at the Kent Institute of Art & Design in the late 90s, during a transitional period from an advertising and editorial programme to a more arts based and conceptual course of study. After working as a press photographer and a medical photographer, she studied for her Masters at the London College of Communication. Upon graduation Moira won the prestigious Jerwood photography prize with a series titled The After School Club, the same works went on to win the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers Prize. Moira was awarded a Pavilion Commission in 2007 and produced a body of work entitled Stand Your Ground that went on show at The National Media Museum. In 2008 she was awarded an NMM Photography Bursary to assist in the development of a new-long term body of work. In 2009 an initial series of portraits made with the support of the NMM were awarded a Rhubarb-Rhubarb Hungry Bursary, these works were additionally selected for the ArtSway Open 2009. Her research interests orbit around notions of self and communal experience, and the ways in which memory, place and narrative intersect with selfhood. Moira's current practice hones in on the idea of the photograph being 'that-has-been', the subjects of this research are traces, fragments and relics; they are the aftermath of events that relate to the history of British industry and politics

Qualifications and training

2006 MA Photography, London College of Communication, London

1999 BA Photography, Kent Institute of Art & Design, Rochester, Kent


Group exhibitions

2009 ArtSway Open, Sway, New Forest

2009 'Seduction', PopUp #1/Piclet.org, Berlin

2009 'Hungry', Wolverhampton Art Gallery

2009 'Desaturated', The Art Centre, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

2008 'New Works': Pavilion Commission, National Media Museum, Bradford

2008 'Teen City', Musee d'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland

2008 'CLICK CHICKS +: mostly women photographers', Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, USA

2007 Jerwood Photography Awards, Jerwood Space, London & UK tour: Millais Gallery, Southampton, Lakeside Art Gallery, Nottingham, Ipswich Town Hall Galleries, Gallery & Streetlevel Photoworks, Glasgow

2007 'No Ball Games', Four Corners, London

2007 'Woman's Work', Hull University

2002 'Mud Pies & Daisy Chains' (solo show), Showroom and Workstation, Sheffield


Artist talks

2009 Chaired the Photoforum event, Four Corners, London

2009 Seminar with MA Photography Students, London College of Communication

2008 Artist talk and tutorials with MA Photography students, Norwich School of Art, Norfolk

2008 Seminar with Anne McNeil, Millais Gallery, Southampton

2007 No Ball Games Artist Talks, Four Corners, London

2007 Jerwood Photography Awards Educational Event with Martin Barnes, Jerwood Space, London

2007 Photoforum Artist Talk, Four Corners, London

2007 Plat(t)form 07, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Zurich



2009 - Senior Lecturer In Photography (0.6), Southampton Solent University

2008- 09 Associate Lecturer in Photography (0.2), Southampton Solent University

2007- 08 Associate Lecturer in Photography (0.7), University Campus Suffolk (Ipswich)

2005 – Distance Learning Tutor in Photography, Open College of the Arts




Residencies & Commissions

2008 Pavilion Commissions Programme 2008, Pavilion, Leeds

2007 School Residency, Pavilion Study Centre, Barnet


Competitions, prizes and awards

2009 'Hungry' Main Course Bursary, Rhubarb-Rhubarb – Awarded

2009 'School of Saatchi' BBC TV Programme - Shortlisted

2008 National Media Museum Bursary, NMM, Bradford – Awarded

2008 Summer Show, Royal Academy, London - Shortlisted

2008 'Flash Forward': Emerging Photographers 2008, The Magenta Foundation, Canada - Winner

2008 Soho co-commission, ArtSway / Photographers' Gallery, London - Nominee

2007 Jerwood Photography Awards, Jerwood Space/Portfolio Magazine, London - Winner

2006 ICI Imagedata/The Independent on Sunday Olmec digital photographer of the year, ICI’s headquarters, London Commended entry, readers award, People Category


2009 Liberation France Newspaper: These Clothes that Bother us by Fabrice d'Almeida Professor of contemporary history at Paris-II

2009 X-TRA Magazine Volume 11 Issue 4 Essay by Jennifer Doyle, Associate Professor Univeristy of California

2009 New Light Book Published by The Jerwood Foundation

2008 Flash forward Book published by The Magenta Foundation

2008 Source Magazine, Issue 57 review by Mick Gidley

2008 Archive Magazine #13 Essay by Greg Hobson, Senior Curator of Photographs National Media Museum

2008 Pavilion Commission Publication Essay by Jennifer Doyle, Associate Professor Univeristy of California

2007 Portfolio Magazine No.46 Essay by Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photograph V&A


Publications Cont. (written work)

2007- to date Axis MAstar Reviewer www.axisweb.org/grADVP.aspx?AID=244



National Media Museum, Bradford

Wilson Centre for Photography, London

Pavilion, Leeds



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