Approved: 31.05.2007

Moira Lovell

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 31.05.2007

In her current art practice-as-research Moira creates performance for camera videos and photographic self-portraits that transforms online and offline imagery, to explore, identify, assess and announce how women construct and how women’s bodies are constructed by their encounters with the image, in the digital age

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Artist Statement

In her current art practice-as-research Moira creates performance for camera videos and photographic self-portraits that transforms online and offline imagery, to explore, identify, assess and announce how women construct and how women’s bodies are constructed by their encounters with the image, in the digital age

In the earlier series The After School Club (2006/7) young women, whom she photographed whilst wearing provocative schoolgirl outfits in themed nightclubs, are returned in daylight to their secondary school gates in similar revellers garb. The resulting photographs of the club-wisened alumni are oddly comic, but there is a more powerful feeling of pathos, nostalgia, and the acid tinge of naivety corrupted and exploited.

Stand Your Ground (2008) commissioned by Pavilion features the Doncaster Rovers Belles women's football team and the relationship between the players and their male coach. This double portrait series offers a wry view of team relations, compounded by the use of a soundtrack of the touchline directions from the coach, in a crucial match against the Arsenal women's team. Apparently gentle portraits again become uncomfortable examinations of gender and power.  

We Still Stand (2009/11), supported by the National Media Museum Photography Bursary, is an aftermath photography project which explores a seminal event in the history of British industry and politics - the 1984/5 Miners Strike, a near civil war that left an indelible mark on the nation's consciousness. Lovell has photographed individuals and groups of former coal miners and comrades at night on the sites of their former colliery and picket grounds 25 years after battles were fought and lost. The photographic encounters build an uneasy portrait of something 'that-has-been'.

Performing Tourism (2013/14), feature tourists in situ, positioned in front of the monuments where they were found. They speak unabashedly of the time they are made. This is partly due to the clothing they adorn and partly due to the corporeal experience of selfie making - standing still, displaying oneself in a condition of stasis, with an arm stretched out, addressing the camera with intense concentration. Clearly signifying the early twenty-teens, an age when cameras converged with phone technology.Yet, my sociology does not present a truthful representation of a specimen uncovered in the field. These images have been manipulated. The device at which the subjects intently gaze has been removed. By turns the tourists appear at once absurd, sculptural and performative.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2024 (opus de profectus) PhD, Royal College of Art, London

2015 MA Gender, Media and Culture, Goldsmiths, London

2010 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Solent University

2006 MA Photography, London College of Communication, London

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


Solo exhibitions

2013 We Still Stand, mac , Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

2013 We Still Stand, National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield

2010 We Still Stand, mac , Birmingham 2002 - Mud Pies & Daisy Chains, Workstation & Showroom, Sheffield


Group exhibitions 

2020 20/84 Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, Battersea, London

2018 Well-being and Time, University of Derby

2015  Work, Rest and Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today, OCT Loft, Shenzhen, China (part of The Photographers’ Gallery, World in London projection)

2015  Look/15 Photography Festival Open Call. Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool one

2014-15 Portrait Salon: Four Corners Gallery, London; Fuse Art Space, Bradford; Oriel Colwyn Gallery, Wales; Gallery D, Edinburgh; Parkside Gallery, Birmingham.

2013 Exposure, Format 13 International Photography Festival, Déda, Derby

2013 Famtasista:'The Playmaker' An Exhibition of Football in Contemporary Art, Cello Factory, London

2013 KEN GRANT / LOUIS QUAIL / KAJAL NISHA PATEL / MOIRA LOVELL, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

2012 She Got Game, Arlington Arts Centre, Virginia, USA

2012 The World in London, The Photographers Gallery, Victoria Park & Gulbenkian Foundation HQ, Hoxton, London

2012 Work included in the screening installation, Galerie Huit, Arles

2012 Young Artists Incubator # 1, Factory-Art Gallery , Berlin

2011 Photomedia Salon, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London

2010 Image Singulieres , Documentary Photography Festival, Sete, France

2009 'Seduction', PopUp #1/, Berlin 2009 - ArtSway Open 09, ArtSway , New Forest

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

2009 Rhubarb-Rhubarb Bursary Winners Exhibition, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands

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

2008 New Works Pavilion , National Media Museum, Bradford

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

2007 Exctracts, La Viande, London

2007  Jerwood Photography Awards, Jerwood Space, London

2007 No Ball Games, Four Corners, London

2007 Woman's Work, Hull University, Hull

2006 MA Final Show, London College of Communication, London


Artist talks

2020 Artists Talk to MA Photography University of Bolton

2020 BA Photography UCA, Rochester, Kent

2018 BA Photography, University of Derby

2013 Artists Talk, Faculty of Arts & Media, University of Chester

2013 Artists Talk, Sheffield Hallam University, South Yorkshire

2010 The Narrator's Gaze: 50 Years of Documentary Photography, The National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

2009 Photoforum Chair, Four Corners, London

2009 Seminar with MA Photography students, London College of Communication, London

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

2008 Seminar with Anne McNeil, Southampton Solent University, Hampshire

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

2007 No Ball Games Artist Talks, Four Corners , London 2007 - Photoforum , Four Corners, London

2007 Presented work at Plat(t)form 07, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich


Residencies and Commissions

2007 School Residency, Pavilion Study Centre, Barnet Public commissions

2010 'The World in London' Portrait Commission, The Photographers' Gallery, London

2008 Pavilion Commissions Programme

2008 Pavilion, Leeds


Competitions, prizes and awards

2011 Shortlisted Bar-Tur Award, University of the Arts, London

2010 Commendation, Aesthetica Creative Works Competition, Artwork & Photography category

2009 Awarded a Hungry International Review Bursary, Rhubarb-Rhubarb, Birmingham

2009 Shortlisted, School of Saatchi, BBC 2

2008 Awarded Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers

2008 The Magenta Foundation, Canada

2008 Awarded the National Media Museum Photography Bursary, NMM, Bradford

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

2007 Awarded Jerwood Photography Awards, Jerwood Space/Portfolio Magazine, London

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



2020 Photomonitor

2012 The World in London website

2011 Aesthetica Creative Works Annual 2011

2011 Bulkka Magazine NYC & Buenos Aires

2011 Imprint Blog, The Magenta Foundation

2011 Photomonitor

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

2009 New Light: Jerwood Photography Awards Book

2009 Source Magazine Issue 57 2009 - X-TRA Magazine Volume 11 Issue 4

2008 Archive Magazine #13 2008 - Magenta Foundation Flash forward Book

2008 Pavilion Commission Publication

2007 Portfolio Magazine No.46


Works held in collections 

2008 Prints held by collection, National Media Museum, Bradford

2008 Prints held by collection, Pavilion, Leeds

2008 Prints held by collection, Wilson Centre for Photography, London