Gemma-Rose Turnbull: Socially Engaged Practice

Gemma Rose Turnbull has recently joined the team on the Coventry University BA (Hons) Photography course.  As an introduction to her practice, here Gemma talks about the development of her work as socially engaged practice.  Gemma has worked with a number of different organisations to promote and develop the idea of working collaboratively, having worked with children, the elderly, street-based sex workers and archives.


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To find out more about Gemma, head on over to the CU Photography website and follow the links.

Sian Macfarlane talks archives and personal practice

West Midlands-based artist Sian McFarlane joined us recently to talk about her work in relation to her responses to personal and community archives. She discussed the way in which she blends stills, moving image and sound within her work to explore the relationship between memory, people and places.

Sian talked about her projects – ‘We will meet sooner than two mountains’ which was a two screen HD projection and shown as a part of her London College of Communication MA show in 2013, and also her most recent project ‘We are illuminated’ which was shown at the New Art Gallery Walsall between May and July this year.


The way in which she works with people and communities has been a great insight for the students who are now embarking on developing their own project proposals for their Coventry-based site specific task.  Sian will be working closely with the students to help them develop their work.


Suggested reading

Wylie, J. (2007) Landscape Routeledge: London

Freud, S. (1908) The Uncanny Penguin: London