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21st April 2017 (Today’s Look) which won the British Journal of Photography's Graduate Single Image in their 2017 BJP Breakthrough Awards.

Born in Birmingham, UK, in 1988, I am an artist who mainly works with photography, text/hashtags, dance, performance and video.
I completed my first self-portraiture project in 2010 and have been primarily using myself within my personal work since. The themes that I often explore are hiding & revealing, body image, self-esteem, self-confidence and anxiety, and since 2019 my work has been about pregnancy and motherhood too.
My practice is very therapeutic for me and through it I am learning to accept myself and my body, whilst also building my confidence. It also helps me to process my thoughts and feelings, as well as document my life. 
I am currently living in Birmingham, UK.

View/download my CV here.

2013-2014. MA Photography, London College of Communication
2007-2010. BA Photographic Art, University of Wales, Newport
2005-2007. BTEC Photography, Stratford-upon-Avon College

2012. First prize in Manifest’s International Photography Annual 1
2010. Guernsey Photography Festival winner (commissioned to make a new project for the 2011 festival)

Solo Exhibition
2020. Always Awkward, Vasli Souza, Oslo, Norway

Selected Group Exhibitions
2022. (Re)Production: Parenthood and the Art World, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
2022. Your Body Belongs To YouFestival Pil’Ours​​​​​​​, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France
2022. Parenting, F-Stop Magazine, Online
2021-22. Art Was Only A Substitute For The Internet, The Wrong (Biennale), Online
2021. Oslo Negativ (with Vasli Souza), Oslo, Norway
2021. YEARBOOK 2021, Shutter Hub, Online
2021. Self-Portrait, F-Stop Magazine, Online
2020. British Journal of Photography’s OpenWalls Arles, Galerie Huit, Arles, France
2020. Summer Exhibition, Vasli Souza, Bastad, Sweden 
2020. Brighton Photo Fringe, Online
2020. Time To Think, Festival Pil’ours, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France
2020. YEARBOOK 2020, Shutter Hub, Online
2020. Staying Home, F-Stop Magazine, Online
2019-20. Peregrination, The Wrong (Biennale), Online
2019-20. Representation on the Line IV: (Un)framing our Identities, C-View, Doncaster, UK
2019. Portrait Salon, Photo North Festival, Harrogate, UK
2019. Portrait Salon, Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, UK
2019. Time To Think, Festival Pil’ours, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France
2019. Open Source #10, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
2019. British Journal of Photography’s OpenWalls Arles, Galerie Huit, Arles, France
2019. 209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
2019. Political Bodies, Galleria Cavour, Padua, Italy
2018-2019. 209 Women, Portcullis House, London, UK
2018. Portrait Salon, Peckham Levels, London, UK
2018. I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, Studio Frontiera, Palermo, Italy
(Curated by a r c h i p e l a g o)
2018. Girl Gaze: Journeys Through The Punjab & The Black Country, UK, Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, India
2018. Girl Gaze: Journeys Through The Punjab & The Black Country, UK, Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh, India
2017. Portrait Salon, Ravensbourne, London, UK
2017. Conceal/Reveal, Photo Oxford, UK
2017. You and Me, Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden
2017. British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Awards, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
2016. Feather and Bone Gallery, Appleton, USA (Prints embroidered by Stacey Page)
2015. PHOTOUKINDIA, British Council, New Delhi, India
2015. _____in the Room, V Art Center, Shanghai, China
2015. FreshFaced+WildEyed 2015, The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK
2014. MA Photography Show, London College of Communication, UK
2014. The Female Gaze, Village, Leeds, UK
 2014. Of The Afternoon Exhibitions, London & Manchester, UK
2013. Inside Out, Photofusion, London, UK - 2 person exhibition
2013. Photography Open Salon, ChinaHouse, Penang, Malaysia
2012. 100 Years of Photography - University of Wales, Newport, UK
2012. Anthology - CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London, UK
2012. Arles Photography Open Salon - Galerie Huit, Arles, France
2012. Speaking Without Tongues - Texas State University, Texas, USA
2011. Foto8 Summer Show, HOST GALLERY, London, UK
2011. Guernsey Photography Festival, Guernsey, UK
2011. Portraiture Now - Black Box Gallery, Oregon, USA
2010. UK Young Artists - University of Derby and Déda, Derby, UK
2010. Ffotocardiff - Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, UK

Book Exhibitions

2014. Encontros da Imagem’s Photo Book Market, Braga, Portugal
2014. Les Rencontres Arles Photographie’s Book Awards, Arles, France

Selected Publications
2020. PICS, Issue #2 Hobby Horses, Centro de la Imagen (Mexico)
2020. The Wire, Issue 435 (UK)
2019. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, a r c h i p e l a g o (Italy)
2019. CHIP PHOTO-VIDEO, December 2019 Issue (Germany)
2019. TILT, Issue VIII, Open Eye Gallery (UK) 
2019. Fused Magazine, Summer 2019 Issue (UK) 
2018. Oh Comely, Issue 43 (UK) 
2018. Articles about Girl Gaze in The Hindustan Times, The Tribune and Indian Express (India)
2018. Textiel Plus, Spring 2018 (Print embroidered by Stacey Page) (The Netherlands)
2017. British Journal of Photography (BJP), Look & Learn (August 2017 - Issue 7862) (UK) 
2017. The Solitary Body: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography, Vol.II by Giorgio Bonami (Italy)
2016. blow photo, Issue 14 (Ireland) 
2016. Jungle Magazine, Edition 01 (UK) 
2015. NEON, Issue #38 (France) 
2015. TjejLand, The Photographer 2 (Sweden) 
2015. ZUI Found, August Issue (China) 
2015. Der Greif, Issue 8 (Germany) 
2015. Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2015 (Canada) 
2014. Photographer Writer Illustrator by Miniclick (UK) 
2014. An Imperfect Choice, Photo-soup (UK) 
2014. Flash Forward Tenth (Canada) 
2014. Of The Afternoon #5 (UK) 
2013. NEON Magazine - December 2013 issue (Germany) 
2013. Reality of Youth Going Backwards in Vain - Self Published (UK) 
2013. Of The Afternoon #2 (UK) - Cover
2012. International Photography Annual 1, Manifest (USA) 
2012. Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2012 (Canada) 
2010Aesthetica Creative Works Annual 2011 (UK) 
2010. Eye Magazine (Autumn 2010 - Issue 77) (UK) 
2010. Photo+ Magazine. Issue #9 (South Korea) 
2010. pres•ent, University of Wales, Newport Photographic Art Publication (UK) 

Selected Other
2022. Shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society's International Photography Exhibition 164
2021. Interviewed for Scenario's The Wait episode ​​​​​​​
2021. ABCOA, ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative - contributed a Certificate of Authenticity
2021. A few self-portraits were chosen for 87 Gallery's Times I: Heightened Selfie — 87 GALLERY
2020. Article about my work on Foto Femme United by Meg Wellington-Barratt
2020. Pic of the day on PhotoVogue, Vogue Italia
2020. Danced in Tiago Bettencourt's video for his song Dança
2020. Convenience Gallery's #AnotherNightIn, Liverpool's Light Night, Online
2019. Article about my work on Open Eye Gallery's blog
2019. Girl Gaze: Journeys Through The Punjab & The Black Country, UK publicity on Metro.co.uk and Refinery29
2019. One of my images was selected for Catherine Troiano's Guest Room on Der Greif
2018. Girl Gaze: Journeys Through The Punjab & The Black Country, UK publicity on It's Nice Thati-DVogue IndiaThe Times of India (x2)Le MillThe TribuneIndian Women Blog and The Hindustan Times
2017. Highly Commended, Photo Oxford
2017: Reality of Youth Going Backwards in Vain was selected as one of the ten best projects of 2010 on Source's Graduate Photography Online
2017. Online interview on The Old Girls' Club
2017. Online interview on COPYTRACK
2016. Commissioned by SPUR to make 2 images for stickers for Art Licks Weekend
2016. Online interview on Photoworks
2016. Work projected on the exterior of Southbank Centre for Act of Looking at WOW Festival 
2016. Neblina on designboom
2015. Selected for the Photo Peer Forum at The Photographers’ Gallery, Artquest 
2015. FF+WE15 publicity on It’s Nice ThatDazed & ConfusedHarper’s Bazaar Brasil and The Telegraph websites
2012. Recipient of a Rector's Scholarship for Postgraduate Study
2012. Included in SuperMassiveBlackHole mag – Issue #12
2012. A multimedia of One Is Not Like The Other was shown at Slideluck Potshow Dublin 
2012. The Many Faces of JFA featured on Photomonitor as June 2012's Portfolio
2012. Shortlisted for The Corinthia Artist Residency
2011. Selected for 30 under 30 Women Photographers 
2011. The Squirrel’s Playground featured by Esquire Russia – Online 
2010. Work projected in 'Slide Nite' in Krakow, Poland as part of Krakow Photomonth

2020. Digital Diary: Hashtag Your Heart Out. An online workshop for HYPERTEXT - a virtual art book fair presented by Bound Art Book Fair in collaboration with Open Eye Gallery.
2019. Performative Fun Times at Bloom Building, Birkenhead, UK (organised by Convenience Gallery)
2019. Hiding and Revealing: Performing Within Your Practice at London College of Communication, UK (photography, video, writing, improv, clowning and live art exercises)


2021. Article for Artquest's Art Worlds - Babyfied in Birmingham
2020. Article for AIMS Journal - A (Mother’s) Visual Diary on Social Media: Pregnancy and Motherhood during the Covid-19 Pandemic
2020. Blog post on Maternal Art for their series 'How are artist/mothers continuing to create through the COVID-19 crisis?'
2020. I wrote about Vibeke Tandberg's Old Man Going Up and Down a Staircase for Objektiv, Norway
Personal Blog - Jockey Greys

Selected Talks
2020. Online guest lecture and tutorials with the University of Hertfordshire
2020. Short talk/presentation as part of LCC's MA Photography Alumni event
2019. Talk at UCA Rochester, followed by 1 on 1 tutorials with students
2019. Open Source in Conversation, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
2019. Talked to students at City of Bristol College and set a brief with a group crit afterwards
2018. Talks and group crits at Norwich University of the Arts, Bath Spa University and City of Bristol College
2018. Talks at University of Lincoln and University of Sussex
2017. Talk and tutorials at University of South Wales, Cardiff
2017. Talk at Making It Real by London Alternative Photography Collective, London
2017. Talk and group crit at City of Bristol College 
2016. LCC's Out of Sight symposium at Ugly Duck, London (Co-organiser and speaker)
2016. Photography and Performance talk for Miniclick, Brighton 
2016. Talk to A Level students at Cadbury College, Birmingham 
2015. Soapbox talk at Miniclick’s 5th birthday celebrations 
2015. Gallery talks about my work in FreshFaced+WildEyed at The Photographers’ Gallery, London 
2015. Talk about doing a Masters to undergraduates at Kingston University 
2014. Video presentation, Laughing My Art Off symposium at London College of Communication 
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