CU Photography student Lucy Johnson in conversation with the Monash Gallery of Art, Australia

2nd year photography student Lucy Johnson has been curating a collection of photobooks and zines that explores our relationship with the natural landscape for just over a year. The collection, which resides online at has recently been acquired for a large exhibition at the Monash Gallery of Art in Australia.

As part of the exhibition Lucy took part in a curators conversation with Stephanie Richter on 17th February in which she spoke about the philosophy of the collection, specific and significant works as well as what is next for the project.

5 plus 5: CU Photography graduate in international exhibition


5 plus 5 is an international exhibition exchange organised between Grain, the Library of Birmingham and the IED Madrid. Curated by Moritz Neumuller the exhibition was first shown at the IED Madrid Gallery in Autumn 2014.

5 exhibitors are based in the Midlands, UK and 5 are based in Madrid, Spain. One of the Midlands exhibitors is CU Photography graduate Dean O’Brien.

The exhibition features on The Photographers’ Wall at the Library of Birmingham from 25th February until 29th April 2015.

3rd Year students present: Collective Vision Photography Symposium.

collective vision flyerOn the 24th and 25th February 2015 3rd year students from the BA Photography course will be delivering a photography symposium.  The Symposium has been planned and organised by the students and will take place in the Herbert Gallery, Coventry.

Each student will present a paper relating to their current area of investigation within their own photographic work. Themes range from self portraiture and identity to the representation of women in the media.

For more information visit the website:, follow them on twitter @collective_vis, and follow them on facebook –

Tickets are on sale now by visiting Eventbrite. 1 day and 2 day tickets are available.

Photography students visit Dublin

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First Year BA Photography students recently went on a study trip to Dublin to explore archives and exhibitions in both Dublin and Belfast:

At the Gallery of Photography in Dublin, Trish Lambe, Gallery Curator, spoke about the Family Album project, and how they are exploring a complex past through the everyday album.

The students, along with Lecturers Matt Johnston and Jon Legge, also visited ‘Belfast Exposed’, where Ciara Hickey introduced the students to an exhibition and research project by Sabina Mac Mahon: An Ulaid – South Down Society of Modern Art.

After taking in some more exhibitions including Duncan Campbell at the IMMA, and Midland-LÁR TÍRE: Cycling the MGWR from Past to Present at the National Library of Ireland, the students explored both cities and used the time to produce their own Photographic shoots.

Legal Arguments: 1st year students debate the digital age.

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1st year photography students from module 151mc were in court last tuesday.

Photography lecturers Matt Johnston and George Rippon facilitated a series of lively debates between students on such topics at ‘Has Social Media de-valued photography?’. To add verisimilitude to the discussions, they took place in a replica courtroom in the George Elliot building at Coventry University, normally used by law students. Instructor Jon Legge  took on the role of judge.


David Rule visits Photography students at CU

Following on from the recent series of talks by David Moore and Emma Critchley, on Wednesday 11th February we have David Rule visiting the Photography department to talk about his current work as well as work with 3rd years students on their final projects.

David Rule works with image and text, often to extend anecdotes and personal encounters, shifting freely between the observational and the speculative. In 2010 David founded ‘covered in toner’ with writer Jamie Sutcliffe as a platform for the publication and distribution of artists’ books and zines. Since 2012 David has been an editor of the Brautigan Free Press, promoting new writing online and in print. His most recent work is currently on show at the Royal Festival Hall’s Poetry Library.

Photographer Emma Critchley to visit CU Photography

On Wednesday next week, Emma Critchley – who has specialised in underwater photography for over ten years – will join us to give an artist talk, and also some insightful advice and support to our 3rd year students in the last leg of their course. We’re very excited to have Emma join us, who has had work exhibited across the globe, and works both as commercial and critical artist as well as educator.

The talk is free and open to all.


Photographer David Moore to visit CU Photography

Documentary Photographer David Moore will be visiting Coventry University photography department to give a talk about his most recent work.  He will also be spending time with the 3rd year Photography students talking to them about their work and ideas for their final year projects.  His most recent publication Pictures from the Real World, published in 2013 has been reviewed by Time, The Guardian and Source among others.

His talk is free and open to all.

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ERASMUS student bids us a fond farewell.

As a part of the ERASMUS exchange programme Stevie Deale, from the Northern Arizona University in the USA, joined us this term as a 2nd year student.  She was warmly welcomed by the Photography team and students and she produced some excellent work during the module.  She became an invaluable part of the 2nd year cohort and contributed to the organisation of the end of module exhibition – VISBOX250.  As her exchange has now come to an end she sent us a farewell note that encapsulated her experience with us over the last 3 months. Some examples of the work that she completed during her stay are shown below. We hope to see you again soon Stevie!

stevie“I just want to thank you guys for welcoming me with open arms and being so forthcoming with me.  I have felt like part of the family and have felt so encouraged…The tutors have been very helpful and so lovely and I am so thankful for everyone. Thank you for the opportunity to come into the second year and to come here and study!”
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To mark the end of a fantastic start to the 2nd year of their degree the Level 2 Photography students decided to put on an independent event night and exhibition showcasing this term’s work in the Urban Coffee house in Fargo Village, Coventry. The event took place on the 2nd of December and the students were able to invite family and friends to celebrate all of their hard work.  The event was organised and curated by the students and is the first of many exhibition opportunities as they develop further in their studies. They exhibited a selection of images and showcased larger bodies of work in a projection room. They also invited Spooky Wagon to add to the atmosphere and entertain their guests.  The exhibition was open to the public until 8th December.














A selection of images and tweets from the night are below.

Photographs supplied by Emma Hogan

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