Helen McGhie

Fitting Rooms
Ashley House


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2017 - present: University of Sunderland, PhD (practice-led) in partnership with Kielder Observatory,
title: 'Stargazing at the Invisible: Photography and the Power of Obscured Light'
2012 - 14: Royal College of Art, MA Photography, Distinction
2006 - 09: University of Sunderland, BA(Hons) Photography, Video & Digital Imaging, 1st Class

2018 - present: Associate Lecturer (Photography), University of Central Lancashire
2015 - present: Academic Tutor (Photography), University of Sunderland, Northern Centre of Photography
2014 - 2015: Adjunct Instructor in Photography, Richmond, The American International University in London

2019: Writing Skyscapes, Backlit Gallery (Nottingham, UK)
2019: 209 Women, Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool, UK)
2018: 209 Women, Parliament (London, UK)
2018: Field/s ONE, Sluice_ Gallery (London, UK)
2018: Traces (curated by Beth Troakes), Artrooms (Seoul, South Korea)
2018: Because We Can (curated by Shutter Hub), Festival Pil'ours (Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France)
2018: <The Scrap>, Culture Station Seoul 284 (Seoul, South Korea)
2018: Cosmic Perspectives (curated by Lumen), Ugly Duck (London, UK)
2017: Lumen, Bankley Gallery (Manchester, UK)
2017: Hi-5, ArtWork Atelier, (Manchester, UK)
2017: GM Arts Prize (shortlisted artist), Elliot House (Manchester, UK)
2016: And Again, part of Sluice Exchange Rates (curated by Vacuous), Brooklyn Fire Proof (New York, USA)
2016: HARD FOCUS, (curated by Helen McGhie/Nightlight Darkroom), ArtWork Atelier (Manchester, UK)
2016: ArtWork Atelier Open Studio, The Manchester Contemporary (Manchester, UK)
2015: Sluice 2015, with Vacuous, Bargehouse (London, UK)
2015: Do you like love? (curated by Shutter Hub), Salt & Pegram (London, UK)
2015: Hello Future! Talent's Archive, Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens, Greece)
2014: Body, PH21 Gallery (Budapest, Hungary)
2014: Noise Festival: Best New Creatives, Southbank Outdoor Exhibition (London, UK)
2014: Show RCA, Royal College of Art (London, UK)
2014: Penumbra, APT Gallery Deptford (London, UK)
2014: A Sense of Things, Hockney Gallery (London, UK)   
2014: RCA Secret, Royal College of Art (London, UK)
2013: Splinter, Michael Hoppen Gallery (London, UK)
2013: Fine Art WIP, Royal College of Art (London, UK)
2012: Identity Crisis (SOLO SHOW), Harris Museum & Art Gallery (Preston, UK) Harris archive - review
2011: Freedom From Selection, BLANKSPACE (Manchester, UK) press release - review
2010: Flesh & Blood: an investigation into family, Nexus Art Café (Manchester, UK)
2010: At Home, Chapel Gallery (Ormskirk, UK) review
2010: Autres pour elles-mêmes, 8th Congress of the New Lacan School of Psychoanalysis (Geneva, Switzerland) info
2010: The Big M / Abandon Normal Devices video art festival in Flag Market Square (Preston, UK)
2009: Helios VII: Contemporary Photography, The Biscuit Factory (Newcastle, UK)
2009: JAM: Contemporary Photographic Practice, Reg Vardy Gallery (Sunderland, UK)

2018: Nominated, Hundred Heroines, The Royal Photographic Society
2018: Winner, International Portfolio Reviewers Choice Award, Format Festival
2017: Awarded, AHRC National Productivity Investment Fund PhD Studentship, Northern Bridge Consortium
2017: Nominated, The Graduate Photographer's Award, Magnum Photos
2017: Shortlisted, GM Arts Prize 2017
2016: Winner, British Women Artists competition 2016
2015: Nominated, The Graduate Photographers Award 2015, Magnum Photos
2014: Winner, Noise Fesitval Curator's Choice, selected by Elaine Constantine website
2014: Longlisted, Peaches & Cream IV
2014: Winner, The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, Photography (selected by Tom Hunter)
2014: Shortlisted, Deutsche Bank Fine Art Award
2013: Shortlisted, European Photography Prize
2012/13: RCA Bursary

2018: Madam and Eve: Women Portraying Women, Liz Rideal and Kathleen Soriano (Laurence King Publishing)
2017: Graphic Design School, Abbie Vickress, David Dabner, Sandra Stewart, Eric Zemple (Thames & Hudson)
2016: Winner of the British Women Artists Competition 2016 Announced, The Purpose Of It
2015: An Interview with Helen McGhie, Photographer and Artist at Format Festival 2015, Shutter Hub
2015: 'Skin as Medium & Metaphor', Holly Parkhouse https://issuu.com/dcji/docs/skin_as_medium___metaphor_holly_par
2014: 'Image Conscious' in Spectrum, The Sunday Times Magazine p33, 23.11.14
2014: Little Performance, Issue 2
2014: Penumbra, book by VERB Bureau buy here
2014: Science & Fiction (Black Dog Publishing) review - buy here
2014: Uncertain States 17, photography newspaper online version
2014: Artist in Conversation, VERB Bureau
2013: Meet: Helen McGhie, Hunger TV feature
2012: Culture 24 exhibition review   
2012: The Two Hats exhibition review
2010: The Last Picture Show, family album/photography research archive
2009: Fresh, Issue no. 27 (The Biscuit Factory) http://www.northeastphoto.net/
2009: JAM Contemporary Photographic Practice, exhibition catalogue

2019: Speaker, Writing Skyspaces, Nottingham Trent University / Backlit Gallery (Nottingham)
2019: Speaker, Living Research: The Urgency of the Arts (conference), NAFAE / Royal College of Art (London)
2018: Speaker, NEPN Develop Graduate (conference), University of Sunderland
2016: Organiser, Hard Focus: The Physicality of Photography, ArtWork Atelier (Salford)
2012: Speaker, The Museum Social, Harris Museum and Art Gallery (Preston)

<The Scrap>, Seoul, South Korea
Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
Private Collections