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Sue Fox B.A.,P.G.C.E.

Senior Lecturer
Film and Media Studies

Sue Fox

Sue Fox has a first transgressive novel out called 'The Visceral Tear' (The Art of Cuntography) published via ONEIROS BOOKS 2015/16. It is available globally priced £15

"Transgressive underground literature is alive and well in the Uk. A woman living in Manchester has written a long and difficult experimental ode to her lifelong masturbatory habits, which is by turns shocking, funny, sad, distressing, erotic, contradictory, infuriating, vulnerable, aggressive. . .Every single chapter entirely based purely around sexual fantasies and memories and descriptions of orgasm. Something to upset everyone in here, this is up there with Genet, Burroughs or Sade for explicit and taboo content and the stream of consciousness prose is often impressive. Heterosexual younger men should read this book, they may learn some things. And older men come to think of it, and any woman hung up in guilt about their sexuality, or caught in the sugar and spice trap! Highest possible recommendation for anyone interested in human sexuality in all its beautiful and troubling forms". (Simon M)

Film & TV Appearances:-

Fox is known for her taboo images of the dead, first portrayed in a three part series called ‘VILE BODIES’ on contemporary and international photographers in 1997 & 2000. Included in the series are Jenny Saville, Joel-Peter Witkin, Andres Serrano, Sally Mann, & Nick Wapplington.

Episode 3 of 'The Dead' directed by James Kent for Blast Films and Channel 4.

She appeared in ‘Gallery Explorer 38’ a documentary in 2001, showcasing artists at Rogue Artists Studios, Comme Ca Art PR, and artists in Hohlmann, Germany. Fox’s images appear in ‘The Works’ a Granada series on Art with Anthony Wilson featuring Photographers and ‘Flux’ magazine in 2002. Fox was flown to Scotland to Tern TV studios for two discussion programmes on ‘SEX and DEATH’ on the ‘Faith Without Walls’ series in 2002. In 2010, Fox appeared in a documentary film for “Tonight with Trevor Macdonald” on ITV 1 in 2004. This programme looked at alternative lifestyles and shopping habits and cultural dispositions. Fox appeared in a film for ARTE, a German/French cultural channel, ‘Sterben Im Museum’. ‘L’Expose du Mort’ (‘The Exposition of Death’) directed by Marion Schmidt, and featuring the works of Christian Boltanski, Gregor Schneider, & Walter Schnels.

Fox, S (2016). Tempting Failures Festival - 'The Forgotten' (The Unborn). Descartes Gallery, London UK: Dir. Thomas John Bacon. 22-26 July 2017
Fox, S (2015). 'The Visceral Tear' book launch. Q & A Transgressive Art, Performance & Readings. The WonderInn, Manchester UK: Dir. Sue Fox. 14th November 2015
Higgins, J et al (2014). "Between Subject & Object" Conference. Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town, South Africa : Dir J Higgins. 8th-30th August 2014
Fox, S, Koudounaris, P. & Malarky, H. (2014). ‘Encountering Corpses’. M.M.U. Conference. The Sacred Trinity Church, Salford, UK: Cur. S.Fox/H.Malarky. 28th March - 10th April 2014
Fox, S. The Allery – Pop Up Gallery, ART Studios, Whalley Range, Manchester. Cur. Michael Mayhew. June 1st - June 5th – 2012
Fox, S. & Contents May Vary (2009). ‘Antifreeze’ Art Car Boot Sale of Sixty Artists 'Cunt & The Family'. Chips Building Car Park, Ardwick, UK 4th July 2009.
Fox, S. & Mayhew, M. (2008). ‘The Genital Portrait Series’ . Manchester, UK: ART - Michael Mayhew. June-July 2008
Fox, S. & Zhou, T. (2007). ‘All Go Digital’ Manchester Metropolitan University Academics Show. (Oct-Nov 2007). Xiamen University/Guangzhou Academy, Bejing, China: Cur Tongyu Zhou.
Fox, S. & Fibischer, B. (2007). ‘Six Feet Under’ Tour. Nov 2006 - Jan 2007/Sept 2007- March 2008 Kuntsmuseum, Bern, Switzerland/Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany: Cur Tongyu Zhou.
Fox, S ‘Rogue Artist's Open Studios’ . Oct 2001/Nov 2002/Oct 2003/Nov 2004/Dec 2005/Nov 2006/2007/May 2008/ 2009/June 2010. Piccadilly, Manchester, UK: Cur. S.Fox. 2001-2010.
Fox, S. & Huffmann, K.R. (2005). ‘Conversations on the Subject of Feminism’ supporting 'Prologue', European Women’s Showcase . Cornerhouse, Manchester: 30 Jul-18 Sept 2005
Fox, S. & Hawley, S. (2005). ‘Sex, Death and Flat Pack Furniture’ -MMU Staff Researchers. Holden Gallery, Manchester: Mar-Apr 2005
Fox, S. & Coode-Adams, B. (2003/4). ‘Explore, Expand, Exchange’ Cu.r Ben Coode-Adams @ Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester. Manchester Museum, Manchester: Ben Coode-Adams. Oct 2003-Jan 2004
Fox, S. & Stone, P. (2000). ‘Inferno’ . Guildhall, Quayside, Manchester: Cur Paul Stone. Oct 2000
Fox, S (2000-2001). ‘Late Liberties'. Museum De Arbeit, Germany/Swiss National Museum, Musee Suisse, Zurich/Historiches Museum Bielefeld, Germany: Nov 2000- Jan 2001
Fox, S. & Foster, A. (2000). ‘The Liminal Body’. Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney: Cur Alasdair Foster. 8 Sept-15 Oct 2000.
Fox, S. & Moynihan, D. (2000). ‘Psycho’ . Anne Faggionato Gallery, London: Cur Danny Moynihan. Feb-Apr 2000.
Fox, S. & Peyroulet, G. (1999). ‘La Mort’ . Paris, France: Cur Gilles Peyroulet. Oct-Nov 1999.
Fox, S. & Bauret, G. (1998). ‘Recontres Internationales De La Photographie’ . Arles, France: Cur Gabriel Bauret. July 1998.
Fox, S. Williams, V. & Hobson, G. (1997). ‘The Dead’ Tour ‘Mois De La Photo’. Saidye Bronfman, Montreal, Canada: Cur Val Williams. Sept-Oct 1997.
Fox, S. & Greenaway, P. (1997). ‘Flying Over Water’ . The Miro Foundation, Barcelona, Spain : Cur Peter Greenaway. March-May 1997.
Fox, S. & Salaman, N. (1993-1996). ‘What She Wants’ Tour . Impressions Gallery, York UK/Orchard Gallery, Derry Ireland: Kvindmuseet, Denmark. Cur. Naomi Salaman. 1993-1994. Jan-March 1996/
Fox, S. Williams, V. & Hobson, G. (1995-1996). ‘The Dead’. National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford UK: Cur Val Williams & Greg Hobson. Oct 1995-Jan 1996.

Fox, S., 2015. The Visceral Tear. 1st ed. Manchester: Oneiros.
Bohle, K., 2014. 'Computertechnik und Sterbekultur'. 1st ed. Germany: Lit Verlag.
Maes, H., 2013. 'Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Photography'. 1st ed. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Rodgers, C., 2012. ‘A Contemporary Western Book of the Dead’. 1st ed. UK: Mandrake Oxford.
Lopez, J., 2010. SPIT ‘Antique Children’. 1st ed. USA: AQC Books.
Lopez, J., 2010. DOPPLEGANGER ‘Antique Children’. 1st ed. USA: AQC Books.
Dunn, A., 2007. ‘Fifteen Plus One’ edited by Alan Dunn 2007. 1st ed. UK: AXIS Design.
Macho, T., 2007. ‘The New Invisibility of Death’ (Die Neue Sich Barkeit Des Todes). 1st ed. Germany: Wilhlem Fink.
Mey, K., 2007. 'Art and Obscenity: On the Margins of the Aesthetic in 20th century Western Visual Culture'. 1st ed. UK: I.B.Taurus.
Fibicher, B., 2006. ‘Six Feet Under’ – Autopsy of Our Relation to the Dead’ by Bernhard Fibicher 2006.. 1st ed. GERMANY: Kuntsmuseum Bern.
Newton, K., 2006. ‘Still Life’ (Photography By Women). 1st ed. UK: Ffotogallery Publications - IRIS - Staffordshire University.
Kieran, M., 2005. 'Revealing Art'. 1st ed. UK: Routledge.
Bryant, C., 2003. 'Handbook of Death & Dying'. 1st ed. UK: Sage..
Julius, A., 2002. 'Trangressions - The Offences of Art'. 1st ed. UK: Thames & Hudson
Jung, M., 2001. 'Projekt Leben' - Ethik Fur Die Oberstufe. 1st ed. Germany: Klett.
Yorath, D., 2000. ‘Photography – A Crash Course’. 1st ed. USA: Watson-Guptill Publications.
Hallam, E., 1999. 'Beyond The Body:Death & Social Identity'. 1st ed. UK: Routledge.
Wells, L., 1996. ‘Photography: A Critical Introduction’. 4th ed. UK: Routledge.
Fox, S., 1997. ‘Post Mortem’. 1st ed. UK: Viewpoint Gallery, Salford.
Townsend, C., 1997. ‘Vile Bodies – Photography & the Crisis of Looking’ (A Channel 4 Book). 1st ed. UK: Prestel Verlag.
Peter Greenaway (1997). 'Flying Over Water' (Volar Damunt L'aigua). UK: Merrel Holberton. 112.
Val Williams & Greg Hobson (1995). ‘The Dead’ . UK: National Museum of Photography, Film & TV. 104.
Naomi Salaman (1994). 'What She Wants' (Women Artists Look At Men). London UK: Verso. 160.

Conference Papers:-
Fox, S., Koudounaris, P. & Malarky, H. ‘Encountering Corpses Conference’. Manchester University Museum. 'The Visceral Tear' paper recounts the mortuary experience through photographs and poetry translated onto film. 26th March 2014
Fox, S. ‘The Muscailt Spring Arts Festival’. The National University of Ireland, Galway. Performance and lecture and guest residency. ‘The Decomposition Of The Flesh’. 2009.
Fox, S. ‘The Genital Portrait Series’ Exhibition. Paper ‘Art & Cyber Sex’. ‘ART’ Studios, Whalley Range, Manchester. Cur. Michael Mayhew. 2008.
Fox, S. National Youth Theatre Workshop. ‘Aspects Of Death’ paper. Lowry Theatre, Manchester. Dir. Jon McGrath. Ikebana Productions. 2008.
Fox, S. & Macho, T. ‘The New Invisibility of Death’. Ahorn-Greineisen, Berlin, Germany. ‘Contemplations On The Corpse’ paper appears in ‘Die Neue Sichbarkeit Des Todes’, ed. Prof. T. Macho. Awarded An Honorarium. 2005.
Fox, S. ‘Explore Expand Exchange’ Museum Exhibition Artist’s Talks. The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. ‘Face Your Flesh’ paper. 2004
Fox, S. ‘Escape Your Garb’ Cross-Dressing Workshop & Presentation. ‘The Art of Cross-Dressing Through-Out History’. The Circle Club, Manchester. Funded by Redeye Photographers Network. 2003.
Fox, S. ‘The Business of the Flesh – Art, Science & Access to the Human Body’. Chair. Dr. Ruth Richardson. ‘Reverencing the Body - The Emotional Impact Of Photographing Post Mortems And Crematoria’. Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, UK. 2002.
Fox, S. ‘Redeye Talks –Spring 2001’. ‘Taboo’. Richard Goodall Photographic Gallery, Manchester. 2001
Fox, S. ‘Death, the Final Chapter’. Artist’s talks series featuring Tracey Emin. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. 2001.
Fox, S. Foster, A. & Scott-Bray, R. ‘Death, Dysfunction & the Olympic Ideal’. Collaborative symposium Talk ‘Sensing Death- The Chiaroscuro Of Touch in The Mortuary Photography Of Sue Fox’ & Live Web. Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia. 9th Sept 2000.
“This talk engages with the mortuary photography of British artist Sue Fox. Fox's images melt flashes of death and fragments of texture into a language for viewing death that is resonant with the artist's meditation and Buddhist faith. How long is our dying, how deep is our life? What questions are posed by the flesh: of the viewer, of the dead body? Moving these bodies into gallery spaces, and therefore public consideration, Sue Fox presents the viewer with an accumulation of decompositions. Here, photography releases the image as a chant, as the artist states "of what is, what was ... a song”.

Extra Activities....

Fox performs in a clown troupe called the 'Dirty Honkies', who have toured the UK & Ireland, with entertainers and performers such as David Hoyle, Ron Athey, Michael Mayhew and Alexis Milne. Fox is currently working on new photographic images about 'the visceral body' and a series on 'abandoned buildings' exploring the peripheries of access points. Fox is writing poetry and collating old poems into surreal collections. Fox is doing film projects and working on a series of novels and was commissioned to make an avant-garde music video set in a church, for Magdalena Solis, a sonic and visual arts band, based in Brussels.
Fox performed at the Hacienda in 1983 at a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Punk with Michael Mayhew & Co. and directed by Sci-Fi writer Jeff Noon.

Fox is a Shodan first degree black belt in Kung Fu and studied with the following martial artists; Steve Powell, Danny Connors, Joel Thompson, Joe Wray, and Lance Lewis amongst others. She is a trained nutritionist and naturopath. Fox is a Tai Chi Qigong teacher and trainer in the martial arts, self defence for women, boxing, weight training and power lifting. Fox did army and SAS training in Liverpool.

Academic Work:-

Fox has written six novels, some 600,000 words since 2008-2011 on the subject of ‘art, sex and dark minds’. She completed her first novel (writings that are edited from the 6 novels) and published in November 2015.

New novels are in progress along with a compendium of short stories. Fox has been publishing extracts of her diaries via the online magazine ‘Paraphilia’ since 2008 (edited by Dire McCain & David Mitchell) for transgressive literature and art by global writers. She also gives performances and readings of her novels in and around Manchester bars, clubs, and art venues such as TROF, the Green Room, the Sand Bar, The Wonder Inn & Dry Bar and at art galleries and Universities.

Fox has written in the past for the leading photography magazine ‘Hotshoe International’ 2000, for editor and leading photographic historian Dr. Chris Townsend and also worked on Manchester’s ‘City Life’ in 2003, with a year long column as the ‘Witch Doctor’ on health and alternative lifestyles.

Ph.D. Papers:-

‘The Eschatology of the Image’ by Dr. Rebecca Scott-Bray
(The University of Sydney, Australia)

Visual Codes of Secrecy: Photography of Death and Projective Identities by Dr. Julia St. George (University of Woolongong)

'Seeing Death: Portraiture in Contemporary Post-Mortem Photography' by Josephine Higgins 2013

International publications/papers:-

"Zeichen oder Leichen?" by Kristin Marek
Digitale Entkörperlichung versus Materialität in der Kunst“ (Signs or Corpses? Digital Disembodiment versus Materiality in Art) published by Caronline Y. Robertson-von Trotha u.a. (Hrsg.): Computertechnik und Sterbekultur (Hermeneutik und Anthropologie) 2013, 75-94.

Further links to Fox's work in media and elsewhere in publications....

Vile Bodies review in 1997

Vile Bodies review with painter Jenny Saville in 1997 discussing Fox's photographs

Pornographic Art & The Aesthetics of Pornography by Hans Maes

Beyond the Body: Death And Identity by Elizabeth Hallam

Art & Obscenity by Professor Kerstin Mey 2007

Trangressions by Anthony Julius 2002

Post Mortem (signed and limited edition) on Amazon


Sue Fox is a member of the Media Research Group.

A selection of recent research outputs.


Fox, S., 2015. 'The Visceral Tear'.

Other Outputs

Cuthbert, V., 2010. 'Judge at Kino film festival', Involved in judging the Best International Animated film category at the Kino film festival 2010.