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Dr Sian Bonnell

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Sian Bonnell is a UK based artist, curator and publisher.

TRACE, her curation and publishing project was established in 1999. Artist books published under the imprint TRACE Editions include Wild Track the first book of poetry by Mark Haworth-Booth, Imagine Finding Me by Chino Otsuka and Villa Mona by Marjolaine Ryley. Since 2014 she has curated an annual exhibition of UK graduate photography, featuring over 250 images selected from16 Universities for the Pingyao International Photography Festival held every September in China.

Invited regularly to review portfolios at international photography festivals she has judged major competitions including The Jerwood Photography Prize in 2006 and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 2009.

Awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal Photographic Society in 2010 for her contribution to Fine Art Photography, the following year she was awarded the Photoworks Senior Research Fellowship at the British School at Rome. Her images have been exhibited and published widely, most recently throughout 2015 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and in 2016 in the John Rylands Library in Manchester, the result of a two year funded research project with Manchester University.

Her work is held in many public and corporate collections notably, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, the Ransom Center, Texas and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

Research is divided into many strands concerning photography and its relations with performance/performing for the camera; sculpture/the object and the camera; the dissemination of the photograph, with regard to curation, publishing and the book and its relations with other disciplines such as medicine.

Research

Sian Bonnell is a member of:

A selection of recent research outputs.

Exhibitions

Bonnell, S., 2020. Feast for the Eyes, The Hasselblad Foundation, Goteborg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden, 29/2/2020 - 10/5/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2019. 209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 1/3/2019 - 30/4/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Beyond the Camera VI, The Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2019 - 25/9/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Feast for the Eyes, The Photographers Gallery, London, 18/10/2019 - 9/2/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Feast for the Eyes, CO Berlin, Germany, 8/6/2019 - 7/9/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. JUMP! curated by Sian Bonnell, LOOK Biennial of Photography, The Gallery, Liverpool, 4/10/2019 - 27/10/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Sian Bonnell, The Secret Life of Trestles, The Cotton Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2019 - 25/9/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Video del Giorno: Sian Bonnell Excerpts from Luda, MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy, 4/10/2019 - 4/12/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2018. 209 Women, Palace of Westminster, London, 14/12/2018 - 28/2/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Beyond the Camera V, The Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2018 - 25/12/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. China Conversation, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 6/4/2018 - 17/6/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital from V&A and RPS Collections, V&A New Photography Centre, V&A Museum, London, 12/10/2018 - 4/9/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Feast for the Eyes, FOAM Museum of Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 21/12/2018 - 3/3/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Feast for the Eyes, curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, USA, 13/6/2018 - 18/9/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Graduate Photography from MMU, International Photography Exhibition, Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China, Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China, 29/5/2018 - 9/6/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Kate and Guilbert: A Collaboration, TRACE Shed, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, 23/6/2018 - 8/7/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2017. Beyond the Camera IV, The Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/12/2017 - 25/12/2017.

Bonnell, S., 2016. Beyond the Camera III, The Cotton Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2016 - 25/9/2016.

Bonnell, S., 2016. Domestic Disorder, Idea Store, Canary Wharf, London, 5/4/2016 - 22/4/2016.

Bonnell, S., 2016. Imagining Medicine, John Rylands Gallery, 14/10/2016 - 31/12/2016.

Mulvey-Roberts, M., Robinson, F., 2016. Strange Worlds The Vision of Angela Carter, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 10/12/2016 - 16/3/2017.

Bonnell, S., 2015. A History of Photography: Series and Sequences, Gallery 100, V&A Museum, London, 6/2/2015 - 1/11/2015.

Bonnell, S., 2015. Beyond the Camera II, The Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2015 - 25/9/2015.

Bonnell, S., Sorochinski, V., Bors, M., Oh, SK., Hillerbrand, Magsamen, 2015. Dream Home, Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2015 - 25/9/2015.

Bonnell, S., 2015. Krzataczki, Dom Norymberski, Krakow, Poland, 20/3/2015 - 18/4/2015.

Bonnell, S., 2014. Beyond the Camera I, The Soil Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival 2014, Pingyao Ancient City, Pingyao, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2014 - 25/9/2014.

Bonnell, S., 2014. Das große Reinemachen, Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Königstraße 93, 19/2/2014 - 4/5/2014.

Bonnell, S., 2013. When the Domestic Meets the Wild, Fotographica Internationale Bogota, Biennial, Colombia, 4/5/2013 - 15/6/2013.

Bonnell, S., 2011. Elusive, Camberwell College of Art Gallery, UAL, London, 9/2/2011 - 11/3/2011.

Bonnell, S., 2011. Fountains and Drains, The Sainsbury Gallery, The British School at Rome, Rome, Italy, 11/6/2011 - 18/6/2011.

Bonnell, S., 2011. Signs of a Struggle: Photography After Postmodernism, Photography Gallery, V&A Museum, London, 11/8/2011 - 27/11/2011.

Books

Bonnell, S., 2019. '209 Women', Bluecoat Press.

Townsend, P., 2019. 'Creative States of Mind Psychoanalysis and the Artist's Process', Routledge.

Bright, S., 2017. 'Feast for the Eyes The Story of Food in Photography', Aperture.

Robinson, F., Mulvey-Roberts, M., 2016. 'Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter', Sansom and Co.

Zhang, G., 2015. 'Home and Dream: China Pingyao International Photography Festival 2015', CIP.

Gooding, M., Bonnell, S., 2014. 'Art Rules (And How to Break Them)'.

Zhang, G., 2014. 'Life of Photography World of Dream: China Pingyao International photography Festival 2014', China Photographic Publishing House.

Book Chapters

Bonnell, SL., 2016. 'Lessons From The Audience'. In Photographers and Research: The role of research in contemporary photographic practice, Routledge, Oxford & Routledge, New York.

Bonnell, S., Read, S., 2013. 'Sian Bonnell TRACE'. In Exhibiting Photography: A Practical Guide to Displaying Your Work, Routledge; 2 edition.

Internet Publications

Bonnell, S., 2015. 'Dream Home, edited by Alasdair Foster https://issuu.com/culturaldevelopmentconsulting/docs/dream_home/16', https://issuu.com/culturaldevelopmentconsulting/docs/dream_home/16.

Bonnell, S., 2015. 'Krzataczki', https://www.academia.edu/36321608/KRZ%C4%84TACZKI_-_katalog_wystawy.

Brown, C., Bonnell, S., 2014. 'The Performer Emerges in the Work of Sian Bonnell', https://www.photomonitor.co.uk/the-performer-emerges-in-the-work-of-sian-bonnell/.

Journal Articles

Rahtz, E., Bonnell, S., Goldingay, S., Warber, S., Dieppe, P., 2017. 'Transformational Changes in Health Status: A Qualitative Exploration of Healing Moments', EXPLORE, 13 (5), pp. 298-305.

Foster, A., Bonnell, S., 2015. 'Insights of the Absurd', PhotoWorld magazine.

Conference Papers

Bonnell, S., 2017. 'Angela Carter: Wilful Amateur', Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter, RWA, Bristol, 9/1/2017 - 10/1/2017.

Other Outputs

Adkins, L., Duffy, N., Aubrey, K., Kettle, A., Biggs, L., Williams, C., Bonnell, S., Royle, N., Bryne, E., McCullagh, J., Cooper, D., Raven, L., Dixon, S., Schoene, B., Evans, P., et al, 2014. 'Made in Translation'.