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Dr Sian Bonnell


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.


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A selection of recent research outputs.


Bonnell, S., 2019. ...on making, Gdansk Gallery of Photography, the National Museum, Gdansk in Poland, 15/3/2019 - 9/6/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2014. Beyond the Camera I - VI, 2014 - 2019, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2014 - 25/9/2019.


Bonnell, S., 2015. 'Camera IV: Manners'.

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.

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, 2015. 'Made in Translation'.