Helen Warburton - The Open College of the Arts

Helen Warburton

Photography and visual language are at the heart of my professional practice.

I work primarily as a curator of exhibitions for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), having spent the last ten years developing gallery programmes with a specialism in photography and lens based media. This has involved producing multi-site exhibitions of works by photographers, such as Anna Fox, Edgar Martins, Zhao Renhui, Daniel Meadows and Jo Longhurst. More recently, project partners have included The Photographers’ Gallery, Camerapress and Leica and collections such as the BFI National Archive and the V&A.

In addition, I continue to work independently with artists, photographers, galleries and museums. This ranges from press and marketing, designing and producing books, curating exhibitions, and writing on photography. My research interests centre around publishing as practice and the histories of photography in relation to those of the screen arts, documentary practice and sculpture.

My own education has been varied and vocational. Starting at Leeds College of Art, I graduated with distinction from diplomas in Graphic Design and later Photography and Digital Media. This gave me the specific critical base and practical skills to develop as a young designer and photographer, and to gain a BA (Hons) degree in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport. As a photographer, my work has been exhibited at Impressions Gallery, Bradford; Fotosommer Stuttgart, Germany; Vyner Street Gallery, London and Candid Arts Space, London.

As an educator I lead workshops and training in analogue and digital photography and Adobe Creative Suite programmes such as Photoshop and InDesign.

As a tutor, I look forward to supporting students to develop their understanding of the processes, dissemination and contexts of photography in order to create critically engaging work that they are deeply passionate about.

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