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Marjolaine Ryley

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Senior Lecturer in Photography

I am an artist and Senior Lecturer in Photography. I have exhibited my work both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Street Level Photoworks Gallery, Glasgow, Impressions Gallery, Bradford and The Palacio des Artes, Porto.

My publications include ‘Villa Mona - A Proper Kind of House’ Trace Editions, 2006, ‘Field Study 7 Residence Astral’ PARC, 2009 and 'Growing Up in the New Age', Daylight NYC, 2013. In 2019 my work will be shown at NGCA, Sunderland in a new exhbition 'This is What I see' using photography, creative text and archival materials to explore a range of themes linking  autobiograhical experience to wider political issues. I am currently undertaking a PhD funded by Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.

Teaching and supervision

Research interests for potential research students

  • Photography and autobiography/auto-ethnography
  • Photography and and archival practice
  • Photography and ecolology


My work explores ideas of memory, history, familial relationships and archival narratives. My practice uses photography, the moving image, creative writing and archival materials to explore a range of themes and issues that look at linking personal experiences to broader social and political narratives. My work moves between the personal album and the social document:

Current work:
'This is What I See' is a solo exhibition that will be held at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in November 2019. Bringring together twenty years of my practice this show will include a number of bodies of work exploring themes of family, history, memory, the counterculture, the garden, invisible illness and the use of autobiography as an artistic methodology. A  new publication will accompany this exhibition.

Previous projects:
A Gardener’s Daughter explores the relationship between art, gardening and well-being through a practice-based research methodology. Through this project I am exploring themes such as ‘Women and Gardens’, ‘Radical Gardening’ and ‘Politics of Gardening’. This work will shown as part of the exhbition 'This is what I See' in Nov 2019. I am also exploring these themes through Doctoral Research as a Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership funded student based in Fine Art at Newcastle University. www.agardenersdaughterblog.wordpress.com

The Last Picture Show: In 2006 I received a Research Development Fellowship to undertake 'The Last Picture Show', a project looking at the changing nature of family photography in the digital age. This fellowship  was a collaboartaion with Professor Val Williams at ‘The Photography and the Archive Research Centre' (PARC)  and led to outputs including exhibitions, publications and a website: www.thelastpictureshow.org

Growing up in The New Age explores the alternative world of the counterculture, from communes in the south of France, squatting in South London and 'free school' education to the many forays into all things 'New Age' set against the backdrop of social and political happenings of the era. Using a range of approaches including photography, film and video, writing, collecting and re-using archival materials 'Growing up in the New Age' sets out to reconsider the social utopias of the 1960s and early 70s and what we might learn from them today. Growing up in the New Age is published by Daylight books.


Number of items: 14.


Ryley, Marjolaine (2012) One Photograph - Life on the Floor. Photography & Culture. ISSN 978-0857852724; 1751-4517

Ryley, Marjolaine (2008) Residence Astral. Portfolio magazine - issue No. 47 (47). ISSN 13544446


Ryley, Marjolaine (2014) The Thin Blue Line, The Deep Red Sea. Other. NEPN, UK.


Ryley, Marjolaine (2013) Growing up in the New Age - A Daylight Imprint Book. Daylight Imprint, New York USA. ISBN TBC

Ryley, Marjolaine and Ryley, Brigette (2006) Fieldstudy 7. University of Sunderland.

Ryley, Marjolaine, Brown, Camilla and Ryley, Brigette (2006) Villa Mona - a proper kind of house. TRACE Editions. ISBN 0955094526


Ryley, Marjolaine (2012) Growing up in the New Age (2012). Growing up in the New Age, April - September 2012, Glasgow and Wolverhampton UK.

Ryley, Marjolaine (2010) The Guru and Earth Changes. Photographic works exploring a personal history. Like Tears in Rain, 11 Jun - 28 Jul 2010, Palácio das Artes – Fábrica de Talentos, Porto, Portugal.

Ryley, Marjolaine (2009) Residence Astral. Apr 2009, Victoria & Albert Museum - Photography gallery, room 38a.

Ryley, Marjolaine (2009) Photo 50 - 2009. , London Art Fair, Islington.


Ryley, Marjolaine (2012) The Thin Blue Line/ The Deep Red Sea. [Video] (Unpublished)


Ryley, Marjolaine (2008) Jackson, tina - Review of Residence Astral. UNSPECIFIED.

Ryley, Marjolaine (2008) Clark, Robert Review of 'Residence Astral'. UNSPECIFIED.

Ryley, Marjolaine (2008) Review of 'Residence Astral'. Independent newspaper.

This list was generated on Tue Jun 22 19:00:11 2021 BST.
  • Photography and archival practice
  • Photography and autobiography
  • Photography and ecology
  • Photography and the counterculture
My work can be viewed at www.marjolaineryley.co.uk.

Last updated 11 May 2021

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