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Ms Moira Lovell
Ms Moira Lovell
postal addressHT013 Centenary Building, Peru Street, Salford, M3 6EQ.
email addressm.lovell1@salford.ac.uk
telephone0161 2952685
website addresshttp://www.moiralovell.com
Key Memberships
Member of School: School of Arts & Media
From September 2012 to present.
Member of School: School of Art & Design
From September 2011 to August 2012.
Full Member of Research Centre: Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
From September 2015 to present.
From July 2012 to August 2015.
From September 2011 to August 2015.
Profile Summary

Moira Lovell is an art photographer working with staged documentary portraiture. Underpinning her practice is an investigation into the threshold between how we think we appear and how we are actually perceived by the camera. Lovell's exploration of this in-between space has lead her to work with a variety of communities such as school themed clubbers, female footballers and former coal miners.

In the series The After School Club (2006/7) young women, whom she photographed whilst wearing provocative schoolgirl outfits in themed nightclubs, are returned in daylight to their secondary school gates in similar revellers garb. The resulting photographs of the club-wisened alumni are oddly comic, but there is a more powerful feeling of pathos, nostalgia, and the acid tinge of naivety corrupted and exploited.

Stand Your Ground (2008) commissioned by Pavilion features the Doncaster Rovers Belles women's football team and the relationship between the players and their male coach. This double portrait series offers a wry view of team relations, compounded by the use of a soundtrack of the touchline directions from the coach, in a crucial match against the Arsenal women's team. Apparently gentle portraits again become uncomfortable examinations of gender and power.

Her current work We Still Stand (2009/12), supported by the National Media Museum Photography Bursary, is an aftermath photography project which explores a seminal event in the history of British industry and politics - the 1984/5 Miners Strike, a near civil war that left an indelible mark on the nation's consciousness. Lovell has photographed individuals and groups of former coal miners and comrades at night on the sites of their former colliery and picket grounds 25 years after battles were fought and lost. The photographic encounters build an uneasy portrait of something 'that-has-been'.

Key Qualifications
2006
2013
2010
1999
Key Publications
Exhibitions
Other Publications
Reviews
Key Presence
Conference Presentations
2010
Feb

The National Coal Mining Museum for England will be hosting a symposium, entitled ‘The Narrator’s Gaze, fifty years of documentary photography’, on Friday 26 March 2010, from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The event is... more >>.

Honours and Awards
2011
Oct

Shortlisted, Identities category

The work will be featured in a UK touring exhibition of winners and shortlisted photographers

2010
Nov

Commendation, Artwork & Photography category

2010
May

Awarded the Hungry Bursary

The Hungry Bursary was created to award emerging, mid career and established photographers with a chance to exhibit their chosen work with prints produced by Genesis Imaging, a free place at ... more >>.

2008
Nov

Received £3000 to embark on a project making large-scale community portraits in the coal-mining villages of the Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire.

2008
Sep

Awarded Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers

Year four of The Magenta Foundation'a Emerging Photographers exchange. With every year our artists exchange program grows and gets stronger. Flash Forward showcases the futu... more >>.

2007
Nov

Winner of the Jerwood Photography Award

From 2003 to 2008 the Jerwood Photography Awards identified the most innovative artist photographers emerging in the UK. The Awards were organised annually by Portfolio Magazine a... more >>.

2006
Oct

Commended entry, readers award, People Category

Other
2007
Jan

Nominated by staff at The Photographers' Gallery, London to present work at Plat(t)form 07 at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich

Other Evidence of External Esteem
2011
Jan

 Commended image from the series We Still Stand was featured in the Aesthetica Creative works annual

2009
Sep

Liberation France Newspaper published an article titled: These Clothes that Bother us by Fabrice d'Almeida Professor of contemporary history at Paris-II. The article referenced Lovell's series The After School Club

2009
May

During the period 2003 to 2008 the Jerwood Photography Awards identified the most innovative artist photographers eme... more >>.

2009
May

 Essay by Jennifer Doyle exploring art and sport with reference to Lovell's series Stand Your Ground which features the Doncaster Rovers Belles football team

2009
Jan

 Review by Mick Gidley of the 2008 Pavilion Commissions programme and exhibition at the National Media Museum

2008
Dec

This book brings together the winners and shortlisted artists of the Flash Forward 2008 Emerging Photographers Award.more >>.

2008
Sep

The Pavilion Commissions Programme 2008 presents the work of the five artists selected and commissioned by Pavilion i... more >>.

2008
Sep

Greg Hobson, Photography Curator at The National Media Museum, discusses the work of Moira Lovell, Tess Hurrell, Jo Lonhurst, Kevin Newark and Peter Ainswork who were commissioned by Pavilion to make new work for exhibition at ... more >>.

2007
Nov

 This issue focuses on the social landscapes of Europe. Mohammed Bourouissa's series Périphérique stages moments of tension and the power relations within the suburbs of Paris. From Denmark, Trine Sondergaard... more >>.