Feeling Images symposium sold out and successfully delivered!

Feeling Images audience

8 April 2017

Our Feeling Images symposium yesterday completely sold out, with people even turning up on the day without tickets hoping to snap one up!  Thanks to all who spoke, and all who came. 

The speakers were; Ruth Davey /  Patrick Graham / Heather Agyepong / Clare Hewitt / Sian Davey / Tim Andrews / Amanda Harman / Kathy Foote / Ameena Rojee / Rosy Martin / Tamany Baker.  Chaired by; Dr Shawn Sobers / Nick Bright / Angus Fraser / Jim Campbell / Liz Banks

See some feedback below from Twitter – #feelingimages

It was thought provoking day that showed the power of photography and its connection with the complex stuff of life.  

To read a full review of the day by Tim Andrews – click here.

We will be releasing a special edition journal about the topic later in the year, watch this space.


Image Credit: Garden Gate – Sian Davey.



Feeling Images: Photography’s Relationship with Illness, Mental Health and Wellbeing – One Day Symposium

One Day Symposium – Friday 7th April 2017

Watershed, 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5T

10am – 5pm

£5 concessions

To book tickets click this link

Since its invention photography has a longstanding relationship to concerns of the physical, emotional and mental human condition. This one day symposium (10:00-17:00) explores photography’s interactions with illness, mental health and wellbeing, asking fundamental questions such as who is such work for, and what are the ethics of engagement. The event is divided into three themes, with a diverse range of speakers sharing their experiences.

Theme one – The photographer’s personal narratives

Patrick Graham speaks about using photography to explore his relationship with his estranged father and coming to terms with his sense of self.

Heather Agyepong discusses how her self-portrait re-enactments of a Victorian-era women channeled into her own experiences of trauma and depression.

Theme two – Photography and therapeutic collaboration

Ruth Davey presents an interactive mindful talk, about the ‘Look Again’ approach to Mindful and Therapeutic Photography.

Tim A Shaw and Niamh White discuss their Hospital Rooms project, (which has recently received much national press coverage), producing original art works for mental health wards, collaborating with amongst others, Nick Knight.

Clare Hewitt talks about a range of work, including her time spent photographing Eugene, a visually impaired woman with whom she formed a strong bond.

Sian Davey speaks about her own acclaimed photographic practice in relation to photography, health and wellbeing, and how it is informed by her background as a trained Psychotherapist.

Tim Andrews talks about his ‘Over the Hill’ project, which has seen over 400 photographers produce portraits of him, since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Tim is joined in conversation by some collaborating photographers of the project, including Shawn Sobers, Amanda Harman, Kathy Foote, and Ameena Rojee from the BJP.

Theme three – Photography and the idea of Therapy

Rosy Martin, a pioneer of phototherapy and re-enactment photography through her landmark collaboration with Jo Spence in the 80s. She has continued to develop her own practice and will speak about her explorations of photography’s relationship to memory and wellbeing.

Tamany Baker, an award winning photographer now due to qualify this year as a Counselling Psychologist, talks about the relationship between photography and therapy in facilitating self-exploration and engagement with the other.

This symposium is organised by the Bristol Photography Research Group, supported by the University of the West of England.