Helen McGhie

Photographic Artist | Researcher 


2017 - present: University of Sunderland, practice-based PhD (photography)
2012 - 14: Royal College of Art, MA Photography  (Distinction) 
2006 - 09: University of Sunderland, BA(Hons) Photography, Video & Digital Imaging (1st class) 


2019: Writing Skyscapes, Backlit Gallery (Nottingham, UK)
2019: 209 Women, Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool, UK)
2018: 209 Women, Portculis House, UK Parliament (London, UK)
2018: Field/s ONE, Sluice_ Gallery (London, UK)
2018: Traces (curated by Beth Troakes), Artrooms (Seoul, South Korea)
2018: Because We Can (curated by Shutter Hub), Festival Pil'ours (Saint Gilles      Croix de Vie, France)
2018: <The Scrap>, Culture Station Seoul 284 (Seoul, South Korea)
2018: Cosmic Perspectives (curated by Lumen), Ugly Duck (London, UK)
2017: Lumen, Bankley Gallery (Manchester, UK) 2017: Hi-5, ArtWork Atelier,      (Manchester, UK)
2017: GM Arts Prize (shortlisted artist), Elliot House (Manchester, UK)
2016: And Again, part of Sluice Exchange Rates (curated by Vacuous), Brooklyn    Fire Proof (New York, USA)
2016: HARD FOCUS, ArtWork Atelier (Manchester, UK)
2016: ArtWork Atelier Open Studio, The Manchester Contemporary (Manchester,  UK)
2015: Sluice 2015, with Vacuous, Bargehouse (London, UK)
2015: Do you like love? (curated by Shutter Hub), Salt & Pegram (London, UK)
2015: Hello Future! Talent's Archive, Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens, Greece)
2014: Body, PH21 Gallery (Budapest, Hungary) 2014: Noise Festival: Best New    Creatives, Southbank Outdoor Exhibition (London, UK)
2014: Show RCA, Royal College of Art (London, UK)
2014: Penumbra, APT Gallery   Deptford (London, UK)
2014: A Sense of Things, Hockney Gallery London, UK)
2013: Splinter, Michael Hoppen Gallery (London, UK) 2013: Fine Art WIP, Royal    College of Art (London, UK)
2012: Helen McGhie: Identity Crisis, Harris Museum & Art Gallery (Preston, UK)
2011: Freedom From Selection, BLANKSPACE (Manchester, UK)
2010: Flesh & Blood: an investigation into family, Nexus Art Café (Manchester,      UK)
2010: At Home, Chapel Gallery (Ormskirk, UK)
2010: Autres pour elles-mêmes, 8th Congress New Lacan School of                      Psychoanalysis (Geneva, Switzerland)
2010: The Big M / Abandon Normal Devices video art festival, Flag Market            Square (Preston, UK)
2009: Helios VII: Contemporary Photography, The Biscuit Factory (Newcastle, UK)
2009: JAM: Contemporary Photographic Practice, Reg Vardy Gallery (Sunderland,           UK)


selected publications

2020: Monthly Photography magazine, South Korea
2019: Observe, Experiment, Archive exhibition reiew, Photomonitor
2019: 209 Women, Hilary Wood, Helen Pankhurst (Bluecoat Press)
2018: Madam and Eve: Women Portraying Woman, Liz Rideal & Kathleen Soriano (Laurence King Publishing)
2018: Ideas on Talent: Communities within Photography with Thom Bridge, Photoworks
2017: Graphic Design School, Abbie Vickress, David Dabner, Sandra Stewart, Eric Zemple (Thames & Hudson)
2015: Helen McGhie, artist at Format Festival 2015, Shutter Hub
2014: 'Image Conscious' in Spectrum, The Sunday Times Magazine p33, 23.11.14
2014: Penumbra, book by VERB Bureau
2014: Science & Fiction (Black Dog Publishing)
2014: Uncertain States 17, photography newspaper
2013: 'Meet: Helen McGhie', Hunger TV article
2012: Identity Crisis exhibition review, Culture 24
2010: The Last Picture Show, family album/photography research archive
2009: JAM Contemporary Photographic Practice, exhibition catalogue



2021: The Moth House Artist Mentoring Award, selected by Edgar Martins
2020: Arts Council England, Covid-19 Emergency Fund
2018: Hundred Heroines (nominated), The Royal Photographic Society
2018: International Portfolio Reviewers Choice Award, Format Festival
2017: AHRC National Productivity Investment Fund PhD Studentship, Northern Bridge Consortium
2017: The Graduate Photographer's Award (nominated), Magnum Photos
2017: GM Arts Prize (shortlisted)
2016: British Women Artists competition (winner)
2015: The Graduate Photographers Award 2015 (nominated), Magnum Photos
2014: Noise Fesitval Curator's Choice
2014: The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers prize for photography (winner)
2014: Deutsche Bank Fine Art Award (shortlisted)
2013: European Photography Prize (shortlisted)
2012: RCA Bursary



2021: 'Exploring the Arts-Science Interface' session, EGU General Assembly 2021
2021: Dark Sky Unconference, Dark Sky Tourism Network
2020: Open Dome Special: Exploring Skyscapes, Nottingham Contemporary
2020: Northern Bridge Research Residential, British School at Rome
2019: Art and Astronomy, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
2019: Writing Skyspaces, Nottingham Trent University / Backlit Gallery (Nottingham)
2019: Living Research: The Urgency of the Arts (conference), NAFAE / Royal College of Art (London)
2019: Creative Lives, University of Sunderland
2018: NEPN Develop Graduate (conference), University of Sunderland


Photographic Artist in Residence, Kielder Observatory (Northumberland)
2016: Hard Focus: The Physicality of Photography, ArtWork Atelier (Salford)
2012: The Museum Social, Harris Museum and Art Gallery (Preston)



<The Scrap>, Seoul, South Korea
Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece