Resident Artist | Gemma-Rose Turnbull
Gemma-Rose Turnbull is an artist, writer, Senior Lecturer in Photography at Coventry University and PhD candidate at The University of Queensland, Australia. She was a Scholar in Residence in the Art and Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University, Oregon USA 2013-2014. Turnbull’s research interests lie with the ways in which photographers integrate co-productive methodologies into their projects––particularly when authorship structures are revised so people who may have previously been ‘subjects’ of photographic texts become co-creators. She has collaborated with street-based sex workers, elderly people who have suffered from abuse, and children. She writes about her research at Photography as a Social Practice (www.asocialpractice.com).
“The Taking Part residency is an extremely exciting opportunity, which acknowledges a rich history of community-based photographic practice within the UK, but also highlights the way in which methodologies of participation and collaboration––making work with people, rather than taking photographs of people––is becoming an increasingly refined and innovative contemporary practice.
I plan to work with Photofusion to set up a community-based photographic studio in central Brixton––using portraiture and conversation to explore what community might want from photography, and what photography wants from community. This process seeks to produce a layered body of publicly visible work, which reflects a diverse community.” Gemma-Rose Turnbull