Skin & Blister | Exhibition Events

To coincide with the Skin & Blister exhibition, we have scheduled the following events:


Establishing & Sustaining Your Practice: The benefits of working collectively

Speakers: Sophie Gerrard, Melanie King, Laura Solomons.
Chaired by Anthony Luvera

Thursday 25 February, 19:00
£5.00 (£3.50 Members)

This event will present creative examples that highlight how working collectively can significantly support early career artists to establish their practice through providing mutual support, collaborating on projects, sharing ideas, feedback and contacts, co-curating exhibitions and, very practically, sharing space and resources.



Working Collectively: Then & Now

Speakers: Sophie Davis, Esther Eichmann, Jenny Matthews.
Chaired by Miranda Gavin

Tuesday 8 March, 19:00
Free & exclusive to Members

This panel discussion, coinciding with International Women’s Day, is chaired by Miranda Gavin (writer, blogger and deputy editor of HotShoe International) and will explore the concept of the artist “collective”, historically and more currently, through the work and experiences of the invited speakers.


Photography Exhibition | Sophie Davis

© Sophie Davis


Sophie Gerrard
Sophie Gerrard began her career in environmental sciences before studying photography at Edinburgh College of Art and then London College of Communication. Gerrard’s work frequently combines contemporary social stories with environmental themes, and has been featured in publications such as The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Financial Times Magazine, The Telegraph Saturday Magazine, Esquire Magazine and The Independent on Sunday.

A recipient of a number of awards including the prestigious Jerwood Photography Award (which identified the most innovative artist photographers emerging in the UK) Gerrard was shortlisted for the 2015 Remote Photo Prize. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at The Jerwood Space, The Photographers’ Gallery in London, Streetlevel Photoworks in Glasgow, Paris Photo, Impressions Gallery, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and a solo show in The Arbetes Museum Sweden. Gerrard currently lectures in photography at Edinburgh Napier University.

Sophie is represented by The Photographers’ Gallery, London and a member of the Board of Trustees of Impressions Gallery, Bradford. She also co-founded the photography collective Document Scotland in 2012.

Melanie King
Melanie King is a multi-disciplinary artist, currently studying an MPhil in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. Her current research is focused on the philosophy of science, particularly in the field of astronomy. Melanie’s practice explores the complex relationship between materials, light and our own stellar origins through the use of photosensitive materials. The use of celestial light in her practice highlights the mutability between artist, material and matter.

Melanie graduated with an MA in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins in 2013 and immediately began setting up her own opportunities, alongside bringing artists together in a number of different ways.

In July 2013, she founded the London Alternative Photography Collective, and has hosted monthly artist talks from contemporary artists using experimental analogue photography techniques every month since. As part of the LAPC, Melanie curated the London Pinhole Festival (2014/2015), a number of exhibitions and has convened the sell-out Shadows symposium at Camberwell College of Art. In May 2015, members of the London Alternative Photography Collective (Melanie King, Constanza Martinez, Andres Pantoja) were commissioned to create a world-record sized cyanotype by The Wellcome Trust for the On Light series of events.

Melanie is Co-Director of Lumen Studios, an art collective focused on themes of astronomy and light, which Melanie founded in September 2014 with Louise Beer and Raymond Hemson. Lumen recently hosted a residency with 20 artists in Atina, Italy, and has exhibited in a variety of church based locations in London. She also co-Director of super/collider, a creative agency working in the field of art and science, and has organised trips to Kielder Observatory in the North of England, a cyanotype workshop on the island of Sandhornoya in Norway and collaborated on a workshop with light and prisms at TATE Britain. Alongside Louise Beer, Melanie has created Aether at Jarvis Dooney Gallery in Berlin (2016), and at the UAL Showroom Gallery in London (2015).

Anthony Luvera
Anthony Luvera is an Australian artist, writer and educator based in London. His photographic work has been exhibited widely in galleries, public spaces and festivals including the British Museum, London Underground’s Art on the Underground, National Portrait Gallery London, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography, PhotoIreland and Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie. His writing appears regularly in a wide range of periodicals and peer-reviewed journals including Photoworks, Source and Photographies.

Anthony is Course Director of BA (Hons) Photography at Coventry University, and has lectured for institutions such as Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, University for the Creative Arts Farnham and University College Falmouth. He also facilitates workshops and gives lectures for the public education programmes of the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery and community photography projects across the UK.

Laura Solomons
Laura Solomons studied photography at London College of Communication where she won the Michael Wilson photography award for ‘first 60’ – a series of 60 portraits of her ‘tribe’. Her fascination with issues of relationship and inheritance continued during her MA at Chelsea where she put down her lenses for 2 years in her commitment to explore these themes using new materials, including metalwork and glass sculpture.

Laura’s installations have been shown in several exhibitions over the last few years, including a group show at the Saatchi Gallery curated by a fellow Chelsea student, Asmaa Alanbari. Laura is part of the ‘Housed’ collective, a group of artists who met at Chelsea and are committed to continuing working and showing together. Working within collectives and collaborating with other artists has encouraged and supported her practice, which otherwise has a tendency to become isolated. Working with ‘Skin & Blisters’ collective has seen Laura return to photography with a series of images of her son taken on the beach where he was born.

Laura is currently training in psychotherapy, with a keen interest in art psychotherapy.


Sophie Davis
Sophie Davis is a photographic artist who uses alternative processes, collage and paint to explore themes of obsession, memory and desire. After studying BA Photography at LCC and winning the Photoshot Award 2012, she exhibited at the UK Photo Biennale and formed Skin&Blister, a collective of sfemale image makers creating work that questions and challenges perception of femininity and the woman as photographic artist.

Her current project, The Unresolved, is a photographic collage; a collection of young women, some known and some unknown to the artist. The invasiveness of the images explores the themes of submission and desire, the obsessive way in which we are both exposed and actively seek out the female form. Painting on the photographs is the branding and owning of the image, the need to both consume and disfigure. There is a loneliness and desperation to the work; a need for the beautiful that is never satisfied. It is both a celebration and suggestion of the darker side of feminine allure.

Miranda Gavin
Miranda Gavin is a writer, editor and educator based between Brighton and London. She has over ten years experience writing about visual arts in print and online, with a specialism in photography. Miranda is a regular contributor to Photofusion photography organisation and has been writing for Hotshoe contemporary photography magazine since 2004. Miranda regularly reviews portfolios, chairs and delivers talks, and judges photography competitions. She is co-founder and facilitator for Tri-Pod—a creative initiative offering support for photographers and lens-based artists working on personal projects in process.


Jenny Matthews
Jenny Matthews has worked as a photographer since 1982 and has been commissioned and published by a wide range of international magazines including Marie Claire, Guardian Weekend magazine, The Sunday Times, The Independent Magazine, Night and Day magazine and the Independent on Sunday Review.

She has also done substantial work for development organisations, including Save the Children, Action Aid, Oxfam, Christian Aid, Sight Savers, particularly in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.
In 2003, Women and War was published by Mets and Shilt in the Netherlands, Pluto Press in the UK and University of Michigan in the USA. It was Highly Commended in the John Kobal book awards. The touring exhibition, “Women and War”, was shown throughout the UK from 2003-2005.

She is a Patron of Photofusion, a Trustee of Picture People and an Ambassador for Photovoice – participatory photo projects – and in this capacity she has facilitated workshops for sex workers in India and young people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Albania, Lebanon, and Romania.

Jenny’s work is represented by Panos Pictures.

Esther Teichmann
Esther Teichmann is a German/ American artist (b.1980) who received an MA and PhD from the Royal College of Art and has exhibited and published internationally. Her first solo museum show, Mondschwimmen, was shown at Zephyr, Reiss­Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany in 2015 with an accompanying publication of images and short stories by Teichmann.

Recent group exhibitions include In Appropriation at the Houston Centre of Photography, curated by Aaron Schuman, The Constructed View at the Dong Gang Museum of Photography in South Korea curated by Louise Clements and Femina at the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Pavillion Vendome in Paris. In 2014 Esther was the recipient of the Levallois Award and the exhibition Fractal Scars, Salt Water and Tears was shown in Paris and London. Her work is featured in important survey publications including In Our World edited by Filippo Maggia, 100 New Artists edited by Francesca Gavin, Laurence King and Phaidon’s forthcoming Looking at Photographs by David Campany. In 2014 Self Publish Be Happy published her work as their Book Club Volume V. Teichmann curates and writes alongside her practice (Staging Disorder co-curated and co‐edited with Christopher Stewart in 2015).

In 2013, Esther was a guest professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts London, London College of Communication and visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. She is currently on a funded research sabbatical, working on a new film in Australia and the United States and on a two‐volume book of images and writing (forthcoming by Stanley/Barker 2016).