Dr Sian Bonnell

Reader

Dr Sian Bonnell

Reader

Email: s.bonnell@mmu.ac.uk

Telephone: 0161 247 1297

Sian Bonnell is a UK based artist, curator and publisher.

TRACE, her curation and publishing project was established in 1999. Artist books published under the imprint TRACE Editions include Wild Track the first book of poetry by Mark Haworth-Booth, Imagine Finding Me by Chino Otsuka and Villa Mona by Marjolaine Ryley. Since 2014 she has curated an annual exhibition of UK graduate photography, featuring over 250 images selected from16 Universities for the Pingyao International Photography Festival held every September in China.

Invited regularly to review portfolios at international photography festivals she has judged major competitions including The Jerwood Photography Prize in 2006 and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 2009.

Awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal Photographic Society in 2010 for her contribution to Fine Art Photography, the following year she was awarded the Photoworks Senior Research Fellowship at the British School at Rome. Her images have been exhibited and published widely, most recently throughout 2015 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and in 2016 in the John Rylands Library in Manchester, the result of a two year funded research project with Manchester University.

Her work is held in many public and corporate collections notably, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, the Ransom Center, Texas and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

Research is divided into many strands concerning photography and its relations with performance/performing for the camera; sculpture/the object and the camera; the dissemination of the photograph, with regard to curation, publishing and the book and its relations with other disciplines such as medicine.

Images

Imagining Medicine: Brain Surgery, 2016
Curator talk, PIP, Pingyao, China 2016
Camera: Manners, Series & Sequences, V&A 2015
Camera: How to be holy  2011-13
Glowing #49   2005
From series House Beautiful 2005
from series Putting hills in Holland 2001
1/7 Imagining Medicine: Brain Surgery, 2016
2/7 Curator talk, PIP, Pingyao, China 2016
3/7 Camera: Manners, Series & Sequences, V&A 2015
4/7 Camera: How to be holy 2011-13
5/7 Glowing #49 2005
6/7 From series House Beautiful 2005
7/7 from series Putting hills in Holland 2001

Research

Exhibitions

Bonnell, S., 2020. Feast for the Eyes, The Hasselblad Foundation, Goteborg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden, 29/2/2020 - 10/5/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Feast for the Eyes, The Photographers Gallery, London, 18/10/2019 - 9/2/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2019. JUMP! curated by Sian Bonnell, LOOK Biennial of Photography, The Gallery, Liverpool, 4/10/2019 - 27/10/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Video del Giorno: Sian Bonnell Excerpts from Luda, MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy, 4/10/2019 - 4/12/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Beyond the Camera VI, The Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2019 - 25/9/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Sian Bonnell, The Secret Life of Trestles, The Cotton Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2019 - 25/9/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Feast for the Eyes, CO Berlin, Germany, 8/6/2019 - 7/9/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. 209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 1/3/2019 - 30/4/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Feast for the Eyes, FOAM Museum of Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 21/12/2018 - 3/3/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2018. 209 Women, Palace of Westminster, London, 14/12/2018 - 28/2/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital from V&A and RPS Collections, V&A New Photography Centre, V&A Museum, London, 12/10/2018 - 4/9/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Beyond the Camera V, The Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2018 - 25/12/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Kate and Guilbert: A Collaboration, TRACE Shed, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, 23/6/2018 - 8/7/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Feast for the Eyes, curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, USA, 13/6/2018 - 18/9/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Graduate Photography from MMU, International Photography Exhibition, Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China, Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China, 29/5/2018 - 9/6/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. China Conversation, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 6/4/2018 - 17/6/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2017. Beyond the Camera IV, The Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/12/2017 - 25/12/2017.

Mulvey-Roberts, M., Robinson, F., 2016. Strange Worlds The Vision of Angela Carter, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 10/12/2016 - 16/3/2017.

Bonnell, S., 2016. Imagining Medicine, John Rylands Gallery, 14/10/2016 - 31/12/2016.

Bonnell, S., 2016. Beyond the Camera III, The Cotton Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2016 - 25/9/2016.

Bonnell, S., 2016. Domestic Disorder, Idea Store, Canary Wharf, London, 5/4/2016 - 22/4/2016.

Bonnell, S., Sorochinski, V., Bors, M., Oh, SK., Hillerbrand, Magsamen, 2015. Dream Home, Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2015 - 25/9/2015.

Bonnell, S., 2015. Beyond the Camera II, The Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2015 - 25/9/2015.

Bonnell, S., 2015. Krzataczki, Dom Norymberski, Krakow, Poland, 20/3/2015 - 18/4/2015.

Bonnell, S., 2015. A History of Photography: Series and Sequences, Gallery 100, V&A Museum, London, 6/2/2015 - 1/11/2015.

Bonnell, S., 2014. Beyond the Camera I, The Soil Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival 2014, Pingyao Ancient City, Pingyao, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2014 - 25/9/2014.

Bonnell, S., 2014. Das große Reinemachen, Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Königstraße 93, 19/2/2014 - 4/5/2014.

Bonnell, S., 2013. When the Domestic Meets the Wild, Fotographica Internationale Bogota, Biennial, Colombia, 4/5/2013 - 15/6/2013.

Bonnell, S., 2011. Signs of a Struggle: Photography After Postmodernism, Photography Gallery, V&A Museum, London, 11/8/2011 - 27/11/2011.

Bonnell, S., 2011. Fountains and Drains, The Sainsbury Gallery, The British School at Rome, Rome, Italy, 11/6/2011 - 18/6/2011.

Bonnell, S., 2011. Elusive, Camberwell College of Art Gallery, UAL, London, 9/2/2011 - 11/3/2011.

Books

Townsend, P., 2019. 'Creative States of Mind Psychoanalysis and the Artist’s Process', Routledge.

Bonnell, S., 2019. '209 Women', Bluecoat Press.

Bright, S., 2017. 'Feast for the Eyes The Story of Food in Photography', Aperture.

Robinson, F., Mulvey-Roberts, M., 2016. 'Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter', Sansom and Co.

Zhang, G., 2015. 'Home and Dream: China Pingyao International Photography Festival 2015', CIP.

Zhang, G., 2014. 'Life of Photography World of Dream: China Pingyao International photography Festival 2014', China Photographic Publishing House.

Gooding, M., Bonnell, S., 2014. 'Art Rules (And How to Break Them)'.

Book Chapters

Bonnell, SL., 2016. 'Lessons From The Audience'. In Photographers and Research: The role of research in contemporary photographic practice, Routledge, Oxford & Routledge, New York.

Bonnell, S., Read, S., 2013. 'Sian Bonnell TRACE'. In Exhibiting Photography: A Practical Guide to Displaying Your Work, Routledge; 2 edition.

Internet Publications

Bonnell, S., 2015. 'Dream Home, edited by Alasdair Foster https://issuu.com/culturaldevelopmentconsulting/docs/dream_home/16', https://issuu.com/culturaldevelopmentconsulting/docs/dream_home/16.

Bonnell, S., 2015. 'Krzataczki', https://www.academia.edu/36321608/KRZ%C4%84TACZKI_-_katalog_wystawy.

Brown, C., Bonnell, S., 2014. 'The Performer Emerges in the Work of Sian Bonnell', https://www.photomonitor.co.uk/the-performer-emerges-in-the-work-of-sian-bonnell/.

Journal Articles

Rahtz, E., Bonnell, S., Goldingay, S., Warber, S., Dieppe, P., 2017. 'Transformational Changes in Health Status: A Qualitative Exploration of Healing Moments', EXPLORE, 13 (5), pp. 298-305.

Foster, A., Bonnell, S., 2015. 'Insights of the Absurd', PhotoWorld magazine.

Conference Papers

Bonnell, S., 2017. 'Angela Carter: Wilful Amateur', Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter, RWA, Bristol, 9/1/2017 - 10/1/2017.

Other Outputs

Adkins, L., Duffy, N., Aubrey, K., Kettle, A., Biggs, L., Williams, C., Bonnell, S., Royle, N., Bryne, E., McCullagh, J., Cooper, D., Raven, L., Dixon, S., Schoene, B., Evans, P., et al, 2017. 'Made in Translation'.

Office Location

Room RG.06
Righton Building
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Street
Manchester M15 6BG