Dr Sally Waterman

Dr Sally Waterman

Senior Lecturer in Fashion Photography & Photography / Year 2

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Dr Sally Waterman

Sally joined UCA Rochester as an associate lecturer in 2017 and became a senior lecturer and Year 2 Leader for BA Photography & Fashion Photography in February 2021. She has previously lectured in Film Arts, Media Arts and Contextual Studies at Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth University and Ravensbourne, London.

Dr Sally Waterman


Sally Waterman creates autobiographical photographic and video works that explore memory, place, familial relationships and the archive. She received an MA Image & Communication from Goldsmiths, University of London in 1996 and gained her practice-based PhD in Media and Photography from the University of Plymouth, in 2011. 

She has worked as a part time archive manager for the German fashion and fine art photographer, Juergen Teller since 2009 and has previously worked as an archivist for Pentagram Design and the National Portrait gallery, London.

Commercially, Sally’s photographs have been published by clients such as Virago, Random House, Harper Collins and Faber & Faber for a variety of book covers through Millennium Images Ltd, who have represented her since 1996.

Her work has been exhibited extensively, including Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Midland Arts Centre,  Birmingham; Nottingham Castle Museum, Wolverhampton Gallery, York Art Gallery, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales; Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery, London; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Pi Artworks, London, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Turner Contemporary, Margate and Künstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany.

Her films have been screened at numerous international festivals, such as Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York; Berlin Experimental Film Festival; The Family Film Project International Film Festival, Porto, Portugal; Tasmanian International Video Art Festival, the 19th International Kansk Video Festival/SOPROMAT-TV, Russia and Video Art Miden, Greece.                                 

She has co-curated artist film programmes at Richmond American International University, London; Birkbeck cinema, London; ViSiONA festival, Huesca, Spain; Close-Up cinema, London and CCA, Glasgow.  

Her work is held in public collections including The National Art Library at the V&A, London; Tate Library, London and the Yale Center for British Art, New York, as well as universities such as Goldsmiths, Manchester Metropolitan University; University of Denver and The School of Art Institute of Chicago.

She has regularly presented papers on her practice-based research at conferences across the UK and Europe, including Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany, Birkbeck, University of London, University of Hull, University of Cumbria and University of Lincoln.

Published works include ‘Performing Familial Memory in Against’ in Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory, edited by Silke Arnold-de Simine and Joanne Leal (Bloomsbury, 2018) and ‘Re-imagining the Family Album through Literary Adaptation’ in Global Photographies: Memory–History–Archives, edited by Sissy Helff and Stefanie Michels, (Transcript, 2018).

She was a visiting fellow at the IGRS, University of London (2011-2012), where she organised the 'Family Ties: Recollection and Representation' conference. As a founder member of the subsequent research group, Family Ties Network, she has organised, and hosted a number of symposium, research seminar events and screenings  across the UK.

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Research statement

Sally’s interdisciplinary arts practice and research is concerned with the adaptation of literature into a form of self-representation, drawing upon writers such as Henry James, Derek Jarman, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. She re-invents the source material through a fragmentary re-scripting exercise, seeking associations with certain images, themes, characters or concepts. By staging the self in this way, difficult, yet universal experiences of illness, conflict, loss and separation are illuminated through adaptation. Indeed, the chosen literary text functions as a mechanism for the re-imagining of memory. Interventions with the family album and recalled narratives are firmly embedded within her practice, which interweaves textual elements to represent identity, home, place and familial relationships.

Her doctoral research in Media & Photography at the University of Plymouth, supervised by Professor Liz Wells (‘Visualising The Waste Land: Discovering a Praxis of Adaptation’, University of Plymouth, 2004-2010), used T.S Eliot’s 1922 poem as an explorative text to examine her interpretative methods, culminating in a collection of photographic and video installations. Through the employment of constructed narratives, metaphorical landscapes and performative re-enactments, the Waste Land project became an attempt to work through the marital breakdown and divorce of her parents.


Arnold-de Simine, Silke and Leal, Joanne (Eds.) (2018) 'Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory', London/New York: Bloombury (Contributing chapter: ‘Performing Familial Memory in Against’)

Helff, Sissy and Michels, Stefanie (Eds.) (2018) 'Global Photographies: Memory – History – Archives', Bielefeld: Transcript (Contributing chapter: Re-imagining the Family Album through Literary Adaptation’)

Perteghella, Manuela and Vidal, Ricarda (Eds.) (2019) 'Home on the Move: Two Poems Go on a Journey', Cardigan: Parthian Books (Features 'Syncopation' video)

Wells, Liz, Newton, Kate and Fehily, Catherine (Eds.) (2000) 'Shifting Horizons: Women's Landscape Photography Now', London: I.B. Tauris. (Features 'The Waves' project)

Journal Articles:

Bird, N; Butler, J; Waterman, S. 2017. 'Family Ties Network', Exposure: The Journal of the Society for Photographic Education, Spring 2017, Vol. 50:1, 42-48.

Waterman, S. 2019. 'The ‘Waste Land’ project: Framing Practice-based Research Through Literary Adaptation', Journal of Media Practice and Education, Vol. 20:2, 2019

Exhibition Catalogues:

'Art in a Box' (2014) Exhibition catalogue with text by Joanna Bryant, Great Missenden, UK: One Church Street Gallery.

'Voyage: Sea Journeys, Island Hopping and Trans-Oceanic Concepts' (2013) Exhibition catalogue with essays by Nancy Campbell, Imi Maufe and Rona Rangsch, Dortmund, Germany: Kunstlerhaus Dortmund.

'Photo Book Works' (2010) Exhibition catalogue with text by Alicia Bailey, Denver, USA: Abecedarian Gallery.

'Place, Identity and Memory' (2009) Exhibition catalogue with text by Julian Watson, Dumfries & Galloway, UK: Gracefield Arts Centre.

'Forest' (2004) Exhibition catalogue with essays by Caroline Smallwood, Yvonne Aburrow and Roger Kelly, Wolverhampton, UK: Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

'Haunt' (2004) Exhibition catalogue with introduction by Maev Kennedy, Sherbourne, UK: Sherborne House.

Artist Bookworks:

'Je Veux (I Want)' (2003) Paris: One Star Press. (700 editions, 230 artists)

'Journey Home' (2003) Weymouth: Trace Gallery. (35 editions)

'Voyage Boxed' (2014) Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany (50 editions, 18 artists)


Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy


  • 2018 - Small Research Grant, Ravensbourne University London, 'Ideas of Intimacy’ Family Ties Network seminar
  • 2017 - Small Research Grant, Ravensbourne University London, Participation in ‘Visualising the Home’ conference, University of Cumbria
  • 2012 - John Coffin Lecture Fund, University of London, ‘Family Ties: Recollection and Representation’ conference
  • 2004-2010 - PhD research fee remission scholarship, University of Plymouth



2017-2018 Talking Transformations: Home on the Move, Curated by Dr. Ricarda Vidal and Dr. Manuela Perteghella. Created artist video based on English translation of a Romanian version of a Polish poem: Shown at Whitstable Biennale, Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, London, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Malvern Hills and Tate Modern

2012-2013 Rethink Your Mind, UK Judge for mental health arts competition, organised by AdvanceUK, SISO and HowRU

2006-2007 Art & Adventure, London Created experimental video for multimedia adaptation of Dante’s ‘Inferno’Producer: Roger Elsgood, Director William Richards

2003 Trace is not a Place Journey Home: Limited edition artist book (35 in edition)