paula roush is a photographer, designer and educator who lives in London. She teaches art photography and photobook publishing at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University, alongside the workshop series Page-Turner.
paula is the founder of msdm studio and Found Photo Foundation. A Fulbright scholar, as well as a recipient of a Bauhaus Kolleg Fellowship,she has been an artist in residence with the Frans Masereel Centrum and the Arab Image Foundation.
Clarity, to me, is one of the keys to developing a project you love. When you clarify you project’s definite chief aim, many opportunities for personal growth and career development will come your way. As a result of working with me, artists, photographers and authors, clarify their project’s purpose, strengthen their photographic research, selection and story telling. They develop self-confidence and skills required to design, print and bind their photobook. I am looking for individuals who are interested in drastically transforming their photographic projects into best-selling photobooks and can use clarity coaching. Who do you know that would benefit from clarity and self-belief to become a published and collected photobook author? [more info here]
Senior Lecturer, Photography BA (Hons) 2006-present; Thesis supervisor, MA Photography (2011-2017) and MRes Photography (2018-present).
School of Creative Arts, Division of Film and Media, London South Bank University, London UK.
Develop and teach undergraduate level modules in Photography and the Gallery, Self-Publishing and the Photobook, Professional Practice and Promotion (2006-present). Directly involved in Division curriculum development and thesis supervision (2006- 2017). Curated Photobook Pop-Up (2015-2018) and ə/uh/-books project space for photobook publishing (2016-2018).
Publishing as Artistic Practice: participatory skill share and talk. Conjunction Event from The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth. Organised by Alice Mahoney and Rose Hatcher. CMR Cornwall Media Resource, Redruth
Post-digital Publishing and Story-telling in the Photobook, Arts Llibre Workshop ESDA LLotja, Barcelona Spain, Artist’s talk / workshop
Nothing to undo, KHiO Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Guest Lecturer and Facilitator photobook publishing workshop with BA + MA students across the 3 pathways (Fine Arts, Design and Crafts). Organised by Victoria Browne, Oslo Norway
Creative photography workshops facilitator, ACAVA Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art.
Facilitatator photography and self-publishing projects, both in Blechynden Street studio and partner West London- based centres. Photo newspaper and wall photoworks developed with St George College art students funded by West London Clinical Commissioning Group to create a permanent art collection for St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing. Bookworks developed with Venture Community Centre groups funded by R.Borough of Kensington & Chelsea through Public Health.
2015 – 2017
Page-turner: photography, the book and self-publishing, facilitator workshop series, Lisbon Photobook Fair and V&A Academy
Xistorias/ Schistories: project facilitator> Commission to create a project in the ‘schist’ mountain villages of Portugal, an area that has become depopulated and is now being developed as a destination for tourists. Titled Schistories, the participatory work used oral history, new technologies and creative processes in wokshops and liveperformance to evoke a dramatic encounter between the rural traditions of the past and present-day cultural practices.
SOS:OK project facilitator. Commission to create a temporary public artwork in the site of former Biscuit town, Bermondsey,entitled SOS:OK Emergency Biscuit. Workshops allowed former workers of the Biscuit Factory to imagine and design a new biscuit to represent their neighborhood. Featured in the exhibition Public Services along with the work of Marjetica Potrc, Apolonija Šušteršic, Temporary Services (USA), representing the way artists today think about structures and forms in contemporary cities
Torn, Folded, Curled: photobookworks with orphan photographs, School of Arts & Creative Industries ACI Research and Enterprise Conference: Storytelling and the Networked Image in a digital/post-digital landscape, London South Bank University, May 23 2019
Torn, Folded, Curled: Orphan Photographs Sourced From the Arab Image Foundation (Crafting an Archaeology of the Recent Past, One Photobookwork at a Time). The Archive: Visual Culture In The Middle East Symposium. Lebanese American University, School of Architecture & Design/ Department of Art & Design symposium. Organised by Yasmine Nachabe Taan and Melissa Plourde Khoury. LAU Byblos campus, April 5 2019
The Photobook as Artistic Research & Expression In collaboration with ICVL Studio, Unveil’d Photography Festival. Organised by Alejando Acin.
Why on earth be a flaneuse when I can be a glaneuse? Photobook Talks. Organised by Flaneur Project, Carpe Diem, Lisbon
Super-private, Arab Image Foundation, Beyrut Lebanon, Artist’s talk
Photobook: education and pedagogical networks. Presentation at the Lisbon Photobook Fair, Lisbon, Nov 2015
Chaos of memories- Surviving archives and the ruins of history according to the found photo foundation. Presented at Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives, University of Gothenburg & Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg 2014
UBM Artists Lunchtime talk: Michael Armitage, Frank Pudney, paula roush, Lucia Vera. Talk in conjunction with the exhibition Connecting Worlds presented by Drawing Room in collaboration with UBM. UBM’s meeting room on the 9th Floor, Ludgate House
X Time: Time that has already been time – a preamble in two chapters, UMAR/Feminist University, Seminar The Uses of Time, Lisbon Portugal, Seminar
Queer paper gardens / Estranhos jardins de papel, guided visit to the exhibition,The Lisbon Consortium: III Lisbon Summer for the Study of Culture Programme
True Tales: Queer artistic strategies. With: Ana Pérez-Quiroga, Patrícia Guerreiro, paula roush, Maria Lusitano, João Manuel de Oliveira and Nuno Crespo. Part of the video programme hetero q.b., Museu do Chiado, Museu do Chiado, Lisbon
Browser Landscapes. Tiresias: Video by artists, Centro Cultural de Espana, Montevideo, Uruguay, April 2010
Up for grabs: webcams, aesthetic failure and intermedial Internet spectatorship. Panel Conspiracy Dwellings: Surveillance in Contemporary Art. ISEA 2009, the 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Belfast
From flat box to 3D storycube: photography, youth cultures and counter-archival strategies, Mediated Memories Symposium, Journal of Media Practice, Sussex University
Open education networks. Knowledge Unlimited. 4th Takeaway Festival. DANA Centre, London
Tweeting is half of the work- artist’s work placement and the web 2.0 + Real blogging is academic blogging, Elearning@work, London South Bank University, London
Reinterpreting the archive: from flat paper to the 3-D web. Photography Education Symposium. Issue four of the journal Photographies, London South Bank University, London
Open Education Networks vs ‘Bricks and mortar’ Universities. Resolutely Analogue?: Art Museums in Digital Culture. Learning and Teaching in New Media: Questions of Literacy. Tate Encounters, London
Video as a zone of activity. Video Art and Art & Film essay in Portugal Symposium, CAMJAP – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
Social networking and authentic engagement: students as ‘produsers’. Learners in the Co-creation of Knowledge (LICK) 2008, Napier University, Edinburgh
Sociable Publishing – a photo publishing project at lulu.com. Published Words, Public Pages – Sharp Copenhagen. A Nordic Conference on International Print Culture. The Danish Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen
Photopublishing with Lulu, situating feedback in socially networked practices. CLTAD 4th International Conference Enhancing Curricula: using research and enquiry to inform student learning, New York
The posthuman finger. The Red Room Platform, Loving Big Brother: From George Orwell to reality TV – is surveillance to be feared or embraced? ArtsAdmin, London
Shared worlds: workshop-seminar about collaborative and participatory art. Local Worlds exhibition, Lagos
Flat Screen, No Signal: Body and Location Under CCTV. Conspiracy Dwellings: Symposium on Surveillance in Contemporary Art in the Southhill Park Arts Centre
WUK-RADIO: Ear Appeal (Orange 94)
Presentation of the project Protest Academy as part of the exhibition Ear Appeal at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse. paula roush with Doreen Mende, curator of the exhibition, WUC Radio Broadcast event
Feminising Ed, a discussion of Tested: vaio road test in the context of other feminist projects that approach historical artists’ books and documents by the use of archive and exhibition making. The Ed Show, The Digital Art Gallery London South Bank University, London UK
Intimate Tv: Webcamming & Social Life-Logging in The Surveillant-Sousveillant Space , ISEA 2011 The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
A field (of interconnected realities: cyber drawing and mash-up electronic goodness, ISEA 2011 The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
Intimate TV – forward:delete (wayback safari), Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg Germany
A field, Living Room artists’ talk, Artstation, Auckland, NZ
Speed/sight, Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Gallery P74, Ljubljana Slovenia
CCTV ecstasy, The 4th Radiator festival: Exploits in the Wireless City, QUAD, Derby UK