Commissioned and curated by Sophy Rickett and Judy Aitken

LAUNCH EVENT - Thursday 22nd March, 2018 - 6-8.30 at LCC, Elephant and Castle, SE1

Featuring work by: Pamela Abad Vega, Marcus Boyle, Sarah Butler and Eva Sajovic, Beverley Carruthers, Adam Dant, Lalu Delbracio, Alan Kane, Liam Magee, Steve Martin, Jessie McLaughlin, Harold Offeh, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Janetka Platun, Sophy Rickett, Paul Tebbs, Xana

London College of Communication (LCC) and Southwark Council are pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, Elephant Atlas. Taking place in the main gallery spaces at LCC’s Elephant and Castle site, the exhibition features works inspired by one of London’s most eclectic historic collections, the Cuming Museum Collection.

In spring 2013, the London Borough of Southwark’s Cuming Museum Collection was displaced by a fire which damaged the building in which it was housed. Since then, the collection, which includes art, sculpture, ethnography, natural history and objects reflecting the lives of ordinary residents of Southwark has been working to find new ways of engaging audiences in its work.

For the Elephant Atlas project, fifteen artists and writers were commissioned to produce a work draws inspiration from this unique context. Working across photography, illustration, installation, artist film, creative writing and participatory practice, they have explored many diverse ideas, including the legacy of colonialism in contemporary society, the notion of how an original trauma or loss might stimulate new forms of growth, the pathology of collecting and the rich diversity of oral histories.

At this moment in its continuing history, Elephant Atlas explores some of the questions that the Cuming Museum Collection presents to its local community. More broadly, it begins to consider how museums might find alternative innovative strategies for making their collections available to the public in the current political and economic climate, physically, as well as an online. 

The Cuming Museum Collection is a repository for the histories of a community; a way to imagine and re-imagine the lives that were lived here before, their politics, preoccupations, beliefs, ways of life. Elephant Atlas celebrates and explores it, and its current condition in its delightful, yet challenging diversity.

Observation 111 featured in Universe, published by Phaidon Press

Observation 111 (1991/ 2013) is featured in a new Phaidon Press publication, Universe

Universe is a groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand - or who have been inspired by – the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond.

Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.



Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in) 
Pages: 352 pp
Illustrations: 300 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714874616


into the woods opens at the v&A

Eight of my works have recently been acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and one of them, Playing Fields, is featured in a new display called Into the Woods: Trees in Photography. On show until 22nd April 2018, the exhibition explores the diverse representation of trees in photography – as botanical subjects and poetic symbols, in the context of the natural and human worlds.  


Art Car Boot Fair - Sun 9th July


Final preparations underway for the fabulous Art Car Boot Fair happening on Sunday 9th July, 12-6.  I will be sharing a stand with Liane Lang and her bronze moustaches, etchings and a giant bronze horse!  

"Fill your pockets with cash, your hearts with joy and join us at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair in Vauxhall. Art, frivolity and serious bargains guaranteed!!"

Ledger Lines opens at Kestle Barton

Ledger Lines: Abigail Reynolds, Sophy Rickett and Michelle Stuart

Kestle Barton, Helston, Cornwall

27 May - 9 July 2017

This exhibition has been curated in collaboration with Parafin Gallery, London. It brings together work by three artists who explore ideas relating to landscape, history and memory. The three distinct bodies of work included triangulate three West Country sites – Avebury and the Ridgeway, the River Severn and the Penwith Peninsula – which are rich with cultural and historical significance. The works use seemingly objective strategies such as documentary photography and the archive to explore these sites and their meanings, drawing inspiration from disciplines such as archaeology, geology and geography, but fusing them with the intimate and poetic. The works thus suggest both intensely personal readings of place and history – whether through the delicate earth rubbings of Michelle Start’s Avebury works or Sophy Rickett’s correspondence with a stranger she met on the banks of the Severn – but also contrast subjective and objective modes of understanding place. They reinforce a reading of ‘landscape’ as a construction that combines a physical place with human relationships.

For Reynolds, Rickett and Stuart, research is an important part of the making of the work. All three artists are interested in the idea of the archive and the creative possibilities in the act of selectively gathering information. In creating their archive-like works, they use the photograph and the book as indexical documents, but subvert their authority. In addition, all three are interested in making journeys and consequently their works explore the ways in which travelling through and being in a landscape affects our experience of it and our understanding of its histories. Finally, all three are interested in the ways in which time and the passage of time can be encoded within the work. Ultimately the works articulate a sense of both past as present and the power and significance of particular places. They elide the contemporary and the historic, the cultural and the geological. They demonstrate, as Myfanwy Evans wrote of the great English painter Paul Nash and his interest in Avebury, ‘No interest in the past as past, but in the accumulated intenseness of the past as present.’

Ben Tufnell, Director of Parafin

Installation of The Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows at Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea

Exhibition now open at Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea

The Moon and a Smile responds to a period in the 1840s and 1850s, when Swansea was at the centre of early experiments in photography worldwide. In particular, the Dillwyn family circle was prolific in the development of photography, especially Mary Dillwyn and John Dillwyn Llewellyn.

For more information on the project click here

Thank you Metro Imaging for the printing and framing

Greta Alfaro, Anna Fox, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Neeta Madahar & Melanie Rose, Sharon Morris, Sophy Rickett, Helen Sear, Patricia Ziad


Installation of Observation 95, 1991/2013 at Kettles Yard

The MATERIAL LIGHT EXHIBITION is hosted at the SRISHTI OUTPOST, MILL HALL COMPOUND, MATTANCHERY, KOCHI, KERALA, INDIA and is a collateral event of the Kochi Muziris Biennale

15.03.17 – 24.03.17


Rather than causing the death of analogue photography, the dominance of digital media has recently increased interest in analogue and historical processes amongst image makers and artists. 

MATERIAL LIGHT explores the fallout from the collision of these two worlds through the work of a wide range of artists for whom the photographic image, either digital or analogue, is the main point of departure.

The exhibition includes installations, prints, film and video by 15 artists from the UK, India, and elsewhere. MATERIAL LIGHT has previously been shown in London and Belgrade and includes work from the host countries of previous exhibitions. Please see the Material Light website for full details of current and previous contributors. 

Participating artists:

Mia Cuk and Alia Zaparova / Serbia/Russia
Tereza Zelenkova / Czek Rebublic
Natasha Ranganath & Nandini Bhotika / India
Ajit Bhadoriya / India
Armenoui Kasparian Saraidari / Greece/Armenia
Slobodan Stosic / Serbia
David Blackmore / Ireland
Jonathan Michael Ray / UK
Jack Hirons / UK
Tahire Lal / India
Allan Parker / UK
Andre Pinkowski / Germany
Sophy Rickett / UK
Nihaal Faizal / India


The Moose on the Loose Photo Book Launch


Jersey Tiger Settled on Window, 2012/ The Death of a Beautiful Subject, 2015 (24)


St John on Bethnal Green

Thursday 2 March, 6.30-8.30pm

Authors: Rob Ball, Lewis Bush, Robin Christian (Makina Books), Edmund Clark, Alexander Cooper, Sara Davidmann, Anna Fox, Tom Hunter, Wiebke Leister, Johanna Love, David Moore, Paul Reas, Sophy Rickett, Karen Shepherdson, Corinne Silva, Stuart Smith, Bettina von Zwehl, Jason Wilde, and Val Williams.

Building on the success of the 2013 book launch event at Shoreditch Town Hall, the Moose 2017 photo book launch will take place in the atmospheric surroundings of St John on Bethnal Green, in the East End. This beautiful church, which is situated a few metres away from Bethnal Green Underground station, was designed by John Soane and has become a home for artists and charities in its extensive crypt as well as a fully functioning Anglican church. 

Fifteen authors of photo books will be invited to have a book table, to present their publication and to engage in conversation with visitors about their photobooks and to sell signed copies.  The Journal of Photography & Culture will also be present.

St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

The Moon and a Smile opens Fri 3rd March

 Archivist, 1, 2017 from the series The Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows

Archivist, 1, 2017 from the series The Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows

Glynn Vivian Gallery

Preview: Friday 3 March, 7-9pm

Room 3

Greta Alfaro, Anna Fox, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Neeta Madahar & Melanie Rose, Sharon Morris, Sophy Rickett, Helen Sear, Patricia Ziad

The Moon and a Smile responds to a period in the 1840s and 1850s, when Swansea was at the centre of early experiments in photography worldwide. In particular, the Dillwyn family circle was prolific in the development of photography, especially Mary Dillwyn and John Dillwyn Llewellyn.

Commissioned by Glynn Vivian, the nine international artists have created new work for the exhibition. Alongside there will be a display of 19th century photography.