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Job title:

Teaching Fellow in Art and Photography

Biography

Alicia Bruce is an award winning, working-class artist, photographer, community collaborator and activist. Her photography sits between documentary and staged imagery with an interest in local and global communities. She tells humane co-authored stories of people and place often looking through the history of art for visual referencing. Within the communities Bruce collaborates within she is interested in environmental issues, portraiture, human rights, equality, equity, feminism, politics of space, territories and heritage.  

She is winner of Lishui Photography Festival Expert Recommended Photographer Award, Royal Scottish Academy Morton Award and more.  

Alicia’s recent monograph ‘I Burn But I Am Not Consumed’ (Daylight Books, 2023) documents sixteen years of Donald Trump’s impact on Menie, a coastal Scottish community from 2006 until present day was internationally acclaimed. 

Her photographs are held in several public collections including National Galleries of Scotland, University of St Andrews, RSA, Martin Parr Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago) and UK Parliament. 

She has exhibited internationally including National Galleries of Scotland, VU Photo (Quebec), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Stills (Edinburgh), Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow), Ffotogallery (Cardiff), Lishui Museum (China), Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool), Scotland House (Brussels),The Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament.

Commissioned work is directly linked to her practice often involving editorial commissions, charitable campaigns or political organisations for campaign, exhibition and publication.

Recent campaigns and commissions include Harpers Magazine, Zero Tolerance, RECLAIM Network, Crisis and NHS Lothians. 

Recent guest lectures and teaching include:

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Centre for British Photography

Falmouth University

International Centre for Photography (ICP), New York

Martin Parr Foundation

Royal Photographic Society

Sewanee University of the South

School of The Art Institute of Chicago

School of Visual Art (SVA), New York

University of Falmouth

Stills, Edinburgh

Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

Yale University

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Photography Film and Imaging

Responsibilities & affiliations

Represented by Women Photograph

The Travelling Gallery, Advisory Committee

Women Photograph (Global Network of Female Photographers)

POST, Making Motherhood Visible (Photographers Collective)

Engage: National Association of Gallery Education (2010 – 2017) Freelance Specialist Interest Rep on Engage Council and Engage Scotland Development Group

National Union of Journalists

Scottish Artists Union

Trace Mentorship Programme (UK)

Research interests

  • Photography
  • Participation
  • Community
  • Collaboration
  • Activism

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching

Alicia teaches across the Fine Art - BA (Hons) programme for Art in Practice and Contemporary Artistic Research

She is a joint Course Organiser for Black and White Photographic Practice, The Portrait

Alicia also teaches short courses in Photography for Centre for Open Learning and is founder of Portobello Photography School.