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2009: MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking (University of the West of England, Bristol)
1993: BA (Hons) Fine Art (Gwent College of Higher Education, Newport)


Celia Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in Photography who has lived in Wales for half her life. She began her creative studies almost 30 years ago, and since then has been involved with lens-based practice and the use of text in the broadest possible terms, from pinhole photography through drawing, collage, artist’s books and creative writing about art and photography.
Working at Cardiff (ATRiuM), Celia has taught mainly at undergraduate level in Documentary Photography and in Photography for Fashion and Advertising, of which she was Course Leader for four years. She views teaching as an endlessly rewarding activity and one with which she continues to develop her skills and understanding on a daily basis. It is her firm belief that the most inspiring and memorable teaching is characterised by a whole-hearted approach on the part of staff, enhanced by emotional intelligence and a generosity of spirit. In July 2015 she achieved recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and in her spare time enjoys baking and reading, particularly American and Canadian fiction. She is also a long-distance runner.


Celia Jackson has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and has co-ordinated a number of collaborative photography projects as well as producing work to commission for others. She has almost 26 years’ experience of teaching students from diverse backgrounds and of varying abilities, in environments from community projects and workshops through secondary school ‘taster days’, to undergraduate and postgraduate lectures and seminars. She has a particular interest in preparing students to meet the expectations of employers in the Creative Industries by means of curriculum development (in terms of transferable skills/ employability) and collaborative live brief projects in partnership with external clients.


Nov 2014-date: member of Teaching Enhancement Group, School of Art & Design, FCI
Feb 2016-date: member of Faculty Quality Assurance Committee
July 2017-date: member of HEA Fellow Review Panels
Nov 2017-date: Faculty Athena SWAN Champion
Nov 2017-date: member of USW’s ‘Raising Aspirations’ Project Board – Leader, ‘Transformative Steps’ strand


2019: Absent Presences, Unconscious Collaborators: Metaphotography and the Black Hole: essay in Atomic Ed by Janire Nàjera – published February 2019. Barcelona and Mexico City: RM. ISBN: 978-84-17047-61-0
2018: An Introduction to Camera, Light and Composition: Understanding and Appreciating the Photographic Image: review of book proposal for Bloomsbury Publishing
2015: “Unreliable Shadow”: exhibition review of ‘partially here’ by Hanan Kazma, Hanbury Road Gallery, Bargoed; online at Photomonitor magazine:
2015: “Confession of Man’s Weakness”: Relics and the Metamodern Discourse, catalogue essay, Relics exhibition, Wales Millenium Centre; online at Photomonitor magazine:
2010: Artist at Work, exhibition catalogue essay, Ghosts in Armour II
2008: Intimate Immensity, exhibition catalogue foreword, Ghosts in Armour
01/12/07: Dad in Front of a Dakota, The Guardian

June 2019: University of South Wales: Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching staff development seminar – ‘Students as Partners’; presentation: Recycling. We Do. Because it Matters.
June 2019: National Union of Journalists: Women in Photography Conference (London, via Zoom); panel speaker for discussion/ Q&A on gender inequality in photography
April 2019: Diffusion – Cardiff International Festival of Photography: A Woman’s Work – Symposium (Wales Millenium Centre); invited speaker presentation: Nevertheless She Persisted
September 2018: Amgueddfa Cymru/ National Museum Wales: Women in Focus exhibition (National Museum Cardiff); hosted panel discussion with Lydia Pang, Creative Director, Refinery29, New York, NY; and Lisa Edgar, Senior Curator of Photography, National Museum Cardiff
July 2018: Ffotogallery: Chronicle exhibition (Turner House, Penarth, Wales); invited speaker presentation: The Future of Photography
May 2018: CILIP Cymru Wales – 2018 Library and Information Conference, The Art of Resilience (University of Aberystwyth); joint presenter: Building Resilience During Transition: a collaborative project between Library staff and new Photography students at the University of South Wales
January 2017: University of South Wales: Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching staff development seminar – Student Experience Plan Raising Aspirations seminar #1; presentation: “In at the Deep End”: Raising Aspirations in Induction Week
May 2016, January and February 2017: University of South Wales: Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching staff development seminar – digital literacy series; presentation: engage, share, celebrate: using social media within an HE context
July 2016: keynote presentation, “Inspired to Engage”: placing employability at the heart of the student experience, at the College of Arts and Humanities Employability Conference, Swansea University
March 2016: presentation, “Inspired to Engage”: placing employability at the heart of the student experience, at HEA Inspire – sharing great practice in Arts and Humanities teaching and learning, Brighton
December 2015: joint presenter of “Internationalising a Creative Curriculum”, SRHE Annual Research Conference, Celtic Manor, Newport
June 2015: joint facilitator of ‘world café’ session, “Internationalising the Curriculum”, at HEA Enhancement event – “Higher Education matters in Wales”, Cardiff
June 2015: presentation, “We Value Your Feedback: Preparing young people for a career in the Creative Industries”, CELT Learning and Teaching Conference 2015, USW Trefforest Campus

2017: Full Fathom Five, 76m2, Pontypool
2015-16: Fuse 3, Oriel y Bont, USW Trefforest Campus
2015-16: Made in Wales II, Cardiff MADE, Carousel London, Oriel Colwyn
2014: Bradford Beach, Fuse Art Space, Bradford
2012: Ghosts in Armour, Santa Fé Complex, New Mexico
2011: Open Photography II, RWA, Bristol
2011: Ghosts in Armour II, Brussels
2010: Here & Now, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport
2009: International Small Publishers’ Fair, London
2008-09: The Animal Gaze, London and Plymouth
2008: 23rd Annual Print Exhibition, Blackwells Bookshop, Bristol
2008: Ghosts in Armour, Riverfront Theatre and Arts Center, Newprot
2007: ABC, University of Northampton

2010: A Brush With Light – exhibition/ symposium/ screenings/ workshops, Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Newport
2007-08: ‘rich and strange’: altered books – collaborative artists’ book exhibition, flock gallery, University of Wales Newport (Oct 2007); Newport Central Library (Nov-Dec 2007); Hereford College of Arts (Jan-Feb 2008); Bournemouth Library (Feb-May 2008)


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (recognition awarded July 2015)


2016-2020: Programme External Examiner, BA (Hons) Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising and Editorial, Plymouth College of Art
April 2015: Panel member, Periodic Review of BA (Hons) Commercial Photography, Arts University Bournemouth
2014-2017: Programme External Examiner, FdA Applied Photography, University of Derby (delivered at New College Nottingham)
2017-2021: External Examiner, Ffotogallery short courses (accredited by Cardiff Metropolitan University)


photographic education and pedagogy; professional practice, transferable skills and employability; the uses of social media in Higher Education; the student experience

pinhole photography; the use of film and alternative/ ‘low-tech’ processes and cameras; collage using text and image


@CeliaRJackson & Instagram @welshtomboy

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