Jessie Edwards-Thomas

Jessie Edwards-Thomas is a visual artist based in Britain. She originates from Snowdonia, North Wales. Her artistic practise explores the idea of the  individual and the individual's placement within society.  Themes of belonging, alienation and structural interrogation are key to her practice.   Her practice utilises the what-ifs of fiction and imagination to explore said themes of power, symbols, societal structures and connection through storytelling.

Jessie's practice is deeply connected to ideas of community.  Recently, Jessie was commissioned by The Bristol Photo festival, Arnolfini & Golden Key to work collaboratively with people to explore issues of Housing & Wellbeing in Bristol. This was exhibited at The Arnolfini, Bristol, in 2021. 

Jessie's community-led process has resulted in her working with programmes such as, Springboard Studios -  Falmouth University, Vareki Arts Outreach programme - Royal West of England Academy and Building our Home - InBetweenTime, etc. 

Jessie is a Lecturer at the University of the West of England in Bristol.  She is currently  Research Assistant for the EU Erasmus project ArtsHub, supporting the inclusion of migrating young people into communities across Europe.  

Contact

jessie.ed.photography@gmail.com

Awards & Commissions

2022 - Vareki, Commission, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2021 - Shortlisted for Golden Key Great Practice Award for collaborative practice

2021 - Blueprint: Housing and Wellbeing, Commission, Arnolfini, & The Bristol Photofestival, Bristol

2020 - Exceptional Support Beyond Teaching Award nomination, Students Union, UOG

2020 - Most inspiring Lecturer Award nomination, Students Union, UOG

2019 -  Building our Homes, Commission, InbetweenTime, Bristol

2019 - The Biscuit Factory's Open Contemporary Young Artist Award

2019 - Shortlisted for The ESPY Photo Award

2018 - The Sproxton Award for Photography

2018 - Highly commended for The Photofusion Award

2016 - The Slim Hewitt Award for Photography

2014 - Shortlisted for The British Life Photography Awards

Exhibitions

2021 - Bristol Photo Festival , The Arnolfini, Bristol 

2021 -  Odesa Photo Days Festival, Ukraine

2020 - Covid_2020, 212 Productions, Bristol

2019 - Mostyn Open 21, MOSTYN Museum,  Llandudno, Wales

2019 - Carnival POP-UP exhibition and workshop,  Martin Parr Foundation Photo Lab, Arnolfini, Bristol

2019 - Uprooted, Group exhibition, ArtHub,  London

2019 - ESPY Photo Award exhibition, Elysium Gallery, Swansea

2019 -  Dancing in Peckham, Peckham24, London

2019 -  The Biscuit Factory's Contemporary Young artist award exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

2018 - UMBRA, University of Arts, London

2018 - Flux, The Freespace Project, London

2017 - Monochrome, Limehouse, London

2016 - Trajectory Graduate Online Exhibition, The Print Space

2016 - 306 Degrees, The Roses Art Centre, Tewkesbury

2016 - Review, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

2016 - Reconnecting Bristol, St Marks Centre, Bristol

2016 - Body & Vibes, Typical Girls Magazine Exhibition, London

2016 - Terra Nostra, The Gardens Gallery, Cheltenham

2015 - Etalage, AWOL Gallery, Manchester

2015 - Bath Arts Biennial Festival, Bath

2014 - 38 Degrees, The Bearpit, Bristol

2014 - Foto39, Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol

2009 - London Royal Academy Young Artists Summer Show, London

Publications

2021 - What is Wellbeing? -  Arnolfini Arts & UWE, Vox Pop

2019 - The Polymorph - Photography and Culture Academic Journal

2019 - Artist Feature - Revolv

2019 - Flux Exhibition Feature - The Dots

2019 - Flux Exhibition Feature - Something Curated

2017 - Wendy - Noctis Mag

2017- - Wendy - TRIP Magazine

2016 - Jennifer - Typical Girls Magazine

2016 - Jennifer - Sister Magazine

2016 - Artist Feature - Dazed Magazine

2016 - Guardian Online

2016 - BBC News online

2016 - Daily Mail

2016 - Broadly for Vice

2016 - Broadly for Vice

2015 - Darkus Magazine

2014 - British Medical Journal Magazine

Education

2018 - MA Photography,  DistinctionUniversity of the Arts, London 

2016 - BA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, First Class HonoursUniversity of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham 

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