Dawn Woolley is a visual artist using photography, video, installation,performance, and sound. She completed an MA in Photography (2008) and PhD by project in Fine Art (2017) at the Royal College of Art.
Recent exhibitions have included; “Still Life: Things Devouring Time” The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds (co-curated by Dr Dawn Woolley and Dr Katie Herrington) (2018), “Self/Selfie” Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia (2017), “Le Féminin” Circulation(s), Arles (2017), “From Selfie to Self Expression” Saatchi Gallery, London (2017), “Basically. Forever” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and “Recollection” Ruimte Morguen Gallery, Antwerp (2014).
Solo exhibitions include; “Consumed: Stilled Lives” Leeds Arts University Gallery (2019), Blyth Gallery, London (2018), Ffotogallery, Cardiff (2018), Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge (2017), and Dyson Gallery, London (2016); “Visual Pleasure”, Hippolyte Photography Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (2013); “Visual Pleasure”, Vilniaus Fotografijos Galerija, and Lithuania(2012).
Woolley is a research fellow at Leeds Arts University. Recent academic publications include: ‘The Iconography of Disruptive Bodies: Social Media and Medical Identities’ in Bodies in Flux: Embodiments at the End of Anthropocentrism (Brill: Leiden 2019)and ‘Aberrant consumers: Selfies and fat admiration websites’ Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, 6(2).
Consuming the Body: Capitalism, Social Media and Commodification will be published by I B Tauris.
Further examples of research can be accessed at
Collaborative Project; Hard Stop Dawn Woolley & Davin Watne
A visual essay examining the rhetoric of mass-media. The artists exchange images &
ideas to explore how images communicate, persuade, and seduce.