Celine Marchbank is a slow and acute observer of daily life, fascinated by the quiet details of domesticity, and the often overlooked stories within.
Celine’s first book; Tulip, the story of the last year of her mother's life, was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2016, where it was met with widespread acclaim and exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Named Photo Book of the Month by Sean O’Hagan in The Observer newspaper and Photo Book of The Week by Photo-Eye, featured in The British Journal of Photography, BBC News, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, The Telegraph Magazine, Vanity Fair and Photomonitor amongst others.
Her work has won and been a selected finalist for a series of awards. In 2017 Celine was a winner in the documentary category in the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, Jury’s Selection for the Prix Virginia International Photography Prize for Women, and category winner in the Creative Review Photography Annual. Her work has also been shortlisted in several photography awards including The European Publishers Award For Photography, The Deutsche Bank Photography Award, Magenta Flash Forward Awards, The Lucie Foundation Grant, a finalist in the Emergentes DST International Photography Award, and the winner of the Hereford Photography Festival Open Here award.
This year she was named as one of the winning artists for the Photoworks and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust commission to create a permanent collection of photographic artworks for the 3Ts Hospital Redevelopment Public Art Programme. As well as being commissioned for 209 Women, a project to create portraits of all the 209 female members of Parliament to mark the centenary of women achieving the vote in 1918, resulting in an exhibition at the Palace of Westminster in December 2018.
She is a lecturer in photography on the BA (Hons) Photography course at Ravensbourne University London, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), and a Leica Akademie Ambassador running Leica workshops around the UK.
COMMISSIONS, AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2018 Photoworks, CONNECT - 3Ts Brighton NHS Hospital Redevelopment Public Arts Programme - Commissioned artist winner
2018 209 Women in Parliament project marking 100 years of votes for women - Commissioned artist
2018 Ravensbourne University research funding - Awarded for two projects
2017 Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers Category winner
2017 Pink Lady Food Photographer of The Year Award Highly Commended
2016 Creative Review Photography Annual 2016 Category winner
2016 Prix Virginia International Prize for Women Jury's Selection
2016 Tulip named The Observer's Photo Book of the Month by Sean O'Hagan
2016 Tulip named Book of the week in Photo-Eye
2016 Dewi Lewis Publishing published Tulip into a photo book
2015 Invited to become a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts)
2013 Magenta Flash Forward Awards Honourable Mention
2011 Hereford Photography Festival Open Here Award Winner
2011 European Publishers Award Shortlisted
2011 Deutsche Bank Photography Award Shortlisted
2011 International Photography Award Emergentes DST Finalist
2011 LUCIE Foundation Scholarship Shortlisted
2011 Selected for artist residency Pittenweem, Scotland
EXHIBITIONS2019 209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. Group show
2017 A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Salon/17 Photofusion, London. Group show
2017 Tulip, Dewi Lewis, Paris Photo, France. Book show
2017 Tulip, VIA Summer Exhibition, Francesa Maffeo Gallery, Leigh on Sea, UK. Group show
2017 Tulip, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Gallery, Athens, Greece. Group show
2017 Tulip, Carlisle Photo Festival, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, UK. Group show
2017 Tulip & A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, FIX Photo Festival, Bargehouse, OXO Tower, London. Group show
2017 A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Award, Mall Galleries, London. Award show
2017 A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Free Space Project, London. Group show
2017 24 Hours, Soho Square Gardens, London. Outside group show
2016 Tulip, Prix Virginia International Prize for Women, Paris, France. Award show
2016 Tulip, Offprint, Tate Modern, London. Book show
2016 Tulip, Photo London, Somerset House, London. Book show
2016 Tulip, Format Photo Festival, Derby, UK. Book show
2016 A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Photo Scratch, Ugly Duck, Bermondsey, London.
2016 A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Salon/16, Photofushion, Brixton, London. Group show
2016 Tulip, Photo-Forum end of year show, Printspace, Shoreditch, London. Group show
2016 Tulip, Felifa Book Awards, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Book show
2016 A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, LIP Annual Show, Espacio Gallery, London. Group show
2016 Tulip, Book Awards 2016, Rencontres d’Arles, photography festival, France. Book show
2016 A Stranger in My Mother's Kitchen, Photo Scratch, Hotel Elephant, London. Group show
2016 The Swap, Portrait Salon, The Reminders Stronghold Gallery, Tokyo. Group show
2015 The Swap, Portrait Salon, Embassy Tea Rooms Gallery, London. Group show
2015 Greys, LIP Annual Show, Embassy Tea Rooms Gallery, London. Group show
2015 Greys, NCM Exposed, Photofusion, London. Group show
2015 Bleeding London, Royal Photographic Society, City Hall, Queen’s Walk, London. Group show
2015 Greys, London Independent Photography, Embassy Tea Rooms Gallery, London. Group show
2014 The Wye, Photobookshow H, Doomed Gallery, Dalston, London. Group show
2014 The Wye, Photofusion Salon/14 annual show, Photofusion, London. Group show
2014 Notes from a small island, East Neuk Collective, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Scotland.
2014 Notes from a small island, The Drawing Room, Old Bicycle Club, Peckham, London. Group show
2013 The Wye, Hereford Photography Festival, UK. Solo show
2013 The Wye, Magenta Flash Forward, London. Group show
2013 Notes from a small island, The Art Collective, Oxford House Gallery, London. Group show
2012 The Wye, The Art Collective, The Affordable Art Fair, London. Group show
2012 Tulip, Photobookshow D, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland. Book show
2012 Washing the Weem, London Independent Photography, Strand Gallery, London. Group show
2012 Tulip, Firecracker: Lives of Others, London Festival of Photography. Group show
2012 Washing the Weem, Artist residency, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Scotland.
2012 Tulip, Photobookshow B, Ground Floor Left, Hackney, London. Group show
2012 Swimmers, The Art Collective, Bloomsbury Art Fair, London. Group show
2012 Swimmers, The Art Collective, Corner Gallery, Brighton. Group show
2012 Swimmers, The Gowlett, Peckham, London. Solo Show
2011 Tulip, Hereford Photography Festival auction, HotShoe Gallery, London. Group show
2011 Swimmers, Open Here Award exhibition, Hereford Photography Festival. Group show
2011 Tulip, London Independent Photography, Proud Central Gallery, London. Group show
2011 Tulip, European Publishers Award night, Rencontres d’Arles, France. Screening
2011 Tulip, International Photography Award, Encontros da Imagem festival, Portugal.
2010 Uncommon Ground, MA Degree Show, London College of Communication.
2010 I Heart Street Photo by So Shoot Me collective, The Book Club, Shoreditch, London.
2010 Matters of the Heart by So Shoot Me collective, City Arts and Music Project, London.
TALKS & WORKSHOPS
2018 Mother by Celine Marchbank & Matthew Finn, PhotoForum talk, The Print Space, London.2018 Photography workshop leader, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, Kentish Town Health Centre, London
2018 Hothouse Manchester, RedEye Photography Network, The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester.
2018 Leica Akademie food photography workshop at Leica City Store, London.
2018 Leading workshops for Accumulate charity. Providing creative workshops to young homeless people at various venues including: Somerset House, The Photographer's Gallery & Autograph Gallery.
2017 Panel discussion with Michal Iwanawski, Ravensbourne University, London
2017 Family Ties Network symposium, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, The University of Greenwich, London
2017 Panel discussion with Matthew Finn, David Chancellor, Laura Pannack and Sophie Harris-Taylor, Francesa Maffeo Gallery, Leigh on Sea, UK.
2017 Panel discussion with Chris Steel-Perkins, Carlotta Cardana & Mike Crawford, FIX Photo Festival, Bargehouse, OXO Tower, London.
2017 Leica Akademie food photography workshop at Harrods, London.
2017 PechaKucha, Photofusion, London.
2017 Leica Akademie documentary photography workshop at the Royal Photographic Society, Bath.
2016 Inside Out, Free Space Project, London
2016 Bath Spa University, Bath
2016 Metamorphosis, Hotel Elephant, London
2016 Tulip, Dewi Lewis Publishing Buy here.
2010 MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography
London College of Communication. Distinction
2018 Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Teaching and Learning for Creative Courses
Ravensbourne University, London.
2002 BA (Hons) Graphic Design
The Surrey Institute of Art & Design. First-class honours
Photoworks - Showcase: CONNECT commissioned artist Celine Marchbank
Fleur & Arbor - Q&A with Celine Marchbank
BBC News - My mother's favourite flower: A life remembered
The Observer Newspaper - Photobook of the Month: Tulip by Celine Marchbank review – a daughter’s floral tribute
The Guardian - How I photographed my mother’s last days, written by Homa Khaleeli
British Journal of Photography - Tulip: Quiet Images of a Mother’s Struggle with Cancer
Photo-Eye - Book of The Week - Book of the Week: A Pick by Jordan Sullivan
Photomonitor – Book review by Anna McNay
PhotoVoice - How Photography Helped me: Celine Marchbank
Creative Review: Photography Annual – Feature in Personal Work category
Shutterhub - Photo books: our latest favourites - Summer 2017
The Guardian In Pictures - Tea, tulips and tenderness: my mother’s final days – in pictures
Vanity Fair, Italy - I photographed my mother's last days of life
Ilpost, Italy - A flower not to forget
Royal Photographic Society - The Tulip Project
Fragmentary - Interview with Celine Marchbank
The Plus Paper - Love, Loss and Catharsis
The Independent -Celine Marchbank, Tulip: My Mother’s Favourite Flower, book review
TIME Lightbox - showcase inspiring photography projects selected by the Photo Editors at TIME
Vantage - Tulip, My Mother’s Favourite Flower
Workshop X - Celine Marchbank – Tulip
The Times Literary Supplement – Book review
Amateur Photography Magazine – Book review
B&W Photography Magazine – Book review
BBC News, Barclays, Belt & Braces, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brick Brewery, British Journal of Nursing, Gardiner Richardson Agency, The Guardian, Hanger Magazine, Hereford Photography Festival, The Independent, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, John Lewis, Kentish Town Health Centre, Leica UK, Landor Associates, The New Yorker, The Observer, OneFineStay, PDSA, PhotoVoice, Photoworks, Reuters, Ralph Lauren, Rooftop Film Club, Royal Mail, Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation, The Telegraph Saturday Magazine, Transport for London, Thames & Hudson, Thirteen Housing Group, United Nations World Food Program, University of the Arts, The White Company.