Marcus Boyle

Consent, Contract, Exploitation, (three channel video installation).  The Photographers' Gallery

I am interested in the mechanics of artistic process, exploring the dynamics of collaboration and the ethical role of the artist. I examine the tension between what motivates me as an artist, and how this can both support and conflict with the needs of participants. My work explores some of the ambiguities, the difficulties and also the opportunities that can arise, including the blurred boundaries between exploitation and consent.

Alongside my art practice, I have facilitated over 400 phototherapy workshops working with an intergration of art therapy, somatic trauma recovery and psychotherapy. The workshops offer a playful group experience, that allows participants to develop self-expression while exploring new creative possibilities.

My work has appeared on the BBC, Channel 4 and Dazed Digital and been commissioned by Bombay Sapphire. I was shortlisted for The Artist’s Cut a film industry led programme in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts. My work has also been included in numerous group shows and exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery and the Florence Trust.


·     1986-1989  Diploma Preliminary Art & Design, Withens Lane College of Art, Wallasey 

·     1989-1991  OND Graphic Design, Withens Lane College of Art, Wallasey 

·     1991-1993  HND Graphic Design, Nene College of Art & Design, Northampton 

·     1990-1992  BA Hons Graphic Design, Liverpool College of Art

·     1992-1996  Lives in London working as Graphic Designer in Television

·     1996-2004  Lives in London working as Director in Television

·     2004-2008  Lives in New York and Los Angeles working as Director in Television

·     2009-2012  Lives in London and Paris working as Creative Director

·     2012-2014  MA Photography, London College of Communication 

·     2019-2020  CPCAB, Level 2 certificate in Counselling

·     2020-2023   3-Year professional trauma training - Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Selected Exhibitions & Screenings

·      2021  Winner Create Recovery Community Grant 

·      2019  Winner Create Recovery Community Grant

·      2018  Winner Create Recovery Individual Artist Grant

·      2018  Florence Trust Summer Show, Highbury, London

·      2018  Elephant Atlas, London College of Communication (LCC), London

·      2017  Florence Trust 12-month residency, Highbury, London

·       2017  Traces, FreeSpace Project, Kentish Town Health Centre, London

·       2015  Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

·       2013  The Artist’s Cut, shortlisted, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead

·       2013  Alan as part of Totem: Trajectories in Tragedy, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent

·       2013  Sanskara (Steelite Pavilion, with Corinne Felgate) British Ceramic Biennial, Staffordshire

·       2013  No Guts No Glory, LOOK/13, Liverpool International Photography Festival

Selected Commissions 

·      2019  Guest Speaker, University of Westminster, BA (Hons) Photography, London

·      2018  Experiential Phototherapy Workshop, BA (Hons) Photography, (LCC), London

·      2018  Elephant Atlas - Compulsion to Collect Workshop, (LCC), London 

·      2017  Guest Speaker, University of Westminster, BA (Hons) Photography, London

·      2017  Phototherapy Workshops, 12-weeks, Steps2Recovery, London 

·      2016  Guest Speaker, University of Westminster, BA (Hons) Photography, London

·      2015  Phototherapy Workshops, 10-weeks, Cranstoun City Road 

·      2015  Artist film collaboration with Corinne Felgate, The Factory of Things, Camden Arts Centre

·      2014  In Conversation, Yinka Shonibare MBE & Iwona Blazwich, (Director Whitechapel Gallery), documentary Director

·      2013  Photographic Collaboration with Florence Peake for Orpheus Twice at David Roberts Foundation, London

·      2013  Short Film (Alan as part of Totem: Trajectories in Tragedy, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent

·      2011  Director Joe Wright, photographic Portraiture Commission

·      2011  Actor Jo Hartley, photographic Portraiture Commission

·      2011  Actor Peter Sullivan, photographic Portraiture Commission

·      2007  Noise (feature film), photographic portraiture commission by Warner Brothers & Henry Bean.


·     2001  BBC2 Greenlight Award – nominee

·     2001  Broadcast Award for best satellite, cable & digital documentary - nominee

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