Liz Orton

Biography

I am a visual artist whose practice is broadly concerned with entanglements of land, vision and natural science. I engage widely with archives, both real and imagined, to explore the tensions between personal and systematic forms of knowledge. I currently hold a Fellowship at the University of Arts London, and have recently been awarded a Wellcome Trust Arts Award for a project on social and cultural aspects of medical imaging. I have exhibited widely in group shows both in the UK and internationally, and my recent body of work, A Handful of Soil for the Whole Horizon won the MACK photography prize, and was exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery as part of FreshFaced+WildEyed 2015.

I am also an associate artist with the award-winning Performing Medicine programme.

Alongside my own practice, I have been very involved with participatory photography projects. I also run a training course in photography and participation for the charity PhotoVoice.

Awards/nominations

2016     Finalist, Uncertain States. The Longest and Darkest of Recollections.
2016     Shortlisted, Unseen Dummy Award. A Handful of Soil for the Whole Horizon
2016     Shortlisted, Kessels Dummy Award. A Handful of Soil for the Whole Horizon
2016     Shortlisted, MACK First Book Award. A Handful of Soil for the Whole Horizon
2016     Shortlisted, Prix Pictet.
2015     Wellcome Trust Arts Award, July 2015.
2015     Mead Fellowship, University of Arts London, winner
2015     Nominated for Prix Pictet award 2015.
2015     Nominated forPhoto London/Magnum Prize Photo London/Magnum Prize
2014     MACK Photography Prize, Winner for A Handful of Soil for the Whole Horizon
2014     Source, selected MA Photography top postgraduates
2012     Finalist, Hereford Photography Festival, Splitters and Lumpers.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017    The New Observatory, FACT, Liverpool.                                                   2017    Habitat, FORMAT Photography Festival, Derby.                                           2017    Surface Matters, Dye House 451, London.                                                     2017    Heliumcowboy, The Best Bogus Botanical Garden,  Berlin.                           2016      Stour Space, The Distance and its Distinction.
2016     Geddes Gallery, forthcoming. Deadly Gold.
2016     The Showroom, Holborn. A Handful of Soil for the Whole Horizon.
2015     Origins, PHOTOUKINDIA, group exhibition of photographers from the UK and India
2015     Goldsmiths, Over the Hill, Group Show.
2015     Nesta Art Gallery, group show. Splitters and Lumpers.
2015     The Deleted World, 5th Base Gallery, After Projects, group show. Deltiologies.
2015     FF+WE, The Photographers’s Gallery 2015.
2014     Photofusion Salon (also 2012 and
2014     
Nature Reserves, GVA Gallery . Splitters and Lumpers.
2013     Underground Gallery, Group Show. Deltiologies.
2013     See, Hotel Pelliroco, Brighton Fringe. Deltiologies.
2012     Hereford Photography Festival. Splitters and Lumpers.
2011     Guernsey Photography Festival, Examinations.
2011     Guardian Gallery, Examinations.