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Matthew Lea

Matthew Lea

Senior Lecturer

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 82016339 ext. 6339 Room no. JM210

Biography

Matthew is a photographer and academic who comes from an editorial background, having worked on the picture desk for various national newspapers and magazines. His main area of academic research centres around participatory photography. He is currently in the process of researching a PhD thesis on how therapeutic photography can help improve the lives of people living with young-onset and early stage dementia. Matthew is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Further to Matthew’s experience working for national newspapers and magazines, he has also freelanced for clients including: The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer Life Magazine, Elle Magazine and Vogue. In the last 20 years Matthew has also had various solo and group exhibitions across the UK and Europe.
  2. Recent publications

    “Xposed”; Participatory Photography Project; The Cassel Hospital, Therapeutic Community working with young people with personality disorders. Exhibition; The Waterman’s Arts Centre, July 2011
    • Xposed”; Participatory Photography Project; The Cassel Hospital, Therapeutic Community working with young people with personality disorders. Exhibition; The Waterman’s Arts Centre, July 2011.
    • Inside Out”; Participatory Photography Project; The Cassel Hospital, Therapeutic Community working with young people with personality disorders. Exhibition; The Waterman’s Arts Centre, July 2010.
    • “The Way We See It”; Participatory Photography Project, Fairbridge/Photovoice August 2009, Exhibition at The Tate Modern, November 2009.
    •  “Differing Perceptions”; Participatory Photography Project; The Cassel Hospital, Therapeutic Community working with young people with personality disorders. Exhibition; The Waterman’s Arts Centre, July 2009.
    • “UR in the Picture”;Participatory Photography Project, United Response/Photovoice. Adults with personality disorders, Littlehampton. Publication and Exhibition at The Bankside Galley, London July 2009.
    • “Missing Reflections; Participatory Photography Project; The Cassel Hospital, Therapeutic Community working with young people with personality disorders. Publication and exhibition; The Waterman’s Arts Centre, July 2008. Tavistock Institute May 2009.
    • “Nothing Special”; Participatory Photography Project Inclusion from the outside; Disabled Young People YP-in/KIDS and Photovoice. Publication and Exhibition at the Novas Centre, London 2007.
    • “Unheard Voices, Hidden Lives”; Participatory Photography Project, Hyderabad, India International Aids/HIV Alliance. Publication and touring exhibition, Brighton Library and The Commonwealth Institute. November 2006.
  3. Research interests

    Matthew's interests include participatory photography and how it can help improve the lives people living with young-onset and early stage dementia.

    Exhibitions:

    • Inside; PM Gallery and House, London. 2013
    • Contre-nuit Contre-jour; The Waterman’s Arts Centre, London. 2005
    • Images from New York; The Bull and Last, Highgate, London. 2002
    • The Spaces in Between; Residency showcase, Exhibition Centre, Brussels. 2000
      • The People of Ealing; The Millennium Dome, London. 2000
      • De Bottelerij; Permanent show at the Flemish National Theatre, Brussels. 1999
      • Images from India: The Mason’s Arms, Battersea, London. 1999, Festival of Indian Food and Culture, Aberystwyth (Welsh Arts Council Project). 1999. IDG: The Houses of Parliament, London. 1998 Zoom Photography Gallery, Brussels. 1998

    Conferences:

    • Practice as Research, Panel Chair; ESADM Symposium, UWL. May 2014.
    • Audiences, Mediation and Materials, Panel Chair; ESADM Symposium,UWL. May 2015.
  4. Teaching experience

    Matthew has over 20 years teaching experience in UK Higher Education and a proven track record in designing content, validating courses and managing curriculum across all levels of undergraduate and post-graduate provision. He taught at the University of Greenwich, the Bishopsgate Institute and the University of West London before joining Southampton Solent University in September 2016.