Sharon O’Neill is a lens based artist and curator whose work and research explores the ordinary and unexceptional, through which the fabric and details of a place or community are revealed.  Her work has a strong emphasis on collaboration, particularly with the development and research of archives, both familial and historical and has a strong emphasis on curation.

Sharon has a Masters Degree in Photography from the University of Brighton and in 2013 was nominated by Helen Trompeteler curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery as one of the emerging post-graduate photographers for Source Photographic Magazine.  In 2014 Sharon exhibited nationally as part of an emerging talent exhibition entitled ‘Into View’ and her work has been showcased in national and international media.

In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Photo London & Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award.

An extended body of work from her ‘Flats’ series will be exhibited during the show.

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Marc Isaacs

Marc Isaacs is an award winning film maker who’s work has been shown nationally and internationally.  His films have won  Grierson, Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards as well as numerous international festival prizes.

In 2006 he had a retrospective at the prestigious Lussas Documentary film festival in France and his work has been included in numerous documentary books and academic studies.

In 2008, Marc received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London for his documentary work and is a guest tutor at the London Film School, Royal Holloway University and Royal Television Society.

An installation of Isaac’s film ‘Lift’ will be shown as part of the exhibition.

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© Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections.

RIBA Collections

© Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections.

Architectural Press Archives

Photographs from the photographic archive of the Royal Institute of British Architecture will be exhibited during the show.  The photographs show the construction and detailed interiors and communal spaces of the completed flats from the Fitzhugh Estate from 1956 photographed mainly by Bill Toomey.

Bill Toomey was one of the principal photographers at the Architects Journal and Architectural Review from the late 1940’s and his work forms part of the Architectural Press Archive held by RIBA’s Robert Elwall Photographs Collection.

His work spans the period of the major post war house-building programme in the UK and shows some of the finest examples of British post war modernism and the golden age of social housing.  His work has been shown and published nationally and internationally.