Biography & CV

Dowling’s photographic practice is rooted within portraiture and concerned with human behaviour, identity, communication, exchange and interaction. Participation and collaborative possibilities are vital to her process.

Works are an exploration and observation of how people co-exist, relate to and interact with each other and the various environments they inhabit. Dowling uses photography as a tool to articulate experiences about our lives, how we live them and how we choose to represent ourselves. Participation in photography is a way to assert our place in the world. Her projects are cross cultural in nature, working in several countries on the same ideas unifies despite the locale. She builds connections across communities, societies and cultures. Working in both gallery and non-gallery spaces Dowling aims to create thoughtful and playful photographic works, that come into being through social interaction. More recent projects have centred on journeys, the use of objects and human bodies as a form of performance through photography. Dowling is currently developing projects in the UK and Mexico considering the complexities of how we communicate and learn through art, portraiture, photography, collaboration and exchange.

Dowling has worked on commissions, projects and residencies in the UK, Ireland, Los Angeles, Cuba, South Africa, Mexico, India and Lebanon. Since 1998 Dowling has exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions such as Journeys | Recoriddos with LACMA in Los Angeles, The Movement of an Object at The Photographers’ Gallery, How We learn at Belfast Exposed and the John Kobal Portraiture Award at the National Portrait Gallery. She has been commissioned to produce work for publication and exhibition by Belfast Exposed, Tate, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, South London Gallery, The Courtauld Gallery and Barnardo’s children’s charity.

Dowling has also worked on commissions and participation projects with The V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, Courtauld Institute, Gasworks, Goldsmiths College, Bow Arts Trust, The Foundling Museum, San Alejandro School of Art (Havana) Barnardos and PhotoVoice.


Selected Commissions | Residencies | Projects | Exhibitions

2018: Changemakers, Barbican

2017-18: Resident Artists, GOSH ARTS

2017-18: DEVELOP The Photographers Gallery

2017: The Portrait as Transformation, MARCO Museum Mexico

2017: Who Makes Finsbury Park? With Writer Sarah Butler & All Change

2017: Portraits: Shared Experiences, Galeria Jardin, ITESO Mexico

2017: International Summer Project, Artists Programme, ITESO University Guadalajara, Mexico

2016-17: Start (year 1 & 2) South London Gallery, ending in a group exhibition at SLG

2016: Art Exchange, Tate modern and MARCO Mexico, Video Provocations, October - December

2016: Art Exchange, Tate Modern, Activating Art through Body, Disguise and Performance

2016: BP Art Exchange, Tate London, MARCO Museum, UDEM and ITESO Mexico

2015: Tate BP Art Exchange & Kochi Biennale, working with students from Srishti University, Kochi India

2015: Reach Out (exhibition) Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO) Monterrey, Mexico

2014-15: Tate BP Art Exchange, extending How We Learn with participants in the UK, Mexico and Russia resulting in 'Reach Out' an Exhibition at Tate Modern

2014: How We Learn, Belfast Exposed, commission of new work made with primary age children in Belfast, exhibited at Belfast Exposed as part of the How We Learn group show

2014: The Family Album, Portslade Academy School with Photoworks & BPB. Exhibited as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial in Brighton’s Jubilee Square

2013-14: Look Again, The Courtauld Institute

2012: Parallel Interventions, Tate Modern & Inhotim (Brazil)

2012: Turbine Generation, Tate Modern & MARCO (Mexico)

2011: Live Art Residency, Chisenhale Gallery

2011: Stories of the World, Courtauld Institute of Art

2010: My City, My Home, Ragged School Museum

2009: The World in London, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

2009: A Young Mums Life, The National Portrait Gallery

2008: Journeys | Recorridos Artist project, Art Programs with the Community: LACMA On-Site, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA

2008: Welcoming the World, Photographic project, 13 schools in 5 Olympic boroughs

2008: Changing Representations, Brighton photo Biennial 2007-09: Residency; San Alejandro School of Art, Havana

2007: Seeing is Believing, Art project with Barnardo’s service users

2007: The Movement of an Object, The Photographers’ Gallery

2006: VENUE, Chisenhale Gallery

2005: Creative Connections residency, The Whitechapel Gallery resulting in an exhibition at the gallery 

2005: Residency at Ben Jonson Primary with The Whitechapel Gallery. Work held in the Allan Kaprow archive 

Selected Publications, articles, press 

2013: I Am, All Change 

2009: Forum, Camera Austria. The Movement of an Object 

2007: The Movement of an Object / Selected Projects: The Photographers’ Gallery and Foldedsheet PROfile series with essay by Chris Townsend 

2006: Arts professional, Collapsing boundaries by Helen James 

2003: The British Journal of Photography 

2000: National advertising campaign for Learn Free, education website 

1998: Hotshoe International magazine 


2003 - 2005: MA Design by Independent Project, University of Brighton 

1995 - 1998: BA Hons Editorial Photography, University of Brighton 

1994 - 1995: Diploma, Art foundation, Central St Martins college of Art and Design, London