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About Dr Tracy Piper-Wright

 I am drawn to the meeting point between still and moving images and explore the limits and failures of analogue and digital imaging


I teach on all levels of the BA Photography programme and lead modules in theory and practice.  I am interested in the relationship between writing and creative practice and in exploring ways in which creative students can engage effectively with the critical and theoretical contexts of their subject. 


My research interests are broadly concerned with the culture of digital photography and how digital technologies and online networks evolve new forms of practice for artists and audiences. 

My current practice based research is a curatorial project entitled ‘In Pursuit of Error’.  This project gathers examples of photographic ‘mistakes’ from photographers and the general public to form an archive of practice and repository for research.  The project explores the aesthetics of the photographic error with particular attention to the ephemerality of the error in digital photography.  The project has been presented at conferences in the UK and abroad. 

From 2013-2015 I was Lead Researcher on Show and Tell a Digital R&D Fund for the Arts research project funded by Nesta, Arts Council England and the AHRC. This collaborative research project explored how digital technology could be used to develop participation and engagement with the arts for a wider audience.

I am a contributing editor for the new academic journal MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture which will publish its inaugural issue in early 2018.

Published Work

Chapters in edited books
Piper-Wright, T (2017) ‘Using Mobile Technology to facilitate Engagement with the Arts for Children with Autism and their Families’, in Earnshaw, R (2017) Art, Design and Technology: Collaboration and Implementation, Heidelberg, Springer International Publishing pp.47-56 ISBN 978-3-319-58121-7

Piper-Wright, T (2013) ‘That’s the Story of My Life: Daily photography as a Reflexive Practice’, in Carson, J, Miller, R and Wilkie, T (eds) (2013) The Reflexive Photographer, Museums Etc, Edinburgh, pp.214-251 ISBN 9781907697944

Peer reviewed journal articles
Piper-Wright, T (2012) Review of The Routledge Companion to Research in the Art, Networks Issue 18, ADM-HEA July 2012. Read the review here

Piper-Wright, T (2010) ‘Embracing Uncertainty’, Review of the Annual Conference 2010, CHArt Newsletter. Visit the Chart website here

Published conference contributions
Piper-Wright, T (2016) ‘The Intermittent Image’ in Essay Book of the Post Screen: International Festival of Art, New Media and Cybercultures, CIEBA-FBAUL and Edições Universitárias Lusófonas, pp76-85 ISBN 978-989-8771-56-8

Other refereed and/or non- published conference contributions
Piper-Wright, T (2015) ‘In Pursuit of Error’ presented at Carbon Meets Silicon: Arts Expo of theInternet Technologies and Applications Conference, 8-11 September 2015, Oriel Sycharth, Glyndwr University

Piper-Wright, T (2012) ‘Narrative aesthetic’ as a new model for considering time in relation to public art practice’ paper presented at ‘Duration: Temporality in Public Art Practice’ Intersections Conference, 29-31 March 2012 Culture Lab, Newcastle University

Piper-Wright, T (2010) ‘Life after Death: The relevance of digital technologies for entry into the ‘canon’ of temporary, ephemeral and non-gallery sited art works’, paper presented at Technology and the Death of Art History’, The Computers and the History of Art (CHArt) Annual Conference, 10th – 11th November 2010, British Computer Society, London

Piper-Wright, T (2009) ‘Transitions and limens: the fugitive object of temporary outdoor installation art’ paper presented at Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association, (MeCCSA) Postgraduate Network Annual Conference, 8th – 9th July, 2009 Bangor University

Other publications
Piper-Wright, T) (2017) ‘The Sierra Street View Club’, Source: The Photographic Review, Issue 90, Summer 2017 pp.68

Piper-Wright, T (2016) ‘Travelling the Imaginary Landscape’, catalogue essay for the exhibition Death Returned Her to Rags, by Alexe Dilworth, shown at Gallery Fzkke, Euskirchen nr Cologne, Germany 08 July – 21 August 2016

Bright, R., Logan, C., Piper-Wright, T (2015) Circus Starr: App for Autistic Audiences - Research and Development Report, London: Nesta

Piper-Wright, T (2012) ‘Decoding the Digital Universe’ in Koodi-Code, HESA Inprint, Issue 20, September 2012, pp.18-21

Piper-Wright, T (2010) ‘And Counting 3pm’, Hap Hazard’, ‘White Umbrellas’ in Hazard MMX: Reaction, curated by Critical Writing Collective, writers responding to live art during Hazard MMX a one day performance festival curated by Hab and Greenroom, 17th July 2010, Manchester.


2017 Reality Removed, World of Glass, St Helens

2017 Aide-Memoire - Everyday Aesthetics: Visual Conversations, Pop-up exhibition space, Chester

2015 Carbon Meets Silicon, Oriel Sycharth, Wrexham

2015 Pilgrimage Film Screening, St Asaph Cathedral, St Asaph, Wales

2013 ‘I think I’ve been here before’, Photographic series shown during Helfa Gelf, School of Art & Design, Glyndwr University

2012 Play Serious, PARCNW Research into Practice Symposium, 2022NQ, Manchester,

2012 Redacted’, Photographic installations shown at Helfa Gelf, School of Art & Design, Glyndwr University

2012 F/ocal Length, Artists film and video exhibition, Oriel Sycharth, Wrexham

2011 Drawing Connections, Drawing exhibition, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy

2008 ‘Where are you going, Where have you been?’ participatory public art project for Roam the Rows, commissioned by Chester Performs, Chester

2008 Equilibrium, site specific installation project in Wales and Scottish Highlands, for Inside Out, Llanarmon D.C. Wales


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2014
  • PhD, ‘Artefact, Situation, Encounter: Towards a New Aesthetics of Temporary Outdoor Installation Art.', University of Wales 2011
  • PGCE 2006
  • BA Hons Fine Art, North Wales School of Art & Design, Wrexham 2005
  • BA Hons English & Philosophy University of Hull 1995