Sophie Gerrard (Scottish, b.1978) is an award winning international artist who has worked within the field of photography for 14 years. Her practice is characterised by sensitive and evocative visual exploration of the natural environment and landscape and our relationship to it. The central concerns are people, environmental connection, identity and belonging, drawing from archives and personal narratives. Her work is often as much an exploration of others’ lives and connections with landscape as her own.
Sophie’s work has been included in numerous contemporary photographic catalogues, and has been exhibited and published internationally.
Selected exhibitions include Paris Photo (Paris), The Martin Parr Foundation (Bristol), The Photographers’ Gallery (London), The Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh), Impressions Gallery (Bradford), Streetlevel Photoworks (Glasgow), Perth Museum & Art Gallery (Perth), OFF_festival (Bratislava), Unseen (Amsterdam), Flowers East (London), The Arbetes Museum (Norrköping), FORMAT International Photography Festival (Derby), The Fox Talbot Museum (Lacock).
Sophie has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Jerwood Photography Award, a Fuji Bursary, a Magenta Fast Forward Award, the Remote Photography Award, Brighton Photodocument award and she has been nominated for the Prix Pictet several years running.
Her work is held in private and national collections including The National Collection of Scotland, The University of St Andrews Special Collection, Perth Museum & Art Gallery Collection, The Sir Elton John Collection, Couttes Bank private collection and the StatOil Collection.
Sophie has an MA in photojournalism and documentary photography from The University of The Arts London, a BA in visual communication from Edinburgh College of Art and a BA in environmental science from Manchester University.
She is represented by The Photographers’ Gallery in London.
In 2012 Sophie co-founded Document Scotland, a collective of internationally acclaimed photographers dedicated to chronicling the social, cultural and economic life in Scotland.
Sophie’s work has been published in several books including “Tunnock” by Café Royal Books, “The Bigger Picture” published by Impressions Gallery, “New Light” by The Jerwood Foundation, and “Compassion, Commitment, Community” published by The Savitri Waney Charitable Trust, Prix Pictet Brighton Photography Biennial.
Sophie lectures in photography nationally and internationally, she has been a visiting lecturer, lecturer and delivered artist talks and conference at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Napier University, London College of Communication, Falmouth University, University of the Highlands & Islands, Hereford College of Art, Southampton Solent University, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Brighton, Newcastle University and University of Sunderland.
Sophie is a member of the board of Trustees of Impressions Gallery in Bradford.