Ms Clare Hewitt

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About me

I am a Photographer based in Birmingham and Bristol, UK. After completing a degree in Law at Oxford Brookes University, I went on to study Commercial Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth. 

My work often focusses on ideas relating to loneliness, isolation and community. In Everything in the forest is the forest, I have worked with a circle of twelve oak trees at The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (University of Birmingham) to visually understand how they thrive through connection and communication, to inspire similar behaviour amongst human beings. In my work in progress, Kamera, I exchange letters with an American prisoner on death row, including a landscape photograph with each letter sent. 

I have been selected for awards including Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward, the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition, the British Journal of Photography's Portrait of Britain, and the Royal Photographic Society's International Photography Exhibition. I was the recipient of the GRAIN Bursary Award 2019, and received a special mention in Krakow Photomonth's ShowOFF 2022. Everything in the forest is the forest was exhibited at Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden, in September 2022. In 2022 I received DYCP funding from Arts Council England to develop this work into a fully sustainable photobook, designed by Stanley James Press.

My work has also been exhibited at venues including The National Portrait Gallery, The Palace of Westminster, Midlands Arts Centre, The Royal Albert Hall, Library of Birmingham, and Division Gallery, Toronto.

In addition to my post as Senior Lecturer in Photography at UWE, I also work as Vanley Burke's Archivist, and have managed a range of archiving projects.

My commercial clients include The New Yorker, Oxfam, Guardian Weekend Magazine, Save the Children, The Wire and New Statesman.

I am currently developing research at UWE to create a space for students, staff, alumni, and wider communities to engage in sustainable creative practice. This will include cultivating our own produce from which we'll research and make plant based products (developers, papers, inks, etc.) to work towards a circular and environmentally positive facility on campus.

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