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Ms Zoe Childerley

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Media and Communication

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8693



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Personal profile

Zoe has exhibited nationally and internationally and undertaken numerous commissions and residencies, working in the Caribbean, the Middle East, South East Asia, the US and across the UK.  Her work explores new environments, is developed by interaction with different communities and is inspired by the discovery of intertwining and lost histories.  The work lies between areas of fiction and documentary and examines our relationship with the natural world, our imagination and the power of narrative, creating otherworldly images inspired by folk tales from around the world, which cross cultures and generations.  She creates new stories that work to distinguish communities through their allegiance to different belief systems and ancestors, but also unite humanity through the common motifs that recur across diverse cultures’ oral (and, latterly, written) traditions.  More recently Zoe has been making work that explores the contemporary impact of folklore in Wales, and how stories have been used to reinforce the cultural identity of this minority nation. 

Publications and outputs 

  • Where's Walsenburg?
    Childerley, Z. (2012) Where's Walsenburg? [Exhibition]. Museum of Friends, Walsenburg, Colorado, August - December.
  • Being human
    Childerley, Z. (2012) Being human [Exhibition]. Hotshoe Gallery, London, 12th-30th August.
  • In a different light.
    Childerley, Z. (2009) In a different light [Exhibition]. Siddhatha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal, July; 1st Street Gallery, Trinidad, Colorado, May; Milton Keynes Contemporary, January - March.

Click here to view a full listing of Zoe Childerley's publications and outputs.

Key research outputs


Petrified in Storyland
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, University of Wales: November 2012 – January 2013

Where’s Walsenburg
Museum of Friends, Colorado: August – December 2012

Being Human
Hotshoe Gallery, London: 12 – 30 August 2011

In A Different Light 
Siddhatha Gallery, Kathmandu: July 2009
1st Street Gallery, Colorado, USA: May 2009

Milton Keynes Contemporary
Jan - March 2009

Research interests/expertise

  • Contemporary photographic practice:
  • Portraiture
  • Documentary practice
  • Mythology
  • Anthropology
  • Marginalised groups

Areas of teaching

  • Camera techniques
  • Chemical and digital darkroom skills
  • Studio lighting
  • Printing techniques
  • Visual arts theory
  • Portraiture
  • Documentary
  • Professional practice
  • Online marketing


  • BA Graphic Design
  • MA Photography

Courses taught

  • Concepts of digital media
  • Photography and Video 1
  • Creative Professional Practice
  • Practical Perspectives (MA)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Tri-pod Peer Development Group 2010 - present 

Conference attendance

Gathered World, 18th Feb 2010, National Centre for Ceramics in Wales, University of Wales, a lecture funded by the University of Wales.

Consultancy work


Curatorial Consultant for the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK. A two-year research project involving secondary students in Leicester schools to ascertain level of physical activity across age, gender, religious and socio-economic backgrounds through interview and image making.

Internally funded research project information

DMU Research funding 

  • Staff development budget – portfolio prints for Focus seminar review - £125
  • Tri-Pod Research and Development Group, April 2010 – December 2011 - £340
  • Travel expenses to residency, exhibition and symposium in Colorado, USA - £300
  • Match funding towards exhibition production cost at Milton Keynes Contemporary - £1904.70

Case studies

Petrified in Storyland Exhibition (2012) – Catalogue, reviews and other evidence

Hotshoe Gallery, London: 12 August – 30 August 2011


In A Different Light commission and exhibition (2009) – Catalogue, reviews and other evidence

Nothing Special  Exhibition (2008)  – Catalogue, reviews and other evidence

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