Peter Bobby

Peter Bobby



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Born in Oxford in 1975, Peter Bobby is a Bristol-based artist and senior lecturer who studied MA Fine Art at UWIC Cardiff. His practice centres around specific constructions that allude to architectural and stylistic perfection. Presenting us with meticulously observed and constructed images that intentionally question the nature of the photographic image, in its broadest sense, as well as exploring spaces we choose to create, inhabit or encounter as we move through the contemporary city.

He is course leader of the BA Photography programme at the University of South Wales. He co-founded ‘Format’ 2007-2014, a Bristol-based art discussion group, and is a member of the eCDR (European Centre for Documentary Research).

Exhibitions, screenings and other outcomes include High-rise, Diffusion – Cardiff International Festival of Photography 2013 + The National Theatre, London + The Architecture Centre, Bristol & The Glass Tank, Oxford; National Eisteddfod of Wales, 2012; Accompanying; Into the Memory, Yanbian University Gallery, China, 2012; Video, Video Spinning Top, Vivacom Art Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2012; Athens Video Art Festival, 2011; Videoholica, Varna, Bulgaria, 2010; A Video Serenade, The Elizabeth Foundation, New York, 2010; Photospeaks I & II, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan & Gallery Iang, Seoul, 2009/2010; Covet, Plan 9, Bristol, 2009; Floor Plan, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2009; The Core of Industry, Fotographia Europea, Reggio Emilia, 2008; Locale, Unit 2, London, 2005; Reception, Ffotogallery, Cardiff/Swansea 2003/2004.

Specialties: Art, Photography, Education, with a specific interest in Architectural Photography and it’s impact on our understanding and experience of Architecture

Research interests


Contemporary Art and Photography, Architectural Photography

Member of CIRI (Creative Industries Research Institute) at USW

Member of the eCDR (European Centre for Documentary Research) at USW

Research interests



2015 ‘Strip’, Site Specific Installation, The Control Room, Bristol
2013 ‘High-rise’, Glass Tank Gallery, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford
2013 ‘High-rise’, The Architecture Centre, Bristol
2013 ‘High-rise’, The National Theatre, London
2013 ‘High-rise’, Diffusion – Cardiff International Festival of Photography, Tramshed, Cardiff
2007 ‘Recent Work’ Cube Gallery, Manchester
2004-2005 ‘Reception’, Solo Show, Michael Tippett Centre, Bath
2004 Solo Show, ‘Reception’, Ffotogallery, Turner House, Penarth, Cardiff
2003 ‘Reception’, Solo Show, Mission Gallery, Swansea, a collaboration with Ffotogallery, Cardiff
2002 Double solo show, Peter Bobby and Rita Palanikumar (Swiss), Plastica Gallery, Bologna, Italy


2015 ‘In Place of Architecture’, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
2015 ‘Graphics Interchange Format: 25 Years of Focal Point Gallery’, Focal Point Gallery, Southend
2014 ‘Format Archive’, presentation of groups archive, showreel and publications, Brighton Photo Fringe 2014, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2013 ‘Savorr X’, Samson & Hercules House,
Tombland, Norwich
2012 ‘Create, Observe, Perform’, Alkovi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, Curated by Dawn Wooley and James Moore
2012 ‘The 4th International Festival for Photography’, The Society of Korean Photography (SKP), Yanbian University, Yanji, Jilin Province, China, invited International Guest
2012 Y Lle Celf (The Art Space), National Eisteddfod of Wales, Vale of Glamorgan 2012, Wales
2012 Installation of the ‘Video, Video Spinning Top’ project, Vivacom Art Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011 Exhibition of International Contemporary Photography, organized by the ministry of environment, Coex, Seoul, South Korea
2011 Help Earth, ‘The 3rd International Festival for Photography and Video’, Soeul, South Korea
2011 ‘Videoholica Special Selection 2010’ in association with VisualContainer, [.BOX] Videoart Project Space, Milan, Italy
2010 Down Stairs, Up Stairs, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan City, South Korea
2010 ‘Sold Out’, Elastic Residence, London
2010 ‘The 2nd International Festival for Photography and Video’, The Society of Korean Photography (SKP), Namsoeul Uni Gallery, Soeul, South Korea
2009 Covet, Plan 9, Bristol
2009 Floor Plan, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2009 It Wouldn’t Be Worth It Without The Struggle, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff
2009 ‘The 1st International Festival for Photography and Video’, The Society of Korean Photography (SKP), GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, South Korea
2008 The Core of Industry, Spazio Gerra, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2005 ‘Locale’, Group show at Unit 2 Gallery, London, with Mika Sellens and Matt White, part of Photomonth
2005 ‘Inner Space’, Bridgett Smith, Jason Oddy & Naglaa Walker, Focal Point Gallery, Southend
2002 ‘Carte Blanche’, Three person show, Marco Samore (It), Rita Palanikumar (Sw), Nouvelle Gallerie, Grenoble, France
2001 ‘Interni’, Plastica Gallery, Group Photography Exhibition, Bologna, Italy
2001 ‘Arte Da Galles: Una Nuova Generazione’ (Art From Wales: A New Generation) Comune Gallery, Milan, Italy, Arts International and The Welsh Arts Council
2000-2001 ‘West’, 1st Ffotobiennial, Wales 2000, Ffotogallery, Cardiff / Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea / Aberystwyth Arts Centre / Wrexham Arts Centre


2014 ‘Hush Before the Loop’, Contemporary Space, Varna, Bulgaria
2013 High-rise Screening: ‘Architecture, Performance, Transformation’, Arnolfini, Bristol, screening of five works by Peter Bobby, Catherine Yass, Mark Lewis, John Smith and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, curated by Peter Bobby and Al Cameron
2013 ‘Curtain’, Lyttleton Theatre Fly Tower, National Theatre, Southbank, London, Part of the London Festival of Architecture 2013
2011 ‘Video, Video Spinning Top’, Night of the Museums and Galleries, Parking Lot, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2011 The Future is Now, Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece
2011 VAU Fest, The International Video Art & Short Film Festival, Kiev, Ukraine
2011 Images Poétiques 2011, Oodaaq Festival, Rennes, France
2010 MEM Festival, International Experimental Arts Festival, Bilbao-Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
2010 Night of Museums & Galleries, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2010 VIDEOHOLICA 3rd International Video Art Festival 2010, Varna, Bulgaria
2010 A Video Serenade, EFA (The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts), New York, USA


2018 ‘Display | Dispositiv’, Referenced in major essay by Joanna Lowry, ‘Uncanny Technologies: Photography, fantasy and the moving image’, Peter Bobby’s ‘Curtain’ discussed alongside David Claerbout’s ‘Shadow Piece’ ISBN: 978 37705 5634 8 (German Text)
2016 ‘Urban Design Thinking’ (Reference – 2 Images), by Kim Dovey, published by Bloomsbury
2015 Included in ‘Post-War to Post-Modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales’, published by Gomer Press, Edited by Peter W Jones and Isabel Hitchman
2015 ‘High-rise’, Ffotogallery Wales Ltd. Featuring essays by Prof Kim Dovey, Dr Robin Wilson, and Dr Liam Devlin
2013 ‘Curtain’, Ffotogallery, with essay by Joanna Lowry
2012 4th International Festival of Photography, Korean Society of Photography, China/South Korea
2012 National Eisteddfod of Wales 2012, Digital Publication, including essays by Declan McGonagle and Sean Edwards – ‘Curtain’ referenced in both essays
2011 ‘Help Earth’, 3rd International Festival of Photography Catalogue, The Korean Society of Photography (SKP), Seoul, Korea
2010 ‘Ffloc, examining practice as research’, University of Wales, Newport
2010 ‘Photo Speaks 2010’, 2nd International Festival for Photography and Video, The Society of Korean Photography (SKP)South Korea
2009 ‘Photo Speaks 2009’, 1st International Festival for Photography and Video, The Society of Korean Photography (SKP), South Korea
2008 ‘The Core of Industry’, 1st International Photography Award, part of Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2006 Included in ‘Artists in Britain Since 1945’ (2nd Edition) by David Buckman, Published by Art Dictionaries Ltd
2003 ‘Reception’, Publication of Artists Monograph by Ffotogallery Wales Ltd. and Mission Gallery, Swansea, Edition of 500, Featuring essay, ‘Space, the Final Frontier’, by Paul Jeff


11.2018 ‘Uncanny Technologies: Photography, fantasy and the moving image’, by Joanna Lowry, video ‘Curtain’ discussed alongside David Claerbout’s ‘Shadow Piece’
2015 ‘Corporate Vernacular’, by Prof Kim Dovey
2015 ‘High-rise Detachment: Irony and ‘Performance’ in the work of Peter Bobby’, by Dr Robin Wilson
2015 ‘In sight. In visible. In situ…’ by Dr Liam Devlin
2010 ‘Picturing Photography and Passing Birds’, by Joanna Lowry
2005 ‘Locale: Tenses and Tensions’, by Dr Paul Kilsby
2003 ‘Space, the Final Frontier’, by Dr Paul Jeff (‘Reception’ is also discussed at length by Paul Jeff in his Phd thesis)


2015 ‘Zenith’ images and introductory text featured on Scopio Network (online)
2015 Review of ‘High-rise’ Publication, CCQ Magazine Issue 6, by Emma Geliot
2015 Review of ‘High-rise’ Publication (online), Photomonitor, by Jesse Alexander
2015 Review of ‘High-rise’ Publication (online), Darwin Magazine, by Harry Rose
2015 Publication Launch Event, Arnolfini, Bristol
2013 Review of High-rise, RIBAJ, by Pamela Buxton, ‘Guess the high-rise’ (online)
2013 Review of High-rise, Shipshape Magazine, p16
2013 Review of High-rise, Venue, Bristol Post p42
2013 Review of High-rise, bd online, by Cate St Hill (online)
2013 Interview with Jessie Alexander published by Photomonitor (online)

Education/Academic qualification

Fine Art, MA, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

BA Fine Art (1st), University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

Foundation Studies, Art & Design, Oxford Brookes University

PGCE Art & Design 14-19, Institute of Education, London

External positions

External panel member at Validation Event for 4 Foundation Diploma Courses (Photography, Fine Art

2014 → …

External Examiner, IFP (Intensive Foundation Portfolio), Oxford Brookes University


External panel member at Validation Event for IFP (Intensive Foundation Portfolio) at Oxford Brookes University

2012 → …

Graphic Design and Fashion) at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College through the University of Gloucestershire


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