Staff Profile


Mr Rob Ball

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Creative Arts & Industries

Campus: Broadstairs

Tel: 01227 925145

Profile summary

Rob joined the Photography Programme as a Senior Lecturer in 2009. Graduating with a Masters Degree from The University of the Arts London in 2005, Rob makes work about coastal communities. As a practice-based researcher Rob’s output is predominantly visual, frequently realised in the form of exhibition and publication. Dreamlands was published by Dewi Lewis in 2015, Coney Island in 2017 and Funland 2019.

Research and knowledge exchange

Selected Exhbitions
Seaside: Photographed, Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2019 / John Hansard Gallery 2020 / Grundy Blackpool 2021
Lessons of the Hour with Isaac Julien, stills and tintypes, Memorial Art Gallery / Metro Pictures, New York, March 2019, now touring
L'espace secret, Martigny, Switzerland, September 2018
New Defence Project, Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury, Aug 2018
Beside The Sea (Resort Studios Show), Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, Aug 2017
The Itinerant, Margate Festival, July 2017
Tintype Studio, The Photographers' Gallery, London, July + Oct 2015
Light Waves, Resort Studios, Margate, October 2015
Art Car Boot Fair, Margate, August 2015
Dreamlands, The Photographers' Gallery, London, June 2015
Sea Bathers: Reflections and Responses, Tintype Studio, Margate, May 2015
Capturing Light, Silverprint, LCC Moose on the Loose, May 2015
Unremarkable Stories book, On Landscape Project #1, Guest Projects, London 2014
Unremarkable Stories, Exchange, Illinois State University 2013
Obsolete Studios, Turner Contemporary 2013
The Collected, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury 2013
Obsolete Studios, Format Festival, Derby 2013, 2015
Paper Round#2 at The Royal Academy Summer Show 2012
Ways of Looking Festival, Bradford 2011
The Line of Lividity, Primo Alonso, London 2009
The Redemptive Beauty of Life After Death, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham 2007


University of the Arts Collection archive
National Portrait Gallery, London
Unremarkable Stories and Dreamlands Books, V&A Museum

Publications and research outputs

Rob Ball is founder of Obsolete Studios and Director of The South East Archive of Seaside Photography.


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