Staff Profile


Mr Rob Ball

Senior Lecturer

School: Media, Art and Design

Campus: Canterbury

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 and his new book about Coney Island is due for release in 2017.

Research and knowledge exchange

Selected Exhibitions

Tintype Studio, The Photographers' Gallery, London, July + Oct 2015
Light Waves, Resort Studios, Margate, October 2015
Art Car Boot Fair, Margate, August 2015
Dreamland, 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
Obsolete Studios, Pie Factory, Margate 2012
Paper Round#2 at The Royal Academy Summer Show 2012
Unremarkable Stories (work in progress), Burton Gallery, Broadstairs 2012
Ways of Looking Festival, Bradford 2011

Margate PhotoFest, Margate 2010
The Line of Lividity, Primo Alonso, London 2009
Breathe, East Thames Gallery, Stratford, London 2008

Selected Publications / Awards / Presentations
Dreamlands Presentation at Coney Island Museum, July 2016
Dreamlands by Dewi Lewis, June 2015

Dreamlands and SEAS Photography Lecture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2015
Shadows Symposium, Camberwell College of Art, 2015
Beyond the View (New) Perspectives on Seaside Photography exhibition, conference and publication edited by Rob Ball and K.J. Shepherdson, 2014
Dreamlands and SEAS Photography Lecture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2015
Unremarkable Stories by Rob Ball and K.J. Shepherdson, Burton Press 2012
Unremarkable Stories at Prix du livre, Arles 2012
Photograph of the Month at The National Portrait Gallery, London July 2009
The Collector’s Guide – Humble Arts Foundation, March 2009
EXIT Magazine, Machines, Autumn 2008
Camera Austria – 98 2007
Magenta Foundation – Emerging Photographers, Publication 2006
Creative Review – Photography Annual, October 2006


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, Director of The Burton Gallery and Deputy Director of The South East Archive of Seaside Photography.


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