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The HAT Project 2006/07 is supporting 20 exchange fellowships between England, South Asia and Australia

Johnny Magee

Residency at MIRIAD

Self Portrait 1990. I quite like this image I took of myself 16 years ago..., the mirror being a sort of 'reflective' time machine! .... more likely I'm in denial of being 49 next birthday.

It all began while studying Fine Art Sheffield, 1987, where I developed an interest in 'Institutions' .... and so my practice started to emerge around the field of documentation using film, photography, video and new media. I spent some time in a Sheffield Hospital Laundry, where I documented the work of the Laundry workers using a 'fine art' photography approach.

IMAGES: from Royal Hallamshire Laundry, 1989


The exhibition which followed the laundry work set me on my way.... so I next began a four year project with the South Yorkshire Police, which culminated in an Exhibition and Book: ON DOG HAIR AND SAND

IMAGE: Book Cover, 'On Dog Hair & Sand' , 1995 ....for more images click here

I have worked within large institutions, including: Hospitals, Police, Orchestras, Business Community, Educational Institutions. My approach to documentaion usually involves ‘visualising institutions’.

You can see some images from my early days by clicking here

As well as being Documentation Artist for HAT, my current position is working full time as Associate Artist for Arts Council England where I am working within their Research & Development area.


Johnny Magee talks to conference during cHAT week at Sanskriti, Delhi, India. March 2007

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