Ms Su Fahy

Principal Lecturer Employability

Fahy Su
Email address: Phone number: 01902 322690 Location: MK305 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: Wolverhampton School of Art Areas of expertise: Employability, Fine Art


Su Fahy is an artist working in lens – based media, principally photography, Fahy’s research utilises the aura of the documentary photographic image in order to interrogate and contextualise our readings of natural or architectural environments. Working principally to commission, Fahy engages with theorists, photographers and archive materials with a view to producing images for collaborative publication or exhibition.

Recent projects have included Outmoded Rituals, a study of the landscape and topography around the environs of the Severn Estuary with the first in the series exhibited at Ambika P3 Gallery in London, 2008; and the series continues to be exhibited this year in the Royal Photographic Society’s 154th International Print Show touring nationally 2011 – 2012. An AHRB funded project of photographs on the use of light by Basil Spence in the architecture of the Rome Embassy – published with Dr. Brian Edwards of the Edinburgh College of Art – ‘Basil Spence – Visions in Light’ and another photo – essay with the same author, ‘The British Pavilion at Expo’67; ‘Art, Architecture and National Identity’, based upon the architecture of the Expo ’67 site in Montreal, Canada. This collaboration has continued with a co – authored chapter on the relationship between drawing and photography in ‘Understanding Architecture through Drawing’, a second edition of this book published in 2009, and now published in association with the China Building Press in 2010.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy SFHEA 2016
  • Associate Member of the Royal Photographic Society ARPS


Selected Group Exhibitions

  • The January Challenge, , in association with Hull City of Culture UK Challenge 2017. Arts Council funded national campaign to unlock the creative potential of people in the UK through creativity, 31 days of making and sharing practice in an online gallery space triggered each day by a framed thematic.
  • Reclaim the Streets, Reclaim WM 2016, International Street and Gallery Show, exhibitor, co - curator and project partner. 2016
  • World Book Night, The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood (Vintage,1996). Artist Book Edition created with CPFR (Centre for Print and Fine Art Research), University of the West of England through individual artist submission, printed at Hazard Press Leeds, International Project screened online. Serena Joy publication/artist book accepted into Artist Book Collection, Tate Britain.
  • World Book Night final assembly line on Vimeo 2016
  • OFF THE SH(E)LF – the eclectic in the artist’s book, Group Show at iklectik Art – Lab, Old Paradise Yard, London, 2015
  • Readers Art: Concealed, Confined and Collected, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, USA, small artist book work Oh Yeah Decca! 2015
  • Shine On, World Book Night, May 2015, Small artist photo-book: Video and Zine,  Exhibition at CFPR Bower Ashton, UWE, Bristol, 2015
  • Oceans, in association with Tania Kovats, e-flux project All the Seas:The Severn Sea, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. 2014
  • Family Politics, in association with The Photocopy Club, Jerwood Gallery, London. 2013
  • Bristol World Atlas, Artists Bookwork by Imi Maufe, including two drawings for Paris and Lisbon, Su Fahy, Arnolfini, Bristol. 2011
  • Royal Photographic Society, 154th International Print Show, London and National
  • Touring Show, Outmoded Rituals –The Tea Party. 2011- 2012


  • Special Issue of the Journal Studies in Material Thinking - 'Mulltisensory Materialities in the Art School ' – Paper Fugitive Testimonies, Special Issue Publication 2017, Studies in Material Thinking, ISSN 1177- 6234, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand (2017).
  • World Book Night Artists Collective - in association with CFPR, Centre for Fine Print Research UWE. Annual international research and practice publication. Limited Artist Edition (100). Publication BOOKISHNESS launched at BABE Artists Book Fair 2017, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol. Accepted into the Artists Book Collection Tate Britain.
  • Online archive:
  • World Book Night Artists Film BOOKISHNESS circulated internationally on World Book Night 23.04.2017.
  • IRIS, (2011), Magic, Power, Presence,  IRIS Artists Collective, Scotland.
  • Maufe, I. (2011), Bristol World Atlas, BABE Artists Book fair, Arnolfini , Bristol.
  • Invited artist to contribute two drawn pages for Paris and Lisbon entries.
  • Edwards,B. (2009).The British Embassy in Rome : Collaboration between Spence ,Nervi and Arup, The Arup Journal , Volume 44,No 3/2009, Arup. New York and London Photographic Documentation,  Rome Embassy Shoot c. 2002 .
  • Dillinger, C. (2009), Camera Visibilium, E PUG Publishing, UK.
  • ‘Lo - Fi   Photography’, introductory essay to Swirls.
  • Edwards, B. (2008), Understanding Architecture Through Drawing, Second Edition, Taylor and Francis, London , USA and Canada. Published as Chinese Language Edition in 2010 by China Building Press ., Chapter 10, Drawing and Photography , Edwards , B. and Fahy , S. Photographic Documentation : Berlin Photo - shoot c 2000, Rome Embassy  Photo - shoot c. 2002, Montreal Photo - shoot c. 2006.
  • Edwards , B. and Fahy , S. (2007),The British Pavilion at Expo’67 : Art , Architecture and National Identity, article in British Journal of Canadian Studies, Volume 20. Number 2, University of Strathclyde.
  • Edwards, B. (2002), Basil Spence – Visions in Light, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh. Photographic Documentation - Rome Embassy , Photo - shoot c. 2002.
  • Fahy, S. (1985), Mobilising for Play, a publication including photographic  documentation on play and the arts in the UK and Europe. Children’s Play Association, London.
  • Fahy, S. (1982) Working On Wheels – Information Pack , National Playbus Association, Bristol.

Word Image Publications

Exhibitions and Commissions

  • Fugitive Testimonies Archive, Solo Exhibition, iklectikartslab, Old Paradise Yard, London. 2015
  • Recherche, co – curated with Jane Morrow, Exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery 2013
  • Fact or Fiction, curator of commissioned student photographers’ show in association with the V&A at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. 2008


  • Material Culture in Action, Glasgow School of Art, 2015, Artist’s Talk and Presentation, ‘The Pin - Up Reading Room’.
  • Royal Photographic Society, RPS Analogue Group, Lichfield Cathedral 2015, Paper ‘Shutter to Page’.


  • 2011, Royal Photographic Society,  154th International Print Show, RPS, UK.
  • 2008, Skip Intro, Ambika P3 Gallery, London, University of Westminster.
  • 2003, FAB 5, International Catalogue – Artists as Teachers, Kingston University.
  • 2001, FAB 4, International Catalogue – Artists as Teachers, Kingston University.
  • 2000, Boxer, International Calendar for Midlands based Advertising Agency.
  • 1999, FAB 3, International Catalogue – Artists as Teachers, Kingston University.

Conference Papers

  • 2017, 14th JulyDrawing Matters International Symposium, University of York St.John. Shifting Perspectives Paper: Questions of Becoming. Conference proceedings to be published on TRACEY - University of Loughborough's Drawing Research Site.
  • Fahy, S. (2010) Never Mind About The Weather – Spectator, Artist and Curator, Intersection Symposium, Intimacy and Spectacle, Expanding Scenography 3, Prague Quadrenniale, Evora Portugal. Conference Proceedings published online,
  • Fahy, S. (2009) Visions in Light, ADM – HEA. Conference on Sustainability, RIBA Portland Place, London. Reviewed in Networks Magazine.

Public Lectures

  • Fahy, S. (2010) Behind the Scenes at The Coventry Open, Public Lecture as part of the Herbert Illuminated Series 2010 - 2011. Invited Coventry Open Panel Judge 2010.
  • Fahy, S. (2008) Fact or Fiction Exhibition Talk and Gallery Tour, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry.

Further information


Group Shows:

  • 2011: Royal Photographic Society : 154TH International Print Show, National Touring  Show, One Bishops Gate London Gallery then touring. 
  • 2008: Skip Intro, Ambika P3, London.
  • 2003: FAB 5, Stanley Picker Gallery , Kingston Upon Thames.
  • 2002: Visions in Light, RIAS Gallery, Edinburgh.
  • 2001: FAB 4, Stanley Picker Galler , Kingston Upon Thames.
  • 2000: Boxer Calendar Show, Boxer Agency Gallery, Midlands.
  • 1999: FAB 3, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames
  • 1996: Birmingham Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club , Birmingham.
  • 1990: Parish Maps – National Environment Week , Ashton Court Mansion House, Bristol.

Curated Exhibitions

  • 2008: Royal Photographic Society : 154TH International Print Show, National Touring  Show, One Bishops Gate London Gallery then touring. 

Public Arts Projects

  • 2005: Thring Townsend Public Sculpture Competition, Swindon Wiltshire.
  • 2004: War Memorial at Tadpole Bridge, Swindon, Wiltshire.
  • 1998: Multi – sensory Fountain and Courtyard Project, Brimble Hill Special School, Swindon Wiltshire.
  • 1997: Public Mural Project, Faringdon School, Faringdon ,Oxfordshire.
  • 1996: Birmingham International Jazz Festival, photographic documentation and production of ‘Daily Jazz News’.-The Project Team were awarded an Education Business Partnership Award at Aston University.