The Cut Digital Archive

Bill Jackson

Friday 28th May 2021 - 6:00 pm

If you missed the chance to book a ticket, you can still join the show here:

The Cut Digital Archive is a series of interviews and talks with artists that have exhibited at The Cut.

Kasia Posen, herself a local artist, talks to 10 artists to discuss their practice and studio life.

Second in the series is Bill Jackson, the last person to exhibit in real life in the Malt Room Gallery in 2020, in a narrow window between lock down 2 and 3. 

Bill is a photographer, filmmaker and sound artist, primarily working in the fine art gallery and site specific arenas. This concept of time is crucial to his ideas, exchanging the classic definition of photography as a series of instant glimpses of the world in which we live, to a personal definition of ‘space-time’.

A conceptualist arts education in the early 70's at Coventry School Of Art, continues to inform his thinking and work practice. Heavily influenced by his photographic tutor at Coventry, Gordon Goode, who introduced him to performance photography. Goode had been the photographer for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Straford in its formative years of the 1950’s and ‘60s. As a child Bill was fascinated by the world of darkness from the streets to the cinema and the stage, and this has ultimately affected his practice.

“When the lights go out

And the darkness surrounds you

Open your eyes to the Wonderment”

Working during the day, he uses a film camera to observe micro moments, ‘Little Instances of Time’. These ‘video postcards’ explore relationships between people and their environment. Bill is also an ArtDocumentary maker working collaboratively with other artists.

As a nocturnal photographer and filmmaker, he maps ‘events’ in the Suffolk landscape. Having set the ‘stage’ he creates the tools necessary to capture, through time exposures, the ‘performance’ of elements such as the sea or the wind. It is a unique document which taps into the natural energies.

Sometimes he works collaboratively with writers and poets which become, what he terms, as FotoFilms - stills becoming part of a moving sequence. He combines ‘image, music and text’ to translate these ‘maps’ into a personal observation of his surroundings.

He is currently investigating the Suffolk landscape at night working with different light spectrums documenting a world that that we ordinarily cannot see, creating images that have been described as ‘extraordinarily beautiful.’

He seeks to find the magic in the darkness and as he says ‘it is like being a child again looking for nocturnal wonderworlds.’





2020 FLOAT The Cut Halesworth
2018 Carte Postale collaboration with Dance East and PhotoEast Jerwood Dance Studios Ipswich
2015 Cartographie Luminaire  The Cut Halesworth
2013 Dark Light 1 & 2 Poetry Festival Pond Gallery Snape Maltings and  the Peter Peers Gallery Aldeburgh
2012 Cabinet Of Curiosities Art Projects with Troika Editions London Art Fair
2011 The Night Hunter  VZ Gallery London
2008 Inside and Out  The Market Place  Arts Centre Armagh Northern Ireland
2002 Punctured Space Commissioned by the Pump Room Galleries
1986 New Works Herbert Art Gallery and Museum Coventry
1985 Bill Jackson Portraits Bill Brandt Room   Photographers Gallery London
1985 Portrait Season  Impressions Gallery York
1984 Love Labours Lost Barbican Centre London  Portraits RSC Company
1984 Circus Print Room  Photographers Gallery


2019 Moscow Photo Centre MIFA Awards Winners Exhibition
2019 Venice Revisited Close Up Cinema London with Judy Goldhill and Eileen Haring Woods
2019 Man Of Stones Flipside Festival Suffolk
2019 Man Of Stones Messums Wiltshire
2019 The Venetian Mirror Venice Biennale Italy
2017 Motion PH21 Gallery Budapest
2017 London Art Fair Design Centre London
2015 Re-Fashioned : Garments as Art  Old Fire Station Oxford
2011 Centre Forward Denver International Airport from the permanent collection of the Center For Fine Art Photography Fort Collins Colorado
2011 Portraits  Center For Fine Art Photography Fort Collins Colorado USA
2011 Taylor Wessing Portrait Awards  National Portrait Gallery
2010 RPS International Print Exhibition Allen & Overy London
2010 World Photographic Award Winners Exhibition Madrid Spain
2010 International Portrait Exhibition Minneapolis Center Of Photography
2009 The International Portrait  selected by Mary Ellen Mark The Center For Fine Art Photography Fort Collins Colorado USA
2009 Snap to the Grid  Los Angeles Centre for Digital Arts USA
2009 The Documentary Exhibition  selected by Ed Kashi The Center For Fine Art Photography Fort Collins Colorado USA
2009 RPS 152nd International Print  Allen & Overy London
2009 Corrections Curated by Harriette Lawler and Frank Ettenberg : SomArts San Fransico USA
2008 Third International Mini Print Exhibtion at Voixvisuelle Ottawa Canada
2008 Snap to the Grid 2008 Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art California, USA
2008 DigitalArt Expo International 2008  Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art California, USA
2008 RA Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts London
2008 Trains Planes and Automobiles  Center for Fine Art Photography Museum of Contemporary Art Fort Collins USA
2007 Snap to the Grid  LACDA Los Angeles USA
2007 International Fine Art Photography  Center for Fine Art Photography Museum of Contemporary Art Fort Collins USA
2007 Mattice Award  Exhibition   Dangenart Nashville TN USA
2007 The Brain Project   Biblioteca Statale Trieste Italy
2006 Identita` & Storia  Primo Piano Living Gallery Secco Italy
2006 Orilla 6   Museum of Contemporary Arts Sante Fe Argentina Prize Winner
2006 Snap to the Grid Los Angeles Centre for Digital Arts USA
2006 Art of the Digital The Lyceum Theatre Gallery San Deigo USA
2003 'Spectrum iii   Q Arts Derby
2002 'Spectrum ii Heathcote Arts Nottingham
1996 Synaptica Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry
1986 Selected by British Council for Cultural Exchange to represent British Contemporary Photography at The Brno Museum Prague
1986 The Animal in Photography 1840-1986 Photographers Gallery London
1985 Image and Exploration British Photography  : Photographers Gallery London
1984 Welsh Open 84 Selected Portraits by Angus McBean,theatrical photographer  - Ffotogallery Cardiff
1982 The British Arts Council  Collection  Beaumanor Hall Leicester
1982 Birmingham Artists  Midland Arts Centre Birmingham
1982 Midland Open '82  Midland Group Gallery Nottingham
1982 4th Brunel Open  Brunel University London
1980 Fleeting Gestures Selected by Bill Jay ICP Gallery New York, Photographers Gallery  London

Awards and selections

2020 Man Of Stones Cannes International Independent Film Festival - Semi Finalist
2020 Man Of Stones Carmarthen Bay Film Festival - nominated Best Short Documentary
2018 Gold Award Moscow International Foto Award Moscow
2018 Silver Award Toyko International Foto Award Toyko
2017 Gold Award Toyko International Foto Award Toyko
2013 Third Prize Nature Award PX3 Paris
2013 Editors Award Award The Print Space London
2011 Selectors Award Suffolk Showcase
2011 Silver Award RPS 154th International Print Exhibition
2010 Shortlisted for the Robert Cornelius Portrait Award</b> Honourable Mention
2010 Bronze Awards  Epson International Panoramic Awards
2010 Bronze Award 153rd RPS International Print Exhibition
2009 Honourable Mention  World Photographic Gala Awards Madrid Spain
2009 Gold Award Graphis Photography Annual 2010
2009 Honourable Mentionat the PX3: PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS
2009 Silver Award 152nd RPS International Print Exhibition  
2008 Honourable Mention at the PX3: PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS
2009 Portfolio 2 Book Cover Award The Center for Fine Art Photography Colorado USA  
2008 Premier Prix TROISIéME exposition internationale Centre d'artistes Voix Visuelle Ottawa  Canada
2008 Best of Show Trains Planes and Automobiles Museum of Contemporary Arts Fort Collins Colorado  USA
2007 Prizewinner Orilla 6 Museum Of Contemporary Arts Sante Fe  Argentina
2006 Mattice Award Dangenart Gallery Nashville  USA
2006 Toray Digital Creative Arts Award Toray Industries Japan

Please book a free ticket and make a donation, if you'd like to support us. You can donate more by buying multiples of £5. We appreciate every penny! We will send a zoom link at 3pm on Friday 28 May.

We're grateful to Arts Council England for funding this project.