Young Photographer

We are DELIGHTED to announce that the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Inaugural Young Photographer-in-Residence is…….. ROSE RUSSELL.

The Young Photographer programme aims to celebrate the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art and bring it to life! It also provides a unique development opportunity in a professional arts environment for young Swindon photographers, while providing a means of documenting and celebrating the Art on Tour project.

Rose, 19, has just finished her studies at New College Swindon and is taking her first steps towards a photographic career. Rose completed her L3 Diploma in Photography with some stunning work on myths and legends. She has a particular interest in sport and exercise, portraiture, and digital manipulation techniques.

Rose will be working on photographic responses to help interpret and explore Swindon’s nationally significant art collection. She will also help document and celebrate the Art on Tour project which aims to bring more art to more people in more places. She will act as a young ambassador for the Gallery, looking to inspire other young people with an interest in photography. She hopes to make the Collection more accessible to a wider age-range.

To find out more about Rose and see more of her amazing work, find her on Facebook: @rose_r_photography or Instagram: @rose_photography_business or check out her website: or online shop: Welcome to the team Rose!

For her first commission, we asked Rose to explore ideas of dystopia. We asked her to use the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art as inspiration and to consider the impacts of the difficult situation we currently find ourselves in. And what a powerful response!

Rose said: ‘I love this mythical series because it is breaking the boundaries of normal life, creating these surreal images depicting mermaids and witches in a seemingly normal setting. As an artist, I really enjoy manipulating my images in Photoshop, I feel that it is a great way to expand my creativity and make my imagination come to life. As a child, I liked fairy tales and the idea of mystical and magical beings hiding in our normal world. As a young adult, I wanted this fantasy to come to life for my childhood self.’