Jan McCullough

February 2021

Jan McCullough works with photography, moving image, sculpture and installation to explore how the photographic image can be used to construct and produce individual and collective expressions of self. Recent work has included sculptural, material responses to how the camera mediates, encounters and transforms built space and can question how we locate ourselves in it. Other work has explored how people use photography when improving their own lives in a world where desires are shaped by, and affect, advertising and the photographic image Her work has been nominated for Pla(t)form at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2018); The Deutsche Borse Photography Prize (2016); The International Centre for Photography New York Infinity Award (2016); and won the British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Award (2016). Her book Home Instruction Manual, published by Verlag Kettler, was awarded the Kassel Fotobookfestival Dummy Award and shortlisted for the Recontres D’Arles Author Book Award (2016).

Recent solo exhibitions include CCA Derry-Londonderry (2020-2021); Seen Fifteen Gallery, London (2016); Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery, Northern Ireland (2016) and The Gallery, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Freelands Gallery, London (2021); Czong Institute for Contemporary Arts, South Korea (2019); Filter Space, Chicago, USA (2018) Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2018); and Landskrona Museum, Sweden (2016).

This residency was co-sponsored by the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin, Ireland.


While the COVID-19 pandemic has constrained our ability to physically host artists in Syracuse, Light Work has responded innovatively to offer continued support in the form of remote residencies. The remote residency experience support artists in developing their artistic practice from their home or designated studio space. In addition to the stipend, artists will benefit from technical, professional, and creative support, as well as the extraordinary freedom to determine their own residency’s shape and timing. Our AIR participants can use their month to pursue their projects: photographing, scanning, printing, editing for book projects, and working closely with our staff for feedback and conversation.