Heather McDonough was born in Pennsylvania, USA and has lived most of her life in the UK. She has lived with her family in Dalston, Hackney for over twenty years. Much of her recent work based around the East End, is included in the East End Archive, supported by The Cass, where she is senior lecturer in Photography (BA Fine Art/BA&MA Photography/BA Graphic Design). She has been involved in local projects with schools and museums and running a variety of workshops for the local community.
In 1996 the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) commissioned McDonough to make a permanent photographic installation. In the same year she undertook an MA in Drawing (Fine Art) at Wimbledon School of Art. She was shortlisted for the Europeans Womens’ Photography Award held in Italy in 2001. Her work was selected for the Kobal Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 2001. Her work has been exhibited at London Transport Museum; V & A Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood; Hackney Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery. Her work is held in the archives of Hackney Council; the Geffrye Museum; St. Georges Hospital Trust and The East End Archives. Many of her projects have been exhibited in Photography Festivals: [Open Here]-Hereford Photography Festival 2010; Brighton Photo Fringe 2010; Arles Photo Festival, France, 2011; Portrait Salon 2011; and annually in PhotoMonth. Her hand made books were nominated and exhibited in the Unseen Dummy Book Award 2013, in Amsterdam. Most recently she was selected for the Familydom Exhibition in Florence, May 2015.
Photography Lecturer - Thames Valley University, London College of Fashion, Anglia Ruskin University, Nothampton University
Sep 1995 - Jul 2009
MA in Drawing & Photography - MA - Wimbledon School of Art
Sep 1996 - Sep 1998
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