Awards for Artists
Image of Ingrid Pollard
Photo: Emile Holba.

Ingrid Pollard

Ingrid Pollard (born 1953) has developed a practice that is realised within a context of history, landscape and environment, complexities of race, autobiography and aspects of Britishness. Interrogating the histories of photography, Pollard uses digital, analogue and alternative photographic processes, also incorporating printmaking, image-text and artist books, installation, video and audio. Pollard comes from a community arts background. Working with communities, both historic and contemporary, Pollard explores representation, history and landscape with reference to race and difference. This led to her recent role of company photographer for the women of colour production of Richard II at the Globe Theatre.

Pollard received the BALTIC Artist Award in 2018 where she presented Seventeen of Sixty Eight – an exploration of invisible lives and unmapped histories, ownership and land, history and identity, with reference to the black figure signified across the UK. The exhibition comprised sculptures, video, found objects and historical artefacts.

Pollard was also the Inaugural Stuart Hall Research Fellow in the same year, and received an honorary fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society in 2016 in recognition of her contributions to photography. Pollard was one of twenty founding members of Autograph (the Association of Black Photographers).

Pollard has worked as an artist in residence at a number of organisations, including Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, London, 1994; Cumbria National Park, 1998; Project Row Houses, Houston Texas, US, 2004; and Croydon College of Art, 2011. Her work is included in numerous collections internationally and nationally, including the Arts Council Collection, Tate Britain and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The extraordinary PHF Award comes at a particular timely moment for me, providing the opportunity to experiment, scale and develop my photo-based work with ambition. The Award will allow me to invest in a studio, to focus on experimentation with cross-discipline photographic processes and materials, to read and travel and to invest in my practice with a sense of relief and escape from financial pressures. I look forward to an uncompromising, expansive next three years.
Ingrid Pollard

Examples of work

Seventeen of Sixty-Eight (series), 2019

Seventeen of Sixty-Eight (series), 2019

Giclée print. 75 x 91cm. Exhibited as part of Seventeen of Sixty-Eight at BALTIC, Newcastle, 2019.

Richard 2nd, 2019

Richard 2nd, 2019

Digital print. Dimensions variable. Used in the production and publicity image for Richard II at the Globe Theatre. Photo: Ingrid Pollard.

Emancipation Day, 2018

Emancipation Day, 2018

Multiple digital photograph. 110 x 295 cm. Photo-manipulation of an archive image from post-emancipation Jamaica 1891 from Caribbean Photo Archive. Commissioned by Swiss Cottage Library.

Valentine Day series, 2017

Valentine Day series, 2017

Hand-tinted digital photographic print. 110 x 801 cm. A commission to hand tint large scale black and white images from Caribbean Photo Archive of Jamaica in 1890’s. Exhibited at Autograph, London, 2017.