Celia Davies


As Director, Celia devises the strategic and artistic development of Photoworks and Brighton Photo Biennial.

Recent major projects include co-founding the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards in 2015 and Brighton Photo Biennials 2012, 2014 and 2016, see bpb.org for detail on artists and commissions.

Celia was previously Head of Exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion, 2002-2009 where she led the visual arts programme strategy through major capital refurbishment of the Grade 1 listed building.

Other selected projects include Your Views, Gillian Wearing (2016), The British Library by Yinka Shonibare (2013) and Brighton Palermo Remix by David Batchelor for Brighton Festival (2012), This Storm is What We Call Progress by Ori Gersht (2012), Imperial War Museum, London and curated projects include Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographs of the American South including Walker Evans, William Eggleston, William Christenberry Carrie Mae Weems, Susan Lipper and Alec Soth (2010), Beuys Is Here co-curated with Anthony d’ Offay (2009), Kenneth and Mary Martin, Constructed Works (2008) and Jeremy Deller (2006). Commissions include Mumuration Rinko Kawauchi and Brighton Picture Hunt Alec Soth (2010) Seascape Susan Collins (2009), Palace Nathan Coley (2008).

She has been editor of numerous publications including the Photoworks mongraph series in partnership with Steidl on Sophy Rickett, Dan Holdsworth, Gareth McConnell and Nigel Shafran and co-editor of the Photoworks Annual.

She visual art advisor for HOUSE Biennial since 2009 and sits on the Arts and Creative Industries Commission for Brighton and Hove.