Sophie Molins Portrait

Touching on themes of love, loss, attachment, childhood, addiction, incarceration and more, SOPHIE MOLINS creative work always speaks to the human condition.

A photographer, filmmaker, anthropologist and New York Times and Arts Council award-winning artist, MOLINS is also an activist and group facilitator with a long history working in education, addiction and climate change.

MOLINS lived and worked in the US and Venezuela before returning to the UK to become a Senior Lecturer in Photography, Cultural Studies and Art history. She is a Trustee of the pioneering Steps2Recovery, a halfway house in London for addicts leaving prison. As a climate activist MOLINS worked with Artists Project Earth (APE), attending many of the key UN conferences on climate change. Indeed, institutional systems such as the UN spurred her to complete an MA in Anthropology at UCL, with a particular interest in healing and ritual.

MOLINS creates through the lens of psychology, philosophy, feminism and anthropology; addressing universal emotions and responses, constantly questioning what it is to be human. MOLINS work rarely emphasizes the impact of a singular image, her ideas unfold in sequences, using word and image, to construct personal narratives and uncover the surreal and non-binary nature of things. Her work functions as a form of social activism linking art practices and daily life; highlighting contemporary frailties, vulnerabilities and the pace of a culture searching for meaning and connection.


2014 - 2016 University College London - Anthropology MA Ethnographicand Documentary Film Making
1999 - 2002 London Institute Central St Martins’, London, UK - MA Fine Art
1986 - 1989 University of Derby, Derby, UK - BA Photography
1982 - 1983 Chelsea School of Art, London, UK - Foundation in Fine Art

Recent Professional Experience

2008 - 2013 Artists Project Earth - Arts Co-ordinator.
2004 - 2008 University of Roehampton, London, UK - Senior Lecturer in Photography.


2005 British Council Travel Award
1997 British Council Award
1995 The New York Times
1994 South Bank Award Winner
1992 Westminster Photography Bursary


Curator for a Symposium on Architecture and Sustainability at Ecobuild; Speakers Oliver James and Tom Hodgkinson.


2019 Happy Ending Happy Ever After (15 min), Time and Timelessness Festival, Aldeburgh.
2017 Inland Island (20 min)
2016 Both Universe, 5 films for Sarah Sarhandi at The Southbank Centre Alchemy Festival.
2015 Never Green, My Street Films
2014 Donor Rock 1 (8 min), Meadow Arts and National Trust Commission.
Listening and Learning, Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice Commission.
2013 Music to Swim to (10 min), collaboration with composer Sarah Sarhandi shown at Kings Place.
2012 The Protester (4 min), Artists Project Earth commission for solo exhibition at Great Western Studios.
2011 Share of Water (4 min), collaboration with composer Sarah Sarhandi shown at Great Western Studios.
1995 Magic (4 mins)
Tricks (5 mins)
Ruby (6 mins)


2020 Time and Timelessness Festival Aldeburgh. Happy Ending Happy Ever After Q and A.
Inland Island. WOFFF20 Film Festival
Inland Island. Bozone International film festival, Montana.
Interview with Caroline Wiseman
Interview with Sarah Sarhandi
2019 Happy Ending Happy Ever After Alive in the Universe Palazzo Pesaro Papafava Venice.
2018 Inland Island. Bozone International film festival, Montana. Q&A
2017 Inland Island. The Greenhouse Q&A John Rundle
Inland Island. Curzon Bloomsbury “The journey of the woman in the Arts” Q & A Katrina Millar
Inland Island. Skip Garden Kitchen Kings Cross Q&A Jane Riddiford of Global Generations
Inland Island. Barnham Court Q&A with Rebecca Stephens MBE
2016 Inland Island (2017) The Gate Picturehouse screening.
2014 Gravity lecture series Sheffield Hallam University.
FACK Arts talk “Nurture Nature”
2013 Design, Architecture and Sustainability, Ecobuild conference area, Antara Arts festival, Bloomsbury.
2012 House of Beasts Symposium, Darwin Festival 2012, Shropshire
2007 Presentation for Mixmach, The Arts Club, Mayfair.
Presentation of practice to the Centro d fotografia-conac, Venezuela, Caracas.

Exhibitions: Solo

2013 Global Nation, Islington Arts Factory.
2012 Do not succumb to fear of Shadows, Librairie Des Alpes, Paris.
It really doesn’t matter, Grace Tashima Gallery, Paris.
The Protester, Great Western Studios, London.
2011 27 Bones, Riverside studios, London.
The Lookout, Caroline Wiseman Gallery Aldeburgh.
2010 The Impossibility of Escapism, Westbourne Grove Artspace.
2003 Pearl Grey Haze, Drive By Gallery, London.
1994 Recent Work, Centre for Photography Geneva.
1993 D.M.B.B. Advertising Agency, London.
1992 Lightsome, Metro Cinema, London.
Angels and Trees, Heinz Julen Gallery, Zermatt.
1990 Travel work, Islington Arts Factory, London.

Exhibitions: Group

2014 Building Site at Hardwick Hall for the National Trust and Meadow Arts.
2013 Nurture Nature, Lumen URC, Antara festival.
Nurture Nature, Great Western Studios.
2012 Here and Now, Chelsea Arts Club, London.
Collaborators 3, Room Gallery, London.
2011 Collaboration with Sarah Sahandi at Great Westen Studios.
Commission for Meadow Arts at The National Trust “House of Beasts”.
Psychometry, Core Gallery London.
2010 ING Discerning eye exhibition, The Mall Galleries.
Brighton Photography Fringe.
2007 Local, Lonsdale Medical Centre Queens Park.
Rizoma, Touring group show of Mexican Universities.
2005 Towers and Icons, Artists Harbour Gallery, Southampton.
Different Alphabets/Different Languages, Bury Art Gallery and Museum Text Festival.
Art of Love, OXO Gallery, London.
2004 Koestler Exhibition, Wormwoodscrubs, London.
I am the way, The Arundell Trust, London.
2003 Folorn, Tha Manor, London.
2002 Ford show at Oxford house.
2001 Somewhere, Peach Performance, Waterstones, Picadilly. London.
British Representative at EU show at PDVESA Centre, Caracas. Venezuela.
The worm has turned Poetry Cafe, London.
2000 The Torrid Zone. Venezuelan Cultural Centre, London.
Buildings, Coins Space, London.
Nets, The Poetry Cafe, London.
1999 Flowers, Zelda CheatleGallery, London.
1998 6 Women, Biblioteca National, Caracas, Venezuela.
1997 Hilogia Fundacion CELARG, Caracas.
1996 We don't tallk about it, Zelda Cheatle Gallery.
1995 Hostile Witness. Washington Project for the Arts, USA.
1993 Open Show, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales.
Compassion, Hamiltons Gallery, London.
What She Wants: Females Photographing Males, touring group show.
1992 Wallsall Museum and Arts Gallery.
Two Women, Special Photographers Co, London.
Kitchen Work, Westminster Photography Show, Pimlico Arts Centre, London.
Naked, Free Trade Wharf, Whitechapel Open, London.
South Bank Open Exhibition. South Bank Centre, London.
1991 Treading a Fine Line, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London.
1990 An Angel in the Basement Special Photographers Company, London.
1989 Pendle Photographic Gallery, England; A Degree of Communication.

Webworlds & Websites

2019 Happy Ending Happy Ever After (Promotional Website)
2017 Inland Island (Promotional Website with feature animation)
2011 Sundial in Moonlight
2009 Deep Down Dark Horse
Don't Forget the Monkey
2008 PhotoMo
2008 Sophie Molins (Original Sophie Molins Website)


2014 I newspaper - 16th June.
2012 Design Week, “Things We Like This Week” - 5th April.
2011 The Independent, “Arts Observations” - 8th July.
2010 The Times, “The Daily Register”, 23rd February, pp.33
2005 The Art of Love, Londonart, London, pp.52
2002 MA Fine Art 2002 exhibition catalogue, The London Institute, Central St Martins College of Art and Design.
1998 Hironobu Shino. Mirror Image, The Special Photographers Company, NYC, pp. 142.
Swanstock, Swanstock Inc., NYC 998 British Journal of Photography, “On View”
1997 Extra Camera no11 Bestiario, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura, Caracas, Venezuela, pp.54-55.
The Daily Journal, “Review”, September 22.
La Bjujula, “Review”, Guia Cultural, pp10.
1996 Sarah Kent. Time Out, “Review: We don’t talk about it”, pp. 56
1994 Naomi Salaman and Linda Williams. What She Wants: Women Artists Look at Men, Verso, pp.22ed.
1994 Photo 94: The Annual of the British Journal of Photography, BouverPublishing Co. Ltd., pp.122.
Make Believe
images, vol3-1/94, pp.25
ed. Sebastian Boyle, A, B, Sea, pp.
1993 Griselda Pollock. Women’s’ Art, Jan/Feb
Caroline Smith. What’s On “Beth Dow/Sophie Molins at the Special Photographer’s Company”, 28 October
Chris Bilton. Arts in Westminster, “Visions 3”, September/0ctober, pp.1
British Journal of Photography, “News”, pp.6

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