Clare Booker

Artist / Human Geographer / Arts Educator
PHD Student, Royal Holloway, University of London. Human Geography.
Title of Thesis: 'Imagined Airport' ; 'Visual Re-Imaginings of Airport Space via the Technological Gaze'


Art Practice / Research:

I am a painter, experimental filmmaker and human geographer, exploring how spatial experience can be visually represented. My art practice is focused on how the methods of collage and montage can represent the spatial collisions and transitions experienced whilst occupying and navigating public spaces, both actual and virtual. I am currently working towards a PHD in Human Geography, at Royal Holloway, University of London, where my research focuses on the space and place of airports. I look at these spaces via the technological gaze, using surveillance technologies such as Google Earth, Streetview, Webcams, and own and appropriated video footage, as both a method to explore and observe, and as a visual method in which to generate new responses to the space.

I am an active member of the research groups Landscape Surgery, Digital Geographies, and Geohumanities which are based in London. Landscape Surgery is a group of geographers and artists, both academic staff and students, addressing themes of place and landscape, mobilities of people, creative and collaborative geographies, collection and curation, geographical imaginations, material geographies, urban cultures, and multiculturalism. Digital Geographies is a working group with the Royal Geographical Society, which engages in discussions and projects around the digital, and its role in research, scholarship, teaching and writing. The Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities is a major initiative linking arts and humanities scholars and practitioners, geographers and the creative, cultural and heritage sectors. It showcases and fosters work with an arts and humanities orientation on issues that have a strong geographical resonance, such as space, place, landscape and environment.


I adopt a multidisciplinary approach to teaching, where I specialize in painting, collage, drawing and digital media. The relationship between the physical surface of paint, and the digital surface presents many exciting possibilities for teaching. I believe in the importance of process and experimentation. Thinking as a result of doing. The making of work in search of an idea.

1973: Born in Manchester.
2012 – present. PHD Social & Cultural Geography. Royal Holloway, University of London.
2001-2003: University of Salford; M.A Creative Technology
1993-1996: Manchester Metropolitan University B.A.(Hons) Fine Art (Painting)
1999-2001: Manchester Metropolitan University PGCE Further & Higher Education.

2017: RGS Conference Paper: CFP Digital methods as influences on research design in geography.
Digital viewing environments as visual methods of research and practice.
2016: Re-assembling Worlds. Clare Booker/Simon Ford. Dye House Gallery, Bradford.
2015. In the light of the Monochrome. Group Show. Dye House Gallery, Bradford.
2014: Group Show. Practice Gallery, University of London.
2012: 'Digital Romantics', Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax
2011: YCC Gallery, Bradford. 'Workers Playtime'
2010: Gallery 27, Cork Street, London. JHW Fine Art.
2010: 'Out of Office' The Electric Works, Sheffield.
2009: ‘Hot Desk’ Old Broadcasting House, Leeds.
2008: ‘Capture’ Zion Arts Centre, Manchester.
Collaboration with Paul Holmes.
2007: Big Screen Animation, Centenary Square, Bradford.
Commission by FABRIC: ‘Bradford Blocks’: Short film in collaboration with Studio 164
2007: The Lowry, Salford ‘One Love: The Football Art Prize’
2006: ‘3264’ Work based on the Germany World Cup
Yorkshire Craft Centre Gallery, Bradford
2004: Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester:
BBCi interview: Jan 2004: "http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/arts/2004/01/13/airport.shtml"
2003: Salford MA Creative Technology Final Show: Centenary Building Gallery
2003: Commission: Book Cover Design, Carcanet Press:
Matthew Welton;’The book of Matthew’
2001: Bankley Studios, Manchester :
Open Studios Exhibition
1998: Painting Commission; Manchester United F.C / Atherton Fuller Architects
Paintings commissioned for Salford Suite, North Stand, Old Trafford.
1996: Atlas Café Bar, Manchester . Group exhibition
1995: Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester :
Group exhibition;‘Recreating Poussin’
1993: Stockport Art Gallery
Group exhibition