Award winning British artist Ellie Laycock‘s photographic practice explores the urban environment and its impact on its residents, ideas of power and control, politics and the passage of time. Her work often incorporates elements of historical research and, due to her original training as a fine art sculptor, sometimes 3D objects.


Ellie was recently nominated for the prestigious global Prix Pictet, awarded first place in Architecture by the New York Center For Photographic Art and shortlisted for “Portrait Of Britain’ by the British Journal Of Photography, also published as a book by Hoxton Mini Press.


Recent commissions include ‘Low Income Displacements’ , a large-scale public billboard work for Artworks Of Resistance/ Save Nour and a commission and artist residency as selected artist for the Lambeth Town Hall Art Programme (Arts Council England/ Lambeth/ Photofusion/ 3Space). Her  solo show at Photofusion, ‘1500 Days of Gentrification’, paired photographs taken 1500 days apart to show the hyper-gentrification taking place around her in Brixton, London, where she lives and works.


Ellie is represented by L A Noble Gallery.

Ellie Laycock artist photographer


Shortlisted ‘Glover Raynor Prize’,  2024

Nominated for the ‘Prix Pictet’ Global Award for Photography and Sustainability, 2023

Official Selection Laurel for ‘No Man Is An Island’, Camden Community Film Festival, London, 2023

Shortlisted ‘Portrait Of Britain’, British Journal Of Photography, 2022

First place ‘Architecture’, New York Center For Photographic Art, 2021

Official Selection Laurel for ‘Brixton Minute’, Mr Vorky Film Festival, Serbia, 2021

Selected Artist, Shutterhub Bursary, 2020

Selected Artist, London Creative Network, 2016


Commissions / Residencies:


‘Artworks Of Resistance’ Commission, Save Nour Public Artwork Commission, Brixton, 2021

Public Artwork 1 week residency at Jubilee School, Tulse Hill, London, 2021

‘People and Places’ Commission and Artist Residency, Photofusion/Arts Council England/Lambeth/ 3Space, 2019-2021

‘The Brixton That Wasn’t’ Artist Walk, Lambeth Heritage Festival/Photofusion, 2019

‘The Brixton That Wasn’t’ & ‘Utopia London’, Artist Event with Ellie Laycock and Tom Cordell, Photofusion, London, 2019


Solo Exhibitions:


‘1500 Days Of Gentrification’, Photofusion, London, 2019

‘#Regeneration’, Camden Peoples Theatre, London, 2016

‘Utopia’, Demo, SoHo, London, 2007

‘Monkey Gone To Peckham’, Clerkenwell, London, 2002


Group Exhibitions:


‘This Fractured Land’, Discover Bucks Museum, Aylesbury, 2024

‘The Tipping Point’, Bell House, Dulwich, 2024

‘Salon/24’, Photofusion, London, 2024

‘Shutterhub Open’, Cambridge University, UK, 2023

‘No Man Is An Island’, Camden Community Film Festival, 2023

‘Through The Lens’, Photofusion, London, 2023-24

‘Summer Exhibition’, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2023

‘Fibre’, AIR Gallery, Manchester, 2023

‘Salon/23’, Photofusion, London, 2023

‘Yearbook’, Shutterhub, 2022

‘Evidence’, Bath Photo Festival, UK, 2022

‘Your Body Belongs To You’, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France, 2022

‘Postcards From Europe’, Art at the ARB, University of Cambridge, UK, 2022

‘Postcards From Great Britian’, Art at the ARB, University of Cambridge, UK,  2022

‘Salon/22’, Photofusion, London, 2022

‘Our Lands’, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 2021

‘LoFi Poster Show’, Studio 73 Gallery, London, 2021

‘Community Policy’, 198 Gallery, London, 2021

‘Spectemur Agendo’, Lambeth Town Hall, London, 2021

‘Yearbook 21’, Shutterhub, London, 2021

‘Salon/21’, Photofusion, London, 2021

‘Brixton Minute’, Mr Vorky Film Festival, Serbia, 2021

‘Shutterhub Open’, St. Margaret’s House, London, 2021

‘Postcards From Great Britain’, Lion D’Or, Haarlem, Netherlands/ Bergen Op Zoom, Netherlands/ Oporto, Portugal/ Saint Gilles Croix De Vie, France/ Brussels, Belgium/ Ponte De Lima, Portugal/ Fujifilm HQ, Tilburg, Netherlands/ Calarasi, Romania/ Copenhagen Photography Festival, Denmark, 2020-2021

‘Salon/19’, Photofusion, London, 2019

‘Salon/18’, Photofusion, London, 2018

‘Salon/17’, Photofusion, London, 2017

‘Salon/16’, Photofusion, London, 2016

‘Salon/15’, Photofusion, London, 2015

‘III Greenwich Annuale’, Viewfinder Gallery, London, 2010

‘Open’, Viewfinder Gallery, London, 2009

‘Red Dot’, AOP Gallery, Shoreditch, London, 2008

‘Portfolio’, AOP Gallery, Shoreditch, London, 2008

‘Urban Art’, Swan Theatre, High Wycombe, 2007

’14×14′, Mafuji Gallery, Dalston, London, 2001

‘Year One / Channel Four Image Of Britain’, Photographers Gallery, London/ Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool/ Stills Gallery, Edinburgh 2001

‘Landscape’, Mall Galleries, London, 2001

‘Artwork II’, Time Gallery, Greenwich, 2001

‘Branded’, Dust, Clerkenwell, London, 2001

‘1foot2’, Mafuji Gallery, Dalston, London, 2000

‘Grey’, Orleans House Gallery, London, 2000

‘Expo’, Truman Brewery, East London, 2000

‘In Cars’, Stroud House, Gallery, Glos., 2000

‘Mile End Millennium Park’, 50th Floor, Canary Wharf, London, 1999




‘This Fractured Land’, Leap Into The Void Press,  2024 , available here.

‘Yearbook’, Shutterhub, 2022

‘Portrait Of Britain, Vol. IV’, Hoxton Mini Press, 2022

‘Poetry’, Shutterhub, 2021

‘Spectemur Agendo’, Self Published Artist Book, 2021, available here.


Artist Talks and Events:


‘Commotion Time’, Film screening and panel talk with fellow artist Jane Peacock and author Will Burns, Real Magic Festival, Wendover, 2024

‘This Fractured Land’, Invited Artist Speaker, Discover Bucks Museum, 2024

‘Trauma Conscious Social Art Practices’, Invited Artist Speaker, hosted by  Espacio Gallery & Social Art Network with Laura Noble and Ignacio Acosta, 2023

‘Your Body Belongs To You’, Symposium, Invited Artist Speaker, 2022

‘Crafting A Community Led Housing Policy’ workshops with Dr Jessica Jacobs (QMUL), Camden Community Makers and Brixton residents, 2020.

‘The Brixton That Wasn’t’, Artist Walk hosted by Photofusion and Lambeth Heritage Festival, 2019

‘The Brixton That Wasn’t and Utopia London’, Artist Talk with Ellie Laycock and Tom Cordell, hosted by Photofusion and Lambeth Heritage Festival, 2019


Featured Press:


The Guardian:  Art and Design/ The Observer: Architectural Review

Shutterhub: Close Up (Interview)

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool: Open Eye Stories

Lofi Poster Show (Interview)

London In Bits (Interview)

Brixton Blog