Staff profile

Dr Gemma Marmalade


Assistant Head of Discipline - Art and Photography Programme Leader - Photography

Gemma Marmalade smiling


Art and Design, Photography


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts

Research centre

Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am a British artist and academic, Assistant Head of Discipline for Art and Photography in the School of Arts, and leading the BA Hons Photography programme at the University of Derby.

My broad practice and research playfully negotiates experimental performance with its visual and sounded documents to reveal unanticipated and extraordinary outcomes from normative experiences, especially related to the speaking voice.

The title of my Ph.D. from The Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University is - In a Manner of Speaking: The Subversive Voice in Performative Art.

My work has been exhibited and published internationally, including the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; The Photographers' Gallery, London; Marjorie Barrick Museum, Las Vegas; The Apulia Film Commission, Bari; and the State Museum of Gulag, Moscow.

I am proud to work in partnership with International Photography Festival - FORMAT - co-organising its biennial research conference and co-authoring its published proceedings, and also lead on funded international art experiences for students across the School of Art in an annual working partnership with Nevada State, USA.

My experience supports external examination and value-auditing in a wealth of universities at both under and postgraduate level.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching specialisms cover primarily theoretical contexts in photography, fine art, and interdisciplinary practices and their integral relationship to creative outputs, transferable skills, intellectual transformation, and career development.

I teach on all three years of the programme with an innovative and exuberant pedagogic style, with experience in teaching at Masters level, also providing Ph.D. supervision in the scope of my research specialisms. I coordinates international relationships with fellow institutions and leads the social media profiles for the programme.

With a key role as a pastoral leader and personal tutor with extensive experience in wellbeing support, learning diversity, inclusion, and LGBTQI+ contexts, I am a repeated winner of the prestigious Union of Students Lecturer of the Year for the faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education for the University of Derby, nominated by the student and staff body.