Vicki Thornton is a visual artist and filmmaker working between the cinema and the gallery. Her work combines documentary and fiction filmmaking approaches to examine relationships between place, memory, performance and identity.


Vicki is currently working on her first feature-length creative documentary, (N)OSTALGIA, which she developed during the British Council Ukraine, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival’s ‘DocWorks UA/UK’ programme for emerging British and Ukrainian filmmakers. She was also artist-in-residence at IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv as part of the British Council and the Liverpool Biennial’s ‘SWAP UK/Ukraine’ artist residency programme in September-October 2017.


Recent presentations of her work have taken place at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle (2018); Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv (2018); Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic (2017); PÖFF Black Nights, Tallinn, Estonia; DOKLeipzig, Germany; Cambridge Film Festival, UK; Alchemy Moving Image Festival, Scotland; and Clermont-Ferrand, France (all 2016). She has previously undertaken residencies at Château de Sacy, France and at Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival in Florence as part of the VISIO European Workshop on Artists’ Cinema.


Vicki completed her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London and is currently undertaking a PhD in Film Practice at Queen Mary, University of London.



2016 –                   PhD Film Practice, Department of Film Studies: Queen Mary, University of London

2009 – 2011         MA Fine Art: Photography and Moving Image, Royal College of Art, London

2000 – 2003         BA Hons. Visual Arts: Sculpture, Camberwell College of Arts, London





2019                      Experimenta Mixtape #2, curated by Will Fowler, British Film Institute, London


2018                      Undertitled (live performance with Adam J B Walker), 'Projections' series, curated by Adam Pugh, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

                              How to Do Things With Words, curated by Tom Pope and Vicki Thornton, ArtLacuna, London

                              Group Show, 41/42 London

                              SWAP UK/Ukraine, Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv, Ukraine


2017                      TOMBOLA! (live collaborative performance with Adam J B Walker), IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv, Ukraine

                              There's No Place Like, curated by Valentina Lacinio, BJCEM Mediterranea Biennale, Tirana/ Durres, Albania


2016                      Microcinema, curated by James Mackay, Cambridge International Film Festival, Cambridge [cat.]

                              Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland


2015                      Shifters, Jersey Projection Gallery at La Société Jersiaise, Jersey

                              Celeste Prize, curated by Koyo Kouoh, ex-BAZZI, Milan [cat.]

                              Analogue Recurring, Lo & Behold Gallery, London

                              Bohemia Club, St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings

                              The Best Scene is Off-Screen, Scene Four: Home, curated by John Bloomfield, Flat Time House, Offsite at PeckhamPlex, London


2014                      British Swiss: Vicki Thornton, Charlie Godet Thomas and Guy Meldem, 2 Balfron Tower, London

                              One Hundred Foot II, Lo & Behold Gallery, London; Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable

                              Made in Sacy, Institut Français, London


2013                      The Remembered Film, Château de Sacy, Oise, France [cat.]

                              One Hundred Foot II, Latitude Festival, Suffolk; BCB Gallery, Athens; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

                              One Hundred Foot, University of Northampton; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; The Center for Performance Research, New York; Museo De Arte Carillo

                              Gil, Mexico City; Estela de Luz/The Center for Digital Art, Mexico City


2012                      Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York

                              OUTPOST Open: Film 2012 Touring Programme, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; Grand Union, Birmingham; The Minories, Colchester Film

                              Festival; Shortwave Cinema, London; Primary, Nottingham; Outcasting: Fourth Wall, Cardiff; Aid and Abet, Cambridge; Rhubaba, Edinburgh

                              One Hundred Foot, The Film Gallery, Latitude Festival, Suffolk; Lo & Behold Gallery, London

                              The Big Screen and Film Gallery, curated by Louise Colbourne (in association with LUX and Cine-city Film Festival), Latitude Festival, Suffolk;

                              SUPERNORMAL Festival, Ipsden

                              OUTPOST Open: Film 2012, selected by Stuart Croft, OUTPOST Gallery, Norwich

                              Centrefold 8: The Circle of Manias, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London


2011                      SHOW BATTERSEA, Royal College of Art, Sackler Building, London [cat.]

                              Until here everything is fine, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

                              MA Photography Work in Progress Show, Lower Galleries, Royal College of Art, London


2010                      Album, curated by Morgan Quaintance, Liverpool Biennial, Wolstenholme Project Space, Liverpool

                              Nature is the Church of Satan, curated by Louise Colbourne, Studio 1.1, London (touring to Whitstable Biennale, Latitude Festival, Suffolk and Open 7

                              Art Exhibition, London)

                              MA Photography Work in Progress, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London


2009                      Just Like That, curated by Louise Colbourne, Studio 1.1, London

                             Corrupting the Image, curated by Karen Mirza & James Holcombe (, VIDEOEX, Zurich

                             The Invisible Cinema, curated by Vicki Thornton and Mel Francis, The Film Club, London


2008                      AURORA 2008: The Infinite Measure, curated by Adam Pugh, The Project Space, Norwich [cat.]

                              CUBE Open, curated by Juneau Projects, CUBE Centre for the Urban Built Environment, Manchester

                              Intraveloving, curated by, CASZuidas Urban Screen, Amsterdam.

                              The Urban Tendency, curated by Ken Pratt/ Centrifugal Projects, Ambika P3, London

                              All That Remains, curated by Guillaume Breton, Galerie Schirman et De Beaucé, Paris [cat.]

                              Besame Mucho Mas, Chat’s Palace, London


2007                      All That Remains, curated by Guillaume Breton and Thomas Lock, Auto Italia, London [cat.]

                              Zoo Art Fair (SEVENTEEN stand), Royal Academy, London*

                              Espacio Majestic, Espacio Majestic Y La Puerta Azul, Seville*

                              Conflux Festival, Brooklyn, New York*

                              Noh Interior, curated by Adrian Hermanides, Durban Art Museum, South Africa*

                              Intraveloving, curated by Laure Prouvost,, London*      

                              CutUp: New Works, Hackney Wick, London*

                              Play: Experience the Adventure of Our Cities, Urbis Centre for Urban Art, Manchester*

                              What is It?, curated by i-cabin, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge*


2006                      Out of the Ruins of the Real, SEVENTEEN, London [cat.]*

                              Stealth, Kulturhuset Mazetti, Malmö, Sweden*

                              Satellites, curated by i-cabin, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York*

                              La Vida Te Espera, NIU Gallery, Barcelona*

                              Art in the Office: New Acquisitions, Arts Council England, London*

                              Open-Mic, curated by Mark McGowan, Peckham, London


2005                      CutUp Machine, SEVENTEEN, London*

                              CutUp Show, Kemistry Gallery, London*

                              South London Gallery Video Lounge, South London Gallery, London


2004                      Advent, curated by Jim Woodall, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

                              The Majorette-Rospective, 291 Gallery, London

                              Illuminations, Redgate Gallery, London


2003                      Sound of The Suburbs, Woodlands Art Gallery, London [cat.]

                              Pelican House, London [cat.]





2019                     Selected for When East Meets West Co-Production Forum, Trieste, Italy


2018                     British Council Culture Bridges International Mobility Grant

                             Queen Mary, University of London Postgraduate Research Award


2017                      Creative Europe MEDIA Development Funding (Single Project: Creative Documentary)

                              Selected for DocuTalents @ KVIFF (13th edition), organised by the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film

                              Festival, Czech Republic

                              KWA Sound Production Prize for Best Pitch, Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine


2016                      Selected for EDN European Documentary Network Market Mentors Pitch, Sheffield Doc/Fest

                              Screen International Award, Industry@ Tallinn & Baltic Event Co-Production Market, PÖFF 20 Black Nights Film Festival, Tallinn, Estonia

                              Selected for 12th DOKLeipzig Co-Production Market, DOKLeipzig 59th International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

                              Selected for DocWorks: UA/UK nine-month feature documentary development and mentoring programme, in association with The British Council,

                              Sheffield Doc/Fest and Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Festival, Kyiv

                              Selected for Euro Connection Co-Production Forum, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival


2015                      Selected for the LUX Experimenta Production Pitch, 59th BFI London Film Festival

                              Celeste Prize for Video & Animation (3rd Prize)

                              Nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists


2013                      Arts Council England Grant for the Arts


2011                      Awarded Painter Stainers’ Company Prize for Photography


2008                      Nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists





2017                      SWAP UK/Ukraine Artist Residency Programme: six-week residency at IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv, Ukraine, organised by the

                              British Council in Ukraine and the Liverpool Biennial


2013                      Ateliers d’Artistes de Sacy residency, Château de Sacy, Sacy-le-Petit, France


2012                      VISIO - European Workshop on Artists’ Cinema residency, Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, Florence





2018                      SWAP UK/Ukraine artists’ talk, Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv, Ukraine


2017                      Artist Talk: Vicki Thornton, Art Wednesdays, IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv, Ukraine


2016                      Microcinema: Then & Now, round table discussion to mark the 50 year anniversary of the London Filmmakers’ Co-op, curated by James Mackay,

                             Cambridge International Film Festival, Cambridge


2013                      Vicki Thornton: Presentation by Artist-in-Residence, Château de Sacy, Oise, France


2010                      Panel discussion with Ben Borthwick (Tate Modern) and Anne Hilde Neset (The Wire), Latitude Festival, Suffolk





2018                      Crit 4.0 with Adam J B Walker, Anna Sorokovaya and Taras Kovach, HudpromLoft, Kharkiv, Ukraine


2017                      Session Lecturer, ‘Forms of Film Practice’, Queen Mary, University of London

                              Lead Artist (with Adam J B Walker), Group Crit series at Soshenko 33 and the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kyiv, Ukraine


2016 –                   Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Film Studies, Queen Mary, University of London


2012 – 2014         Visiting Lecturer & Professional Practice Coordinator: MA Moving Image, Royal College of Art, London


2012                      Visiting Lecturer: MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London





2018                      'Ukrainian-British Art Exhibition opens in Kharkiv' in ArtUkraine

                              Lanko, Maria, Lizaveta Geman (Eds.). SWAP UK/UKRAINE, Ukraine: British Council Ukraine


2017                      Rubelevskaya, Roxana. ‘Vicki Thornton: Society is Full of Pictures…’ in ArtUkraine


2016                      Blaney, Martin. ‘Tallinn: Ghost town doc wins Screen Best Pitch award’ in Screen Daily

                              Sandwell, Ian. ‘DocWorks brings together UK and Ukrainian filmmakers’ in Screen Daily

                              Bassel, Darya. ‘A focus on the idea’, DocuDays UA International Human Rights Festival


2013                      Walsh, Alison. ‘Unusual Spaces’ in The Jericho Arts Review

                              Francis, Dr Melanie SJ. Out of Time: The Remembered Film, Sacy-le-Petit: Ateliers de Artistes de Sacy


2011                      Davies-Crook, Susanna. ‘RCA: Battersea Show 2011’ in Dazed Digital

                              Blees Luxembourg, Rut (Ed.). Hardcover: Image Perspectives, London: Black Dog Publishing


2010                      Burns, Stuart Ian. ‘Liverpool Biennial 2010: Album at Wolstenholme Project Space’, Feeling Listless


2008                      ‘All That Remains Exhibition’, Paris, Wallpaper magazine

                              Pugh, Adam (Ed.). Aurora 2008: The Infinite Measure, Norwich: Aurora


2007                      Henderson, Louis. All That Remains, Paris: Galerie Schirman et de Beaucé


2010                      McCormick, Carlo, Marc Schiller, Sara Schiller. Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, New York: Taschen*

                              Craig, Blanche. Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art, London: Black Dog Publishing*

                              Gavin, Francesca. Street Renegades: New Underground Art, London: Laurence King Publishing*


2006                      A Catalogue of Events, London: CutUp Press and SEVENTEEN Gallery *

                              CutUp Film, DVD project, IdN Magazine, Japan*


2005                      Orchestra of Anti-Matter, DVD project, Specialten magazine, London*



* Exhibitions and press marked with an asterisk refer to a period of collaborative practice whilst in CutUp collective.