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Academic Biography

I am a Japanese art practitioner specializing in photography, now living and working in north-east England. Before becoming a Lecturer in Fine Art at Teesside University, Middlesbrough, I was the Jo Spence Research Fellow at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, working on a photographic project in collaboration with Northumbria NHS Trust.


  • MPhil Fine Art, School of Arts & Social Sciences, Northumbria University, U.K, 2004-2009.
  • MA Photography, School of Arts & Design, Nottingham Trent University, U.K, 1998-2000.
  • BA Media Art, School of Arts, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Japan, 1994-1998.


  • 2012, Combined Royal Colleges Medal, Royal Photographic Society, London, U.K.
  • 2006, Overall winner, The Seeds of Change Photographic Award, London, U.K.
  • 2005, The Miki Jun Award, Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan.
  • 2000-2004, Jo Spence Fellowship, UK.
  • 2000, Overall winner, The Observer Hodge Photographic Award, The Observer, London, U.K.

Summary of Research Interests

My practice-based research explores ideas and methodologies around narrating human experiences with photographic images. The wider interpretation of portraying humanity is my on-going project. It is also concerned with issues of archiving and display. 

Research Projects & External Funding

2020: Berwick Photography Competition, Healing Arts project, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust.

2017 ongoing: 'Supporting Women in the Community and Home (SWITCH) project in Middlesbrough. This is a Lottery funded project which is managed and delivered by NACRO in Tees Valley.

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • 2017: Group Exhibition 'Wa no Contemporary Art in Japan', Takamatsu, Shikoku, Japan.
  • 2016: Artist in Residency, Miyoshi, Tokushima, Sikoku Island, Japan.

External Research Collaborations

  • Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing. Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Through hands-on, practical workshops, lectures and group discussions, I try and inspire students to explore and to think as critically as possible across the widest range of creative aspects within the medium of photography, both traditional and digital.

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Research Output

Hope: Our Journey Through Switch

Grimshaw, L. & Tsuchiya, I., 20 Sep 2018, University of Northumbria, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Orkney in a hundred and one tales

    Wilson, B. & Tsuchiya, I., 1 Nov 2018, Kirkwall, Orkney.: The Orcadian. 236 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Artist-in-Residency programme 2016 in Miyoshi City, Japan

    Tsuchiya, I., 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Open Access
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    Tsuchiya, I., 19 May 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Open Access
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    Silent II: A further portrait of deserted Orkney buildings

    Allardyce, K., Muir, T., Wilson, B. (ed.) & Tsuchiya, I. (ed.), 1 Nov 2017, Orcadian.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook