Toril Brancher

Art photographer

Specialist skills

  • Photography

Originally from Oslo Norway, Toril Brancher lives and works in South Wales. Her MA and BA(Hons) in documentary photography were both achieved at University Wales Newport.

Her most recent Welsh commission is from the Glynn Vivian in Swansea; to make a portrait video installation of the painter Glenys Cour, to be shown at a retrospective show of Cour’s work in 2014. Toril’s work is in the collections of the V&A London and National Museum and Galleries of Wales Cardiff.

Toril’s recent work with Arts Alive Wales has included the documentation of Crafty Women, a workshop group that meets around fabrics and design to learn new skills. An artist book will be produced to celebrate the project.

Crafty Women is the continuation of a project that was inspired by the dress that Toril’s mother wanted to pass on to her grand daughter, who in turn loved wearing it. Toril says it felt as if she was seeing her mother and daughter as one, and was subsequently inspired to make images that depict handed down clothes worn in the Welsh landscape.

Previous work with Arts Alive Wales includes Face to Face, a project engaging with young people in Abergavenny. Youngsters were invited to take their own photograph using a medium format camera and a long shutter release.

Toril is also a Ffotogallery tutor at Chapter, Cardiff and runs Creative Photography courses at Arts Alive Wales.

Toril Brancher photographed by Richard Ward
Cow Parsley from the series 'but i picked flowers instead' 2012
Untitled, from the series 'in the footsteps of Glenys Cour' 2012
Untitled, from the series 'looking for Glenys Cour' 2012
Gate Rose3, from the series 'but i picked flowers instead' 2013



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