Heidi Morstang

Heidi Morstang

Lecturer in Photography

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Lecturer in photography

Convener Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group

2nd Year co-ordinator

Dissertation supervisor

PhD supervisor

Personal tutor

Heidi C Morstang works with moving image, photography and experimental documentary films.  Her work is rooted in the physical, and she is interested in the social, cultural, mythological and archaeological histories embedded in landscapes. She uses images to explore and gain insight into these and the subtle relationships between them.

She has worked on several international collaborations with historians and scientists.

Her work has been exhibited widely internationally since 1995, and works are held in various private and public collections.

She is a lecturer in photography at Plymouth University, UK, where she convenes the Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group and is part the Photography Research Group (Media and Art Research Centre). She is part of the operations team at the Sustainable Earth Institute.


Postgraduate Certificate: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Plymouth

MA Documentary Photography with Distinction, University of Wales College, Newport

BA (hons) Documentary Photography, First Class Honours Degree, University of Wales College, Newport

Art History, University of Oslo

Examen Philosophicum, University of Oslo

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Society of Fine Art Photographers, Norway (FFF)

Member of British Beekeeping Association (BBKA)

Teaching interests

Photography, moving image. Documentary photography. Sustainability. Interdisciplinary collaborations.

Research interests

Documentary film and photography. Environment. Landscape. History. Seed collections. Ecology. Mathematics.

Other research

Researcher in Photography Research Group, Media and Arts Research Centre

Researcher in MIA - Moving Image Arts Research Group

Researcher in Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group

Convener of  Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group

Research groups

  • Moving Image Arts (MIA)

Other academic activities

Organised the following Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group symposium:

2017: 'Territories' (co-organised with Kayla Parker)

Speakers: Barbara Bosworth, Domenika Williamson, John Martin, Susan Trangmar, Emeric Hluisset,Fedra Dekeyser, Claudia Pilsl, Carole Baker, Tom Cox. 

2017: 'Safe-keeping bees: an interdisciplinary exploration of the future for bees in Britain'

Speakers: Nick Bentham-Green, Mark Edwards, William Kirk, AndreaLiggins, Amy Shelton 

2015: 'Wilderness / Wildness' (co-organised with Oli Udy)

Speakers: Liz Wells, Eva Cooney, Daro Montag, Jay Griffiths, Stephen Huggett,Temujin Doran, Angus Carlisle 

2014: 'Nocturnal' (co-organised with Ines Rae and Liz Wells)

Speakers: Nick Alfrey, AngelaKingston, Susan Derges, Jem Southam, William, Arnold, MiloNewman, Liz Nicol, Louisa Fairclough, Tabatha Andrews, Fergus Heron, ChrystelLebas 

2013:  ‘Mapping’ (co-organised with Ines Rae, Liz Nicol, Liz Wells and Jem Southam)

Speakers: DavidChandler, Jean Delseaux, Caitlin Desilvey, Justin Partyka, Yan Preston, SusanTrangmar, Oliver Udy, Martin Warren, PascaleWeber, David Wyatt 

2011: 'No Man's Land' (co-organised with Liz Wells and Mike Lawson-Smith)

Speakers: Alev Adil, Anthony Haughey, Anne Noble, Emma Stibbon, Liz Wells, AnthonyCaleshu 

2010: 'Land and the Metaphysical' (co-organised with Liz Wells)

Speakers: David Williams, Jo Love & Mike Evans, David Rayson, Jane Grant, Peter Cusack 

2009: 'Land and Expedition' (co-organised with Liz Wells)

Speakers: Anne Burke, Melanie Challenger, Neville Gabie, Vicky Long, Jorma Puranen,Stephen Vaughan  

2013:  ‘Unfolding narrative - from middles to beginnings to endless


 (co-organised with Anya Lewin and Kayla Parker)

Moving Image Research Group, Media and Arts Research Centre

Initiated, organised and led the following International Artist-in-Residencies hosted by Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group:


Artist: Caroline McQuarrie, Massey University, Wellington, NewZealand. 

2012 - 2014 (three visits): 

Artists: Hantu: Pascale Weber (Sorbonne University, Paris, France) andJean Delseux (University of Clermont-Ferrand, France). 

Final film works screened in the Ocean City Festival, September 2014.Supported by the Marine Institute, Erasmus European Programme andfaculty of Art and Humanities, Plymouth University

Hosted by Land/Water and the Visual Arts research group in collaboration with the Marine Institute, Plymouth University.


Additional information

Represented by Galeria Ana Vilaseco, Spain.

Represented by photographic agency Millennium Images, London.

Selected works shown at The Royal Norwegian Embassy, London.

Founder of Plymouth University Beekeeping Association.