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October 2012 - 2014 

MA Photography/Moving Image passed with distinction, Fine Art Department, Royal College of Art, London

Oct. 2006 – March 2012 

Graduate with Distinction in Communication Design (Focus: Photography) at Folkwang University of Arts, Essen



2019 This is not a Feminist Project Residency, Athens

2018 Production Manager, NEEEU, Berlin

2018 Art Consultant, Sander Media, Cologne

2016-17 Junior Producer, Post Production, Chimney, Frankfurt

2015 Oberhausen Seminar (cur. Chi-hui Yang), Shortfilmfestival, Oberhausen (

2015 Workshop Leader, Dream Group, Moon Week, org. by RCA SU, London

2015 Founder Sunday Screenings Kilburn, Artist's Film Nights, London

2014 Participant Master Class Dance, Camden Arts Center

2013 Artist Lecture, Tutorial Day with B.A. Photography Students at London College of Communication

2013 Workshop Leader: Dance in Film Workshops, ReachOut RCA, London

2008 – 2012 Assistant to the Artist Jitka Hanzlová in Essen

2010 – 2012 Teaching Assistant to Prof. Christopher Muller (Professor of Fine Art Photography at Folkwang University of Arts, Essen)

2008 – 2009 Student Assistant for Photographic Documentation at the Folkwang University Essen

2006 Internship at the Studio of the Photographers: Thorsten Kern and Heinz Augé in Cologne



2018 Stanthorpe Art Prize 2018, Shortlist

2018 Athens Photofestival 2018, Shortlist

2016 Australia Arts Council & Arts Queensland: „Cologne Residency“ Cultural Exchange Programme, Project Manager/Participation

2015 NRW Ministry of Culture's Travel Grant, Aug-Dec 2015 - Australia

2014 Night Contacts Open Submission, Selected by Esther Teichmann

2014 Delfina Foundation Residency, Longlist

2013 Baustelle Schaustelle Kunstpreis, Shortlist

2013 Durham Wharf Foundation, ReachOutRCA Residency

2013 ALISN Supermarket Artfair 2013, Mention

2011 Marianne Ingenwerth Stiftung Scholarship for the reward of exceptional Students at the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen


Solo Shows

2019 The Rhythm of Small Things, Victoria Square Project, Athens

2016 MUA, Jana Kölmel & Dennis Newie, LABOR am Ebertplatz, Cologne

2014 Jana Koelmel - This is no Art - Affordable Art- Pop -Up Exhibiton @ Brick Lane, London

2011 Jana Kölmel – Staged Photographs, Galerie & Atelier 52, Folkwang University of Arts, Essen


Group Shows

2020 Sichten. Photographs in Public Space, Erlkönig, Bremen

2018 Stanthorpe Art Prize Exhibition, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Australia

2017 Sheffield Doc Festival, DocPlayer

2016  With different eyes.The Portrait in Contemporary Photography, Kunsthalle Nürnberg/Kunsthaus Nürnberg

2016 With different eyes.The Portrait in Contemporary Photography, Kunstmuseum Bonn & The Photographic Collection/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne/Bonn

2015 Dec. - 2016 Mar. Entre el Tren y el Anden, British Contemporary Art in Mexico, Metro Polanco, Mexico City

2015 Naoussa International Film Festival, Naoussa, Greece 

2015 Auction of British Art in Mexico, Arte Mexico, Morton Auctioneers, Mexico City

2015 two hundred acres, Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London

2015 CineDance'15, TripSpace Projects, London

2015 Dance in Film - Sunday Screenings No. 03: Manon de Boer, Jana Koelmel, Raquel Claudino, Pipo Tafel, Cara Cosmic Coffee, London

2014 Echo Launch, The Function Room, London

2014 Blicke Film Festival, Bochum 

2014 You are Here, Kingsgate Gallery and Kilburn shops, London 

2014 Videoabend, Baustelle Schaustelle Galerie, Essen 

2014 SHOW RCA 2014, Something to do with my Father, Moving Image Studio, RCA Battersea, London

2014 Sience and Fiction, Booklaunch, WORK Gallery, London

2014 RCA Secret 2014, London

2013 Splinter Art Fair, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

2013 Salon Photo Off, Paris

2013 RCA Secret 2013, London

2013 Work in Progress Show, RCA, London

2012 Final Show: Photography, Folkwang University, Huyssenallee, Essen

2012 Kein Wort Zu Viel, Students of Prof. Christopher Muller’s class, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe Ettlingen e.V., Ettlingen

2011 Folkwang University Photography, Galerie & Atelier 52, Essen

2010 Academy meets Photokina, Photokina, Cologne

2010 Cumulus Conference, Zeche Zollverein, Essen

2010 Da kommt noch wer – Staged Photographs by Andrea Kiesendahl and Jana Kölmel, Folkwang Uni, Essen

2009 Sichtwerk, Essen

2009 Contemporary Art Ruhr, Zeche Zollverein, Essen

2007 Sichtwerk, Essen



2020 Deutschlandfunk Kultur, 05/05/2020, Germany

2019 und.athens, 08/02/2019, Athens

2019 The Rhythm of Small Things, Booklet, Athens

2016 Kölnische Rundschau, February, Cologne

2014 Source Photographic Review Gradute Photography 2014, Belfast 

2014 Book Review, Sience and Fiction, Photomonitor, London

2014 Sience and Fiction, RCA Photography, Black Dog Publishing, London 

2014 Union Station Magazine, #9, New York

2013 On the Tip of my Tongue, Jana Koelmel, Self-published, London

2013 Something to do with my Father, Jana Koelmel, Self-published, London

2012 Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, March, Essen

2012 “Das Gelobte Land” (The Promised Land), Jana Kölmel - Artist Book, Cologne

2012 DEKAMIRED, 2 – published by the Photography Department of the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen

2012 “Kein Wort Zu Viel” Exhibition Catalogue– Students of Prof. Christopher Muller’s class, Folkwang University of Arts, Exhibition Catalogue, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe Ettlingen e.V.

2011 DEKAMIRED, 1 – published by the Photography Department of the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen

2010 Description of the Activities of the Faculty of Design at the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen

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