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Wear Experimenting – PARTICIPATE!

#WearExperimenting is an ambitious photographic project devised by Jo Howell and commissioned by The Cultural Spring and NEPN.  The project seeks to engage the people of Sunderland in a series of photographic experiments, intended to explore the cross-currents of creativity shared by photography and science and to invite the public to share their experience of life in the city.

Over the summer, residents of Sunderland, and those who work and study in the city, have been participating in workshops and have encountered the project through a travelling darkroom which has popped up at community events, public and social spaces engaging over 1300 people!

WearExperimenting now invites the public to participate by creating images relating to the life of the city between September - October 2018.

The resultant images will be shared across social media using #WearExperimenting, building up a rich image bank and data set from which we can observe ourselves.
Works submitted may also be shown in an exhibition at Mackie’s Corner, High Street, Sunderland from 8 November – 1 December 2018.

To find out how to get involved watch the video above and find the full details here:

Twitter: @WearExperiment
Instagram:  @wearexperimenting


Futureland Now Symposium – Registration now open!

16 – 17 November 2012
Laing Art Gallery
Newcastle upon Tyne

Photographers, curators and researchers explore contemporary photographic practices and the post-industrial landscape.

The aesthetic traditions of British landscape and place are complexly remixed in contemporary visual cultures, from the pastoral vision of a green and pleasant land through to the darkly sublime satanic mills of the industrial revolution evoked in Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony. Taking our cue from such contemporary articulations, this symposium will consider how recent photographers negotiate the aesthetics and politics of place. How do photographers respond to the dramatic refocusing of Western economies in the past three decades, from manufacturing and extraction to service industries? In considering different local and global contexts, we will explore photographic landscapes where past histories haunt present experience and future possibilities, and where the (post-) industrial is variously visualised.

Our symposium will look both forwards and backwards, surveying some of the territories of new photographic landscapes that have emerged since the late 1970s, and addressing the challenges facing photographers today.  Different archaeologies of practice, place and history will be discussed, with presentations from leading practitioners, curators and academics. Futureland Now: Reflections on the Post-Industrial Landscape, featuring work by John Kippin and Chris Wainwright is at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle until 20 January 2013

Join us for two days of photographic debate, provocation and networking.

Friday 16 November, 6pm – 8pm: David Chandler in conversation with John Kippin and Chris Wainwright 

Saturday 17 November, 9.30am – 5pm:  Day Symposium 

Speakers include: Professor Liz Wells (lecturer and curator); Professor Jem Southam; (photographic artist and lecturer) Dr Eugenie Shinkle (writer and lecturer); Professor Mike Crang  (Geographer and Associate Dean of the Centre of Visual Arts and Cultures, Durham University) and Martin Newth (artist and curator).

Symposium organised in partnership with the University of Sunderland, University of the Arts London, University of Plymouth and Laing Art Gallery.

Registration open now.  Please click HERE to be taken to the online store to register and pay.

Early-bird rate offer until 31 October!  Fees are £20 for full event or £10 unwaged/students.   Register on or after 1 November and fees will be £30 full price, £15 unwaged/students.

Futureland Now Symposium Programme
Speaker Biographies


NEPN Photographer Talk: John Kippin

17 October 2012, 6.30pm
The Mining Institute
Newcastle upon Tyne

John Kippin, Hidden (National Park, Northumberland) (1988), from Futureland

NEPN is delighted to welcome John Kippin, who will be discussing new creative approaches and departures in his recent practice. John will also show experimental work from his archive that hasn’t been previously exhibited.    John Kippin is an artist and photographer working within the broad context of landscape. He is currently showing (with Chris Wainwright) in Futureland Now: Reflections on the Post-Industrial Landscape at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle until 20th January.


Whilst acknowledging the traditions of pictorial landscape, John’s work also foregrounds issues within contemporary culture and politics. In addition to gallery exhibitions, he has produced a number of public art works in a range of media and publications. Recent books include Local (with Henry Kippin) and He (with David Chandler). He has worked on numerous commissions including Cold War Par Pastoral based at Greenham Common, Berkshire,  Compton Verney in Warwickshire and Coast situated in a Martello tower in Jaywick, Essex. His work has been widely exhibited both in the UK and overseas and is in many public and private collections. John is Professor of Photography at the University of Sunderland.
All welcome. To reserve your place, email

BlackLab Commission

19 – 23 September 2012, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

BlackLab (Mishka Henner and David Oates) present their newly commissioned work ‘Photographers’ which will be shown throughout the 8th edition of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival at Shoregate Ice House and receive its world premiere on the occasion of the Festival Opening Gala on Wednesday 19 September at 7pm in the Maltings Theatre.

BlackLab will deliver a talk about the work on Saturday 22 September.  For more information please visit:

‘Photographers’ is commissioned by NEPN in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

BlackLab, from Photographers (2012)

Laura Guy Commission Event

4 October 2012, 7.30pm
The Lit & Phil (Music Room)
Newcastle upon Tyne

This Table an Aperture: an illuminated lecture developed by Laura Guy in response to The Lit & Phil as part of a research residency supported by NEPN.

Places are free but booking is required. Please email to secure your place.

Hidden Hendon


A photographic journey through the lesser known parts of Hendon & The East End of Sunderland by Andy Martin

Exhibition Preview – 17th September at 6pm
Open 18th September – 16th October 2009

Raich Carter Centre
Commercial Road