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POSTPONDED – Wideyed Book Launch Agri[culture]

Sadly this event is now postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

18th March 2020 – 5.30pm – 7.30pm, University of Sunderland, Showcase Space, Priestman Building, SR1 3PZ

The launch will take place at the closing event of their exhibition of the same title.

The book celebrates the culmination of a 2 year project by Wideyed photographers Lucy Carolan, Richard Glynn, Louise Taylor and Nat Wilkins, which focussed on the culture of agricultural shows in the North Pennines area, near where they live.
The closing event offers a final opportunity to see the exhibition, which also features rurally-themed work by students of University of Sunderland and University of Wyoming, produced in response to Wideyed’s Agri[culture].

Image: ©Nat Wilkins

#WatchAgain – Live stream at Side Gallery with Dean Chapman and Tessa Bunney

Our partners at Side Gallery streamed a live conversation between Tessa Bunney and Dean Chapman last Friday watch it again HERE

Otherwise Unseen will run until Sunday 5th April, 2020 alongside Waiting for Winter by Rena Effendi

 

News from Networks – Damien Wootten – Juliet Chenery-Robson – March 2020

Sadly this event is now postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Close The Door On Past Dreariness

Photographs of Newcastle’s Homeless by Damien Wootten

20th March – 24th April, 2020

All are welcome to attend the Preview on
Saturday, 21st March 1.00pm – 3.00pm 

Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, NE1 1SG

Government figures for autumn last year show that there were 4,266 people sleeping rough in England, but this statistic has been described by homeless organisations as ‘not being fit for purpose’ and a huge underestimate. But even these figures show an increase in rough sleeping of 141% on 2010.  A recent BBC investigation suggested that the true figure is closer to 25,000; in Newcastle 224 people were recorded sleeping rough at least once over the past year.

Damien Wootten’s photographs in this exhibition were taken in Newcastle upon Tyne between November 2017 and March of this year.

Image: ©Damien Wootten

 

Joy

Until 31 March 2020

The Catalyst, 3 Science Square, Newcastle Helix

A multimedia project celebrating women and ageing by Juliet Chenery-Robson, Karen Ross and Alex Henry supported by the National Innovation Centre for Ageing.

Image: ©Juliet Chenery-Robson

Blue Christmas – Cyanotype Christmas Cards

14th December – 1pm & 2pm, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

 

Create cards like no other this Christmas! Join artist Jo Howell in making unique cyanotype Christmas cards and calendars. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

This activity supports the Observe, Experiment, Archive exhibition from NEPN.

£3 per person/ Booking Essential – To book online through Sunderland Culture, click HERE

      

NE Socially Engaged Photography Network
 – Meet up

Thursday 21 November, 6-8pm

The NewBridge Project : Newcastle

Free, all welcome

The Newbridge Project, NEPN and Side Gallery are working alongside fellow cultural organisations, photographers, community groups and academics from across the country to discuss and accelerate the practice of socially engaged photography.

As part of this initiative we are hosting our first North East regional network meeting, giving organisations and individual practitioners the opportunity to come together, share ideas, projects and questions about this practice. For the first meeting we will also be joined by Open Eye Gallery’s Head of Engagement & practitioner, Liz Wewiora, to offer more information on how the initiative first developed.

In the spirit of social practice, the network is shaped collaboratively by its users and so we would love to invite anyone interested in photography / lens based media and socially engaged arts practice to come along and help us develop its future.

Accessibility: NewBridge Newcastle has limited accessibility, this event will take place in the Co-Work space of NewBridge Newcastle. We regret, due to the age of our building and its change of use we do not have a functioning lift. Please contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.

Observe, Experiment, Archive EVENTS

Alongside the exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Observe, Experiment, Archive has a series of events investigating the themes raised within the exhibited works. During November 2019, you will have an opportunity to attend artist-led talks, a family based workshop day around the theme of space and more informal gallery walk and talks.

Artists Talk: Observing the Changing Natural World
15 November, 1pm – 3pm – Special Exhibitions Gallery, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Free/No booking required


Image: Management/Polled, Doon just the job (CH2305) from Sire, Maria McKinney 2016.

Photographer talk and discussion with renowned photographers Robert Zhao Renhui and Maria McKinney.

Maria McKinney is a visual artist based in Dublin. Her work explores the impact of human intervention on the natural world, often bringing together unusual contemporary materials and traditional craft techniques. She was awarded a Wellcome Arts Award in 2015 to produce Sire which she further developed during a residency at University College Dublin in 2016. A selection of works from Sire are presented within the Observe Experiment Archive exhibition.

Robert Zhao Renhui is a Singaporean artist, whose practice intersects with and is closely informed by science, in particular, zoology. His work addresses man’s relationship with nature, and related issues of morality and ethics, paying close attention to how our attitudes assumptions about the natural world are often shaped by institutions of authority and the media. Robert’s photographic project of 2013, A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World is presented within the Observe Experiment Archive exhibition.

Supported by Arts Council England and Culture Ireland.

 

Exhibition Walk and Talk: Observe, Experiment, Archive
16 November, 11am – 12pm – Special Exhibitions Gallery, Level 2, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Free/No booking required


Image: World Goldfish Queen from the series A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Robert Zhao Renhui 2013.

*This talk has BSL interpretation*

Exhibiting artists from Observe, Experiment, Archive will give a guided walk and talk in the exhibition space.

 

Exhibition Walk and Talk: This is What I See – Marjolaine Ryley
16 November, 2-2.45pm – Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Free/No booking required


Image: The Bud, from A Gardener’s Daughter, Marjolaine Ryley 2018.  

*This talk has BSL interpretation*

Marjolaine Ryley will give a guided walk and talk in the exhibition space.

 

Talk: Joseph Swan: A New Vision
22 November, 2pm – Pottery Gallery, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Free/No booking required


Image: LM.3 from Light Matter, Liza Dracup 2019.

A free public talk about Sunderland born chemist and inventor Joseph Swan, in relation to light and photography by photographic historian Dr Carol McKay and photographic artist Dr Liza Dracup.

Most people know Joseph Swan as the inventor of the incandescent light bulb. Few know he was also a photographic pioneer, an entrepreneur and businessman, with connections far and wide. We’re celebrating this story in Sunderland, the place where he was born and grew up and where he encountered photography for the first time.

Liza Dracup is a photographer based in the north of England.  Making work by unconventional photographic means, her experimental practice extends beyond the hours of daylight, drawing her into a world lit by artificial light. She is in pursuit of an alternative vision, one that de-familiarizes the once familiar. Her photographs reveal details, sensations and simplified forms, which were once invisible or concealed.  Placing emphasis on the extraordinary properties of the ordinary, her work creates an enriched idea of the northern landscape and its natural history.
Dracup’s wider research extends to re-positioning a wide-range of historical collections-based research material across photographic, artistic and scientific disciplines, which also underpinned her PhD at the University of Sunderland (2017).

Dracup is best known for Sharpe’s’ Wood (Impressions Gallery, 2007), an innovative series of large-scale colour landscape photographs made between dusk and dawn. Major recent commissions including Chasing the Gloaming (2011), Re:Collections (2013) and Landmarks (2016).  Dracup’s work was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2012) and the Prix Pictet (Earth) Photography Award (2009).

This event is part of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 14–23 November and programmed in conjunction with the exhibition Observe Experiment Archive and Canny Sunderland talks series organised by the University of Sunderland. 

 

Space Rocks! Art and Astronomy Family Day
23 November, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Do you love stars and space?

Get inspired at our Space Rocks family event with a day of hands-on art and science talks and activities.

Work with visual artist Helen McGhie in an astronomy art workshop to make space rock photograms and clay meteorites with potter David Partington. Helen will give a talk about the inspiration behind her photographic work with Dan Monk from Kielder Observatory.  Find out about different types of light in an interactive workshop with the experts from Kielder Observatory. Participate in hands-on demonstrations of lasers and lenses, diffraction glasses, infra-red cameras and ultra violet sensitive beads.

This event has been funded by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Tickets for the science and art workshops are FREE but must be booked in advance.

For more information, timings and bookings please visit the Museum website HERE.

Please note some sessions have minimum age guidelines.

Helen McGhie is a visual artist based in Salford (UK).  Her practice explores the empirical nature of darkness through photography and the moving image.  She is currently investigating the act of astronomical observation at Kielder Observatory in Northumberland for her practice-led PhD, Stargazing at the ‘Invisible’: Photography and the Power of Obscured Light,’ which she is undertaking at the University of Sunderland.

 

Talk: The Polluted Seas and the Transformative Power of Photography
26 November, 6pm – 8pm – Holmeside Coffee, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Free/No booking required


Image: SOUP: Bird’s Nest by Mandy Barker 2011.

Join us for talks with Mandy Barker, photographic artist and Matt Barnes from the Marine Conservation Society. *Please note date change*
Meet at Holmeside Coffee for refreshments from 6.00pm. The talk will commence at 6.30pm.
Mandy Barker is an international award-winning photographer whose work involving marine plastic debris over the past 10 years has received global recognition. Working with scientists she aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans whilst highlighting the harmful affect on marine life

and ultimately ourselves. Barker’s work has been published in over 40 countries as she seeks to engage broader audiences in the environmental movement. She is a recipient of the 2018 National Geographic Society Grant for Research and Exploration, was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Award SPACE 2017, nominated for The Deutsche Börse Foundation Photography Prize 2018, and nominated for the Magnum Foundation Fund.

Matt Barnes is Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager (NE) for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The MCS is the UK’s leading marine charity, working to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected. Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious wildlife. MCS’ vision is for seas full of life where nature flourishes and people thrive.

            

       

Artist Talk and Book Launch: Tim Mitchell

Friday 25 October 2019

5.00 – 6.00pm Talk
6.00- 8.00pm – Book Launch and special exhibition viewing

The Pod, National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL.

Join us for a talk and discussion with photographic artist Tim Mitchell together with cultural geographer Professor Mike Crang, Durham University and Naomi Austin, senior lecturer in Fashion Design and Promotion at the University of Sunderland at 5pm on Friday 25 October.

Tim Mitchell’s exhibition at NGCA, Product brings together two bodies of photographic artwork created over an entire decade, that together track the birth and death of our clothes. In the NGCA Collections Space, The Hopeless Transport Archive presents a vast collection of photographic images of abandoned vehicles, accumulated over 20 years, found on his travels across the whole of Europe.

Following the talk there will be a launch event for Mitchell’s first monograph, Product from 6-8pm.  Published by Kerber, the book brings together Mitchell’s observation of the lifecycle and consumption of objects and commodities, photographed over 15 years, contextualised by economic, sociological and art historical essays by Luc Boltanski & Arnaud Esquerre, Mike Crang, Nicky Gregson, Emily McMehen, Helen James, Carol McKay, Michalis Nikolakakis, Lucy Norris, Alistair Robinson. Design by Brighten the Corners. For further information see www.kerberverlag.com/en/tim-mitchell.html.

The event is programmed in partnership with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

Image credit: Colour-sorted western clothing ready for shoddy processing, Panipat, India 2004 from Clothing Recycled, Tim Mitchell.

NEPN Programme and Exhibitions Intern, Deadline 19 June

NEPN is seeking a Programme and Exhibitions Intern, supported by Sunderland Culture, commencing 2 September at 3 days a week for 16 weeks.

The DEADLINE for applications is 5pm on 19 June 2019. 

Access the full call for applications HERE.

BRIEF: 

During 2019, NEPN will be supporting the development of new photographic commissions, public talks, exhibitions and events.

NEPN’s major project of 2018/19 ‘Observe Experiment Archive’ will culminate in the presentation of photographic works in public exhibitions in partnership with Sunderland Culture venues (Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens) and other public contexts during November 2019-January 2020.

Sunderland Culture and NEPN are seeking an Intern to support this activity for a period of 16 weeks from w/b 2 September 2019, for 3 days per week.

The Intern will be based at NEPN offices in the University of Sunderland. This is an entry-level position for a person seeking to gain experience of the creative sector in Sunderland.

This internship is offered as part of the Unlock strand of Sunderland Culture’s Great Place programme, which seeks to develop skills in the creative sector and open up more opportunities for emerging creative professionals in the city.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

• Administrative support, including assisting with event organisation, artist and partner liaison

• Exhibition logistics support, including transportation, communications, image and text collation

• Communications and marketing support for NEPN, to include web entry, social media, mailing list, support with preparing copy for different audiences, liaising with Sunderland Culture Marketing team, as appropriate

• Image handling and resizing for different formats

REQUIREMENTS 

• Aged 18 years or over

• Passion for and/ or experience of delivering cultural projects

• Living or studying in Sunderland, and able to demonstrate a commitment to the cultural development of Sunderland

• Available between 2 September and 20 December 2019

Please read the full Job Description and application process HERE before applying.

 

 

 

 

Photographer Talk: Susan Derges


Susan Derges, Shoreline 5 October 1998 Unique dye destruction print 100.8 x 242 cm. Courtesy of Purdy Hicks Gallery

Please join us for a talk by Susan Derges on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 6.30pm, as part of our project ‘Observe. Experiment. Archive’ which explores the connections between photography and science.

The talk will take place at The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE.

The talk is free however booking is requested HERE

Much of the work of Susan Derges revolves around the creation of visual metaphors exploring the relationship between the observer and the observed; the self and nature or the imagined and the ‘real’. Susan Derges is a pioneering force in camera-less photography. Characteristically, her practice has involved camera-less, lens-based, digital and reinvented photographic processes, and encompasses subject matter informed by landscape and abstraction as well as the physical and biological sciences. Derges endeavours to capture invisible scientific and natural processes, as in her current work: the continuous movement of water, the evolution of frogspawn or the cycles of the moon. She has created her work at night, working with the light of the moon and a hand-held torch to expose images directly onto light sensitive paper. Her practice reflects the work of the earliest pioneers of photography but is also very contemporary in its awareness of environmental issues and the complexity of its conceptual meanings.

Her recent photogravures revisit a particularly fertile period in which Derges shifted the studio-based, observational and experimental nature of her practice into the more expansive darkroom of the landscape itself. Despite the fragile beauty of the works, they relied on intensely physical forms of engagement, based fundamentally on the painstaking immersion of photographic paper in rivers and on the shoreline at night. The locations of the work were places she knew intimately – the River Taw as it runs through Skaigh Wood, and the bridge at Blackaton Brook that she has walked over almost every day since moving to Dartmoor in 1992.  Undertaken over the past two years, the new printmaking project has been a re-affirmation of these key works with the prints adding new depth of tone and colour to the images.

Susan Derges (born 1955, London) completed her postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art before living in Japan, where she continued her research at Tsukuba University. Her work has been exhibited in numerous international exhibitions including Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2014) and Shadow Catchers, Victoria & Albert Museum (2010). Collections holding her work include Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; Getty Center, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum.

www.susanderges.co.uk

Susan Derges Spawn 2, 2018 Polymer photogravure with chine colle Special Edition of 6 72 x 39 cm framed. Courtesy of Purdy Hicks Gallery

Liza Dracup – New NEPN Commission

Nuthatch, 2019 ©Liza Dracup 

NEPN is delighted to announce that Liza Dracup has been commissioned for our current project Observe.Experiment.Archive, also supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Light Matter is a new photographic project exploring the natural world illuminated by artificial light, inspired by the historical ideas of Joseph Swan. Swan’s experimental curiosity led him to be the notable inventor of the electric light bulb, changing our experience of nature and vision of the world forever. This photographic commission draws on his enduring spirit of enquiry, adopting his key scientific principles of observation and experimentation and will incorporate experimental analogue and digital approaches to photographing botanical specimens, exploring the transformative properties of light and in particular artificial light.   Liza Dracup’s work often de-familiarises the familiar or recontextualises the common-place, this project builds upon this and will allow her to experiment with more abstract forms, suggesting ambiguity of specimens, hybrid plant forms and the impact of technology on the natural world.

Liza’s commission is underpinned by research visits to northern collections at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (SMWG), The Lit & Phil, Great North Museum, Newcastle Uni and NMSM Bradford. The photographic work produced will be shown in a group exhibition curated by NEPN at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (Nov 2019).

Liza Dracup is a photographer based in the North of England. She is best known for ‘Sharpe’s’ Wood’ (Impressions, 2007), an innovative series of large-scale colour landscape photographs made between dusk and dawn. Her research has led her to examine the wider cultural contexts of the northern photographic landscape, with major recent commissions including Chasing the Gloaming (2011), Re:Collections (2013) and Landmarks (2016).  Liza’s work has been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012 and the Prix Pictet (Earth) Photography Award 2009.

www.lizadracup.co.uk