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Sigune Hamann – ‘In the name of’

Image: Sigune Hamann: ‘In the name of’, reproduced courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Preview:
Sigune Hamann – ‘In the name of’
DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery

Preview: Friday 12 July - 6.00pm
Exhibition open: Saturday 13 July to Sunday 6 October 2013

In the Name Of’ by Sigune Hamann opens with a preview on Friday 12 July at 6.00pm. The exhibition is in response to the showing of the Lindisfarne Gospels at Durham Cathedral and the process of the manuscript’s creation.  The project is commissioned in partnership with NEPN.

‘In the name of’ will encompass work that relates to journeys and transitions and the way we experience and interpret them. The exhibition of photographs and videos will include a 56 metre panoramic photograph taken at a street demonstration and a new series of portraits of pedestrians with the inscription ‘In the name of’ as posters and billboards installed in Durham City.

Sigune Hamann is an artist who deals with still and moving images. In photographs, videos, installations and online environments she explores the effects time and perception have on the construction of mental images. Her projects operate in the space between the still and the moving image: she experiments with images created through movement and explores narrative structures through panoramic film-strips.

 

 

 

Therblig – Wideyed Exhibition

Therblig

Exhibition preview July 13th 2013 2-4pm
Opening 13-19 July 2013
Free Admission

Opening times

Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm

 

Retraced: St Cuthbert’s Final Journey – Paul Alexander Knox

Retraced: St Cuthbert’s Final Journey – Photography Exhibition, Millennium Place, Durham.

Preview: 27th June 5-8pm
Exhibition: 28th June till 3rd August 2013 (open daily from 10am-5pm)

When the Vikings descended on Northumberland in the 9th century the Community of St Cuthbert were forced to flee their sacred and holy island. They gathered up their most precious belongings; the body of St Cuthbert, the head of St Oswald, the bones of St Aidan and the Lindisfarne Gospels, and set on a momentous journey that helped shape England.

In April 2013, Richard W Hardwick, writer-in-residence for Durham University’s School of Applied Social Sciences, travelled with award winning photographer Paul Alexander Knox along the whole route. They visited the locations the Community of St Cuthbert took refuge in, recorded the landscape they journeyed over and told the stories of the people they met along the way.

The exhibition is a visual documentation of their journey.

www.stcuthbertsfinaljourney.com
www.paulalexanderknox.com
www.richardwhardwick.co.uk

BALTIC Artists’ Book Fair: NEPN Participation

Wideyed, 'Foreign Bodies' photographer's book

Image credit: Wideyed, 'Foreign Bodies' photographer's book

Friday 14 & Saturday 15 June 2013 / 10.00 – 18.00

For two days only, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art plays host to a national two-day Artists’ Book Fair.   The North East Photography Network has been invited to participate by organiser Theresa Easton and is delighted to take this opportunity to showcase the vibrancy of contemporary photography book-work.  NEPN is pleased to be partnering with Side Gallery and photographer/producer Aaron Guy on the production of the event.

We are interested in presenting high quality publications and editions, reflecting the breadth of practice in this area from handmade books, zines, newspapers, published and self-published issues, to the more traditional ‘photobook.’

Digital Photobook presentation, 10.30-11.30am, Level 1 Cinema Space
There will be a screening presenting new forms of digital publishing at 10.30-11.30 on both days in the Cinema space.

Photography ‘reading group’ discussion, Saturday 16 June, 3-4pm, Level 1 Cinema Space
Join us for a discussion around traditional and new forms of photographic publishing in our ‘photo lounge.’  All welcome.

Background
BALTIC celebrates the Festival of the North East and becomes a market place of exhibiting bookstalls within Quay on Level 2, with additional opportunities to have a go at bookmaking and experience some Bibliotherapy from Lucy May Schofield in a Citroen Van and mobile library. Also on display is The Sunderland Book Project offering visitors the chance to explore the city through the medium of artist’s books; The Book Apothecary, a travelling museum of book art encased in suitcases, as well as sculpted bookwork from Cleveland College of Art. The Festival of the North East is a month long celebration of the region’s creativity and innovation, jam packed with over 200 events happening in every part of England’s North East during June 2013.

More information on the project can be found at: http://theresaeaston.wordpress.com/baltic-artists-book-fair-14th-15th-june-2013/

Follow our blog at http://www.nepn.tumblr.com for live updates.

 

Funding success for NEPN and our photography friends in the North

An award of £149,691 from Arts Council England’s Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity will boost and support the ambitious fundraising plans for a consortium of six publicly funded photography organisations based in the North of England.

Amber Collective and Side Gallery, Newcastle, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, LOOK: Liverpool International Photography Festival, North East Photography Network (NEPN), Sunderland, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and Redeye, the Photography Network, Manchester have joined forces to work together with aims to increase knowledge of fundraising and build extra income for each organisation.

All consortium members have a long history of formal and informal collaboration; most of the members have worked together over the years on shared exhibitions, shared talks and events. All bring their own area of expertise and specialism and all are bound together by their commitment to promoting and sharing photography locally, regionally nationally and internationally.

The Northern Photography Consortium has a broad reach and includes galleries offering exhibitions, membership organisations offering training and support, an international festival and a unique photographic collective. At the heart of each is the desire to explore, experiment and share people’s stories from across the globe in projects that stimulate and inspire both photographers and audiences.

The Catalyst award will enable the consortium to be radical in their thinking about how they fundraise both individually and collectively. This award will enable them to make a shift in their individual funding models and adopt entrepreneurial approaches to income generation.

Areas of activity will include:

  • Identifying potential regional, national and international major sponsors who have an interest in photography.
  • Developing innovative events and opportunities for potential sponsors
  • Building new individual and corporate membership schemes
  • Buying in of specialist fundraisers to work with each organisation, offering training and skills
  • Sharing of ideas and knowledge
  • Tapping into the potential of social media and digital technology

The National Media Museum (NMeM) will work with the Northern Photography Consortium to advise and support the group.

For  more information see the Redeye website HERE

 

Photographer Talk: Mark Power

© Mark Power

© Mark Power

Friday 26 April 2013, 6.30-8.00pm
The Mining Institute
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Photographer Mark Power will be joining us to discuss recent projects, challenges in documentary practice and being a Magnum photographer.  The talk will start at 6.30pm in the Mining Institute’s Lecture Theatre and will be followed by refreshments in the Library.

As a child Mark Power discovered his father’s home-made enlarger in the family attic, a contraption consisting of an upturned flowerpot, a domestic lightbulb and a simple camera lens. His interest in photography probably began at this moment, although he later chose to do illustration – specialising in life drawing and painting – instead. He (somewhat accidentally) ‘became a photographer’ in 1983, working in the editorial and charity markets for nearly ten years, before he began teaching in 1992. This coincided with a shift towards long-term, self initiated projects which now sit comfortably alongside a number of large-scale commissions in the industrial sector.

Power’s work has been seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the world and is in several public and private collections. He has published six books: ‘The Shipping
Forecast’ (1996), ‘Superstructure’ (2000), ‘The Treasury Project’ (2002), ’26 Different Endings’ (2007), ‘The Sound of Two Songs’ (2010) and ‘Mass’ (2013).

Mark Power joined Magnum Photos in 2002.

The event is free to all but booking is requested HERE

BALTIC Artist’s Book Fair – NEPN Participation

Friday 14 & Saturday 15 June 2013, 10:00-18:00pm
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead

For two days only, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art plays host to a national two-day Artist’s Book Fair.   The North East Photography Network has been invited to participate by organiser Theresa Easton and is delighted to take this opportunity to showcase the vibrancy of contemporary photography book-work.

NEPN is interested in presenting high quality publications and editions, reflecting the breadth of practice in this area from handmade books, zines, newspapers, published and self-published issues, to the more traditional ‘photobook.’

Tables are available for collectives, artists, publishers and distributors.   Tables will need to be ‘manned’ at all times where sales are desired. Table sizes are 90x180cm.

We are also able to showcase up to 3 publications per individual photographer/artist on independent tables.  These cannot be sold on the day, however business cards/information can be displayed and connections made to potential buyers.

In line with the wider event, there is a submission process and tables will be charged at £60.  Individual book submissions are free; however SAEs must be included if they are to be returned.  If not they will be donated to BALTIC Library and Archive or NEPN.

Deadline Friday 26 April 2013.

Please provide the following information (please do not send publications at this point) by email to: amanda.ritson@sunderland.ac.uk
·      Press/Publisher/Collective/Photographer name (table request)
·      Photographer/Artist name (individual submissions)
·      Details of works you wish to present, including brief information on format, dimensions, content, title(s).
·      Short Description of your practice or press.
·      Up to 5 low resolution images of the work or those reasonably representative of your work
·      Full contact details including email address, website/social media
·      How did you find out about the artists’ book fair?

Successful applicants will be notified by 3 May 2013.

Background
BALTIC celebrates the Festival of the North East and becomes a market place of exhibiting bookstalls within Quay on Level 2, with additional opportunities to have a go at bookmaking and experience some Bibliotherapy from Lucy May Schofield in a Citroen Van and mobile library. Also on display is The Sunderland Book Project offering visitors the chance to explore the city through the medium of artist’s books; The Book Apothecary, a travelling museum of book art encased in suitcases, as well as sculpted bookwork from Cleveland College of Art. The Festival of the North East is a month long celebration of the region’s creativity and innovation, jam packed with over 200 events happening in every part of England’s North East during June 2013.
More information on the project can be found at: http://theresaeaston.wordpress.com/baltic-artists-book-fair-14th-15th-june-2013/

A PDF for the event is available for download here

NEPN Reading Group: John Darwell at Hatton Gallery

John Darwell, Bag in Fence from Hannover (from After Schwitters).

11 April 2013, 6.00-7.30pm
The Hatton Gallery
Newcastle upon Tyne 

Join us at The Hatton Gallery to meet John Darwell to discuss his current exhibition ‘After Schwitters.’  


The ‘Reading Group’ format invites informal discussion, reflections and refreshments.

John Darwell has travelled to sites particularly relevant to the life and work of Kurt Schwitters including Elterwater, the Isle of Man, Hanover and Norway to produce his own photographic responses to these places.  The results are exhibited at The Hatton Gallery until 20 April 2013.

The Hatton Gallery is home to Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbarn wall, which is on permanent display at the gallery.   The event is programmed in partnership with The Hatton Gallery.

Places are free but limited, so please book HERE 
John Darwell is an independent photographer working on long-term projects that reflect his interest in social and industrial change, concern for the environment and issues around the depiction of mental health.

To date he has had seven books of his work published, of which the most recent are ‘Dark Days’ (Dewi Lewis Publishing 2007) documenting the impact of foot and mouth disease around his home in north Cumbria, and a twenty five year retrospective ‘Committed to Memory’ (Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery 2007).

Previous books include ‘Legacy’ (Dewi Lewis 2001) an exploration of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and ‘Jimmy Jock, Albert & the Six Sided Clock’ on the Port of Liverpool (Cornerhouse 1993).

His work has been exhibited, and published, widely both nationally and internationally, including numerous exhibitions in the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, the USA, (Houston Foto Fest, New York and San Francisco) Mexico, South America and the Canary Islands, and is featured in a number of important collections including the National Museum of Media/Sun Life Collection, Bradford; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

In 2008 he gained his PhD for research into the visualisation of depression for his work entitled ‘A Black Dog Came Calling’. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle.

www.johndarwell.com

Talk with Founders of Singapore International Photography Festival

Gwen Lee and Jay Lau, Founders of the Singapore International Photography Festival (http://www.sipf.sg/) will join us for our first event at the Northern Centre of Photography, Sunderland. Gwen and Jay will talk about their approach to programming and organising Singapore International Photography Festival, and Singapore’s only photography space, 2902 Gallery, followed by a Q&A session chaired by Dr Carol McKay, NEPN.

The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is the first event of its kind in Southeast Asia. The biennial festival strives to provide a platform for Southeast Asian artists to showcase their works alongside their international peers at various venues across Singapore.  The three main festival components are the official exhibitions, workshops and a 3-day portfolio review session for 40 selected Southeast Asian photographers.  Alongside the official exhibitions and programmes, the SIPF Fringe activities are carried out at various arts galleries, arts spaces and education institutions to promote photography across Singapore.
Join us for a short tour of the new Northern Centre of Photography (NEPN@home), at 6.00pm. The talk will start at 6.30 prompt followed by refreshments.
Register your attendance via http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5572056170
Portfolio Reviews available:
We are delighted to be able to offer a small number of free portfolio reviews with Festival Curator and Founder, Gwen Lee, on the morning of 7 March 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne.  The reviews are aimed at critically‐engaged photographers who take a serious approach to their practice and an application process is in place.   Reviews will last 20 minutes. Gwen Lee is interested to view documentary and fine art photography. 
Up to 5 photographers will be selected to participate in one review each.
Photographers should send a CV, short statement about your practice (max. 250 words) and web links to your work, or a maximum of 5 images, which must not be larger than 75KB each, by email to amanda.ritson@sunderland.ac.uk by 9am Friday 1 March.    Given the short turnaround time, photographers should expect to hear on Monday 4 March if they have secured a review.

The Social: Encountering Photography

Image credit: ©Simon Roberts, Sunderland vs. Liverpool, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, 16 August 2008 from the series We English

 

The Social: Encountering Photography

The Social website is now live at: http://www.thesocialnepn.co.uk

The North East Photography Network (NEPN) has announced the first international celebration of photography in the North East from 18 October – 16 November 2013.

‘The Social: Encountering Photography’ will create a dynamic exchange of photographic practice and experimentation, embracing varied social contexts and activities.  The event will provide opportunities for engagement with high quality lens-based practice in ways that are accessible and relevant to a broad public, and will attract regional and national tourism.  It will bring artists and artworks of national and international stature to the region, whilst creating opportunities for regionally based photographers to exhibit their work.

Sunderland will be the creative hub of the event, enabling NEPN to collaborate with a range of cultural and business partners, including the new Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, The Bridges Shopping Centre and the National Glass Centre.  Collaborations with Locus+, Durham Art Gallery, Arts Centre Washington and PH Space/NewBridge Projects, amongst others, will extend the reach of the event across the region.

‘Encountering Photography’ will see the photographic activation of social spaces both inside and outside, private and public.  By placing new photography projects in key public and social spaces, the event will provide easy and chance access, designed to allow for a broader interaction with photographic work and will act as interventions in the daily social and commuting life of the general public.  Following an international open call for proposals, ‘The Social’ will support the presentation of a number of new projects by  emerging and established photographers.

A programme of associated events will offer opportunities for professional and creative development, public participation and photographic sharing.

The Social: Encountering Photography will take place 18 October – 16 November, with the opening weekend Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October 2013.

Image credit:  ©Simon Roberts, Sunderland vs. Liverpool, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, 16 August 2008 from the series We English