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January Reading Group

Photography Reading Group @ Lit & Phil.

Join us for our regular reading group, and also find out more about our new NEPN initiative  Photography Walks

The first Reading Group of 2011 will discuss recent developments (and anxieties) around street photography.

Suggested reading is this article from the Guardian by Sean O’Hagan: Why Street Photography is Facing a Moment of Truth, (18 April 2010), available at

The NEPN is also launching its Photography Walks project  (don’t worry, we’ll wait for warmer weather and lighter nights before actually taking to the streets!). If you would like to find out more about this project and how you can participate, please join us (inside) at the Lit &Phil on 19th January.

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Photographer Talk: Anna Fox

Anna Fox will talk about her work on Thursday 27th January at 7pm in the Mining Institute Lecture Theatre.  All welcome, but please reserve your place in advance by emailing

Anna has been working in photography and video for over twenty years. Influenced by the British documentary tradition and US ‘New Colourists’ her first work Workstations (published by and exhibited first at Camerawork, London 1988) observed, with a critical eye, London office culture in the mid Thatcher years. Later work documenting weekend wargames, Friendly Fire, was exhibited in the exhibition Warworks at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Netherlands Foto Institute and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Her solo shows have been seen at The Photographer’s Gallery, London, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and her work has been included in numerous international group. A new book of her work, Anna Fox Photographs 1983 -2007, edited by Val Williams was published by Photoworks in 2007 and a new exhibition of her work Cockroach Diary and Other Stories, curated by Anne McNeill is currently toured by Impressions Gallery.

Anna has recently been awarded a National Media Museum Photography Award for her project  RESORT – the contemporary face of Butlins Bognor Regis.


image credit: Anna Fox,  Butlins Bognor Regis, Family Break, 2010. It takes 15 minutes and costs £38 to be made up like a fairy             lighting: Vicki Churchill        Assisted by Andrew Bruce, Katie Bedlow and Pez

December Reading Group

Join us for the December Reading Group at Side Gallery on Wednesday 8th December from 6pm – 7.30 pm. We’ll be discussing Zed Nelson’s current exhibition ‘Love Me’. Thanks again to Side for their hospitality.

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image credit: Zed Nelson Katie, age 9. Winner. Universal Royalty Texas State Pageant, Texas, USA

November Reading Group

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NEPN Photography Reading Group

Wednesday 24th November from 5.30 – 7pm.

Venue: Mining Institute Library  (Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE)

Join us if you can for this reading group, where we will be exploring John Kippin’s new book ‘Local’ published by Art Editions North.  We’ll have reference copies available on the evening for you to look at – and some to buy!

‘Local: government, people, photography, politics’ combines a photographic narrative by John Kippin with an essay by political analyst Dr. Henry Kippin.  Both John and Henry will be there to talk about the project.

NEPN is back!

The NEPN is back with a new programme of events. We’re still working it out, but there will be a new series of talks by leading photographers and curators, portfolio review events, new commissioning opportunities and more.  Many thanks to ACE for continuing to fund us for the coming year.

More information coming up shortly. Watch this space

Side Cinema Screening

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A film by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

Winner of the Grand Jury Documentary Prize – Sundance Film Festival 2010

RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo,” named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90- minute deployment. This is war, full stop.

The conclusions are up to you.

There are only 50 tickets available do book early. Tickets £5 each

Tickets available at:

Comparing Notes

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Saturday 13 November 2010  Hatton Gallery,  The Quadrangle, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.   11am – 4pm

Photo-therapy can be seen as both an artistic practice and a clinical one using different techniques and understandings within their respective areas. Comparing Notes is an event at which two leading practitioners in the UK, art therapist Mark Wheeler and artist Rosie Martin will offer their different perspectives on photo-therapy today.

Mark was the first photography graduate in the UK to qualify as an Art Therapist,  and Rosy  worked with Jo Spence  to develop ways of working therapeutically with photography in the 1980s.

This event aims to become the starting point for developing a dialogue between art therapists and artist/ photographers, who see their work as having therapeutic ambitions.  The event has been organised by art therapist Bill Heard and artist Mike Golding in collaboration with Hazel Barron-Cooper of the Hatton Gallery.

The event is free but places are limited.


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Image credit: Paula Korte  ’Saara’ from the series ‘Melancholy Reverie’ 2010

You are invited to the preview on Thursday 14th October 6pm – 8pm

The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle
(open Sunday and Monday 11-5pm; Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 6pm)

MA Photography Final Show, University of Sunderland


Side Gallery invite

Dear Friend of Side,

You are invited to the exhibition opening and book launch of

Don’t Call Me Urban! The Time of Grime  by Simon Wheatley

Side Gallery, Saturday 25 September, 2pm


Simon Wheatley will be present to give a photographers talk, answer questions and sign copies of his newly released book.    DownloadedFile

As usual, a fine array of complementary snacks and drinks will be available.

Don’t Call Me Urban! The Time of Grime has been published as a book by Northumbria Press and will be launched at the exhibition opening event.

Signed copies will be available to buy throughout the exhibition.

No rsvp required, just turn up on the day.