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Pop-Up ‘Punk Photo Studio’ with Kuba Ryniewicz

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Saturday 18 February 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm.

NEPN will be popping up at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens with photographer Kuba Ryniewicz in a participatory ‘Punk Photo Studio’.

Commissioned by Sunderland Libraries Service, the studio is programmed in conjunction with the British Library ‘Punk 1976-78′ Exhibition (3 December 2016 – 26 February 2017).

Re-appropriated images from Sunderland’s Local Studies Collection and news stories from Sunderland’s past will be merged with portraits of visitors to the museum and library, creating individual, unique encounters of Sunderland’s past and present.   Kuba has explored the living history of the city of the late 1970s and 1980s to spark a dialogue about the life of the collection and its growth and contemporary relevance. This new commission draws on the library’s photographic archive to playfully celebrate the resilience and independent spirit of the city and its citizens.

Like a fashion director, Kuba will invite visitors to have their portraits taken, instructing them to adopt various mysterious postures and gestures and photographing them against a blank white studio backdrop. These will be transformed into photographic souvenirs to be taken away.   All images created will also be placed back into the Local Studies Collection.

There will also be a #PunkPhotoStudio selfie station located in the museum!

Image top: ©Kuba Ryniewicz

                       

Joseph Swan and Photography in Sunderland

NEPN and Breeze Creatives are pleased to present an event with a difference about Joseph Swan and Photography in Sunderland on Wednesday 1 February at 6pm – 8pm at the Athenaeum Building, 27 Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE.

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

Join us for a Victorian Athenaeum evening, where we will combine ‘learning and entertainment’, with (brief!) photographic talks, demonstrations of old and new photographic processes and the opportunity to chat and socialize. It’s our version of ‘steampunk’ photography: 19th century techniques and inventions with a contemporary twist.

Bring your cameras and mobile phones to help us celebrate this story and find out more about how Joseph Swan is inspiring a new generation of photographers, artists and historians in the North East.

Featuring:

Artist Karolina Maciagowska will demonstrate her new work with the collodion process.

Lucy Carolan and Richard Glynn invite you to experience their ‘Lostness Cycles’: kinetic, interactive photographic works that investigate crossovers between digital and traditional practices.

A chance to view portraits created by Andy Martin using collodion process and a Mawson and Swan camera dated from 1880-1890s.

Try out our Victorian Selfie-Station.

Architecture and design historian Michael Johnson will talk about the history of The Athenaeum Building and Fawcett Street.

NEPN Programme Manager and Senior Lecturer at the Northern Centre of Photography at University of Sunderland, Carol McKay, will introduce a new photography research project by the Northern Centre of Photography.

Paul Cordes, Founder of the Newcastle Photography Festival, will talk about Joseph Swan’s many photographic patents and the processes that inspire him.

 “It’s great to be doing this event in Sunderland’s Athenaeum Building, for it was here that Swan came first as a young apprentice chemist to find out about the brand new science of photography. Here in Sunderland he was inspired to make his first photographic experiments”. (Carol McKay, Programme Manager, NEPN)

Produced by Breeze Creatives and NEPN.

With special thanks to students and staff at the Northern Centre of Photography, University of Sunderland.

This event is part of a collaboration between Breeze Creatives and Sunderland BID who are showcasing three events in the Athenaeum Building on Fawcett Street, Sunderland. As joint-winners of Sunderland’s 10×10, the events will act as taster events, keeping the vibrancy of Sunderland city alive into the evening. To celebrate the Athenaeum building the events, under the umbrella of ‘Athenaeum Nights’ also include; an exhibition which plays and responds to the scale of the space, and ‘Babble: Three-Legged Chair’; a rising talent of young artists, including Charlie Dearnley and Adam Goodwin, join to create an improvisational group exploring a conversation between music, dance and live visuals.

Please note the Athenaeum Building is an historic space in early stages of redevelopment. It is accessed via stairs to the first floor and is unfortunately not accessible for wheelchair users.

Image top: ©Karolina Maciagowska

Image below: Park MkII from The Lostness Cycles ©Lucy Carolan and Richard Glynn

 

                           

          

Photographer Talk: Sophie Gerrard

NEPN is proud to welcome Sophie Gerrard to Newcastle to speak about her practice on Wednesday 7 December at 6.30pm at the Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE.

The talk will start at 6.30pm prompt in the Lecture Theatre and will be followed by drinks and informal conversation in the Library until 8.30pm.

The talk is free but please book via the eventbrite link to secure your place HERE.

Sophie Gerrard (Scottish, b.1978) is an award-winning photographer specialising in contemporary documentary stories with environmental and social themes.

Sophie began her career in environmental sciences before studying photography at Edinburgh College of Art followed by an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication.

Her first major project, E-Wasteland was awarded a Jerwood Photography Award, a Fuji Bursary, and a Magenta Fast Forward Award. She has since been shortlisted and nominated for the Prix Pictet Award several years running and the 2015 Remote Photo Prize.

Sophie’s editorial and long term personal work has been published widely by clients including The Guardian, The Telegraph Magazine, FT Magazine, The independent on Sunday Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Foto8, The British Journal of Photography, Portfolio Magazine, Scotland on Sunday, Lucky Peach, Le Monde and many others.

Solo and group exhibitions include The Fox Talbot Museum (2016/17), The Scottish National Portrait Gallery (2015), Brighton Photoworks Biennial (2014), Impressions Gallery, Bradford (2014), Street Level Gallery (2014), Scotland House, Brussels (2014), Unseen Amsterdam (2013), Flowers East Gallery (2008), The Arbetes Museum (2008), Paris Photo (2008) and the Photographers’ Gallery (2012/13). Her work is held in a number of collections including St Andrews University Special Collection, The National Galleries of Scotland, Couttes Bank private collection, StatOil Collection and the Sir Elton John private Collection.

In 2012 Sophie co-founded Document Scotland, a collective of internationally acclaimed photographers dedicated to chronicling the social, cultural and economic life in Scotland.

Sophie is a lecturer in photography at Edinburgh Napier University and a member of the board of trustees for Impressions Gallery in Bradford.

Sophie’s work has been published in several books including “New Light” The Jerwood Foundation (2009), “Tunnock” Cafe Royal Books (2015), “The Bigger Picture”, Impressions Gallery (2015) and “Compassion, Commitment, Community” The Savitri Waney Charitable Trust (2013).

Sophie is represented by The Photographers’ Gallery in London.

https://sophiegerrard.com

http://www.documentscotland.com

Image: Blackfaced Ewes with wind turbines, Lauder, 2013. ©Sophie Gerrard from the series Drawn to The Land.

Please note that disabled access to the Lecture Theatre is gained at the rear of the building and it is best to telephone the Mining Institute ahead on (0191) 232 2201.

Photographer Talk: Mark Curran

NEPN is pleased to welcome Mark Curran to Newcastle to speak about his photographic practice on Wednesday 16 November at 6.30pm at the Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE.

The talk will start at 6.30pm prompt in the Lecture Theatre and will be followed by drinks and informal conversation in the Library until 8.30pm.

The talk is free however booking is requested HERE

Mark Curran is an artist researcher and educator who lives and works in Berlin and Dublin. He holds a practice-led PhD from the Dublin Institute of Technology, is Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Photography programme, Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT), Dublin and Visiting Professor on the MA in Visual & Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.

Incorporating multi-media installation informed by ethnographic understandings, since the late 1990s, Curran has undertaken a cycle of long-term research projects, critically addressing the predatory context resulting from the migrations and flows of global capital. These have been extensively published and exhibited, including DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2010), Encontros da Imagem, Braga (2011), PhotoIreland, Dublin (2012), Grimmuseum, Berlin (2013) & FORMAT, Derby (2013). He has also presented widely including The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2012), Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) (2013), Abbey Theatre, Dublin (2014), McGill University, Montreal (2014), Royal Anthropological Institute, London (2015), University of Ljubljana (2015), University of Bern (2015), Glucksman Gallery of Art (2016) & Boston University (2016).

Mark Curran’s The Economy of Appearances was commissioned by Noorderlicht Photofestival 2015 and NEPN. Sited in the new financial district of Zuidas on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the work focuses on the Netherlands role in global structures of High Frequency Trading (HFT) and Shadow Banking. It is an elaboration of his long-term transnational research project, THE MARKET, focusing on the functioning and condition of the global markets.Taking the sphere out of abstraction and positioning it as a pervasive force central to our lives, themes include algorithmic machinery of financial markets, as central innovator of this technology, absorption of crises as normalisation of deviance, and long-range mapping and consequences of financial activity distanced from citizens and everyday life.

Supported by Arts Council of Ireland & curated by Helen Carey, THE MARKET has been presented at Gallery of Photography, Dublin (2013), Belfast Exposed Gallery (2013), Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2014) and Noorderlicht, Groningen (2015). An extensive exhibition, titled The Economy of Appearances was presented at Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA), Ireland in Autumn 2015 and nominated by Christiane Monarchi, Photomonitor (UK) for the Deutsche Börse Photography Award 2016. Extracts from the project feature in a group exhibition on mapping global networks of capital titled, I Stood Before The Source currently installed at the Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, Canada. Future installations are confirmed for the UK & France in 2016/17 and a full publication of THE MARKET is also planned.

https://lockout2013.wordpress.com

https://vimeo.com/user6725215

http://www.disphotic.com/market-interview-mark-curran/

Please note that disabled access to the Lecture Theatre is gained at the rear of the building and it is best to telephone the Mining Institute ahead on (0191) 232 2201.

Image: ©Mark Curran

Financial Surrrealism (World Trade Center II)
 Zuidas Financial District

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015

From THE MARKET (2010-)

Artist Talk: Anne Hardy

NEPN, in partnership with Newcastle University, is pleased to welcome artist Anne Hardy, to Newcastle to speak about her work and career on Tuesday 8 November at 6.00pm at Lecture Theatre 1, Herschel Building, Newcastle University Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne (directly opposite Haymarket metro station).

The talk will start at 6.00pm prompt in the lecture theatre and will be followed by drinks and informal conversation in the Student Cafe, 2nd floor of the Fine Art building (a short walk across campus).

This is a free talk, programmed in partnership with Newcastle University.

Anne Hardy lives and works in London. Her work includes sculptural installation, photography and audio.

“Hardy’s environments, whether presented as photographic record or as an accessible space, are filled with the absence of performative acts, each with their own gnomic, disconcerting purpose, however approachable the residual things seem to be”

 David Rhodes, ArtForum, ‘Anne Hardy’ 05.13.13

Solo Exhibitions include: FIELD, Modern Art Oxford, 2015/16; TWIN FIELDS, The Common Guild, Glasgow, 2015; rrmmmph, huooghg, op, mmmuuoow, ip , FIG-2, ICA studio, London 2015; Fieldworks, Kunstverein Freiburg, 2014; Vienna Secession, 2012; Maureen Paley, 2013; New Acquisitions from the Arts Council Collection 2010, Anne Hardy — Recent Work, Project Space, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2010). In 2012 an artist book, Anne Hardy ‘Secession’, was published to accompany her exhibition at the Vienna Secession and TWIN FIELDS, FIELD, Fieldworks was published in 2016 by Dent-de-Leone and The Common Guild.

Her work has been included in exhibitions both in the UK and internationally, including Mirrorcity at The Hayward Gallery, London (2014). In 2011 Hardy had an Artist’s Residency at Camden Arts Centre and in 2014 an artist residency, ‘Live in the Studio’, to develop a live performance work, at Modern Art Oxford.

Anne Hardy is represented by Maureen Paley, London.

http://anne-hardy.co.uk 

Image: Anne Hardy “Two Joined Fields”, sculptural installation with audio, 2013/4 (interior view) ©Anne Hardy, courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley, London.

Photographer Talk: John Clang

NEPN is pleased to welcome John Clang to Sunderland to speak about his photographic practice on Wednesday 26 October at 6.30pm at Pop Recs Ltd, 27 Grange Terrace, Sunderland, SR2 7AQ.

The talk will start at 6.30pm prompt and will be followed by drinks and informal conversation until 8.30pm.

The talk is free however booking is requested HERE.

John Clang is an artist working in photography and film. His fascination with time, displacement and existence influences his work. His works examine and raise questions about the world he lives in, providing not pictorial documentation but an intimate mental reflection of one man’s mind.

Clang’s first exhibition, in 1993, was a duo-show at the controversial (now defunct) Singapore art group 5th Passage Artists. He has since participated in numerous solo & group exhibitions at Jendela Gallery, The Substation, 2902 Gallery, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, FOST Gallery (Singapore), Pekin Fine Arts (China), Proud Galleries (UK), Annexe Gallery (Malaysia), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, KSU Art Museum, Sundaram Tagore Gallery (US), mc2Gallery, Center of Contemporary Culture Strozzina (Italy), DUTAC (UAE).

His work can be found in the permanent collections of Singapore Art Museum and National Museum of Singapore. In 2013, a showcase of over 90 works by Clang was exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore. To date, he is still the first and only photographer to receive the President’s Designer of the Year award, Singapore’s most prestigious design accolade.

He received his Master of Art Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London. Clang lives and works in New York and Singapore.

From 28 October – 9 December 2016, Clang will be exhibiting at Bonington Gallery, Nottingham in the group show Krísis.

http://www.boningtongallery.co.uk/coming-soon/krisis

https://krisis.live

http://johnclang.com

Image top: Being Together (Family), 2010, ©John Clang

Image: Being Together (Parent), 2010, ©John Clang

Photographer Talk: Rasel Chowdhury

NEPN is pleased to welcome Rasel Chowdhury to Newcastle to speak about his photographic practice on Wednesday 12 October at 6.30pm at the Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE.

The talk will start at 6.30pm prompt in the Lecture Theatre and will be followed by drinks and informal conversation in the Library until 8.30pm.

The talk is free however booking is requested HERE

Rasel Chowdhury is an award-winning documentary photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He started his career in photography documenting spaces in and around his birthplace. Rasel graduated in photography from Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, and focused on changing landscapes and environmental issues as extremely important subjects to document in his generation.

Amongst his accolades, Rasel won the prestigious Ian Parry Award in 2011, and most recently the Samdani Art Award 2016. As part of the award, he is undertaking a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation in London this year.

http://www.raselchowdhury.com

 

Please note that disabled access to the Lecture Theatre is gained at the rear of the building and it is best to telephone the Mining Institute ahead on (0191) 232 2201. 

Image top: From the series Desperate Urbanization, 2010-2015 ©Rasel Chowdhury 

Image: From the series Railway Longings, 2011-2012 ©Rasel Chowdhury

NEPN Graduate Awards 2016

We would like to congratulate graduates Lydia Wakelam and Dreana Bulmer-Thompson who have each been awarded an NEPN Graduate Award 2016.  The awards are selected and awarded in partnership with the Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland.

Each award comprises:

  • £100 cash
  • £150 Travel Bursary
  • 2 critical support sessions with NEPN

Lydia Wakelam has been selected for the NEPN Graduate Award for Artistic Achievement in recognition of overall student artistic achievement and the quality of her final exhibition as part of her BA (Hons) Photography, Video & Digital Imaging at University of Sunderland.

Lydia’s work often draws on themes combining the personal and the universal; creating an intimate view of her subjects through which she projects her vision of our society, our planet, and an infatuation with the universe.

Her most recent series, They Ate It All Up, took a futuristic, retrospective viewpoint on the ongoing destruction of Earth caused by humans; entertaining the idea that one day we may move our species to another planet rather than accept responsibility and fix the one we have.

http://www.emergenceexhibition.com/lydia-wakelam

 Above Image: From the series, They Ate it All Up, ©Lydia Wakelam

Dreana Bulmer-Thompson has been awarded the NEPN Graduate Networking Award in recognition of her critical engagement with a photographic network of peers and contribution to the visual arts community as an emerging photographer graduating from the BA(Hons) Photography, Video & Digital Imaging at University of Sunderland.

Using photography, text and multi-media Dreana explores a range of issues including politics, climate change and the environment, and looks at the impact they have on people’s lives and their livelihoods.

Her recent work, Heath’s Piscary, examined the impact of a declining fishing industry and the re-purposing of the North Shields Fish Quay and the surrounding area as a heritage and conservation site.

http://www.emergenceexhibition.com/dreana-bulmer-thompson

Image: From the series, Heath’s Piscary, ©Dreana Bulmer-Thompson

These awards are supported by the Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland.

 

 

DEVELOP International Travel Bursaries Awarded


Image: From the series, Under My Pillow ©Karolina Maciagowska

NEPN is pleased to announce the two selected photographers of the DEVELOP International Travel Bursaries 2016.

This initiative is designed to encourage photographers based in North East England to engage with the international photographic community and to take a pro-active approach to developing their practice and their networks.  The Bursaries are supported by public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Karolina Maciagowska, will be travelling to Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden in August.  
Karolina is a fine art photographer and video/multimedia artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Karolina’s work brings together imagery and text inspired by the imagination and memory and the depiction of real objects, situations and ordinary moments. Her images are carefully constructed records created by observation and an ongoing investigation of the world and her surroundings.

The editing within her grid installations is crucial to her work and the final results are never left up to chance, aiming to lead the viewer into finding the extraordinary within the mundane and discover the visual poetry of photographic language.

http://www.karolinamaciagowska.com


      Image: From the series, I Stop While Others Run Ahead ©Karolina Maciagowska

 

Michael Daglish will be attending the Singapore International Photography Festival in October.  Michael is a visual artist based in Sunderland. He is interested in the experiential aspects of being. The work he produces looks at the phenomenology of human experience, questioning our interactions with those around us as well as the environment we inhabit, be it momentary or long lasting.

Aesthetically his work sits within an area of construction. Although not always fully produced, it acts as a temporary intervention within a space.

http://michaeldaglish.co.uk


Image: in the beginning from the series Common Land ©Michael Daglish


Image: stills from aur’atic ©Michael Daglish

 

*Postponed* Photographer Talk: Mark Curran

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, we must regretfully postpone our planned talk with Mark Curran on Wednesday 18 May *

NEPN will look to rearrange a date with Mark later in the year.

Mark Curran is an artist researcher and educator who lives and works in Berlin and Dublin. He holds a practice-led PhD from the Dublin Institute of Technology, is Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Photography programme, Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT), Dublin and Visiting Professor on the MA in Visual & Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.

Incorporating multi-media installation informed by ethnographic understandings, since 1998, Curran has undertaken a cycle of long-term research projects, critically addressing the predatory context resulting from the migrations and flows of global capital. These have been extensively published and exhibited, including DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2010), Encontros da Imagem, Braga (2011), PhotoIreland, Dublin (2012), Grimmuseum, Berlin (2013) & FORMAT, Derby (2013). Curran has also presented widely more recently at The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2012), Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) (2013), Abbey Theatre, Dublin (2014), McGill University, Montreal (2014), Royal Anthropological Institute, London (2015), University of Ljubljana (2015), University of Bern (2015), Glucksman Gallery of Art (2016) & Aarhus University, Denmark (2016)(forthcoming).

Mark Curran’s The Economy of Appearances was commissioned by Noorderlicht Photofestival 2015 and NEPN, and is an elaboration of his long-term ethnographically informed transnational research project, THE MARKET, focusing on the functioning and condition of the global markets. This continues a cycle of multi-media projects beginning in the late 1990s addressing the predatory context resulting from flows and migrations of global capital.

Supported by Arts Council of Ireland & curated by Helen Carey, THE MARKET has been presented at Gallery of Photography, Dublin (2013), Belfast Exposed Gallery (2013) & Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2014). An extensive exhibition, titled The Economy of Appearances was presented at Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA), Ireland in Autumn 2015 and nominated by Christiane Monarchi, Photomonitor (UK) for the Deutsche Börse Photography Award 2016. Future installations are confirmed for the UK & France in 2016/17 and a full publication of THE MARKET is planned.

https://lockout2013.wordpress.com

https://vimeo.com/user6725215

Image: ©Mark Curran

Financial Surrrealism (World Trade Center II)
Zuidas Financial District
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015

From THE MARKET (2010-)