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Observe. Experiment. Archive

 

NEPN is pleased to announce a new project for 2018/19, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the University of Sunderland.

Observe. Experiment. Archive. will explore the relationship between contemporary photographic practice, science, technology, health and wellbeing, through a series of talks, screenings, seminars and new commission opportunities, culminating in the presentation of new photographic works in Sunderland.  Programme partners for the project include Royal Horticultural Society, Kielder Observatory and Sunderland Living Lab, as well as cultural partners Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Breeze Creatives.

Photography emerged from the creative innovations and networks of knowledge pioneered by 19th century scientists. Ever since, its history has been enmeshed with scientific and technological endeavour; through science and photography we explore the world and communicate our understandings.  Key developments in each discipline have often been concurrent, from the harnessing of chemical processes and techniques by Victorian photographic entrepreneurs, to the shared exploration of the mysteries of light, the development of artificial light and the use of lenses as a means of mediating and examining experience.  In our digital present, extensive communities of practice exist around both scientific and photographic endeavours, which now incorporate a spectrum of citizen, amateur and professional approaches. A democratization of knowledge and tools has enabled the rise of citizen science, citizen journalism and shared creative expression of lived experience.

Our first event is a Photographer Talk with Wendy McMurdo on 25 April 2018, more information about this and the programme to be announced in Spring.

 

   

Photographer-led publishing @ NEPN Photo-Book Market

Photographer-led publishing: in conversation with Sarah Amy Fishlock and Adam Geary

@ NEPN Photo-Book Market

Venue: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art/Level 1     FREE            Saturday 6th December 2014  2.15 – 3.00 pm

 

In conversation with Adam Geary (Aglu books) and Sarah Amy Fishlock (Goose Flesh), this discussion will explore the potential and pitfalls of photographer-led publishing.

Sarah Amy Fishlock is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and works mainly in the field of documentary photography. Sarah has a strong interest in the printed publication as a method for disseminating photographic work and has produced two zines, Citizens and A Citizens’ Archive, documenting her time as Artist in Residence at the Citizens Theatre. She is also editor of Glasgow-based photography zine Goose Flesh, which aims to showcase the work of Glasgow-based or -linked photographers in a compact, accessible, affordable form. The fourth volume of Goose Flesh was released in October 2014, and was launched at Landskrona  Fotofestival in Sweden. Sarah also recently collaborated with the Jill Todd Photographic Award to produce a one-off edition of Goose Flesh featuring entrants and winners of this year’s award. http://www.goosefleshzine.com

Adam Geary is a Derby photography graduate of the late 80’s and has exhibited and published widely. He currently combines work in the arts and cultural sector alongside 
his photography interests in Ayrshire, Scotland. He is founder of Aglu books, an independent photographer-led initiative that looks to fill a gap in publishing new photographic work. http://www.aglu.co.uk

NEPN Photo-Book Market: Get Involved!

5-6 December 2014, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art     10.00 – 17.00

Deadline extended to Friday 31st October!

To apply, please provide the following information by email to: carol.mckay@sunderland.ac.uk

  • Press/Publisher/Collective/Photographer name (table request)
  • Photographer/Artist name (individual submissions for independent table)
  • Details of works you wish to present including brief information on format, dimensions, content, title(s).
  • Short Description of your practice or press.
  • Confirm if sales are to be made on the day (booking fee applies).
  • Up to 5 low res images of the work or those reasonably representative of your work
  • Full contact details including email address, website/social media

PLEASE DO NOT SEND PUBLICATIONS AT THIS STAGE

Running alongside the Artist Book Market established in 2013 by artist Theresa Easton and BALTIC, there will be an accompanying program of talks, workshops and screenings offering further opportunities to get involved.

            

 

 

The Social nominated for a Journal Culture Award 2013

NEPN is thrilled to be shortlisted for a Journal Culture Award, for The Social: Encountering Photography, in the category of Best Event Sunderland.  We’d like to thank all participating artists, partner venues and audiences for making The Social grow into such a wonderful event to be part of.

Also nominated for Awards are lovely creative and cultural colleagues including: Paul Alexander Knox, Pop Recs Ltd, Wideyed, National Glass Centre, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

The Awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday 16 April at Sage Gateshead and you can buy tickets to attend through the Sage website HERE.

The Social wraps up, well, nearly! Please tell us what you thought

Well, that was exhausting!   Although most of the installations have now disappeared you can still catch the following:

Paul Alexander Knox and Ciara Leeming at Side Gallery until 21 December 2013.
Michele Allen ‘Forgotten Fruit’ at Arts Centre Washington until 4 January 2014.
Louise Taylor  at Durham Art Gallery until 12 January 2014.
Sarah Pickering at Durham Art Gallery until 12 January 2014.
Damien Wootten ‘Coastal Retreats’ at Woodhorn Museum until 2 February 2014.
John Kippin ‘Ships that Pass’ at National Glass Centre until 23 February 2014.
‘You are the company in which you keep’ at Sunderland Museum until 23 February 2014.
Brenda Burrell ‘Fern Street Postcards’ at Sunderland Museum until 23 February 2014.

YOUR FEEDBACK PLEASE! 

If you attended we’d be really grateful for your feedback. Please complete this (very short) questionnaire here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JRTB6G5

 

Image:  Juliet Chenery-Robson installation at the Old Fire Station, photographed by Michael Daglish.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

NEPN Reading Group: Dean Chapman

Tsunami: Archaeology of a Disaster. The Aftermath of Japan’s 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami.
Join us at Side to meet Dean Chapman and discuss his current exhibition (refreshments and good conversation!) Places are limited, so please book in advance. RSVP: carol.mckay@sunderland.ac.uk

Three months after the earthquake and tsunami catastrophe that hit Japan in March 2011, Dean Chapman traveled down the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan’s main island, photographing devastated communities that he had previously documented in the summer of 1999. This journey was repeated in the autumn of 2011. Then in the autumn of 2012, eighteen months after the disaster, Dean traveled north through the devastated region, again documenting the widespread damage and loss, as well as the slow methodical clean up, and the beginnings of the reconstruction of infrastructure, communities and businesses.  His exhibition Tsunami: Archaeology of a Disaster at Side seeks to examine the representation of catastrophe and loss, and perceptions of ‘the Japanese’ and their unique cultural heritage.

Dean is an award-winning photographer who has worked extensively in Asia for over twenty years, and is the winner of the 1998 European Publishers’ Award for Photography for his documentation of the Karenni insurgency in Burma. Based in Newcastle and represented by Panos Pictures Agency in London, his photographs have been exhibited internationally and widely published. He has photographed in Japan periodically since 1993.

NEPN Symposium – 18 May 2012

MIchelle Sank, Untitled from 'The Submerged'

MIchelle Sank, Untitled from ‘The Submerged’

Thank you for joining us for NEPN’s  Third Annual Symposium.  You can find reports from the day from David Campbell here and Gemma Thorpe here.  Audio from the presentations is available HERE

Speakers included:  Pauline Hadaway; Bas Vroege; Michelle Sank; Anthony Luvera; Craig Ames; Ben Jones.

Dan Graham: ‘All artists are alike. They dream of doing something that’s more social, more collaborative and more real than art’. (http://artsconnected.org/collection/107477/dan-graham-beyond?print=true )

Is it possible for photographers to realise such dreams? What are the issues facing socially engaged practitioners today? Such questions seem particularly apt in our highly contested social sphere, marked in the UK by Conservative politics and seemingly intractable financial crisis coupled with savage cuts in public spending. Echoes of the 1980s are all too pervasive, with talk of (yet another) ‘lost generation’, rumour of renewed conflict in the South Atlantic, queues at petrol pumps and disarray among political parties of all persuasions. Much of this is played out across new social media contexts, where the networked photographic and video image has a seemingly new currency.

How might photographers today respond to these and other challenges? Our symposium seeks to explore some of the photographic and artistic strategies developed by current practitioners in varied contexts of social engagement, collaboration and participation.  These strategies will be explored in a series of presentations and dialogues, involving artists, curators and audiences. Among other questions, we will consider the extent to which the ‘social turn’ is paralleled in other visual and artistic practices.  What criteria should we employ to judge the effectiveness and success of socially engaged practices? How do we balance process, participation and shared ownership, alongside more conventional notions of authorship, photographic concept and creativity?  In short, the aesthetic dimensions of socially engaged practice will be a focus of our discussion and presentations, whether confrontational and disturbing or daring to explore strategies of visual pleasure and play.

Socially engaged projects have traditionally had a weak profile within the commercial photographic and art worlds. We will also consider the extent to which this may be shifting, with the renewed emphasis on experimental socially- engaged projects in the public realm on the part of commissioners and festival curators.

Join us for a day of photographic debate, provocation and networking.

Registration is now open.   Fees are just £15 or £7.50 for students and unwaged, this includes lunch and refreshments!

Venue: Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE.

REGISTER HERE

Following the Symposium we will be heading down to Side Gallery where Damien Wootten will be launching his new publication ‘Northern Refuge’ supported by North East Refugee Service and published by NEPN.

More information is available in the Events section.

NEPN Symposium, 18 May 2012

Socially -Engaged Practices Today @ Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne

 

Michelle Sank, Untitled from the series The Submerged, 2011

 

Speakers include:  Pauline Hadaway; Bas Vroege; Michelle Sank; Anthony Luvera; Craig Ames; Ben Jones.

Dan Graham: ‘All artists are alike. They dream of doing something that’s more social, more collaborative and more real than art’. (http://artsconnected.org/collection/107477/dan-graham-beyond?print=true )

Is it possible for photographers to realise such dreams? What are the issues facing socially engaged practitioners today? Such questions seem particularly apt in our highly contested social sphere, marked in the UK by Conservative politics and seemingly intractable financial crisis coupled with savage cuts in public spending. Echoes of the 1980s are all too pervasive, with talk of (yet another) ‘lost generation’, rumour of renewed conflict in the South Atlantic, queues at petrol pumps and disarray among political parties of all persuasions. Much of this is played out across new social media contexts, where the networked photographic and video image has a seemingly new currency.

How might photographers today respond to these and other challenges? Our symposium seeks to explore some of the photographic and artistic strategies developed by current practitioners in varied contexts of social engagement, collaboration and participation.  These strategies will be explored in a series of presentations and dialogues, involving artists, curators and audiences. Among other questions, we will consider the extent to which the ‘social turn’ is paralleled in other visual and artistic practices.  What criteria should we employ to judge the effectiveness and success of socially engaged practices? How do we balance process, participation and shared ownership, alongside more conventional notions of authorship, photographic concept and creativity?  In short, the aesthetic dimensions of socially engaged practice will be a focus of our discussion and presentations, whether confrontational and disturbing or daring to explore strategies of visual pleasure and play.

Socially engaged projects have traditionally had a weak profile within the commercial photographic and art worlds. We will also consider the extent to which this may be shifting, with the renewed emphasis on experimental socially- engaged projects in the public realm on the part of commissioners and festival curators.

Join us for a day of photographic debate, provocation and networking.

Registration is now open. Just £15 or £7.50 for students/unwaged including lunch and refreshments.  More information is available in the Events section.

Portfolio Review Day, 19 May 2012.  Information on reviewers and process is available here

Marjolaine Ryley at Street Level Photoworks

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Marjolaine Ryley’s exhibition of new work ‘Growing up in the New Age’ opens at Street Level Photoworks on Saturday 21 April – 3 June 2012.

Ryley’s practice uses autobiography as a tool for investigating her subjects, moving between the personal album and the social document, between research and practice.

Growing up in the New Age explores ideas of memory, history, familial relationships and archival narratives. It is an ongoing journey through the fascinating subject of alternative education and philosophies of the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s including pacifism, anarchism, counter-culture, left wing politics, women’s rights and ‘new age’ ideas. Drawing on her own life growing up in the 1970s and 80s and her parents experiences, from their initial meeting in a commune in the south of France, she uncovers the early formulation of their ideologies, set against the backdrop of political and cultural happenings of the 1960s and early 1970s.

She also explores alternative education and the belief systems that led to the founding of Kirkdale Free School by a group of alternative thinking parents in the 1960s, which Ryley attended from 1976 – 1987. Included in the exhibition are a series of black and white prints by Dave Walkling, whose images of Kirkdale and the squatting scene add a salient primary source of evidence of the time alongside other items which knit the archival records with the lyrical imagery of Ryley’s.

An exhibition guide with contributions from Zoe Lippett, Val Williams and Malcolm Dickson is available.

Exhibition Related Events:

Friday 18th May, 2pm. Exhibition talk for photography students with Marjolaine Ryley. Free, all welcome.

Saturday 19th May, 12-1.30pm, Portfolio reviews led by Marjolaine Ryley. Free, booking essential.

Saturday 19th May,  3pm. Exhibition tour
with Marjolaine Ryley. Free, All welcome.

More information at: http://www.streetlevelphotoworks.org/programme/exhibitionsandprojects/marjolaineryley/mryley.html