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Dawn Felicia Knox: Nomen Nudum at the Great North Museum

Photographic responses to The Lit & Phil: reading group session – 29 November

Dawn Lehrer, The Silence Room

Dawn Felicia Knox, The Silence Room

An NEPN reading group session will take place on Tuesday 29 November 2011 at 17.30 in the Loftus Room of the Lit & Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne.   We will hear from artists Dawn Felicia Knox and Laura Guy about their NEPN commissions in progress with the Library and Society, and from Donna-Lisa Healey who is currently creating a series of photographic portraits of society members.   We will be joined by Chair of The LIt & Phil board Paul Gailiunas.

All are welcome to join us though places are limited. If you are hoping to attend please email: to let us know.


Common Ground: MA Photography Exhibition


Exhibition open: Monday 3 October 2011- Friday 14 October 2011, 10AM-4PM.
Reception: Friday 7 October 2011, 6-8pm


The ten photographers exhibiting have come together from across the world, and represent countries as diverse as Thailand, Pakistan, Estonia, New Zealand and Italy and the counties of Britain including Cumbria, Northumberland, Yorkshire and Durham. They met at Sunderland to create a collection of photographs and personal testimonies which document and celebrate their journey during the MA Photography.

The work created comes from each individuals experience and looks at issues of memory and loss, social and community environments, faith and symbols. The work provides a common ground of criss-crossing threads concerning issues that enquire into the heart and soul of contemporary living.

Vardy Gallery
University of Sunderland
Ashburne House, Ryhope Road
Sunderland SR2 7EF

Mike Golding – Remembrance at Darlington Arts Centre


Mike Golding, Untitled 2010

Mike Golding, Untitled 2010

Mike Golding will be exhibiting his new work ‘Remembrance’ at the Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington Arts Centre from 29 July – 24 September 2011.

Free Gallery Talk: Friday 29 July, 12noon – 1pm.


When those we love die we continue to remember them, but they can only be glimpsed at the corner of the mind’s eye, never quite seeming to come into focus. Remembrance is an art project concerned with a recollection of the dead through the creation of fake photographic images using the creative possibilities of the forensic software E-Fit, used by police forces to construct images of human faces from witness interviews.

Memory recall is prompted by the visual qualities of the E-Fit software which contains a photographic database of face shapes, eye shapes, mouth size, hair style etc. In short, photographic fragments are assembled to create a recognisable image of a face. I am working with a number of participants who will be asked to remember people who have died. The resulting images will have the appearance of photographs, but they are inaccurate renderings shaped by the imprecision of recall, the state of mind of the respondent and the aesthetic qualities of photographic montage.

When researching the project, I worked with a Northumbria Police expert in E-Fit to create an image of my father who died in 2004. The resulting image does not completely resemble my father, but it does begin to and I was struck by the fact that I thought of him in terms of how I remembered him from my childhood rather than in later years. The resulting image has an uncanny quality, in that it hovers on the edge of believable photographic realism and exists as a kind of materialisation, a struggle to give memory substance.

In Remembrance I am proposing a reworking of photographic realism by appropriating forensic software, with its implications as evidence, to make a work of imagination in relation to the past. The project will involve the memories of others, operating as a social collaboration and a demonstration of how memory and photography work. From the prompting of memory a visual manifestation of memory will be produced which is both improbable and uncanny: the work can be seen as being related to the spirit photography of the nineteenth century in which the dead were supposedly manifested through the creation of fake photographs.

We have come to rely on the photograph because it bears an indexical trace of the past and comes to stand instead of memory. The idea of the photograph as inherently truthful has informed its usage since the nineteenth century. Photographic realism is a part of the social, political and psychological landscape which we inhabit.

That spirit photography is a result of fakery does not detract from the fact that it shows that there are other possibilities for photography outside of photographic realism, and that all photographs are potentially fake, as RJ Mitchell argues in The Reconfigured Eye, his analysis of the effects of digital technologies upon the photographic image.

The subject of Remembrance is partly an engagement with ideas about photography but it is also about the role of imagination in acts of memory and the essentially human trait of remembering or trying to remember.

Mike Golding
August 2010

Clarita Lulic – What condition our terms of condition are in


Clarita Lulic will be exhibiting images from her series ‘Seven Short One Long’ at Newcastle Arts Centre from 2nd– 6th August 11am – 5pm.
Preview: Monday 1st August, 6.30 – 8.30pm.    The show forms part of a series of exhibitions at the centre ‘What condition our terms of condition are in’, showcasing the work of artists who have been undertaking placements at Northumbria University as part of the AA2A national scheme (

Seven Short One Long is a self-initiated project exploring life on board a cruise ship as photographer over a period of seven-months.  More information

Dawn Lehrer, We Read in the House our Fathers Built


From Nomun Nudem

From Nomen Nudum

NE Photographer Will Walker at CUBE Manchester

Will Walker, Equation

Will Walker, Equation

North East photographer Will Walker will have work exhibited at CUBE Manchester as part of the ‘Touching Light’ exhibition, opening this Tuesday 14 June and running until 18 June 2011.

‘The exhibition signals Will’s concern with the largely unacknowledged nature of the world as being of one fundamental flesh, exploring the theme visually through the mechanism of our relationship with the memory box. The work performs an event which reflects this in its densely intertwined formation, setting out to renegotiate visually themes of our co-constitutive, pre-reflective relationship with the complex and ever changing world. But as in the experience of being what is brought forward is stripped back to that which is more visceral, more primal. Here, producing sensations of mystery and uncertainty through the density and impenetrability of chiasmatic interconnection, sense takes primacy above the need for meaning making.’

Throughout his 17 year career in photojournalism Will has felt an increasing urge to produce work which he could creatively call his own. He realized that to progress his craft and produce the work he aspired to he would need the type of theoretical grounding only available through University study. Having completed this photographic handbrake turn via an MA in photography from the University of Cumbria he has now produced a body of work which strikes new ground for him and seeks to create new approaches within photographic practice.

NEPN Development Awards

Clarita Lulic, Spanish Light

Clarita Lulic, Spanish Light

In conjunction with the Portfolio Reviews, five participating photographers have been awarded a small development bursary of £250, following nominations from our guest reviewers.  All participating photographers were automatically considered for these awards.  The development bursaries can be used to fund research and development costs or seed publishing or production projects.

The selected photographers are:

Clarita Lulic
Louise Taylor
Adam Brown
Damien Wootten
Richard Stout

Thank you to all participating photographers and reviewers.

ASA Collective Slideshow, Call for Participation

ASA_newcastle_webNorthEastPhotographyNetwork and Wideyed have invited ASACollective to present in Newcastle a taste of their successful London slideshow events – with a North East twist.
The photography slideshow event is a phemonenon that has recently been called ‘thenewblack’. Having taken off in the US around 2000, its popularity has since spread and it’s about time it arrived in the North East!

Taking place at the BlackSwanBar & Theatre, the event will combine projections of slideshows curated from ASA Collectives’ impressive back catalogue with those of five specially selected North East photographers. North East photographers interested in having slideshows produced for inclusion in this event should submit their work by Monday 30th May – for the call for submissions details and T&Cs, followthislink.

The programme for the first part of the event will be the work of five selected North East Photographers.

The programme for the second part of the event will be:


This is an opportunity for North East photographers to discover the work of some of their regional peers alongside that of a curated selection of national and international contemporary artists. Slideshows are lively social events, and discussions between and after projections are a feature.

The show starts at 7pm sharp (this is a projection so please arrive at least fifteen minutes earlier to grab a drink and find a seat). After the show the bar will remain open so discussions can continue.

Tuesday 14th June 2011

6.30pm for a 7pm start

BlackSwanBar & Theatre
Black Swan Court
67 Westgate Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 1SG




ASA Collective is a London-based non-profit photography collective founded in August 2010. Its members are photographers Armando Ribeiro and Arun Nangla, and interactive motion designer Mariana Santos.

ASA believes that visual storytelling can be used as a vehicle to promote reflection and discussion on local, national and global issues. Since it was founded, its members have worked together to devise and produce a series of educational and photographic projects of which their monthly slideshow events, showcasing the work of both established and emerging contemporary photographers, are the most widely recognised. ASA has also recently collaborated with Wideyed on ‘Mapping the Flâneur’, an installation commissioned by Photo Festivals for the Collectives Encounter at Format International Photography Festival 2011.

Peter Fryer: The Arab Boarding House in Foto8


Peter Fryer’s long-term project The Arab Boarding House is featured in ‘The Islam Issue’ the current issue of Foto8magazine. MAGAZINE – THE ISLAM ISSUE

“When Ali Said opened his South Shields boarding house for Arab seamen in August 1909, he connected the northeast of England to colonial networks that ran from Europe through Suez to India and beyond. Over time these lodgings in the Holborn district of the town marked a transformation in the character of the region. Although the boarding houses are nearing the end of their life, the Yemeni community continues to be an integral part of South Shields and northeast England.’’

Over the last 10 years Peter has worked in Yemen and the north east of England on a photographic body of work, publication, web site and multimedia work, ‘The Boarding House’, relating to the Yemeni community in South Shields, the north of England and its links with Yemen. His work in these areas looks at Arab identity and representation.  The multimedia piece, a collaboration between photographer Peter Fryer and David Campbell, documents aspects of the Yemeni community in South Shields, on the River Tyne, in the northeast of England.   To view the piece visit: multimedia/ the-boarding-house/

Peter Fryer is a freelance documentary photographer, living in the north east of England. Peter has been a documentary photographer for 30 years producing work for exhibition, publication and editorial uses nationally and internationally.

His work looks at people and community, and over the last 25 years has concentrated on two distinct areas: The north east of England and The Middle East where he has worked extensively with Palestinians in Lebanon and Palestine.

He has had a close working relationship with The Side Gallery and Amber Films Newcastle upon Tyne for over the last 25 years. He has lectured and exhibited in UK, Germany, USA, Bangladesh, Palestine and Yemen and is an Associate Lecturer in Documentary Photography at the University of Sunderland in the Department of Photography.