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Sunderland Photo-Walk

BBC Get Creative Weekend - Sunderland 8 April 2017

To coincide with BBC’s Get Creative weekend, Sunderland is hosting a Get Creative day on 8 April 2017 and NEPN is organising a Photo-Walk open to photographers of all abilities.

Join photographic and participatory artist Nicola Maxwell on a walk around Sunderland to explore the overlooked in our urban environment.
Bring your own camera – compact, SLR or mobile phone – or simply come along for the conversation.

More information including booking HERE

#GetCreative #Sunderland2021 #SunderlandPhotoWalk

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

                       

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

 

DEVELOP International Travel Bursaries

NEPN is offering 2 Photographers based in the NE the opportunity to attend two leading international photography festivals this year: Landskrona Foto Festival and Singapore International Photography Festival.

DEVELOP International Travel Bursary – Landskrona Foto Festival 2016

Professional development opportunity for a critically-engaged photographer/photographic artist to visit Landskrona Foto Festival (http://www.landskronafoto.org/) during 19-21 August 2016.

The selected photographer will have the opportunity to visit Landskrona Foto Festival and to attend the festival’s opening programme of International Seminar, Photo Book Days and events.

The photographer will use the opportunity to explore international models of sustaining a photographic practice, exhibiting and publishing.

Applicants should be based in the North East and will be beginning to develop or have an established track record of exhibiting regionally or nationally and would benefit from the opportunity to participate in an international festival.

Participation in the festival’s Portfolio Review Day is encouraged though the deadline for this is 1 July 2016 so applicants will need to submit their proposal to the festival separately.

NEPN will make the selection based upon the potential impact on the photographer’s practice and networks.

Photographers will be required to write a short report on their experiences for publication to the NEPN website.

The award is £1000 towards flight, accommodation, subsistence and festival pass.


Process:
Photographers should submit a short proposal to NEPN outlining the benefit to their professional development, links to their work  (max. 1 page) by email to: nepn@sunderland.ac.uk and include ‘LANDSKRONA Opportunity’ in the subject title.
Deadline: Please submit application by 9am on Monday 4 July 2016.

 

DEVELOP International Travel Bursary – Singapore International Photography Festival 2016

Professional development opportunity for a critically-engaged photographer/photographic artist to visit Singapore during 6-10 October 2016.

The selected photographer will have the opportunity to visit Singapore International Photography Festival (http://www.sipf.sg) and to make connections with a range of photographic professionals both based within and visiting Singapore.

The photographer will use the opportunity to explore international models of sustaining a photographic practice, exhibiting and publishing.

Applicants should be based in the North East and will be beginning to develop or have an established track record of exhibiting regionally or nationally and would benefit from the opportunity to participate in an international festival.

NEPN will make the selection based upon the potential impact on the photographer’s practice and networks.

Photographers will be required to write a short report on their experiences for publication to the NEPN website.

The award is £1500 towards flight, accommodation and subsistence.

Process:
Photographers should submit a short proposal to NEPN outlining the benefit to their professional development, links to their work  (max. 1 page) by email to: nepn@sunderland.ac.uk and include ‘SINGAPORE Opportunity’ in the subject title.

Deadline: Please submit application by 9am on Monday 4 July 2016.

 

 

About these opportunities

This initiative is intended to encourage photographers from the NE region to apply for opportunities internationally and to take a pro-active approach to developing their practice and their international contacts. We are not able to accept applications from undergraduate students.
Supported by public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
NEPN was established in 2009 to promote and develop photography in the North East of England and beyond. Working with photographers and a wide range of cultural partners, it aims to create a lively and informed context for photographic activity and to encourage new audiences for photography. www.northeastphoto.net

 

 

DEVELOP Talk: Anne McNeill

NEPN is pleased to welcome Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions Gallery, to Sunderland to speak about her perspective on contemporary photography and to share the lessons a career in photography has taught her on Thursday 23 June at 6.30pm at the City Library & Arts Centre, 2nd Floor (Meeting Room), Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE

The talk will start at 6.30pm prompt in the meeting room and will be followed by drinks and informal conversation until 8.30pm.  Free however booking is requested HERE

Programmed in partnership with NGCA.

Anne McNeill has been the Director and curator of Impressions Gallery, since 2000. Anne began her career in 1984 as a darkroom worker at the radical gallery Camerawork, London. In 1994 she established Photoworks, an international commissioning agency based in Brighton, and was Artistic Director for Photo 98, the UK Year of Photography. Anne is regularly invited to be a judge at international awards, most recently for the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant, New York.

Anne is an experienced curator of photography exhibitions, with over 20 years experience. Exhibitions include Facing the Front, unseen wartime fashion photographs by Lee Miller (1998). In 2008 she curated a major retrospective of Anna Fox’s work, which was short listed for the Deutsche Börse, European Photography Prize (2008). In 2010 she curated Murray Ballard’s first solo show The Prospect of Immortality, selected by the British Journal of Photography as UK winner of the best emerging photographers from around the globe. In 2014, set against the backdrop of the historic referendum on Scotland’s Independence, Anne curated, Beyond the Border, cited as one of the most significant shows of new Scottish photography in a generation. Anne is currently researching the work of pioneering Lithuanian artist Domicėlė Tarabilienė (1912-1985) and her influence on contemporary Lithuanian women photographers.

Impressions Gallery is a charity that helps people understand the world through photography. Established in 1972, as one of the first photographic galleries in Europe, Impressions has grown to become one of the UK’s leading independent venues for contemporary photography. Audiences are at the heart of its work and the gallery collaborates with artists and organisations nationally and internationally to exhibit and publish photography.  http://www.impressions-gallery.com/ 

 

DEVELOP Award Participants Announced

NEPN is pleased to announce five photographers and their mentors for a new professional development programme.  Produced in collaboration with photography curator and mentor Marc Prüst, the scheme is designed to empower reflective photographers to develop a ‘road map’ for their progression, supported by expert mentoring and peer sharing.

The photographers, all based in the North East region, are:

Louise Taylor

Kuba Ryniewicz

Dean Chapman

Sophie Ingleby

Aaron Guy

Confirmed mentors for the DEVELOP Award are Monica Allende and Rebecca McClelland.  More information HERE

Out of many strong applications we selected these 5 practitioners from various backgrounds as the cohort to work with in the second phase of the DEVELOP 2016 programme. I was excited to see the eagerness to participate in the programme, which started very well with a sold-out event in February, the first phase of DEVELOP. We are looking forward to working with the selected photographers and are excited to see how they will develop their career together with their mentors.’                   Marc Prüst, Project Manager

DEVELOP aims to deliver responsive support to photographers, building confidence, adaptability and knowledge developing the resilience of the sector; develop peer networks and explore models of peer-led learning and exchange; and explore innovative models for the dissemination of work and audience development.

DEVELOP is the second stage of a professional development programme organised by NEPN.  The first stage, Develop: Workshop was a 1-day event, which included workshops and talks with experts from the international photographic sector (Zelda Cheatle; David Birkitt; Adriaan Monshouwer; Marc Prüst; Rebecca McClelland and David Drake) and laid the foundations for an application to Stage 2 of the programme.

The programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Develop Award – Applications now closed

Applications are now closed for the NEPN Develop Award.  Up to 5 practitioners will be selected for an individually tailored programme of professional development over 5 months (March – July 2016). Each selected participant will be teamed up with a personal mentor who will support the individual photographer to create a viable professional plan and business model.  Applicants will also receive support from Develop Coordinator Marc Prüst and NEPN.

A research and travel budget will be available to each photographer of £500.  The total additional in-kind investment in each selected participant represents over £3000.

The participants will be asked to commit to the programme which consists of 4 meetings with the mentor (at least one of which will be face to face), organising a one-day event with their fellow participants, and presenting their plans upon completion to a panel at the closure of the event.    All in all we ask a commitment in time which will consist of roughly half a day per week average during the programme.

Applications are now welcome from actively engaged, professional photographers. DEVELOP is open to photographers and artists working in different fields of practice (art, documentary, editorial, photojournalism). Applicants should have at least 4 years of professional practice experience.  Photographers need to be willing to drive their own development, take ownership of the programme and support their peers through the process.

Completed application forms should be sent by email to marc@marcprust.com

Closing Date:  5pm, Monday 15 February 2016

Please download the editable PDF form here NEPN-Develop-Award Application  Please ensure that you download and save your own copy of the form before starting to complete it – this will ensure your work is saved locally.

Please direct any enquiries to Marc Prüst:  marc@marcprust.com

Photographer Talk: Natasha Caruana

Photographic artist Natasha Caruana will be speaking about her practice and recent projects at City Library & Arts Centre, 2nd Floor (Meeting Room), Fawcett Street, SR1 1RE, Sunderland on Wednesday 17 February at 6.30pm.
This talk is f
ree, all are welcome.
The talk is programmed in partnership with NGCA.

Caruana is a photographic artist living and working in London. She has an MA in photography from the Royal College of Art, London and is a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey, UK. In 2010 Caruana co-founded the London based studioSTRIKE artists studios. In 2014 Caruana was named as the winner of the BMW Artist in Residence Award 2014 at musée Nicéphore Niépce, France. During July-December 2015 she is undertaking an artist residency at the Open Data Institute.

Caruana’s own art practice is grounded in research concerned with narratives of love, betrayal and fantasy. Significant to all Caruana’s work is the questioning of how today’s technology is impacting relationships. Her series ‘Married Man’ documents love and life of the everyday and her later work ‘Fairytale for Sale’ explores the strange ritual of newlyweds blocking out their faces in online adverts. Her work is created drawing from archives, the Internet and personal narratives.

Caruana’s work has been shown internationally from the United States, Poland, Germany, China, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Her series ‘Married Man’ and ‘Fairytale for Sale’ work has been included in numerous contemporary photographic catalogues, printed as a monograph, and has toured widely, including in Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, 2012; Narratives and Narrative Forms, Lianzhou Foto Festival, China, 2012, Get it Louder, The Orange Gallery, Beijing, China, 2012; Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Awards, Toronto and Boston, 2012–13; Married Man and Other Stories, Photofusion, London, 2012; and The Social: Encountering Photography, The Sunderland Museum, 2013. The Trace of an Act, Paraty Em Foco Photo festival, Brazil, 2011. Her work is held in numerous private collections and in the public collections of the British Library, The Women’s Library and The Kinsey Institute in the United States.

Her work was nominated for the 2014 Foam Paul Huf Award, shortlisted and the Deutsche Bank Pyramid prize in 2008 and for the National Magazine Awards in 2007. Caruana has been named as the one to watch in the Royal Photographic Society Journal and selected by the Humble Arts Foundation as one of 18 leading female art photographers currently working in the UK.

www.natashacaruana.com

Image: I had seen her, from the series Coup de foudre / At First Sight, 2014 ©Natasha Caruana

Marjolaine Ryley, The Thin Blue Line, the Deep Red Sea – Explorations of Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss

New e-book and Publication

Marjolaine Ryley has been working with UK charity The Miscarriage Association as their artist in Residence on a project entitled ‘The Thin Blue, Line the Deep Red Sea’.  The new e-book and publication explores the experience of miscarriage through photography and creative writing. The publication also includes a new short essay by writer and curator Camilla Brown.

Funded by Arts Council England through Grants for the arts and Published by NEPN, this work is now available as a free e-book or PDF. Click here to view The Thin Blue Line PDF

You can also purchase a Publication of the work with all proceeds going to The Miscarriage Association charity. Each one is a signed and Editioned copy. These are available for £6.00 including P&P, please email: marjolaine.ryley@sunderland.ac.uk to order your copy.

For more information about the work of The Miscarriage Association visit: http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/ 

www.marjolaineryley.co.uk