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Shahidul Alam Detained: Appeal for his release

Dr. Shahidul Alam, internationally respected photographer, activist, journalist, founder and Managing Director of the Bangladesh multimedia company, Drik, founder of Chobi Mela International Photography Festival and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, was forcibly abducted from his home on 5 August.

Shahidul is a long-term collaborator and friend of NEPN and visiting professor of the Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland.   The department, NEPN and its forerunner IPRN, have worked with Shahidul for 20 years on numerous projects, most recently on a presentation of his exhibition ‘Kalpana’s Warriors’ in partnership with Breeze Creatives last December 2017-January 2018, during the Freedom City Festival.

Shahidul is currently being held as a prisoner of conscience in police custody in Dhaka, Bangladesh, following his arrest for exercising his right to freedom of expression. If found guilty, the authorities have warned Shahidul could face up to 14 years imprisonment.

Amnesty International have called for Shahidul’s ‘immediate and unconditional release’ and have issued an Urgent Action Call: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/bangladesh-photographer-facing-14-years-declared-prisoner-conscience

There is also a petition here: https://www.change.org/p/dhaka-metropolitan-police-release-shahidul-alam-now

#FreeShahidulAlam

 

Image courtesy:   Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography

Call for Associate Photographic Artists – #WearExperimenting

Deadline:  9am Monday 16 July 2018.
#WearExperimenting is an ambitious photographic project devised by Jo Howell and commissioned by The Cultural Spring and NEPN.  The project seeks to engage the people of Sunderland in a series of photographic experiments intended to explore the cross-currents of creativity shared by photography and science. It seeks to explore the connections between participatory and socially-engaged photography and to build a community of practice in this area.  Experiments will ask questions relating to the natural and physical environment; social, domestic and work life; health and well-being of the city and its residents.

There is an opportunity for associate photographers/artists from the North East of England to contribute to #WearExperimenting by proposing and leading on a specific area of exploration. We are keen to receive proposals for support that will feed research for existing projects in development, providing the opportunity for photographic artists to develop their audience and deepen relationships with the public.
The selected photographers will be expected to develop and deliver 2 half-day participatory workshops in identified community settings in Sunderland, supported by lead artist Jo Howell.

Associates will also be required to present the findings of their research and workshop in a zine/e-publication or photographic form and will be asked to share their practice and learning from the project in a peer reflection.

NEPN will also offer 2 x advisory sessions with the Associates which will aim to support their wider practice development.

Fee available: up to £3,000 per Associate inclusive of VAT, materials and expenses. 

The activity should be undertaken during the period July-November 2018.
Application Process
Please email:

  • Cover letter, incorporating artist statement and current areas of enquiry and why this opportunity would benefit your professional and creative practice (max 2 pages).
  • CV
  • Links to your photographic work
  • Proposed budget breakdown (fees and any other costs).
  • Indicative timetable

Applications should be sent to: nepn@sunderland.ac.uk by 9am Monday 16 July 2018.
We welcome enquiries and informal discussions, please email nepn@sunderland.ac.uk in the first instance express interest.

 

For more information about WearExperimenting visit:

Twitter: @WearExperiment
Instagram:  @wearexperimenting
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WearExperimenting/

This programme forms part of Observe. Experiment. Archive, NEPN’s overarching enquiry for 2018/19. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Photographer Talk: Hannah Starkey

Image:  Hannah Starkey, Untitled, October 1998. 1998 framed c-type print. 122 x 152 cm, 48 x 59 7/8 inches.  ©Hannah Starkey, courtesy Maureen Paley, London


Join us to hear Hannah Starkey talk about her practice, reflecting on her creative and professional development at 6.30pm on Thursday 28 June at Hope Street Xchange, Sunderland.  This talk opens the DEVELOP Graduate event 28-29 June but is open to ALL.  Booking and more info HERE.

Hannah Starkey was born in Belfast in 1971. She has received numerous awards throughout her career including the Vogue Condé Nast Award, 1997, the 3rd International Tokyo Photo Biennale’s Award for Excellence, 1999 and the St. James Group Ltd Photography Prize, 2002.
Recent solo exhibitions include Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France, 2016 and Maureen Paley, London, UK, 2015, as well as previous solo exhibitions at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA, 2013, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK, 2011, Church of Light, a commission by the German Protestant Church, Frankfurt, 2010, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Castello di Rivoli, Turin both in 2000 and Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK in 1999.
Hannah Starkey was invited to curate a room in History Is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, UK and in 2014 she selected works for Magnum: One Archive, Three Views | BPB14, Part of Brighton Photo Biennale 2014, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, UK.    Her work was included in Transparency, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, 2015, Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography, Belfast Exposed and The MAC, Belfast, UK.

Hannah Starkey’s photographs are represented in the collections of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography in Amsterdam, Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, Seattle Art Museum, Tate in London and Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Starkey lives and works in London.   https://www.maureenpaley.com/artists/hannah-starkey?image=1

Attendance for this talk alone is £5.00 and is open to all, however you can attend the whole DEVELOP Graduate talk (including this event) for £20. You can find more information HERE

Following Hannah’s talk transport will be provided to the exhibition preview and book launch of John Kippin: ‘Based on a True Story, Works 1984 ̶ 2018′ at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.
The exhibition features works spanning Kippin’s forty year career and will run from 29 June ̶ 23 September 2018.

#WearExperimenting

#WearExperimenting is an ambitious photographic project devised by Jo Howell and commissioned by The Cultural Spring and NEPN.  The project seeks to engage the people of Sunderland in a series of experiments, intended to explore the cross-currents of creativity shared by photography and science and to invite the public to share their experience of life in the city.   Experiments will ask questions relating to the natural and physical environment; social, domestic and work life; health and well-being of the city and its residents.

Residents of Sunderland, and those who work in the city, can participate in workshops in Pallion, Millfield and Hendon and there will also be opportunities to encounter the project through a pop-up community darkroom which will appear over the next few months in community and social green spaces.

A key strand of #WearExperimenting will be online participation, an invitation extended to the public to create specific images relating to life in the city between June – November 2018.  Each month, a photographic ‘recipe’ or directive will be issued to the city’s residents and the resultant images shared across social media, building up a rich image bank and data set from which we can observe ourselves.

Follow the project at:

Twitter: @WearExperiment
Instagram:  @wearexperimenting
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WearExperimenting/
Coming soon:  http://www.wearexperimenting.co.uk/

Artist Statement by Jo Howell
My interest lies in how we express our collective and individual human experience. There are many cultural aspects that make up our common assumptions and opinions. By working directly with people to create artworks I am aiming to create art that challenges my own preconceptions and those of others.

Sunderland is my home town, and a perfect example of a City that is viewed by outsiders as many unfavourable things. It is viewed as an impoverished area, as an area of high unemployment, an area with poor health, and many more things that have been said about our City in the media. Some of these issues are based on statistics and information collected by the government. I don’t see my lived experiences as being reflected wholly by these statistics. I find these ideas reductive, in the sense that it reduces our agency in in the broader societal context. That we are maligned by presumption.

As an insider I want us all to really explore these assumptions about our area using photography in its many different forms. Like a science experiment we will create photographs following a systematic method. When given the same instructions or parameters for investigation, what will happen? Will we create something totally unexpected? Will we create very similar images, or will there be deviations throughout due to how each participant interprets the instructions? Will this project help us to understand our place in the world, or perhaps help us to redefine it?

The Cultural Spring is the Sunderland and South Tyneside Creative People and Places programme, funded by Arts Council England to raise participation and engagement in the arts amongst local communities.   Since 2014, The Cultural Spring has produced innovative and award-winning large-scale projects that include community engagement as a key part of the commission. Past major commissions of The Cultural Spring have included WildWorks’ A Great Night Out, the Summer Streets Festival and Inventors led by Sunderland born Dominic Wilcox, which has subsequently become ‘Little Inventors’ and continues to inspire young people to develop their own invention ideas.

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

 

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 Inflatable water park for sale 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 Inflatable Water Park For Sale 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 Inflatable Water Park For Sale 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 Inflatable Water Park For Sale 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 Inflatable Water Park For Sale 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/