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Observe, Experiment, Archive EVENTS

Alongside the exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Observe, Experiment, Archive has a series of events investigating the themes raised within the exhibited works. During November 2019, you will have an opportunity to attend artist-led talks, a family based workshop day around the theme of space and more informal gallery walk and talks.

Artists Talk: Observing the Changing Natural World
15 November, 1pm – 3pm – Special Exhibitions Gallery, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Free/No booking required


Image: Management/Polled, Doon just the job (CH2305) from Sire, Maria McKinney 2016.

Photographer talk and discussion with renowned photographers Robert Zhao Renhui and Maria McKinney.

Maria McKinney is a visual artist based in Dublin. Her work explores the impact of human intervention on the natural world, often bringing together unusual contemporary materials and traditional craft techniques. She was awarded a Wellcome Arts Award in 2015 to produce Sire which she further developed during a residency at University College Dublin in 2016. A selection of works from Sire are presented within the Observe Experiment Archive exhibition.

Robert Zhao Renhui is a Singaporean artist, whose practice intersects with and is closely informed by science, in particular, zoology. His work addresses man’s relationship with nature, and related issues of morality and ethics, paying close attention to how our attitudes assumptions about the natural world are often shaped by institutions of authority and the media. Robert’s photographic project of 2013, A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World is presented within the Observe Experiment Archive exhibition.

Supported by Arts Council England and Culture Ireland.

 

Exhibition Walk and Talk: Observe, Experiment, Archive
16 November, 11am – 12pm – Special Exhibitions Gallery, Level 2, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Free/No booking required


Image: World Goldfish Queen from the series A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Robert Zhao Renhui 2013.

*This talk has BSL interpretation*

Exhibiting artists from Observe, Experiment, Archive will give a guided walk and talk in the exhibition space.

 

Exhibition Walk and Talk: This is What I See – Marjolaine Ryley
16 November, 2-2.45pm – Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Free/No booking required


Image: The Bud, from A Gardener’s Daughter, Marjolaine Ryley 2018.  

*This talk has BSL interpretation*

Marjolaine Ryley will give a guided walk and talk in the exhibition space.

 

Talk: Joseph Swan: A New Vision
22 November, 2pm – Pottery Gallery, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Free/No booking required


Image: LM.3 from Light Matter, Liza Dracup 2019.

A free public talk about Sunderland born chemist and inventor Joseph Swan, in relation to light and photography by photographic historian Dr Carol McKay and photographic artist Dr Liza Dracup.

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

Liza Dracup is a photographer based in the north of England.  Making work by unconventional photographic means, her experimental practice extends beyond the hours of daylight, drawing her into a world lit by artificial light. She is in pursuit of an alternative vision, one that de-familiarizes the once familiar. Her photographs reveal details, sensations and simplified forms, which were once invisible or concealed.  Placing emphasis on the extraordinary properties of the ordinary, her work creates an enriched idea of the northern landscape and its natural history.
Dracup’s wider research extends to re-positioning a wide-range of historical collections-based research material across photographic, artistic and scientific disciplines, which also underpinned her PhD at the University of Sunderland (2017).

Dracup is best known for Sharpe’s’ Wood (Impressions Gallery, 2007), an innovative series of large-scale colour landscape photographs made between dusk and dawn. Major recent commissions including Chasing the Gloaming (2011), Re:Collections (2013) and Landmarks (2016).  Dracup’s work was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2012) and the Prix Pictet (Earth) Photography Award (2009).

This event is part of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 14–23 November and programmed in conjunction with the exhibition Observe Experiment Archive and Canny Sunderland talks series organised by the University of Sunderland. 

 

Space Rocks! Art and Astronomy Family Day
23 November, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Do you love stars and space?

Get inspired at our Space Rocks family event with a day of hands-on art and science talks and activities.

Work with visual artist Helen McGhie in an astronomy art workshop to make space rock photograms and clay meteorites with potter David Partington. Helen will give a talk about the inspiration behind her photographic work with Dan Monk from Kielder Observatory.  Find out about different types of light in an interactive workshop with the experts from Kielder Observatory. Participate in hands-on demonstrations of lasers and lenses, diffraction glasses, infra-red cameras and ultra violet sensitive beads.

This event has been funded by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Tickets for the science and art workshops are FREE but must be booked in advance.

For more information, timings and bookings please visit the Museum website HERE.

Please note some sessions have minimum age guidelines.

Helen McGhie is a visual artist based in Salford (UK).  Her practice explores the empirical nature of darkness through photography and the moving image.  She is currently investigating the act of astronomical observation at Kielder Observatory in Northumberland for her practice-led PhD, Stargazing at the ‘Invisible’: Photography and the Power of Obscured Light,’ which she is undertaking at the University of Sunderland.

 

Talk: The Polluted Seas and the Transformative Power of Photography
26 November, 6pm – 8pm – Holmeside Coffee, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Free/No booking required


Image: SOUP: Bird’s Nest by Mandy Barker 2011.

Join us for talks with Mandy Barker, photographic artist and Matt Barnes from the Marine Conservation Society. *Please note date change*
Meet at Holmeside Coffee for refreshments from 6.00pm. The talk will commence at 6.30pm.
Mandy Barker is an international award-winning photographer whose work involving marine plastic debris over the past 10 years has received global recognition. Working with scientists she aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans whilst highlighting the harmful affect on marine life

and ultimately ourselves. Barker’s work has been published in over 40 countries as she seeks to engage broader audiences in the environmental movement. She is a recipient of the 2018 National Geographic Society Grant for Research and Exploration, was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Award SPACE 2017, nominated for The Deutsche Börse Foundation Photography Prize 2018, and nominated for the Magnum Foundation Fund.

Matt Barnes is Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager (NE) for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The MCS is the UK’s leading marine charity, working to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected. Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious wildlife. MCS’ vision is for seas full of life where nature flourishes and people thrive.

            

       

Artist Talk and Book Launch: Tim Mitchell

Friday 25 October 2019

5.00 – 6.00pm Talk
6.00- 8.00pm – Book Launch and special exhibition viewing

The Pod, National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL.

Join us for a talk and discussion with photographic artist Tim Mitchell together with cultural geographer Professor Mike Crang, Durham University and Naomi Austin, senior lecturer in Fashion Design and Promotion at the University of Sunderland at 5pm on Friday 25 October.

Tim Mitchell’s exhibition at NGCA, Product brings together two bodies of photographic artwork created over an entire decade, that together track the birth and death of our clothes. In the NGCA Collections Space, The Hopeless Transport Archive presents a vast collection of photographic images of abandoned vehicles, accumulated over 20 years, found on his travels across the whole of Europe.

Following the talk there will be a launch event for Mitchell’s first monograph, Product from 6-8pm.  Published by Kerber, the book brings together Mitchell’s observation of the lifecycle and consumption of objects and commodities, photographed over 15 years, contextualised by economic, sociological and art historical essays by Luc Boltanski & Arnaud Esquerre, Mike Crang, Nicky Gregson, Emily McMehen, Helen James, Carol McKay, Michalis Nikolakakis, Lucy Norris, Alistair Robinson. Design by Brighten the Corners. For further information see www.kerberverlag.com/en/tim-mitchell.html.

The event is programmed in partnership with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

Image credit: Colour-sorted western clothing ready for shoddy processing, Panipat, India 2004 from Clothing Recycled, Tim Mitchell.

Photographer Talk: Susan Derges


Susan Derges, Shoreline 5 October 1998 Unique dye destruction print 100.8 x 242 cm. Courtesy of Purdy Hicks Gallery

Please join us for a talk by Susan Derges on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 6.30pm, as part of our project ‘Observe. Experiment. Archive’ which explores the connections between photography and science.

The talk will take place at The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE.

The talk is free however booking is requested HERE

Much of the work of Susan Derges revolves around the creation of visual metaphors exploring the relationship between the observer and the observed; the self and nature or the imagined and the ‘real’. Susan Derges is a pioneering force in camera-less photography. Characteristically, her practice has involved camera-less, lens-based, digital and reinvented photographic processes, and encompasses subject matter informed by landscape and abstraction as well as the physical and biological sciences. Derges endeavours to capture invisible scientific and natural processes, as in her current work: the continuous movement of water, the evolution of frogspawn or the cycles of the moon. She has created her work at night, working with the light of the moon and a hand-held torch to expose images directly onto light sensitive paper. Her practice reflects the work of the earliest pioneers of photography but is also very contemporary in its awareness of environmental issues and the complexity of its conceptual meanings.

Her recent photogravures revisit a particularly fertile period in which Derges shifted the studio-based, observational and experimental nature of her practice into the more expansive darkroom of the landscape itself. Despite the fragile beauty of the works, they relied on intensely physical forms of engagement, based fundamentally on the painstaking immersion of photographic paper in rivers and on the shoreline at night. The locations of the work were places she knew intimately – the River Taw as it runs through Skaigh Wood, and the bridge at Blackaton Brook that she has walked over almost every day since moving to Dartmoor in 1992.  Undertaken over the past two years, the new printmaking project has been a re-affirmation of these key works with the prints adding new depth of tone and colour to the images.

Susan Derges (born 1955, London) completed her postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art before living in Japan, where she continued her research at Tsukuba University. Her work has been exhibited in numerous international exhibitions including Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2014) and Shadow Catchers, Victoria & Albert Museum (2010). Collections holding her work include Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; Getty Center, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum.

www.susanderges.co.uk

Susan Derges Spawn 2, 2018 Polymer photogravure with chine colle Special Edition of 6 72 x 39 cm framed. Courtesy of Purdy Hicks Gallery

Photographer Talk: Chrystel Lebas


Chrystel Lebas, Re-visiting Pinus silvestris [illeg.] Plate n°1245, Aviemore, Rothiemurchus, August 2012. 57°8.691’ N 3°50.304’ W

Please join us for a talk by Chrystel Lebas on Thursday 28 February at 6.30pm, as part of our project ‘Observe. Experiment. Archive’ which explores the connections between photography and science.

The talk will take place at Breeze Creatives, Bamburgh House, Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BH.

The talk is free however booking is requested HERE

The work of French-born photographer Chrystel Lebas examines the complexities of mankind’s relationship with nature. Through her photographic work she investigates various landscapes and sites over time, documenting and revealing the various changes brought about therein by the interaction of both man and of nature itself. Working often in limited light and utilising the ‘uncertainty of the falling darkness at twilight’, Lebas produces large format, often panoramic and enveloping images of nature at its most remote, her beautiful and enigmatic works reflecting upon ‘notions of the sublime and our relationship to nature’.

During a collaboration with London’s Natural History Museum, Lebas combined photography with film, sound-work and text in a work retracing the steps of Sir Edward James Salisbury (1886-1978), a British ecologist who was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London (1943-56), who himself photographed landscapes of the British Isles. During this collaboration Lebas retraced Salisbury’s steps and the changes that had occurred since his life-time, producing a body of work that explored ‘the issues in relationships between humans, plants, and the environment in Salisbury’s time and also today’.

Chrystel Lebas is a graduate of the Royal College of Art (1997). Her photographs and films have been widely exhibited, most recently in her solo exhibition ‘Regarding Nature: Chrystel Lebas’ at Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam in The Netherlands (2016-17). A selection of other galleries where she has exhibited include The Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh (2016-17); The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2017); Maryland Art Space, Baltimore (2014); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2012); Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Croatia (2011); The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln (2011); National Media Museum, Bradford (2009); Le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris (2008); The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2006); Nichido Contemporary Arts, Tokyo (2003) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (1992). She has also shown her work at Paris Photo and Photo London Art Fairs.

Works by Lebas are held in several private and public collections, amongst them Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography Amsterdam; The Scottish National Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum; Bibliothèque Nationale Paris; The Collection and Usher Gallery, The Citigroup Private Bank and The Wilson Center for Photography. Monographs of her work include: L’espace temps-Time in Space (2003), Between Dog and Wolf (2006) and Field Studies: Walking through Landscapes and Archives, published to accompany the above mentioned exhibition at Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam (2017) which won the Kraszna Krausz Best Photography Book Award 2018, and also Best Dutch book design 2016. Lebas has contributed to numerous Photography and Visual Arts journals: Amongst them The New York Times TMagazine, FT Magazine,The Guardian, Source, Camera Austria, Exit and Portfolio Catalogue.

Chrystel Lebas lives and works in London, UK.

 http://www.chrystellebas.com/

 

DEVELOP Graduate Event – June 2018

 

A short overview of the DEVELOP Graduate event held in Sunderland 28-29 June 2018.

The professional development event for emerging photographers was programmed by BA and MA students from the Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland, with the support of NEPN.  Speakers: Othello De’Souza-Hartley, John Kippin, Helen McGhie, Julian Germain, George Vasey, Charlie Gregory, Hannah Starkey, Liza Dracup, Sarah Pickering.

Filmed by graduate Nat Wilkins of Canny Productions.
Supported by the University of Sunderland Development Trust, Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) and NEPN.

Wear Experimenting Artists Talk

29 November, 6-8pm Wear Experimenting Artists Talk, Mackie’s Corner, High Street, Sunderland, SR1 1TX

Since June 2018, artist Jo Howell has been delivering a participatory project with and for the people of Sunderland, commissioned by The Cultural Spring and NEPN.

Wear Experimenting has engaged over 1300 residents in a series of photographic experiments designed to observe life in the city.

Associate Artists Nicola Maxwell and Michael Davidson, Ben Freeth and Graham Patterson have been developing projects which explore the connections between their participatory and personal practice, enhancing the Wear Experimenting programme and offer for participants.  You can find details of their workshops delivered here: http://www.northeastphoto.net/?p=4577

All of these projects explore photography as a tool with which we can observe, experiment and archive life in the city.
Join us for a discussion of their work and how they engage the public in its creation.

This is a free event but capacity is limited.  Please email nepn@sunderland.ac.uk to book your place.

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.

Photographer Talk: John Kippin

Join us to hear John Kippin talk about his exhibition ‘Romanitas’ and his work in greater depth on Wednesday 6 June at 6.30pm at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

The event is free but booking is requested HERE

Romanitas reveals a brand new body of work created in Rome since 2012. It was made before the rise of the far-right on both sides of the Altantic, but after the austerity imposed by governments across Europe that has allowed parties such as Northern League in Italy; the Front National in France; Golden Dawn in Greece; the Freedom Party in Austria; the Party for Freedom in Holland; the Alternative for Germany, all to flourish.

In Romanitas, Kippin reflects upon both the state of contemporary politics, in relation to that what WH Auden called the “low, dishonest decade” of the 1930s. In Romanitas Kippin dwells on the image of the future built by a far-right nationalist regime that still exists, to picture the daily life lived amongst it. The work can be read as a kind of portrait of Europe in our time. Kippin’s starting point in creating the work was Winston Churchill’s famous phrase: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”.  More about the exhibition HERE

John Kippin’s artwork is represented in three of the UK’s national collections of contemporary art, having recently been acquired for the Arts Council Collection in 2018, and having works in the Victoria & Albert Museum and British Council Collection.  John Kippin’s career began in the early 1970s when he was a key figure in the co-operative of young artists who ran 2B Butler’s Wharf at Tower Bridge. In this decade he was instrumental in presenting artists’ film, performance, and installation projects in public and gaining recognition for new media in the visual arts. In the 1980s Kippin began to receive widespread recognition for his own photographic artwork, exhibiting in public venues from the Serpentine Gallery in 1981 to the Laing Art Gallery in 1989. In the 1990s he was awarded major one-person exhibitions at venues including The Photographers’ Gallery, London and his work was acquired for the permanent collections of national institutions. He also exhibited across Europe, North America and Asia. In the 2000s he undertook research residencies at places from the military base Greenham Common to the stately home Compton Verney, and published a sequence of ground-breaking artist’s books. Since then he also exhibited bodies of work at venues from BALTIC to the Imperial War Museum.

Kippin is Emeritus Professor in Photography at the University of Sunderland and is chair of the visual arts organisation Locus+.

The talk is programmed in collaboration with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

 Image: John Kippin, Untitled from Romanitas, 2013-2016.

Artist Talk: Fiona Crisp

Join us to hear Fiona Crisp talk about her exhibition Material Sight, and her practice in greater depth on Wednesday 9 May at 6.30pm at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

The event is free but booking is requested HERE

Fiona Crisp explores how we might encounter spaces where the frontiers of knowledge are being expanded. Material Sight is a new, large-scale commission that uses photography, moving image and sound to approach the material environments where experiments that challenge the limits of our imagination are carried out. For nearly two years Crisp has worked with three world-leading research facilities for ‘fundamental science’: Boulby Underground Laboratory, sited in the UK’s deepest working mine, Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology and Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, the world’s largest underground laboratory for particle physics, housed inside a mountain in central Italy.

Material Sight runs until 13 May 2018 at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and will then tour to Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology, London from 7 June – 14 July 2018.

Fiona Crisp is an artist known for creating installations of large-scale photographs that question the presence of the photographic object as an unstable and deeply equivocal phenomenon. Her projects have been created by spending intensive periods of time in particular locations. Previous projects have included working in the Early Christian catacombs of Rome, and in a Second World War underground military hospital. Crisp studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. The project Material Sight has been supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Crisp’s work is held by several national collections of contemporary art, including Tate, the British Council, Arts Council and Government Art Collection. Fiona Crisp is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.

This event has been programmed in partnership with NGCA: http://www.ngca.co.uk/ as part of our series exploring the relationship between photography, science and technology, Observe. Experiment. Archive.

Image: Fiona Crisp, Osservatorio Astronomico di Campo Imperatore, 2018.   Giclée print from colour transparency.  Image courtesy the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.

 

DEVELOP Graduate – Professional Development Event

Image: Helen McGhie, Wanderer 2017

DEVELOP Graduate is a two-day professional development event organised by graduating students from the Northern Centre of Photography with NEPN.

The event has been co-designed to support emerging photographers and artists using photography, offering a space to think about next steps and build professional networks.

The programme comprises a keynote photographer talk by Hannah Starkey on the evening of Thursday 28 June and a full day of talks and discussion on Friday 29 June, with contributions from photographers including Liza Dracup, John Kippin, Sarah Pickering, Helen McGhie, Othello De’Souza-Hartley and Julian Germain as well as curators including George Vasey and Charlie Gregory.
You can find speaker Bios HERE.

Thursday 28 June, 6.30-9.00pm.
Photographer Talk by Hannah Starkey at Hope Street Xchange, followed by preview of the John Kippin exhibition ‘Based on a True Story, Works 1984-2018′ and book launch at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (free transport provided).

Friday 29 June 2018, 9.30-6pm.
Photographer talks; panel discussions offering photographer/curator perspectives on topics including:  balancing personal and commissioned projects;  building a community of practice; sustaining a creative practice.

Venue: Hope Street Xchange, Sunderland.

Advance registration is requested.  Please click here to book.

Attendance costs £20 (including both days) which is highly subsidised by the Higher Education Academy, NEPN and University of Sunderland Development Trust.

NEPN is the recipient of a national award in recognition of its work in connecting pedagogy and professional practice, engaging students of the Northern Centre of Photography with the photographic and wider cultural sector and NEPN’s offer.  The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence was awarded by the Higher Education Academy.

For information or any queries please email:  nepn@sunderland.ac.uk