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Michael Daglish reflects on his attendance of Singapore International Photography Festival, October 2016

In October I was given the opportunity to visit Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF). This opportunity came in the form a travel bursary via NEPN, supported by Arts Council England.

DECK Gallery, Singapore 2016

I applied for this opportunity as I wished to further explore a longstanding interest in methodologies of approach to conceptual photography, with regards to an international stage.  The perceived audience of photographic work – their cultural backgrounds and presumed knowledge base is, more often than not, fixed within the artist’s own personal understanding. This can at times struggle to translate within their own local and national contexts, so how does this play out on a world stage, crossing multiple cultural divides?  There was also the other massive potential for personal development expanding my network far beyond its current reach.

I arrived a couple of days before the official opening of the festival as I had booked onto a workshop with Boris Eldagsen. I wished to see how Eldagsen used his slightly bizarre method of approach using in camera trickery to deliver his story. I was also drawn to the fact the he refers to his images as poems.

Through the time spent on the workshop, I was able to learn the technicality of process around Eldagsen’s images. He showed us how to adapt his process, building a layered narrative into each image, whilst making the viewer question what it is they are actually seeing. He describes his method as, photographing a black cat in a black room with the lights turned off. His work shows us a post-truth; an experience that steps beyond the realm of reality, into that of the unconscious mind.

Image by Michael Daglish created during Boris Eldagsen, Hijack the Night workshop Singapore 2016

I saw Eldagsen present his work on three separate occasions to three different audiences. What I really found interesting, aside form the work, was the manner in which he addressed each audience. He was showing the same work, but became very adaptive in his description of the work, processes and methodologies used. This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but it really showed me how a piece of work can sit on many different levels, making it accessible to a much larger audience. When considering my own practice this certainly gave me an insight into approaches to presentation and appropriate language/conceptual use with regards to audience.

Boris Eldagsen Lecture at Nanyang Technological University, 2016

SIPF itself had work situated it both galleries as well as public spaces. The vast majority of open call work could be seen either along one of the MRT lines (similar to the tube) or on and in shipping containers at the Open Plaza of the National Library Building.

SIPF Open Call, Open Plaza, National Library Building 2016

The opening night of the open call show proved to be an excellent opportunity to build networks with the artists exhibiting, as well as visitors and and curators alike. One of the great things about the way the festival was geographically programmed was that as you moved between shows during the week you inevitably bumped into people you have previously met at openings. This made for a small community feeling and helped to strengthen connections that had been made.

Donna Chiu, Somewhere Only I Know @ Rochor MRT Station 2016

Opening night of Daido Moriyama: Prints & Books from 1960s-1980s @ Deck 2016

Aside from visiting SIPF whilst in Singapore I was able to see a number of other established and still establishing parts of the art scene. What really blew me away was the sheer size and scale of the scene held within such a small area. I visited two of the universities, one as guest shown around the whole site and the other as a member of the public visiting their gallery spaces. What was immediately apparent was the high level of equipment and facilities, as well as the freedom offered to the students to truly explore their own practice. Students are also given spaces to exhibit and grants and bursaries are made available for research and production.

The exhibition I saw at the Praxis Gallery of ICA Singapore LASALLE College of the Arts was an excellent example of high quality exhibition space being used to show student work made possible through a large multi-student practice-based travel grant.

Christabel Ngoi Moving Thoughts 2016 @ Praxis Space, LASALLE College of the Arts

Nanyang Technological University offered a very similar format to that which I’m used to seeing in the delivery of its photography programme. As I found out later in my trip, this format of teaching and acceptance of photography as conceptual art is not common practice in this part of the world.

I did meet two ex students of Nanyang, Lavender Chang and Noor Iskandar. Both had been chosen to exhibit as part of The Singapore Art Show. This show is programmed by Helutrans, an art transportation company, in their permanent gallery space to the side of the warehousing facility. This ‘virtuous circle’ is a perfect example of giving back which seems common practice in Singapore, a company making it profits from the transportation of art works in turn investing in emerging artists.

Noor Iskandar discussing his series How Dust Floats 2016

Lavender Chang, one of the artists exhibiting at The Singapore Art Show, also offered to show me Gillman Barracks. Gillman is an area given over by the government to be used an arts village, housing both artists studios, galleries and offering a meeting place in the form of cafés and restaurants. The scale of it is truly outstanding as is the quality of the work produced and exhibited. It really does offer a very freeing space in which an artist is able to think, create and explore. This space does also help to give an understanding of what we could have here in Sunderland with the development of the creative quarter, all be it on a smaller scale.

 

Entrance to Gillman Barracks

 I didn’t only visit the multiple galleries and art spaces around Singapore as a viewer, but I also carried around with me a portfolio of my own work, showing it to whoever was willing to take a look. This process was at times brutal, hearing things I really didn’t want to hear, having work repositioned far outside of the context I had originally intended. This re-contextualisation of the work by those viewing it did however help me to understand the differences in showing work to an Eastern audience as opposed to a European one. I was able to further understand the subtleties in image reading and how the influences of Chinese painting with its large blank spaces for breathing translate across to the production and reading of photographic images.

This said I did also take a lot of positives from showing my work, and will use the advice I was given to further develop projects, as well as re editing projects for presenting in portfolio format.

After spending time with artists and curators from around the world discussing the art and photographic scene within an Eastern context, referencing it back to compare and contrast against European contexts, I found there to be a number of differences when considering audience and their engagement with the work. Most obviously the idea of photography as conceptual art is still in its infancy in Singapore. Galleries like DECK and Mizuma are doing a lot to help position work in this way, as is the teaching now taking place at Nanyang and LASALLE. Teaching within Singapore has tended to work very much along the lines of the American formula, with photography being a technical tool rather than an artistic practice. This has its benefits in raising the production values and technical level of work produced. A number of lecturing staff are now coming from a European academic background and bringing this to the young emerging artists such as Lavender Chang and Noor Iskandar.
Magazines like Voices of Photography attempts to cross this divide being produced in Taiwan by Lee Wei-I. Although a small independent publication it has an international level of respect for the work it publishes and the manner in which it disseminates. Then there is Daniel Boetker-Smith with the Asian Pacific Book Archive. Daniel takes work from around the Asian Pacific area worldwide. Allowing artists to show work in places it would not otherwise be seen. It also gives international viewers an insight into the work produced in this area of the world, setting context whilst showing themes of exploration.

The experience as a whole left me with a greater understanding of the international photographic art scene as well as a much wider and diverse network of contacts. This will without doubt assist me as I push both my own practice in the future as well as the students I work with.

I’d like to thank NEPN and Arts Council England for making this possible. I’d also like to thank Gwen Lee from DECK for welcoming me, Ang Song Nian, Lavender Chang and Alex Supartono for their invaluable local knowledge which assisted me on my whistle stop tour.

Michael Daglish, Photo Courtesy of Lavender Chang

Michael Daglish was one of 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.

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

 

Karolina Maciagowska reflects on her attendance of Landskrona Foto Festival 2016

Landskrona is a relatively small Swedish city but aims high in photography.  This year’s festival featured everything from exhibitions, an international seminar, artist talks, outdoor installations to portfolio reviews, photo book fair, guided tours and film screenings. The majority of exhibitions and lectures were held at the institutions like Landskrona Konsthall (art gallery), Landskrona Museum and Landskrona Theatre. In addition there were exhibitions in Landskrona Citadell, small galleries and empty shops premises.

When you think about a photo festival – you generally think about the theme. This year’s festival curators: Christian Caujolle and Jenny Nordquist have chosen not to develop the theme and allowed the criss-crossing of expressions through the confrontation and coexistence of different opinions and approaches, creating an ambitious platform encouraging audience to think about the image and its current issues, transformation and development. Another aim was to present photography which has rarely or never received any attention in Sweden. The Festival featured over 150 artists, lecturers and curators from all over the world, including internationally acclaimed Cat Phillips and Peter Kennard (kennardphillips), Joan Fontcuberta, Elina Brotherus and SMITH, Cristina de Middel, Jason Larkin, Tomasz Kizny and Dominique Roynette, Fred Ritchin and many others.

Wonderful Occupations, Svetlana Khachaturova

International Seminar and The Great Terror

Fred Ritchin speaking at the International Seminar ‘How Digital Consumption is Changing our Perception of Memory’

Landskrona Foto Festival started on Friday morning with an International Seminar: Media Consumption and Memory Loss in a Digital Age, hosted by Lars Mogensen – a freelance journalist and a radio producer, interested in social affairs, culture and philosophy. Through analysis and experiences in the fields of photography, media and communications speakers questioned digital technology, how it changed photography, the world, the concept of time related to the huge number of pictures which flow incredibly fast through the networks, notions of memory and history. The seminar was followed by a discussion with speakers. During the seminar Fred Ritchin, Dean and also founding director of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at ICP, shared his views about challenges and possibilities implicit in the digital revolution and how digital consumption is changing our perception of memory.

Tomasz Kizny speaking about ‘The Great Terror’

Tomasz Kizny, acclaimed photographer, journalist and researcher studying the history of crimes under the communism, spoke about the collective image of a society in time of terror.  In the years 2008-2011 Kizny worked on The Great Terror 1937-1938 project in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, dedicated to the memory of victims of crimes against humanity. Crimes were committed between 1937-1938 in former USSR, where 750 000 people were killed within a period of 15 months. The Great Terror exhibition, curated with Dominique Roynette ,held at Landskrona Citadell, was divided into three parts and included portraits of terror victims taken by NKVD before the execution, contemporary photographs of the sites of executions and graves and portraits of victim’s descendants, all accompanied by multimedia pieces (slideshows, sound and video).

The Great Terror at Landskrona Citadell, Tomasz Kizny and Dominique Roynette

Who? A dialogue between Elina Brotherus and SMITH (Dorothée Smith)

Elina Brotherus at the Landskrona Konsthall

SMITH (Dorothée Smith) at the Landskrona Konsthall

This exhibition was curated by co-director of Landskrona Foto, Christian Caujolle and took place at Landskrona Konsthall, featuring work on the theme of identity from two prominent European female artists. The work of both artists was shown side by side, creating a dialogue between them which. The exhibition really opened my eyes to the tension between the work and the power of the visual medium; questioning the possibilities of expression, reflecting on appearance and disappearance, past and future.

Photo Salon and Karolina Jonderko, Lost  

Swedish newspaper Helsinborg’s Dagblad teamed up with the festival to present the ‘Photo Salon’ open call – resulting in displays in various locations, including shop fronts in Landskrona’s city centre. Selected photographers who sent their submissions were invited by photographer and curator, Nygårds Karin Bengtsson, to exhibit their work in full.

Karolina Jonderko, Lost

Polish artist Karolina Jonderko presented Lost – a series of photographs which portray rooms and interiors that have been left untouched, sometimes for many years, after their owners have been reported missing. This incredibly moving project was divided between two parts – photographs were accompanied by a slideshow, which included images of letters ‘addressed’ to each missing person written by their family members (polish+english translation). Lost was a part of a group exhibition entitled It’s so Hard to Live Without You.

AgNO3  – Histories of Science and Photography in Sweden

AgNO3 at Landskrona Museum

If you ever wondered what happened to the cameras taken to the Moon, what allows scientists to conduct a research on rare collections of insects or how criminals should be pictured to be easily recognised or you are generally interested in the use of photography in science and research during past 150 years, AgNO3: Histories of Science and Photography in Sweden is definitely a must-see exhibition (showing at Landskrona Museum until 29 January 2017).   Photographs, video and multimedia installations and objects accompanied by text, which added a further dimension to the viewing. All items were carefully arranged and displayed across 12 rooms, creating 30 stories based on a variety of themes including: medical experiments, photographs of crime scenes and suspects, museum objects reconstruction process, military authorities documentation, planning and project design of the Stockholm metro system, Finnish population research, photographs of nature and birds or video records of birds and bats movement studies.   One of the presented objects that caught my attention was modified Hasselblad 500 EL which has not been taken to the Moon, but used by the astronauts for training purposes in Houston. All thirteen cameras used on the Moon between 1969-1972 were left there to minimise the weight of the space capsule on the journey ‘home’. Astronauts brought back the exposed film rolls only.

AgNO3 at Landskrona Museum

AgNO3 at Landskrona Museum

Worth mentioning is also Joan Fontcuberta’s ‘Science and Friction’ exhibition (Landskrona Museum), at which artist presented three bodies of work: ‘Herbarium’, ‘Hemogramas’ and ‘Lactogramas’. In ‘Herbarium’ photographs of non-existent plants are presentes in a context of a scientific research. ‘Hemogramas’ and ‘Lactogramas’ were created without the camera. Artist made negatives by deposing drops of blood or milk onto transparent glass slides. Specific scientific instruments and tools are presented next to the photographs as an important part of all installations.

Joan Fontcuberta, Hemogramas and Herbarium

About the experience

 I always thought that photo festivals are only for established artists – and I was wrong. I would encourage every emerging artist to look for opportunities which may be part of international photo festivals – whether it is a portfolio review, book dummy award submission, Photo Salon (open call) or simply networking (those great chats during the photo book fair!). I have gained some very valuable insight through the festival and ways that photo festivals are being curated. I had a great opportunity to discuss artwork and get an advice from internationally acclaimed artists, lecturers and experts. It helped me to understand how artists are working on their projects and exhibitions, what may interest or influence curators, how curators work with the archival materials and objects, discover new ways to engage the public, how empty premises can be turned into mini art galleries or how artwork can be presented (for example in a form of an outdoor installation).

And finally… Thank you!

I would like to thank Arts Council England, University of Sunderland and NEPN – Amanda Ritson, Dr Carol McKay and Jemma Gibson – for their hard work, enthusiasm, energy and fantastic Landskrona Foto Festival opportunity, which was an absolutely mind-blowing experience.

Karolina Maciagowska was one of 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 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

 

A Collective Endeavour: A Discussion with Document Scotland

The Granary Gallery, Dewar’s Lane, Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1HJ
Saturday 6 May 2017, 1.30pm-3.00pm

As part of the current exhibition at The Granary Gallery –‘Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland’, Berwick Visual Arts in partnership with NEPN invites Document Scotland to explore the motivations, benefits and responsibilities of working collectively in the age of individualism.

We will be joined by Sophie Gerrard, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Sarah Amy Fishlock of the collective who will present their own photographic work and discuss how working collectively can amplify the social and political impact of photography and its reach.

Free, but places are limited and must be booked in advance, via www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Programmed by Berwick Visual Arts in conjunction with the exhibition Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland(11 February – 14 May 2017) at The Granary Gallery.

Beyond the Border is an Impressions Gallery Touring Exhibition curated by Anne McNeill together with the Impressions Gallery.

 Image: Jon Richardson, known as Gaius Iulius Raeticus, Glasgow (detail), 2013 ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert / courtesy Impressions Gallery

 

Portfolio & project peer mentoring for early and mid-career photographers. 

The Granary Gallery, 2nd Floor, Berwick YHA, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1HJ

Saturday 6 May – 10.30am-12.30pm  SPACE AVAILABLE 

Berwick Visual Arts in partnership with NEPN and Document Scotland invite early and mid-career photographers from North-East England and the Scottish Borders for a portfolio and project mentoring session.

The session will provide critical advice in a supportive and informal environment. Bring along your portfolio or work in development in physical prints or on laptop to discuss with fellow photographers and artists and members of Document Scotland, Berwick Visual Arts and NEPN.

There is a maximum of 6 participants for this event and an application process in place. Applicants should submit 1 page (max.) artist statement, including brief description of the project or work they would like to discuss, biography and a link to their work. Please submit applications to: nepn@sunderland.ac.uk by 5pm on Thursday 4 May.

 

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/ 

 

Funding Advice Session with Arts Council England

Monday 9 May 2016, 2pm at the Northern Centre of Photography, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD.

Free. 

Are you a photographer/artist looking to secure funding for your next project? 

If you haven’t applied for funding as an artist before, or would benefit from hearing about Arts Council England funding streams or changes to the applications process then please join us.

Sam Peace, Relationship Manager (Visual Arts) will be giving a presentation (2-3pm) on Arts Council funding streams, including Grants for arts for artists and arts organisations.

One to one funding surgeries (lasting 25 mins) are available after the presentation. These are on a first come first served basis and are intended for photographers/artists who have a project proposal in development*. NB. ALL SURGERIES ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED.

*The one to one surgery sessions are not open to undergraduate students (unless they can demonstrate an established practice outside of their programme of study) but they are very welcome to attend the briefing at 2pm.

 

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

Develop: Workshop and Professional Development Programme

5 February 2016, 9.30-17.00, Bamburgh House, Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BH – NOW FULLY BOOKED

Develop: Workshop is a one-day professional development event which will include workshops and talks with experts from the international photographic sector: Zelda Cheatle, Curator, Editor and Photography Consultant; David Birkitt, Founder of DMB Represents and Lucid-ly; Adriaan Monshouwer, Visual Consultant and Business Developer; Marc Prüst, Photography Curator and Project Manager; David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery & Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography and Rebecca McClelland, Photographic Art Director consultant for AirBnB.  There will also be the opportunity for portfolio speed-dates with peers, NEPN and facilitators.

Aimed at fine art and documentary photographers, photojournalists and artists using photography, the event will explore practical new ways to articulate conceptual enquiries and reach new audiences. It will also consider models for developing sustainability and resilience in shifting financial and political climates, in relation to the different photographic contexts and ecologies.

The schedule for the day can be found here Develop Workshop Programme FINAL

 

Speaker Biographies

Zelda Cheatle is a well-known curator and editor of photography. After some years taking photographs, she began her gallery career at The Photographers’ Gallery 1982- 1988, working with internationally renowned photographers and emerging British and European artists using photography. From 1989-2005, the eponymous Zelda Cheatle Gallery exhibited important work including: Helen Chadwick, Eve Arnold, A Century of Russian Photography, Imogen Cunningham, Sarah Moon, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Lee Miller, James Van Der Zee, Robert Frank, Abbas Kiarostami and Mari Mahr amongst many others.

During 2005 – 2012, Zelda Cheatle was responsible for initiating, sourcing and establishing the first photography fund. Primarily collecting fine prints of the 20th Century, the fund collection included the Eve Arnold archive of vintage prints and a significant Russian collection from Rodchenko to Lissitzky and the Vhutemas School, and a collection of 20th century iconic works from Sudek to Steichen. www.zeldacheatle.com

David Birkitt has managed the careers of some of the world’s leading image-makers. Working internationally, he has amassed over a decade of experience at the highest level of the visual industry, working with artists such as Nadav Kander, Stephen Shore, Mitch Epstein and Larry Sultan. His latest venture is DMB Represents, a company which offers a fresh perspective on worldwide projects and personal career management for individuals and companies across the creative industries. DMB Represents provides a collaborative, fluid approach to creative management, incorporating the increasingly diverse media available. http://www.dmbrepresents.com/

Adriaan Monshouwer initially started his career in the film business, filming and editing over a dozen documentaries for national television. In 1983 Monshouwer switched to photography when he became the new visual editor for Dutch weekly magazine Nieuwe Revu, responsible for photography and design. Later positions include director of the Canon Photo Gallery and of the Netherlands Photo Institute, and commercial director of Hollandse Hoogte, leading independent photo agency in the Netherlands. For many years, Monshouwer was involved with World Press Photo, as a board member and as the secretary of the international jury. He gave numerous lectures and presentations and was involved in the launch of Volkskrant Magazine (weekend supplement of the national daily). In 2010, he founded Picture Inside, a consultancy firm for visual communication, and in that same year he co-founded SocialPeople, a full service social media agency. He specialises in new business development for photographers and visual stories editing.

David Drake is the Director of Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales. Since its foundation in 1978, Ffotogallery has been the major force for contemporary photography in Wales, and is recognized as the national forum for debate in this field, with a focus for new developments in British and international photographic art. Ffotogallery’s work is outward looking, with an exhibition and publishing programme featuring artists from the UK and the rest of the world. Ffotogallery is also the lead agency for a pan-European project called European Prospects. David initiated and is the current Director of the biennial event Diffusion – Cardiff International Festival of Photography.

Marc Prüst is active as photography consultant, curator, and teacher. In that capacity he edits books, creates exhibitions, teaches and organizes workshops and masterclasses, lectures and writes on photography, and advises photographers on how to develop their work and how to market it. Prüst is currently the Artistic Director of the Photoreporter Festival in Saint Brieuc, France.   He has successfully launched in cooperation with the Noorderlicht Gallery and Festival the Northern Lights Masterclass, a 1year master-class for professional photojournalists and social documentary photographers, in September 2010. Besides editing several monographic publications, and solo exhibitions, he was one of three curators for the FotoGrafia festival in Rome for the period 2010 – 2012, and the creative director of the only photo festival in Nigeria, LagosPhoto.

Prüst worked for the World Press Photo Foundation from 2001 to 2007, where he organized and installed exhibitions all over the world. In 2005 he was responsible for the exhibition and award winning publication “Things As They Are, Photo Journalism in Context since 1955″, for which he worked in close cooperation with curator Christian Caujolle and editor Chris Boot. In 2007 he moved on to Agence VU’ where he was mainly responsible for the international cultural activities of the agency. In 2009 he left the agency to start for himself as freelance curator, consultant, and teacher.  www.marcprust.com

Rebecca McClelland is a Photographic Art Director consultant for AirBnB commissioning and producing film and photography campaigns for the brand. Prior to this role, she was NewStatesman magazine’s first Photography Editor tasked with overseeing the visual content of the political current affairs weekly magazine and as well as Photography Director for PORT & Avaunt magazines. She is Creative Director & curator of The Ian Parry Scholarship, an international award for visual journalism and Associate Lecturer at UCA Farnham, specialising in Professional Practice. She has worked on editorials in London for the last 14 years, spending many years as a Photography Editor on the Sunday Times magazine and editing picture desks at the Evening Standard, Wallpaper* and Art World magazine.