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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.

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

 

 

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 Inflatable water park for sale 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 Inflatable water park for sale 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, Inflatable water park for sale 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 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/ 

 

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 Inflatable Water Park For Sale 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 Inflatable Water Park 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.