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Funding Advice Session with Arts Council England

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


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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.



NEPN Develop Awards

NEPN is delighted to announce we will be working with international photography curator and consultant Marc Prüst on a new professional development programme for photographers in the region.   Develop aims to build the resilience of the sector in a shifting funding landscape, while building confidence in participants and responding to the needs and diversity of practicing photographers.

The finer details of the programme are to be constructed but at its core the programme will support 5 photographers, selected through a regional call out, to develop an aspect of their approach to professional practice.  The structure of the programme will allow for broader development opportunities for photographers and photographic artists.

The programme information will be published on the NEPN website and communicated via the mailing list in due course.

Image: Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog  ©Juliet Chenery-Robson

Contemporary Photography and Traditional Processes: Craft and Concept

Wednesday 2 December 2015, 6pm-8pm (6.20pm discussion start), Northern Centre of Photography, Sunderland, SR1 3SD

Join us for a critical conversation to explore the use of traditional processes in contemporary practice.  

In recent years we have seen a resurgence of interest in 19th Century processes, and of the materiality of the resultant prints and their function as art objects and collector’s items.  The wet plate photograph is a one-off, a limited edition work and exists as a counterpoint to the throwaway, point and shoot nature of the digital photograph.

A number of questions arise for practising contemporary photographers when exploring this medium, including:
Can the delicate craft and skill needed to use this process be combined with concept and can the created works be said to be ‘critically-engaged’?  What is the relationship between traditional and digital process, particularly when our images are now shared through digital networks and social media?  Do photographs created in this way become artefacts and/or artworks? In the case of portraiture, does the relationship between photographer and sitter change?

We are delighted that four photographic artists will join us to present their practice and research in relation to traditional and alternative process. These are Sheila Masson, a photographer and researcher of British Tintypes and contemporary usage of the process and photographic artists Chris Madge, Neil Armstrong and Alexandra Hughes.

We will also be joined by a small cohort of photographers and artists who undertook the development opportunity offered by Great North Run Culture, NEPN and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums to participate in a collodion photography workshop in the context of the Great North Greats exhibition.


Great North Greats, exhibited in various venues during 2015, explored some of the most important luminaries, inventors and innovators in the industrial and social history of the north east and celebrates the region as the birthplace of many great scientific developments and inventions.  Among them, Joseph Swan, a physicist and chemist, inventor of the incandescent lightbulb and an early pioneer of wet plate photography. Great North Greats was curated by and is a project of Great North Run Culture.

Image courtesy of Neil Armstrong


Great North Greats – Development Opportunity

Great North Run Culture (GNRC), NEPN and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums are pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for practicing photographers/photographic artists, in the context of the GRNC-curated exhibition ‘Great North Greats.’  Great North Greats, currently exhibited at the Discovery Museum, explores some of the most important luminaries, inventors and innovators in the industrial and social history of the north east and celebrates the region as the birthplace of many great scientific developments and inventions.  Among them, Joseph Swan, a physicist and chemist, inventor of the incandescent light bulb and an early pioneer of wet plate photography.

Critical Context
In recent years we have seen a resurgence of interest in 19th Century processes, and of the materiality of the resultant prints and their function as art objects and collector’s items.  The wet plate photograph is a one-off, a limited edition work and exists as a counterpoint to the throwaway, point and shoot nature of the digital photograph.

A number of questions arise for practicing contemporary photographers when exploring this medium. Can the delicate craft and skill needed to use this process be combined with concept and can the created works be said to be ‘critically-engaged’?  What is the relationship between traditional and digital process, particularly when our images are now shared through digital networks and social media.  Do photographs created in this way become artefacts?

5 photographers, selected through open call, will be offered a free collodion photography workshop, to be delivered by photographer Paul Cordes, and access to the rich stores held at the Discovery Museum to inform a short enquiry relevant to their current research interests.

The wet plate workshop will be held on Monday 12 October 2015, applicants will need to be available on this date.  A tour of the archive is scheduled to take place on Saturday 3 October.

The selected cohort will be invited to share their learning at an informal reading group for participants and a small number of invited practicing photographers.

Application deadline: 22 September 2015 at noon.  Please note the tight turnaround time for applications.

Applicants should consider how this practical workshop and visit to the museum stores would benefit their professional practice and inform their conceptual enquiries when submitting:

  • A short (1 page max.) letter of interest which should include description of a short enquiry or project they are pursuing of relevance.
  • CV
  • Up to a max. of 3 images of previous work or links to portfolio

Please email application to: with the subject line ‘Application: Photography’

Opportunity supported by Great North Run Culture, The Great Run Company Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council and Port of Tyne.

Image: Installation as part of Great North Greats, Discovery Museum ©Colin Davison

Talk with Founders of Singapore International Photography Festival

Gwen Lee and Jay Lau, Founders of the Singapore International Photography Festival ( will join us for our first event at the Northern Centre of Photography, Sunderland. Gwen and Jay will talk about their approach to programming and organising Singapore International Photography Festival, and Singapore’s only photography space, 2902 Gallery, followed by a Q&A session chaired by Dr Carol McKay, NEPN.

The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is the first event of its kind in Southeast Asia. The biennial festival strives to provide a platform for Southeast Asian artists to showcase their works alongside their international peers at various venues across Singapore.  The three main festival components are the official exhibitions, workshops and a 3-day portfolio review session for 40 selected Southeast Asian photographers.  Alongside the official exhibitions and programmes, the SIPF Fringe activities are carried out at various arts galleries, arts spaces and education institutions to promote photography across Singapore.
Join us for a short tour of the new Northern Centre of Photography (NEPN@home), at 6.00pm. The talk will start at 6.30 prompt followed by refreshments.
Register your attendance via
Portfolio Reviews available:
We are delighted to be able to offer a small number of free portfolio reviews with Festival Curator and Founder, Gwen Lee, on the morning of 7 March 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne.  The reviews are aimed at critically‐engaged photographers who take a serious approach to their practice and an application process is in place.   Reviews will last 20 minutes. Gwen Lee is interested to view documentary and fine art photography. 
Up to 5 photographers will be selected to participate in one review each.
Photographers should send a CV, short statement about your practice (max. 250 words) and web links to your work, or a maximum of 5 images, which must not be larger than 75KB each, by email to by 9am Friday 1 March.    Given the short turnaround time, photographers should expect to hear on Monday 4 March if they have secured a review.

NEPN Development Awards

Clarita Lulic, Spanish Light

Clarita Lulic, Spanish Light

In conjunction with the Portfolio Reviews, five participating photographers have been awarded a small development bursary of £250, following nominations from our guest reviewers.  All participating photographers were automatically considered for these awards.  The development bursaries can be used to fund research and development costs or seed publishing or production projects.

The selected photographers are:

Clarita Lulic
Louise Taylor
Adam Brown
Damien Wootten
Richard Stout

Thank you to all participating photographers and reviewers.

Symposium and Portfolio Reviews: Future of the Photo-book

Dates for your diary:

The NEPN symposium and portfolio reviews will be on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April.

Our symposium theme this year is around photography publishing and the future of the photo- book. We’re inviting practitioners, publishers, writers and curators to talk about their experiences.  Confirmed speakers include Bruno Ceschel ( and Gordon McDonald (Photoworks  More details coming soon.

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Image credit: Self Publish, Be Happy at Vision 10, London, 19th November 2010

Saturday 16th April is you chance to show your portfolio to some of our invited reviewers — keep the date free!