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NEPN Summer Social

Tuesday 3 August, 6-7pm, on Zoom.

Join us with a cold one to catch up with fellow photographers in the North East. NEPN will share plans for the new website which will offer photographer profiles, and a new bursary scheme, as well as inviting discussion around your needs and space for informal chat. If anyone would like to share work (up to 10mins) then please email: nepn@sunderland.ac.uk 

Please let us know if you will be joining us by emailing nepn@sunderland.ac.uk and we will send you the meeting link. If you have access requirements, please let us know too.

SHIFTS: Photography in the 21st Century Museum

Image credit: Panos Kokkinias, Yiannis (2016), Archival inkjet, 80 x 122 cm © Panos Kokkinias, courtesy of the artist and Xippas Gallery, Paris, Geneva, Montevideo.

Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 13:00 (British Summer Time)

This short discussion, convened on Zoom, will examine the shifts affecting the programming, commissioning and collection of photography by art and photography museums, in the UK and internationally.
On the occasion of the publication of Alexandra Moschovi’s monograph A Gust of Photo-Philia: Photography in the Art Museum and in the context of NEPN’s SHIFTS project, invited curators will explore how their institutions address current developments in photographic and curatorial practice and the ways museums can engage diverse publics and support photographers.

Confirmed speakers:

Matteo Balduzzi, Curator, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo, Italy.

Alexandra Moschovi, Associate Professor of Photography and Digital Media, University of Sunderland, UK.

Thomas Seelig, Head Curator and Director of Photography, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany.

Marta Weiss, Senior Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.

The event is supported by the University of Sunderland and Arts Council England.

We are delighted to announce that Leuven University Press and Lieven Gevaert Series will be offering a generous discount off the publication ‘A Gust of Photo-Philia’ to those attending this event.

BOOK TICKETS FOR THE EVENT HERE

Please let us know if you have any access requirements by emailing: nepn@sunderland.ac.uk


Shifts: Photography, Environment, Action


Thursday 24 June, 6.30pm.
Friday 25 June 2021, 9.30am – 4pm.

Join us across two days for talks and discussion on Zoom, exploring the role of photography in communicating the environmental crisis and approaches to sustainable practice.
We hope to stimulate discussions about photography, radicalism and activism, including its relationship to aesthetics, sustainability and ecology, impact and reach, collectivism and voice.

Produced by NEPN with photographic artist and researcher Marjolaine Ryley.

Please contact: nepn@sunderland.ac.uk with any access requirements.

Thursday 24 June, 6.30pm.
Join us for a talk by leading cultural theorist and art historian T.J. Demos.

Chaired by Professor Mike Collier, University of Sunderland.

BOOK A TICKET FOR THE TALK BY TJ DEMOS HERE

Radical Futurisms: Insurgent Universality, Solidarity, and Worlds-to-Come

With reference to three international examples of contemporary art—those of Thirza Jean Cuthand, The Otolith Group, and Black Quantum Futurism—this short talk discusses current modelings of radical futurisms and worlds-to-come that refuse surrender to capitalist realism. Where radical imagination meets radical praxis is in the material forces of solidarity, the political form of belonging, more than ever necessary today in the collective battle against international fascisms and global neoliberalisms. While acknowledging the bankruptcy of Eurocentric universalisms, this presentation defends approaches to insurgent political formations beyond identitarian fragmentation, including a political aesthetics of abolition—ultimately of racial and colonial capitalism.

T. J. Demos is the Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in Art History in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, at University of California, Santa Cruz, and founding Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. Demos is the author of numerous books, including Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today (Sternberg Press, 2017); Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016); The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013) – winner of the College Art Association’s 2014 Frank Jewett Mather Award – and Return to the Postcolony: Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2013). Demos co-curated Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas, at Nottingham Contemporary in January 2015, and organized Specters: A Ciné-Politics of Haunting, at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid in 2014. During 2019–21, with the Center for Creative Ecologies, and as a Getty research institute scholar, he’s working on a Mellon-funded research project, art exhibition, and book project dedicated to the questions: what comes after the end of the world, and how can we cultivate futures of social justice within capitalist ruins? His new book, Beyond the World’s End: Arts of Living at the Crossing was recently released by Duke University Press.

Friday 25th June 2021, 9.30am – 4pm.

Join us for a day of presentations and discussion with photographers and artists, Hannah Fletcher, Edd Carr, Sabina Sallis, Michele Allen and Shahidul Alam.

We aim to provoke discussion and ask questions about practice and sustainability – materials and materiality; radicalism and activism; and the role of photography and the image in visualising the environmental crisis.

There will be space for participant discussion to ask – What could sustainable photography look like? As a sector, as a practice – concepts, aesthetics, ethics and materials. What do we do next?

BOOK A TICKET FOR THE 1 DAY SYMPOSIUM HERE

Speaker bios coming soon.

This a free event or pay what you can. To make a donation, which will enable us to programme more events please click HERE.

Image: Untitled (Pollard), 2019, from The Weight of Ants in the World © Michele Allen.

Partnership event:

Plants and Protest: Or How to Grow your Art and Eat it! – Marjolaine Ryley

Dilston Physic Garden – Saturday 3 July, 1pm-5pm

Ignite your imagination into the incredible potential of plants – discover how growing and gardening can be an act of resistance, protest and hope.
First, is an introduction to artists working with living materials – with humour, innovation and insight – in areas of ecology, growing and sustainability. This includes my own practice-based PhD research – ‘A Delicious Garden’ with vegetal interspecies encounters.
Then, enjoy practical demonstrations on how to develop skills in basic growing/ horticulture.  These include – how to compost successfully (even on a small scale), getting started with veg, a guide to growing micro-greens and an introduction to plant propagation (i.e. how to make plants for free!). Some microgreens and seeds will be available to take home.

Be empowered with the knowledge and skills in horticulture – one of the most useful and hopeful gifts at this time. The session is planned to include practical demonstrations underpinned by horticultural theory – be inspired to take the first steps!

Attendance is £20 with all proceeds to Dilston Physic Garden. Booking here: https://dilstonphysicgarden.com/event/plants-and-prints/

Marjolaine is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Sunderland and a PhD researcher at Newcastle University. Her practice encompasses photography, creative writing, plant-made imagery and participatory practice to explore the horti-counterculture, politics and collaborative plant-human encounters in the vegetal world. She is currently Artist in residence at Dilston Physic Garden and has an RHS Level 2 qualification in Horticulture. She enjoys getting muddy in her experimental allotment/laboratory.

An taster on-line version of ‘Plants and Protest’ will run at lunchtime during the Photography, Environment, Action symposium on 25 June.

Image: Sorrel © Marjolaine Ryley

Wideyed Agri[Culture] Book Launch Recording – 7 October 2020

 
A talk and book launch of the publication Agri[Culture] with Wideyed programmed in collaboration with NEPN and the Northern Centre of Photography. With contributions by Jill Cole, Director of Northern Heartlands as well as Dr Menelaos Gkartzios, Reader in Planning and Rural Development from the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University.

About Agri[Culture]:
Agricultural shows have been part of British farming life for centuries. The smaller shows last for just one day while the largest cover a whole weekend, but all have in common contests for best livestock, cake, craft, owner and vegetable competitions. Whatever their size, these annual events are important meeting places for local communities, but they also attract participants and audiences from across surrounding regions, briefly drawing together urban and rural people in celebration of shared agrarian heritage.

Agri[Culture] began in 2018 with Wideyed photographers Lucy Carolan, Richard Glynn, Louise Taylor and Nat Wilkins collectively focussing on the annual agricultural shows taking place in the North Pennines area of England where they live. A version of their work was first exhibited in Wyoming and then toured back to its source, appearing at selected agricultural shows along the Allen, Tees and Wear dales during the 2019 season. The travelling exhibition combined contemporary photography with archive materials, and creative writing by members of the NorthPens Writers Group. It invited everyone to consider the culture of rural traditions by serving as a stimulus for conversations about our agri[cultural] identity and sense of place in past, present and future.

Agri[culture] – the book – celebrates the culmination of this 2 year project.

www.wideyed.org

NCP and NEPN Connect Series: Helen Marshall

 

Image from Helen Marshall's 'The People's Moon' installation at Piccadilly Lights

Please join us for a talk by Helen Marshall via Zoom on Thursday 2 July at 2.30pm.

To attend please email: amanda.ritson@sunderland.ac.uk and joining instructions will be emailed shortly before the event.  

This event will have BSL interpretation.

Helen Marshall is an award-winning visual artist based in London, United Kingdom. Her practice is rooted in photography, storytelling and new technology, often situated outside the gallery or museum. She set up The People’s Picture in 2016, an artist-led design studio delivering giant photo mosaic commissions in the public realm. The People’s Picture combines thousands of photographs to tell a story, commemorate an important occasion or bring attention to important social issues. Her portfolio includes exhibitions and commissions for The Horniman Museum, The National Memorial Arboretum, BBC Television, Tate Britain, The Photographers’ Gallery, Financial Times and Canary Wharf Group.

Helen’s work is held in private and public collections.

Helen will be speaking about both the creative development and the production of key projects of ‘The People’s Picture’ studio.

www.helenmarshall.co.uk

https://thepeoplespicture.com/

Supported by Advance HE: Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence

Image: ©Helen Marshall/The People’s Picture from The People’s Moon

POSTPONDED – Wideyed Book Launch Agri[culture]

Sadly this event is now postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

18th March 2020 – 5.30pm – 7.30pm, University of Sunderland, Showcase Space, Priestman Building, SR1 3PZ

The launch will take place at the closing event of their exhibition of the same title.

The book celebrates the culmination of a 2 year project by Wideyed photographers Lucy Carolan, Richard Glynn, Louise Taylor and Nat Wilkins, which focussed on the culture of agricultural shows in the North Pennines area, near where they live.
The closing event offers a final opportunity to see the exhibition, which also features rurally-themed work by students of University of Sunderland and University of Wyoming, produced in response to Wideyed’s Agri[culture].

Image: ©Nat Wilkins

Blue Christmas – Cyanotype Christmas Cards

14th December – 1pm & 2pm, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

 

Create cards like no other this Christmas! Join artist Jo Howell in making unique cyanotype Christmas cards and calendars. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

This activity supports the Observe, Experiment, Archive exhibition from NEPN.

£3 per person/ Booking Essential – To book online through Sunderland Culture, click HERE

      

NE Socially Engaged Photography Network
 – Meet up

Thursday 21 November, 6-8pm

The NewBridge Project : Newcastle

Free, all welcome

The Newbridge Project, NEPN and Side Gallery are working alongside fellow cultural organisations, photographers, community groups and academics from across the country to discuss and accelerate the practice of socially engaged photography.

As part of this initiative we are hosting our first North East regional network meeting, giving organisations and individual practitioners the opportunity to come together, share ideas, projects and questions about this practice. For the first meeting we will also be joined by Open Eye Gallery’s Head of Engagement & practitioner, Liz Wewiora, to offer more information on how the initiative first developed.

In the spirit of social practice, the network is shaped collaboratively by its users and so we would love to invite anyone interested in photography / lens based media and socially engaged arts practice to come along and help us develop its future.

Accessibility: NewBridge Newcastle has limited accessibility, this event will take place in the Co-Work space of NewBridge Newcastle. We regret, due to the age of our building and its change of use we do not have a functioning lift. Please contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.

Observe, Experiment, Archive EVENTS

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

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


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

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

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

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

Supported by Arts Council England and Culture Ireland.

 

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


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

*This talk has BSL interpretation*

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

 

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


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

*This talk has BSL interpretation*

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Do you love stars and space?

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

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

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

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

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

Please note some sessions have minimum age guidelines.

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

            

       

Artist Talk and Book Launch: Tim Mitchell

Friday 25 October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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