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Wear Experimenting Artists Talk

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wear Experimenting Workshop and Exhibition Programme

Wear Experimenting opens at Mackie’s Corner, High Street, Sunderland on Thursday 8 November and will run to 1 December, opening on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 3-7pm.  Artist Jo Howell will also present works from the project in The Bridges Shopping Centre and on digital billboards across the city.

Jo Howell and associate artists will be offering a range of workshops throughout the workshop period.  See below for taste of available sessions or visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/NEPhotoNetwork/events/

Thursday 15 November, 4-6pm and Friday 16 November, 4-6pm, Mackie’s Corner, High Street:
Cyanotype Book Making with Jo Howell

Using a combination of objects, acetate negatives and writing, participants will create a unique folded cyanotype book about the exhibition. Paper for the booklets will be pre-prepared with design focussing on the content and arrangement of the booklets. A UV exposure lamp will be used to expose the books, which will be washed in cold water and dried for participants to take home the next day.
To book your place please email: booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call 0191 427 8197.

 

Saturday 17 November, 12.45-3pm, Hendon, Sunderland:
Wear Experimenting Associate Artists - Nicola Maxwell and Michael Davidson -
Nature / Industry Photo Walk


Join Nicola Maxwell and Michael Davidson for a photo-walk on which you will take photographs, collect specimens and help build a collective survey of a post-industrial area.

Maxwell and Davidson are artists who specialise in photography with a particular interest in maps and the stories that can be told about an area through found objects and by exploring nature’s intervention.

Please note this is a walking event over hilly terrain and is not suitable for those with mobility issues. Sensible shoes, waterproofs and long trousers advised. Over 16s only.

Please bring a digital camera (camera phone can be used).

This event will take place in Hendon, exact meeting point address provided upon booking.
To book your place please email: booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call 0191 427 8197.

A follow-up workshop will take place on 24 November, 1pm – 3pm to share images and experiment with post-production.

Saturday 17 November, 4-6pm, Mackie’s Corner, Sunderland:
Wear Experimenting Associate Artist – Graham Patterson
‘Zine making – Accumulation Part 2.

Definition of zine. : magazine especially : a noncommercial homemade publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter.

During the workshop participants can create folded – stapled zines using printed photograms of sea-plastics, that were collected form a shoreline in Roker with participants during last months ‘accumulation’ workshop.

An experimental approach is encouraged to create simple pamphlets and concertina booklets. Large scale inkjet prints of the sea-plastic photograms can be cut into, folded, glued and collaged together – drawn over or written on. All materials to make the booklets will be provided, artist book examples and book making guides will be brought to help with ideas.

There will be an opportunity to display the zines, both at Mackie’s Corner and in an A5 perspex leaflet dispenser, within the coastal site where the plastic material was collected. Participants can add factual information to the zines, where they see fit, to highlight the detrimental impact that plastics have on the marine environment. For example, ‘8 Million Tonnes Of Plastic Is Dumped In the Sea Every Year’.

To book please email:
booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call 0191 427 8197.

Friday 23 November 2018, 2-5pm, Mackie’s Corner, Sunderland:
Wear Experimenting Associate Artist -  Ben Freeth, ‘Scan Paths’

‘Scan Paths’ is exciting project which redefines the boundaries of photography by creating an instant camera capable of performing eye-tracking on the user. When ‘eye tracked’ what you look at reveals both what is important psychologically to you, and the science involved in seeing. It’s a ‘selfie-cam’ that takes a picture of you while simultaneously revealing something about yourself!

Join digital artist Ben Freeth for a workshop in which you will help to create a ‘Yarbus Cam’ and use it on Friday 23 November from 2-5pm at Mackie’s Corner, Sunderland.

To book your place please email: booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call 0191 427 8197.

Ben Freeth has a background in photography, documentary practice and workshop delivery. His current work expands on this extending into digital media practice and incorporating data as a medium for artistic expression. Ben’s artworks feature scientific photography combined with multichannel sound works, custom electronics, code, instruments and data driven artworks featuring photography and data sonification. Ben has worked and exhibited across the North East, the UK and internationally.  The production of Yarbus Cams is supported by FabLab Sunderland.

A Drop-in session (no need to book) will also run on Saturday 1 December, 2-5pm at Mackie’s Corner when you will get the opportunity to create images using the Yarbus Cams.

Friday 30 November, 1-3pm, Mackie’s Corner, Sunderland:
Pinhole photography with Jo Howell

In this pinhole photography workshop you can bring a container to create your own pinhole camera to photograph the City, or you can use the pre-made cameras from the project. This is one of the first photographic processes. Any container that you can make light tight can be turned into a simple camera. Using a darkroom and photographic chemicals we will develop the photographs you take. Participants will be expected to take photographs outside, so wrap up warm!

*Drop-in session, no need to book.

 


                        
                        

A Struggle for Democracy: Exhibition at the University of Sunderland

Visiting Professor Julian Germain and Emeritus Professor John Kippin

 

A Struggle for Democracy – Shahidul Alam

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 1pm. University of Sunderland, Priestman Building (Showcase Space), SR1 3PZ.

Join us to launch an exhibition of work by visiting professor Shahidul Alam and to raise awareness of the international campaign for his release from detention in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

There will be an introduction by Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, Professor Arabella Plouviez and contributions from invited guests.  All are invited to participate in a mass photograph to communicate our collective voice which will be shared and added to the thousands internationally who are campaigning for Shahidul’s ‘immediate and unconditional release’ (https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/free-shahidul-alam).

The exhibition runs 16-28 October 2018, as part of the UK-wide exhibition of work by Shahidul Alam, initiated by the Northern Centre of Photography, University of Sunderland, Autograph, London and Drik, Bangladesh.

#FreeShahidulAlam

The exhibition is produced by NEPN and the Northern Centre of Photography.

Photographer Talk: Hannah Starkey

Image:  Hannah Starkey, Untitled, October 1998. 1998 framed c-type print. 122 x 152 cm, 48 x 59 7/8 inches.  ©Hannah Starkey, courtesy Maureen Paley, London


Join us to hear Hannah Starkey talk about her practice, reflecting on her creative and professional development at 6.30pm on Thursday 28 June at Hope Street Xchange, Sunderland.  This talk opens the DEVELOP Graduate event 28-29 June but is open to ALL.  Booking and more info HERE.

Hannah Starkey was born in Belfast in 1971. She has received numerous awards throughout her career including the Vogue Condé Nast Award, 1997, the 3rd International Tokyo Photo Biennale’s Award for Excellence, 1999 and the St. James Group Ltd Photography Prize, 2002.
Recent solo exhibitions include Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France, 2016 and Maureen Paley, London, UK, 2015, as well as previous solo exhibitions at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA, 2013, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK, 2011, Church of Light, a commission by the German Protestant Church, Frankfurt, 2010, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Castello di Rivoli, Turin both in 2000 and Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK in 1999.
Hannah Starkey was invited to curate a room in History Is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, UK and in 2014 she selected works for Magnum: One Archive, Three Views | BPB14, Part of Brighton Photo Biennale 2014, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, UK.    Her work was included in Transparency, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, 2015, Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography, Belfast Exposed and The MAC, Belfast, UK.

Hannah Starkey’s photographs are represented in the collections of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography in Amsterdam, Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, Seattle Art Museum, Tate in London and Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Starkey lives and works in London.   https://www.maureenpaley.com/artists/hannah-starkey?image=1

Attendance for this talk alone is £5.00 and is open to all, however you can attend the whole DEVELOP Graduate talk (including this event) for £20. You can find more information HERE

Following Hannah’s talk transport will be provided to the exhibition preview and book launch of John Kippin: ‘Based on a True Story, Works 1984 ̶ 2018′ at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.
The exhibition features works spanning Kippin’s forty year career and will run from 29 June ̶ 23 September 2018.

#WearExperimenting

#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 experiments, intended to explore the cross-currents of creativity shared by photography and science and to invite the public to share their experience of life in the city.   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.

Residents of Sunderland, and those who work in the city, can participate in workshops in Pallion, Millfield and Hendon and there will also be opportunities to encounter the project through a pop-up community darkroom which will appear over the next few months in community and social green spaces.

A key strand of #WearExperimenting will be online participation, an invitation extended to the public to create specific images relating to life in the city between September – October 2018.  Each month, a photographic ‘recipe’ or directive will be issued to the city’s residents and the resultant images shared across social media, building up a rich image bank and data set from which we can observe ourselves.

Follow the project at:

Twitter: @WearExperiment
Instagram:  @wearexperimenting
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WearExperimenting/
www.wearexperimenting.co.uk/

Artist Statement by Jo Howell
My interest lies in how we express our collective and individual human experience. There are many cultural aspects that make up our common assumptions and opinions. By working directly with people to create artworks I am aiming to create art that challenges my own preconceptions and those of others.

Sunderland is my home town, and a perfect example of a City that is viewed by outsiders as many unfavourable things. It is viewed as an impoverished area, as an area of high unemployment, an area with poor health, and many more things that have been said about our City in the media. Some of these issues are based on statistics and information collected by the government. I don’t see my lived experiences as being reflected wholly by these statistics. I find these ideas reductive, in the sense that it reduces our agency in in the broader societal context. That we are maligned by presumption.

As an insider I want us all to really explore these assumptions about our area using photography in its many different forms. Like a science experiment we will create photographs following a systematic method. When given the same instructions or parameters for investigation, what will happen? Will we create something totally unexpected? Will we create very similar images, or will there be deviations throughout due to how each participant interprets the instructions? Will this project help us to understand our place in the world, or perhaps help us to redefine it?

The Cultural Spring is the Sunderland and South Tyneside Creative People and Places programme, funded by Arts Council England to raise participation and engagement in the arts amongst local communities.   Since 2014, The Cultural Spring has produced innovative and award-winning large-scale projects that include community engagement as a key part of the commission. Past major commissions of The Cultural Spring have included WildWorks’ A Great Night Out, the Summer Streets Festival and Inventors led by Sunderland born Dominic Wilcox, which has subsequently become ‘Little Inventors’ and continues to inspire young people to develop their own invention ideas.

The commission is 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

 

 

Bläue (Blueness) by Kerstin Schroedinger

NEPN and Breeze Creatives present a screening of Bläue (Blueness), a film by artist Kerstin Schroedinger on Wednesday 7 March at 6.30pm at Bamburgh House, Newcastle. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the artist.

Juxtaposing images of the production sites of the pharmaceutical-chemical industry with speculations on the historical, social, and material conditions of Cyanotype photography, Bläue (Blueness) probes into the (gendered) politics of materiality and the (violent) historicities of its form.
 The film follows a figure that proceeds through the stages of exposing and developing a Cyanotype. They revisit sites in Seveso, Italy, and Basel, Switzerland that both relate directly to the history of Prussian Blue, a blue synthetic dye.
In the latent period, when the images are exposed but not developed yet, the figure searches to define their body as both commodity and consumer of pharmaceutical products. This body is modelled on the productive body of Fordist labour. Yet like the industrial sites that appear as remnants of an older mode of production, this body has been fundamentally reconfigured to conform to post-industrial working conditions.
Subsequently, the figure aims to perform against pharmaceutical substances and prepare against a neoliberal take-over of their movements, lingering between the roles of researcher, scientist, athlete, pharmacist, patient, woman. (Schroedinger, 2017). 

Bläue (Blueness) was supported by and premiered at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in 2017.

Where: 8th Floor, Bamburgh House, Market Street East, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BH.  Bamburgh House is fully accessible.  All welcome. FREE. Film duration 48 mins followed by Q&A.

Kerstin Schroedinger is an artist based in Berlin working in film/video, sound and performance. Kerstin’s historiographic practice questions the means of image production, historical continuities and ideological certainties of representation. Schroedinger is a member of feminist film distribution group Cinenova in London. 
Her work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Anthology Film Archives New York, Images Festival Toronto, Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Film Festival Toronto, Gasworks London, and exhibited at MIT List Visual Arts Center Boston, Photo Cairo #6, Les Complices* Zürich, The School of Kyiv – 2nd Kiev Biennale, Kunstpavillion Innsbruck, amongst other places.

 

 

Video of ‘Joseph Swan and Photography in Sunderland’ event

Nat Wilkins of Canny Productions produced this smashing film which gives a sense of the mood and magic of our Joseph Swan and Photography in Sunderland event which was held in February in partnership with Breeze Creatives.  Our Victorian Athenaeum evening combined ‘learning and entertainment’, with photographic talks, demonstrations of old and new photographic processes and work by photographic artists Karolina Maciagowska, Andy Martin, Lucy Carolan and Richard Glynn of The Lostness Club and students of the Northern Centre of Photography.

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

The event formed part of a collaboration between Breeze Creatives and Sunderland BID who presented three events in the Athenaeum Building on Fawcett Street, Sunderland as joint-winners of Sunderland’s 10×10 project connecting cultural and commercial partners.  More on the event here

Sunderland Photo-Walk

BBC Get Creative Weekend - Sunderland 8 April 2017

To coincide with BBC’s Get Creative weekend, Sunderland is hosting a Get Creative day on 8 April 2017 and NEPN is organising a Photo-Walk open to photographers of all abilities.

Join photographic and participatory artist Nicola Maxwell on a walk around Sunderland to explore the overlooked in our urban environment.
Bring your own camera – compact, SLR or mobile phone – or simply come along for the conversation.

More information including booking HERE

#GetCreative #Sunderland2021 #SunderlandPhotoWalk

Photographic Residency and Exhibition: Song-Nian Ang

NEPN & Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland are delighted to welcome Singaporean artist Song-Nian Ang to Sunderland in March 2017.

Song-Nian will undertake a short residency, hosted by NEPN and the Northern Centre of Photography and will have access to the full range of chemical and digital darkrooms and facilities of the centre.  Song Nian will also present a work in progress exhibition at the University’s Priestman Gallery, 1st Floor Priestman Building, Sunderland which will open with a Inflatable water park for sale talk from Song on Monday 27 March, 6-8pm.  The exhibition continues to 28 April.  

In Sunderland, Song-Nian will be developing an iteration of his project ‘Hanging Heavy on my Eyes’ which explores the visualisation of air pollution, using the daily average recordings of particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) over a period of time to inform the production of silver gelatin prints, with each work responding to an individual day’s statistics.  In Singapore the work recalls the artist’s experience of discomfort and the unease of reduced visibility, the abstract nature of the work both referencing the hidden impact of forest fires and the ‘haze’ caused by this.

Song-Nian’s visit is supported by Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), University of Sunderland and Arts Council England.

Song-Nian Ang (b. 1983, Singapore) works with found materials and traces of human behaviour, seeking to make them visible through photographic documentations and installation. Intrigued by the representation of thoughts and ideologies through visuals, he employs a microscopic approach to concepts and narration.  His recent exhibitions include Hanging Heavy on my Eyes, presented at DECK as part of the Singapore Biennale 2016 (https://deck.sg/), Unearthed at the Singapore Art Museum, Engaging Perspectives at the Centre for Contemporary Art (Singapore). He has exhibited in the Photo Espana Festival (Spain), Lianzhou International Photo Festival (China), Dali International Photo Festival (China), Gallery Jinsun (Seoul, South Korea), Hanmi Gallery (London) and the Institut d’Estudis Ilerdencs (Lleida, Spain).

Song-Nian’s works has been awarded the Winner for Photography in the Noise Singapore 2012, selected for the top 30 finalists in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in both 2011 and 2014, eCrea Award (Spain, 2010) and honourable mentions in Magenta Foundation Flash Forward (UK, 2010) and Association of Photographers Awards (UK, 2010). In 2012, he was awarded the International Graduate Scholarship for his graduate studies at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.  Song Nian is represented by 2902 Gallery.

Priestman Gallery, Priestman Building, University of Sunderland is open 9.00am to 9.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am to 6.30pm on a Friday.  The building will be closed Friday 14 and Monday 17 April. 

Image: Ang Song Nian, Hanging Heavy On My Eyes, installation at DECK, Singapore ©Marvin Tang