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Photographer Talk: Mark Curran

NEPN is pleased to welcome Mark Curran to Newcastle to speak about his photographic practice on Wednesday 16 November at 6.30pm at the Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE.

The talk will start at 6.30pm prompt in the Lecture Theatre and will be followed by drinks and informal conversation in the Library until 8.30pm.

The talk is free however booking is requested HERE

Mark Curran is an artist researcher and educator who lives and works in Berlin and Dublin. He holds a practice-led PhD from the Dublin Institute of Technology, is Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Photography programme, Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT), Dublin and Visiting Professor on the MA in Visual & Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.

Incorporating multi-media installation informed by ethnographic understandings, since the late 1990s, Curran has undertaken a cycle of long-term research projects, critically addressing the predatory context resulting from the migrations and flows of global capital. These have been extensively published and exhibited, including DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2010), Encontros da Imagem, Braga (2011), PhotoIreland, Dublin (2012), Grimmuseum, Berlin (2013) & FORMAT, Derby (2013). He has also presented widely including The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2012), Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) (2013), Abbey Theatre, Dublin (2014), McGill University, Montreal (2014), Royal Anthropological Institute, London (2015), University of Ljubljana (2015), University of Bern (2015), Glucksman Gallery of Art (2016) & Boston University (2016).

Mark Curran’s The Economy of Appearances was commissioned by Noorderlicht Photofestival 2015 and NEPN. Sited in the new financial district of Zuidas on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the work focuses on the Netherlands role in global structures of High Frequency Trading (HFT) and Shadow Banking. It is an elaboration of his long-term transnational research project, THE MARKET, focusing on the functioning and condition of the global markets.Taking the sphere out of abstraction and positioning it as a pervasive force central to our lives, themes include algorithmic machinery of financial markets, as central innovator of this technology, absorption of crises as normalisation of deviance, and long-range mapping and consequences of financial activity distanced from citizens and everyday life.

Supported by Arts Council of Ireland & curated by Helen Carey, THE MARKET has been presented at Gallery of Photography, Dublin (2013), Belfast Exposed Gallery (2013), Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2014) and Noorderlicht, Groningen (2015). An extensive exhibition, titled The Economy of Appearances was presented at Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA), Ireland in Autumn 2015 and nominated by Christiane Monarchi, Photomonitor (UK) for the Deutsche Börse Photography Award 2016. Extracts from the project feature in a group exhibition on mapping global networks of capital titled, I Stood Before The Source currently installed at the Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, Canada. Future installations are confirmed for the UK & France in 2016/17 and a full publication of THE MARKET is also planned.

Please note that disabled access to the Lecture Theatre is gained at the rear of the building and it is best to telephone the Mining Institute ahead on (0191) 232 2201.

Image: ©Mark Curran

Financial Surrrealism (World Trade Center II)
 Zuidas Financial District

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015

From THE MARKET (2010-)

Artist Talk: Anne Hardy

NEPN, in partnership with Newcastle University, is pleased to welcome artist Anne Hardy, to Newcastle to speak about her work and career on Tuesday 8 November at 6.00pm at Lecture Theatre 1, Herschel Building, Newcastle University Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne (directly opposite Haymarket metro station).

The talk will start at 6.00pm prompt in the lecture theatre and will be followed by drinks and informal conversation in the Student Cafe, 2nd floor of the Fine Art building (a short walk across campus).

This is a free talk, programmed in partnership with Newcastle University.

Anne Hardy lives and works in London. Her work includes sculptural installation, photography and audio.

“Hardy’s environments, whether presented as photographic record or as an accessible space, are filled with the absence of performative acts, each with their own gnomic, disconcerting purpose, however approachable the residual things seem to be”

 David Rhodes, ArtForum, ‘Anne Hardy’ 05.13.13

Solo Exhibitions include: FIELD, Modern Art Oxford, 2015/16; TWIN FIELDS, The Common Guild, Glasgow, 2015; rrmmmph, huooghg, op, mmmuuoow, ip , FIG-2, ICA studio, London 2015; Fieldworks, Kunstverein Freiburg, 2014; Vienna Secession, 2012; Maureen Paley, 2013; New Acquisitions from the Arts Council Collection 2010, Anne Hardy — Recent Work, Project Space, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2010). In 2012 an artist book, Anne Hardy ‘Secession’, was published to accompany her exhibition at the Vienna Secession and TWIN FIELDS, FIELD, Fieldworks was published in 2016 by Dent-de-Leone and The Common Guild.

Her work has been included in exhibitions both in the UK and internationally, including Mirrorcity at The Hayward Gallery, London (2014). In 2011 Hardy had an Artist’s Residency at Camden Arts Centre and in 2014 an artist residency, ‘Live in the Studio’, to develop a live performance work, at Modern Art Oxford.

Anne Hardy is represented by Maureen Paley, London. 

Image: Anne Hardy “Two Joined Fields”, sculptural installation with audio, 2013/4 (interior view) ©Anne Hardy, courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley, London.

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.



Photographer Talk: Chloe Dewe Mathews

NEPN is pleased to welcome Chloe Dewe Mathews to Newcastle to speak about her photographic practice on Wednesday 13 January at 6.30pm at the Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE.

The talk will start at 6.30pm prompt in the Lecture Theatre and will be followed by drinks and informal conversation in the Library until 8.30pm.  The talk is free however booking is requested HERE

Chloe Dewe Mathews is an award-winning photographer based in London. After studying fine art at Camberwell College of Arts and the University of Oxford, she worked in the feature film industry before dedicating herself to photography. Her work is internationally recognised, exhibiting at Tate Modern, Irish Museum of Modern Art and Museum Folkwang, as well as being published in the Guardian, Sunday Times and Le Monde. Public and private collections have acquired her work, including the British Council Collection and the National Library of Wales. Her awards include the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award, the Julia Margaret Cameron New Talent Award and the Flash Forward Emerging Photographer’s Award. Her nominations include the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, the Prix Pictet and Paul Huf Award. Her first monograph ‘Shot at Dawn’ was published by Ivorypress in 2014 and in the same year she became the Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. 



Soldat Ahmed ben Mohammed el Yadjizy
Soldat Ali ben Ahmed ben Frej ben Khelil
Soldat Hassen ben Ali ben Guerra el Amolani
Soldat Mohammed Ould Mohammed ben Ahmed
17:00 / 15.12.1914

Verbranden-Molen, West-Vlaanderen

From the series Shot at Dawn ©Chloe Dewe Mathews 2014

‘In Conversation’ event with Clare Freestone of National Portrait Gallery

Image: Kate Fox by James Sebright ©James Sebright

In Conversation and exhibition tour with Clare Freestone, Associate Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery. 
Wednesday 18 November 2015 at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP.

In association with Picture the Poet exhibition. 

Join us for this critical conversation exploring the National Portrait Gallery’s photographic collections including the Picture the Poet exhibition. 

Clare will lead a tour of the exhibition Picture the Poet from 4.45-5.30pm, followed by an NEPN in conversation from 6 – 7.30pm.

Clare Freestone’s work at the NPG involves working with the breadth of the Photographic Collection comprising 250,000 items and with the varied subjects the photographs depict from the 1840s to the present day. Some of the recent displays she has curated include Marilyn Monroe: A British Love AffairThe Bloomsbury Poet & The Cambridge Photographer: Julian Bell & Lettice Ramsey, with Peter Stansky, Famous in the Fifties: Photographs by Daniel Farson and Private Eye: Photographs by Lewis Morley (2011-12). She is responsible, with colleagues, for making photographic acquisitions for the Collection.

Picture the Poet is an exhibition of high quality photographs of living poets touring to six regional venues.
The exhibition project has been developed by the National Portrait Gallery working in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust and Apples and Snakes to build a targeted learning and participation programme at each regional venue.

This event is free but please register HERE







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

Kuba Ryniewicz, Fantasy Photo Studio

Kuba Ryniewicz,  Fantasy Photo Studio, 18-19 September, Sunderland City Centre

NEPN is commissioning Kuba Ryniewicz to develop a fantasy pop-up studio, with specially commissioned digital backdrops allowing visitors to be photographed against a fantasy Sunderland scene.

Continuing Kuba’s interest in traditions of the portrait studio, this participatory project is a humorous and engaging play on the aspirations of the City to develop as a cultural destination, borrowing references from the tradition of the holiday snapshot and tourist information brochures.

Kuba’s pop-up studio will be at the launch event for Sunderland’s City of Culture bid the weekend 18-19 September.  The project is developed in partnership with MAC Sunderland.

Kuba Ryniewicz is a freelance photographer, curator and researcher based in the North East of England. He is interested in the relation between art and nature in diverse historic and sociocultural settings.
During his first visit to India in 2008, he visited a number of traditional photo studios to investigate how popular photography affects daily lives in Indian society, from pop star portraiture to the tradition of photo exchange in the arranged engagement and marriage process.

In 2012 Kuba was selected for the artist in residency programme at 1 Shanti Road Gallery in India. During that period he developed an interest in mutations in photo-studios, which include the moment of digitalisation and changes from traditional backdrops into the digital imaginary.  Research undertaken in this period informed Kuba’s photographic work exhibited in Precious Little Diamond, an exhibition which he also curated, commissioned by NEPN for The Social in 2013.

Kuba is also Creative Producer of the NewBridge Bookshop where he develops his interest in print culture and contemporary photography.


Image ©Kuba Ryniewicz


Photographer Talk: Tessa Bunney

Tessa Bunney will be speaking about her photographic practice on Wednesday 8 July at 18.30 at the Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE.

Tessa Bunney’s practice is concerned with different landscapes and the way they are shaped by human activity. In particular, she has spent most of the past 25 years exploring the intricacies of rural life, combining landscape, portraiture and documentary images to make visible the effects of globalisation on life for rural communities. Her projects have seen her collaborating with North Yorkshire hill farmers, Icelandic puffin hunters, Finnish ice swimmers and Romanian nomadic shepherds, for publications and exhibitions.

Bunney’s project Home Work, published by Dewi Lewis in 2010, was exhibited and published nationally and internationally including the Land exhibition as part of Noorderlicht Photofestival in 2010. Home Work explores the lives of female home workers in the suburbs and villages in and around Hanoi, Vietnam in the face of increasing urbanisation. Bunney is currently based in Vientiane, Lao PDR where she is working on a long term project The Corridor of Opportunity, supported by Arts Council England and  undertaking editorial and NGO commissions throughout the Southeast Asia region. Her series The Women of UCT6 which documents an all female UXO clearance team in Laos was recently published in the Financial Times Magazine (UK) and online.

The talk is free to attend however advance booking is requested HERE

Image credit: ©Tessa Bunney, Hmong New Year celebration, Lao PDR from the series The Corridor of Opportunity

The Caravan Gallery’s Sunderland Pride of Place Project – Closing Celebration!

The Caravan Gallery’s Sunderland Pride of Place Project Closing Celebration!

Friday 1 May, 5-9pm

18 Fawcett Street, Sunderland

Join us at the Closing Celebration of The Caravan Gallery’s Sunderland Pride of Place Project to mark the end of what has been a triumphant month long residency for the artists, hosted by the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and the people of Sunderland.

Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale devised their Pride of Place Project concept so that everyone can join them in thinking about who we are – and how we live now. The Sunderland Pride of Place Project hub on Fawcett Street has been a space for everyone to participate, and over the past month the walls of the pop-up exhibition space have been filled with artwork, photographs, quotes, poems, sculptures, postcards and memories from the people of Sunderland.

Jan and Chris have shared their own photographic impressions of the city at the hub and met many local people including some of Sunderland’s more colourful characters! An extensive exhibition of their work, extra{ordinary} – Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery can also be seen at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art until 1 May, and is accompanied by a new hardback publication which is available at the special price of £20.

Workshops and events have been held in the Pride of Place Project hub and have prompted conversations and connections between people who might never have ordinarily met. It is hoped the legacy of The Caravan Gallery’s project will be one of creative sharing, communication and collaboration, so that similar exhibitions and events will continue long after they have departed. A commemorative publication featuring highlights of the project will be produced and The Caravan Gallery will return later this year for a book launch and reunion.

The Closing Celebration will be a chance to see what is now an extensive exhibition and social commentary about what it means to live in Sunderland now. There will still be a chance to contribute to the hub’s activities throughout the event and also again on Saturday 2 May (the final day of the project). Refreshments will be provided but visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks too, and there will be a chance for people to perform poems, songs or play their own music during the event.

For more information please contact NGCA: 

Image credit: ©The Caravan Gallery