Observe. Experiment. Archive – New Project!


NEPN is pleased to announce a new project for 2018/19, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the University of Sunderland.

Observe. Experiment. Archive. will explore the relationship between contemporary photographic practice, science, technology, health and wellbeing, through a series of talks, screenings, seminars and new commission opportunities, culminating in the presentation of new photographic works in Sunderland.  Programme partners for the project include Royal Horticultural Society, Kielder Observatory and Sunderland Living Lab, as well as cultural partners Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Breeze Creatives.

Photography emerged from the creative innovations and networks of knowledge pioneered by 19th century scientists. Ever since, its history has been enmeshed with scientific and technological endeavour; through science and photography we explore the world and communicate our understandings.  Key developments in each discipline have often been concurrent, from the harnessing of chemical processes and techniques by Victorian photographic entrepreneurs, to the shared exploration of the mysteries of light, the development of artificial light and the use of lenses as a means of mediating and examining experience.  In our digital present, extensive communities of practice exist around both scientific and photographic endeavours, which now incorporate a spectrum of citizen, amateur and professional approaches. A democratization of knowledge and tools has enabled the rise of citizen science, citizen journalism and shared creative expression of lived experience.

Our first event is a Photographer Talk with Wendy McMurdo on 25 April 2018, more information about this and the programme to be announced in late March.



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