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.

            

       

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