Events and News

Photographer Talk: Liza Dracup

NEPN is pleased to welcome Liza Dracup to Newcastle to speak about her photographic practice on Wednesday 16 March 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 Inflatable Water Park will be followed by drinks and informal conversation in the Library until 8.30pm.  The talk is free however booking is requested HERE

Liza Dracup is a photographer based in the North of England. The work she makes is in response to the landscape of Britain. Dracup is best known for her series of large-scale colour landscape photographs made between dusk and dawn. She produces work that broadens her photography in both a creative and academic context, as she is both an artist and lecturer.

Dracup’s work has been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012 and the Prix Pictet (Earth) Photography Award 2009. She is currently working on a PhD by Existing Practice at the University of Sunderland on Photographic strategies for visualising the landscape and natural history of Northern England: the ordinary and the extraordinary.


Image: Barn Owl ©Liza Dracup

From the series ‘Re: Collections’ commissioned by Bradford Museums and Galleries.

Develop Award – Applications now closed

Applications are now closed for the NEPN Develop Award.  Up to 5 practitioners will be selected for an individually tailored programme of professional development over 5 months (March – July 2016). Each selected participant will be teamed up with a personal mentor who will support the individual Inflatable Water Park photographer to create a viable professional plan and business model.  Applicants will also receive support from Develop Coordinator Marc Prüst and NEPN.

A research and travel budget will be available to each photographer of £500.  The total additional in-kind investment in each selected participant represents over £3000.

The participants will be asked to commit to the programme which consists of 4 meetings with the mentor (at least one of which will be face to face), organising a one-day event with their fellow participants, and presenting their plans upon completion to a panel at the closure of the event.    All in all we ask a commitment in time which will consist of roughly half a day per week average during the programme.

Applications are now welcome from actively engaged, professional photographers. DEVELOP is open to photographers and artists working in different fields of practice (art, documentary, editorial, photojournalism). Applicants should have at least 4 years of professional practice experience.  Photographers need to be willing to drive their own development, take ownership of the programme and support their peers through the process.

Completed application forms should be sent by email to

Closing Date:  5pm, Monday 15 February 2016

Please download the editable PDF form here NEPN-Develop-Award Application  Please ensure that you download and save your own copy of the form before starting to complete it – this will ensure your work is saved locally.

Please direct any enquiries to Marc Prüst:

Photographer Talk: Natasha Caruana

Photographic artist Natasha Caruana will be speaking about her practice Inflatable Water Park and recent projects at City Library & Arts Centre, 2nd Floor (Meeting Room), Fawcett Street, SR1 1RE, Sunderland on Wednesday 17 February at 6.30pm.
This talk is f
ree, all are welcome.
The talk is programmed in partnership with NGCA.

Caruana is a photographic artist living and working in London. She has an MA in photography from the Royal College of Art, London and is a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey, UK. In 2010 Caruana co-founded the London based studioSTRIKE artists studios. In 2014 Caruana was named as the winner of the BMW Artist in Residence Award 2014 at musée Nicéphore Niépce, France. During July-December 2015 she is undertaking an artist residency at the Open Data Institute.

Caruana’s own art practice is grounded in research concerned with narratives of love, betrayal and fantasy. Significant to all Caruana’s work is the questioning of how today’s technology is impacting relationships. Her series ‘Married Man’ documents love and life of the everyday and her later work ‘Fairytale for Sale’ explores the strange ritual of newlyweds blocking out their faces in online adverts. Her work is created drawing from archives, the Internet and personal narratives.

Caruana’s work has been shown internationally from the United States, Poland, Germany, China, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Her series ‘Married Man’ and ‘Fairytale for Sale’ work has been included in numerous contemporary photographic catalogues, printed as a monograph, and has toured widely, including in Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, 2012; Narratives and Narrative Forms, Lianzhou Foto Festival, China, 2012, Get it Louder, The Orange Gallery, Beijing, China, 2012; Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Awards, Toronto and Boston, 2012–13; Married Man and Other Stories, Photofusion, London, 2012; and The Social: Encountering Photography, The Sunderland Museum, 2013. The Trace of an Act, Paraty Em Foco Photo festival, Brazil, 2011. Her work is held in numerous private collections and in the public collections of the British Library, The Women’s Library and The Kinsey Institute in the United States.

Her work was nominated for the 2014 Foam Paul Huf Award, shortlisted and the Deutsche Bank Pyramid prize in 2008 and for the National Magazine Awards in 2007. Caruana has been named as the one to watch in the Royal Photographic Society Journal and selected by the Humble Arts Foundation as one of 18 leading female art photographers currently working in the UK.

Image: I had seen her, from the series Coup de foudre / At First Sight, 2014 ©Natasha Caruana

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 Inflatable Water Park 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 Inflatable Water Park 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
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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 Inflatable Water Park 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







Marjolaine Ryley, The Thin Blue Line, the Deep Red Sea – Explorations of Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss

New e-book and Publication

Marjolaine Ryley has been working with UK charity The Miscarriage Association as their artist in Residence on a project entitled ‘The Thin Blue, Line the Deep Red Sea’.  The new e-book and publication explores the experience of miscarriage through photography and creative writing. The publication also includes a new short essay by writer and curator Camilla Brown.

Funded by Arts Council England through Grants for the arts and Published by NEPN, this work is now available as a free e-book or PDF. Click here to view The Thin Blue Line PDF

You can also purchase a Publication of the work with all proceeds going to The Miscarriage Association charity. Each one is a signed and Editioned copy. These are available for £6.00 including P&P, please email: to order your copy.

For more information about the work of The Miscarriage Association visit:


NEPN Develop Awards

NEPN is delighted to announce we will be working with international photography curator and consultant Marc Prüst on a new professional development programme for photographers in the Inflatable Water Park region.   Develop aims to build the resilience of the sector in a shifting funding landscape, while building confidence in participants and responding to the needs and diversity of practicing photographers.

The finer details of the programme are to be constructed but at its core the programme will support 5 photographers, selected through a regional call out, to develop an aspect of their approach to professional practice.  The structure of the programme will allow for broader development opportunities for photographers and photographic artists.

The programme information will be published on the NEPN website and communicated via the mailing list in due course.

Image: Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog  ©Juliet Chenery-Robson

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


Aaron Guy, A Shift in Extraction

Aaron Guy’s new artwork A Shift in Extraction is to be exhibited at the Hatton Gallery as part of a curated group show ‘Unsensed.’  Directly developed from earlier works made during a residency at Newcastle’s Mining Institute which was supported by NEPN in 2011, A Shift in Extraction explores how the layers of our environment are being shaped by invisible forces, changing the way we interact with the urban landscape.

The exhibition runs from 19 September – 12 December 2015, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle.


Image: Blue Wave from A Shift in Extraction ©Aaron Guy