Events and News

Photographer Talk: John Clang

NEPN is pleased to welcome John Clang to Sunderland to speak about his photographic practice on Wednesday 26 October at 6.30pm at Pop Recs Ltd, 27 Grange Terrace, Sunderland, SR2 7AQ.

The talk will start at 6.30pm prompt and will be followed by drinks and informal conversation until 8.30pm.

The talk is free however booking is requested HERE.

John Clang is an artist working in photography and film. His fascination with time, displacement and existence influences his work. His works examine and raise questions about the world he lives in, providing not pictorial documentation but an intimate mental reflection of one man’s mind.

Clang’s first exhibition, in 1993, was a duo-show at the controversial (now defunct) Singapore art group 5th Passage Artists. He has since participated in numerous solo & group exhibitions at Jendela Gallery, The Substation, 2902 Gallery, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, FOST Gallery (Singapore), Pekin Fine Arts (China), Proud Galleries (UK), Annexe Gallery (Malaysia), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, KSU Art Museum, Sundaram Tagore Gallery (US), mc2Gallery, Center of Contemporary Culture Strozzina (Italy), DUTAC (UAE).

His work can be found in the permanent collections of Singapore Art Museum and National Museum of Singapore. In 2013, a showcase of over 90 works by Clang was exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore. To date, he is still the first and only photographer to receive the President’s Designer of the Year award, Singapore’s most prestigious design accolade.

He received his Master of Art Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London. Clang lives and works in New York and Singapore.

From 28 October – 9 December 2016, Clang will be exhibiting at Bonington Gallery, Nottingham in the group show Krísis.

http://www.boningtongallery.co.uk/coming-soon/krisis

https://krisis.live

http://johnclang.com

Image top: Being Together (Family), 2010, ©John Clang

Image: Being Together (Parent), 2010, ©John Clang

Photographer Talk: Rasel Chowdhury

NEPN is pleased to welcome Rasel Chowdhury to Newcastle to speak about his photographic practice on Wednesday 12 October 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

Rasel Chowdhury is an award-winning documentary photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He started his career in photography documenting spaces in and around his birthplace. Rasel graduated in photography from Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, and focused on changing landscapes and environmental issues as extremely important subjects to document in his generation.

Amongst his accolades, Rasel won the prestigious Ian Parry Award in 2011, and most recently the Samdani Art Award 2016. As part of the award, he is undertaking a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation in London this year.

http://www.raselchowdhury.com

 

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 top: From the series Desperate Urbanization, 2010-2015 ©Rasel Chowdhury 

Image: From the series Railway Longings, 2011-2012 ©Rasel Chowdhury

NEPN Graduate Awards 2016

We would like to congratulate graduates Lydia Wakelam and Dreana Bulmer-Thompson who have each been awarded an NEPN Graduate Award 2016.  The awards are selected and awarded in partnership with the Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland.

Each award comprises:

  • £100 cash
  • £150 Travel Bursary
  • 2 critical support sessions with NEPN

Lydia Wakelam has been selected for the NEPN Graduate Award for Artistic Achievement in recognition of overall student artistic achievement and the quality of her final exhibition as part of her BA (Hons) Photography, Video & Digital Imaging at University of Sunderland.

Lydia’s work often draws on themes combining the personal and the universal; creating an intimate view of her subjects through which she projects her vision of our society, our planet, and an infatuation with the universe.

Her most recent series, They Ate It All Up, took a futuristic, retrospective viewpoint on the ongoing destruction of Earth caused by humans; entertaining the idea that one day we may move our species to another planet rather than accept responsibility and fix the one we have.

http://www.emergenceexhibition.com/lydia-wakelam

 Above Image: From the series, They Ate it All Up, ©Lydia Wakelam

Dreana Bulmer-Thompson has been awarded the NEPN Graduate Networking Award in recognition of her critical engagement with a photographic network of peers and contribution to the visual arts community as an emerging photographer graduating from the BA(Hons) Photography, Video & Digital Imaging at University of Sunderland.

Using photography, text and multi-media Dreana explores a range of issues including politics, climate change and the environment, and looks at the impact they have on people’s lives and their livelihoods.

Her recent work, Heath’s Piscary, examined the impact of a declining fishing industry and the re-purposing of the North Shields Fish Quay and the surrounding area as a heritage and conservation site.

http://www.emergenceexhibition.com/dreana-bulmer-thompson

Image: From the series, Heath’s Piscary, ©Dreana Bulmer-Thompson

These awards are supported by the Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland.

 

 

DEVELOP International Travel Bursaries Awarded


Image: From the series, Under My Pillow ©Karolina Maciagowska

NEPN is pleased to announce the two selected photographers of the DEVELOP International Travel Bursaries 2016.

This initiative is designed to encourage photographers based in North East England to engage with the international photographic community and to take a pro-active approach to developing their practice and their networks.  The Bursaries are supported by public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Karolina Maciagowska, will be travelling to Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden in August.  
Karolina is a fine art photographer and video/multimedia artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Karolina’s work brings together imagery and text inspired by the imagination and memory and the depiction of real objects, situations and ordinary moments. Her images are carefully constructed records created by observation and an ongoing investigation of the world and her surroundings.

The editing within her grid installations is crucial to her work and the final results are never left up to chance, aiming to lead the viewer into finding the extraordinary within the mundane and discover the visual poetry of photographic language.

http://www.karolinamaciagowska.com


      Image: From the series, I Stop While Others Run Ahead ©Karolina Maciagowska

 

Michael Daglish will be attending the Singapore International Photography Festival in October.  Michael is a visual artist based in Sunderland. He is interested in the experiential aspects of being. The work he produces looks at the phenomenology of human experience, questioning our interactions with those around us as well as the environment we inhabit, be it momentary or long lasting.

Aesthetically his work sits within an area of construction. Although not always fully produced, it acts as a temporary intervention within a space.

http://michaeldaglish.co.uk


Image: in the beginning from the series Common Land ©Michael Daglish


Image: stills from aur’atic ©Michael Daglish

 

DEVELOP International Travel Bursaries

NEPN is offering 2 Photographers based in the NE the opportunity to attend two leading international photography festivals this year: Landskrona Foto Festival and Singapore International Photography Festival.

DEVELOP International Travel Bursary – Landskrona Foto Festival 2016

Professional development opportunity for a critically-engaged photographer/photographic artist to visit Landskrona Foto Festival (http://www.landskronafoto.org/) during 19-21 August 2016.

The selected photographer will have the opportunity to visit Landskrona Foto Festival and to attend the festival’s opening programme of International Seminar, Photo Book Days and events.

The photographer will use the opportunity to explore international models of sustaining a photographic practice, exhibiting and publishing.

Applicants should be based in the North East and will be beginning to develop or have an established track record of exhibiting regionally or nationally and would benefit from the opportunity to participate in an international festival.

Participation in the festival’s Portfolio Review Day is encouraged though the deadline for this is 1 July 2016 so applicants will need to submit their proposal to the festival separately.

NEPN will make the selection based upon the potential impact on the photographer’s practice and networks.

Photographers will be required to write a short report on their experiences for publication to the NEPN website.

The award is £1000 towards flight, accommodation, subsistence and festival pass.


Process:
Photographers should submit a short proposal to NEPN outlining the benefit to their professional development, links to their work  (max. 1 page) by email to: nepn@sunderland.ac.uk and include ‘LANDSKRONA Opportunity’ in the subject title.
Deadline: Please submit application by 9am on Monday 4 July 2016.

 

DEVELOP International Travel Bursary – Singapore International Photography Festival 2016

Professional development opportunity for a critically-engaged photographer/photographic artist to visit Singapore during 6-10 October 2016.

The selected photographer will have the opportunity to visit Singapore International Photography Festival (http://www.sipf.sg) and to make connections with a range of photographic professionals both based within and visiting Singapore.

The photographer will use the opportunity to explore international models of sustaining a photographic practice, exhibiting and publishing.

Applicants should be based in the North East and will be beginning to develop or have an established track record of exhibiting regionally or nationally and would benefit from the opportunity to participate in an international festival.

NEPN will make the selection based upon the potential impact on the photographer’s practice and networks.

Photographers will be required to write a short report on their experiences for publication to the NEPN website.

The award is £1500 towards flight, accommodation and subsistence.

Process:
Photographers should submit a short proposal to NEPN outlining the benefit to their professional development, links to their work  (max. 1 page) by email to: nepn@sunderland.ac.uk and include ‘SINGAPORE Opportunity’ in the subject title.

Deadline: Please submit application by 9am on Monday 4 July 2016.

 

 

About these opportunities

This initiative is intended to encourage photographers from the NE region to apply for opportunities internationally and to take a pro-active approach to developing their practice and their international contacts. We are not able to accept applications from undergraduate students.
Supported by public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
NEPN was established in 2009 to promote and develop photography in the North East of England and beyond. Working with photographers and a wide range of cultural partners, it aims to create a lively and informed context for photographic activity and to encourage new audiences for photography. www.northeastphoto.net

 

 

DEVELOP Talk: Anne McNeill

NEPN is pleased to welcome Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions Gallery, to Sunderland to speak about her perspective on contemporary photography and to share the lessons a career in photography has taught her on Thursday 23 June at 6.30pm at the City Library & Arts Centre, 2nd Floor (Meeting Room), Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE

The talk will start at 6.30pm prompt in the meeting room and will be followed by drinks and informal conversation until 8.30pm.  Free however booking is requested HERE

Programmed in partnership with NGCA.

Anne McNeill has been the Director and curator of Impressions Gallery, since 2000. Anne began her career in 1984 as a darkroom worker at the radical gallery Camerawork, London. In 1994 she established Photoworks, an international commissioning agency based in Brighton, and was Artistic Director for Photo 98, the UK Year of Photography. Anne is regularly invited to be a judge at international awards, most recently for the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant, New York.

Anne is an experienced curator of photography exhibitions, with over 20 years experience. Exhibitions include Facing the Front, unseen wartime fashion photographs by Lee Miller (1998). In 2008 she curated a major retrospective of Anna Fox’s work, which was short listed for the Deutsche Börse, European Photography Prize (2008). In 2010 she curated Murray Ballard’s first solo show The Prospect of Immortality, selected by the British Journal of Photography as UK winner of the best emerging photographers from around the globe. In 2014, set against the backdrop of the historic referendum on Scotland’s Independence, Anne curated, Beyond the Border, cited as one of the most significant shows of new Scottish photography in a generation. Anne is currently researching the work of pioneering Lithuanian artist Domicėlė Tarabilienė (1912-1985) and her influence on contemporary Lithuanian women photographers.

Impressions Gallery is a charity that helps people understand the world through photography. Established in 1972, as one of the first photographic galleries in Europe, Impressions has grown to become one of the UK’s leading independent venues for contemporary photography. Audiences are at the heart of its work and the gallery collaborates with artists and organisations nationally and internationally to exhibit and publish photography.  http://www.impressions-gallery.com/ 

 

*Postponed* Photographer Talk: Mark Curran

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, we must regretfully postpone our planned talk with Mark Curran on Wednesday 18 May *

NEPN will look to rearrange a date with Mark later in the year.

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 1998, 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). Curran has also presented widely more recently at 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) & Aarhus University, Denmark (2016)(forthcoming).

Mark Curran’s The Economy of Appearances was commissioned by Noorderlicht Photofestival 2015 and NEPN, and is an elaboration of his long-term ethnographically informed transnational research project, THE MARKET, focusing on the functioning and condition of the global markets. This continues a cycle of multi-media projects beginning in the late 1990s addressing the predatory context resulting from flows and migrations of global capital.

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). 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. Future installations are confirmed for the UK & France in 2016/17 and a full publication of THE MARKET is planned.

https://lockout2013.wordpress.com

https://vimeo.com/user6725215

Image: ©Mark Curran

Financial Surrrealism (World Trade Center II)
Zuidas Financial District
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015

From THE MARKET (2010-)

 

 

Funding Advice Session with Arts Council England

Monday 9 May 2016, 2pm at the Northern Centre of Photography, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD.

Free. 

Are you a photographer/artist looking to secure funding for your next project? 

If you haven’t applied for funding as an artist before, or would benefit from hearing about Arts Council England funding streams or changes to the applications process then please join us.

Sam Peace, Relationship Manager (Visual Arts) will be giving a presentation (2-3pm) on Arts Council funding streams, including Grants for arts for artists and arts organisations.

One to one funding surgeries (lasting 25 mins) are available after the presentation. These are on a first come first served basis and are intended for photographers/artists who have a project proposal in development*. NB. ALL SURGERIES ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED.

*The one to one surgery sessions are not open to undergraduate students (unless they can demonstrate an established practice outside of their programme of study) but they are very welcome to attend the briefing at 2pm.

 

Photographer Talk: Michele Allen

Photographic artist Michele Allen will be speaking about her practice and recent projects at City Library & Arts Centre, 2nd Floor (Meeting Room), Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE on Wednesday 27 April at 6.30pm. 

This talk is free however booking is requested HERE

Programmed in partnership with NGCA.

Michele Allen is a photographic artist and researcher based in North East England. Her artistic and academic work is broadly concerned with sense of place, and is created in response to specific locations incorporating photography, video and oral history. Her practice often involves some degree of collaboration with communities in its production, and she has exhibited work as site-specific installations and more conventional gallery exhibitions.

She is interested in revealing hidden histories, or unfamiliar views of places and is fascinated by the variety of different perspectives that can exist in connection to any given place or situation. She regularly presents papers about her work at conferences across the UK and has exhibited nationally. Her work has been supported by the AHRC and Arts Council England.

For this talk she will discuss her current exhibition at Sunderland’s City Library & Arts Centre ‘Public and Private’, a series of photographs, texts and a video piece that was produced whilst she was artist in residence at Durham Castle (a UNESCO world heritage site). The work responds to the castle’s history as a site of government and current use as a home to students of University College, tapping into the heritage site’s relationships to the wider region. Originally conceived as a site-specific installation in the castle, the work will be reconfigured in the library building, bringing images of artefacts and texts from the Castle’s collection to Sunderland (a historical province of County Durham) to further reflect on the relationships formed between Durham and the wider region. She will also discuss a new body of work ‘For the Elevation of Man’ exploring changes to public space, which will be exhibited in the Library & Arts Centre this May.

Public & Private opens on 9 April and runs up until 11 May 2016 (Private view 15 April 6-8pm, all welcome).

For the Elevation of Man opens 14 May until 18 June 2016.

 

www.michelle-allen.co.uk  (projects 2004-2010, new site currently in development)

https://vimeo.com/160511369 video produced during Durham castle residency ‘Aesop’s Feast’

http://www.thesocialnepn.co.uk/portfolio/michele-allen-forgotten-fruit/

Image: Untitled from the series Public and Private, 2016 © Michele Allen

DEVELOP Award Participants Announced

NEPN is pleased to announce five photographers and their mentors for a new professional development programme.  Produced in collaboration with photography curator and mentor Marc Prüst, the scheme is designed to empower reflective photographers to develop a ‘road map’ for their progression, supported by expert mentoring and peer sharing.

The photographers, all based in the North East region, are:

Louise Taylor

Kuba Ryniewicz

Dean Chapman

Sophie Ingleby

Aaron Guy

Confirmed mentors for the DEVELOP Award are Monica Allende and Rebecca McClelland.  More information HERE

Out of many strong applications we selected these 5 practitioners from various backgrounds as the cohort to work with in the second phase of the DEVELOP 2016 programme. I was excited to see the eagerness to participate in the programme, which started very well with a sold-out event in February, the first phase of DEVELOP. We are looking forward to working with the selected photographers and are excited to see how they will develop their career together with their mentors.’                   Marc Prüst, Project Manager

DEVELOP aims to deliver responsive support to photographers, building confidence, adaptability and knowledge developing the resilience of the sector; develop peer networks and explore models of peer-led learning and exchange; and explore innovative models for the dissemination of work and audience development.

DEVELOP is the second stage of a professional development programme organised by NEPN.  The first stage, Develop: Workshop was a 1-day event, which included workshops and talks with experts from the international photographic sector (Zelda Cheatle; David Birkitt; Adriaan Monshouwer; Marc Prüst; Rebecca McClelland and David Drake) and laid the foundations for an application to Stage 2 of the programme.

The programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.