Events and News

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. 


*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.

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.


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.  (projects 2004-2010, new site currently in development) video produced during Durham castle residency ‘Aesop’s Feast’

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.

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 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 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 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 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